Pricci's Free Daily Feature Race Analysis

Whenever his daily work schedule permits, HorseRaceInsider executive editor John Pricci will analyze that day's feature race from a major thoroughbred-racing jurisdiction.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Betting at Belmont

For a detailed analysis of today’s Suburban Handicap and Victory Ride Stakes from Belmont Park, see Pricci Morning Line on lead page

For the record, taking To Honor And Serve to win the Suburban, no price restrictions, and using Stay Thirsty and Mucho Macho Man second and third with the field in trifectas and superfectas.

For the record, taking Gypsy Robin to win the Victory Ride at 4-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with undefeated Agave Kiss.

Running Totals: (1110) 342-215-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 06, 2012

Make ‘Em Cry Uncle

Today’s featured eighth race at Belmont Park, the Chasin’ Wimmin Stakes for older state-bred sprinters has attracted a salty group, a handful of hard-hitting old pros, and if recent form and improved early speed means anything, Uncle T Seven (5-2) has this group over a barrel.

Claimed out of a two turn route on the inner track, Dutrow cut hih back to 7 furlongs, which always has been his best distance historically, and was almost immediately able to get him back within close range of his lifetime best efforts.

Last out he was forced to move early from the rail position, a New Pace Top that was too taxing an effort, and it compromised his kick, but he easily held a wide margin over the show finisher.

The shift to a more favorable middle post, a switch to Dominguez, the turnback to six furlongs, the presence of sprint-speedy rivals and a seven-week freshening all augur very well.

Taking Uncle T Seven to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing him first and second with price shot Bambi Bound (15-1) and the fresh Belmont lover, Driven By Success (6-1).

Running Totals: (1110) 342-214-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, July 05, 2012

Timing Is Everything

Interesting dilemma in today’s third race allowance feature from Belmont Park: Do you prefer the two fast sprinters coming of the synthetics that might improve further on dirt, or do you go with the fast proven dirt form?

We decided to let spacing and connections decide this one. Saint Of Saints (3-1) is coming off a career best effort last time out when second at 6 ½ furlongs following his pacesetting try in the key Derby Trial. The mini-turnback helps but he returns relatively quickly.

The same can’t be said for Gypsy Robin (9-5) who’s attempting to win her fourth straight and was a Grade 2 winner at Keeneland start before last. However, she has reacted off top efforts in the past and meets males for the first time.

So it’s Doctor Chit (5-2) for us, an open-lengths maiden winner over Keeneland Poly before shipping north to Woodbine and winning a first-level allowances in another dominant performance. He’s held his form well since, if workouts are a measure, showing an ability to handle dirt on Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track.

Taking Doctor Chit to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exotics with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (1109) 341-214-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,349.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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