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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Shippers Rule the Day as Big A Main Track Reopens

In recognition of the return to main track racing at Aqueduct--and before the animal rights groups put padlocks on the entrances (does that also include the casino?)—we’re analyzing today’s feature, the Lynclar for older fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs.

To say this race is open might be understating the case; each member of the seven horse field has a legitimate chance to win this. We’re opting for ship-in Strike The Moon (5-1) for several reasons.

First, if you take a look at recent company lines, you’ll see names like Pomeroys Pistol, Belle of the Hall and R Holiday Mood, a pretty salty group of female speedsters that were last seen in action at Gulfstream Park. Further, her internal figure for this distance when narrowly beaten in a similar spot two back is more than good enough to win this.

Surrounding that effort came two Grade 3 sprints now she tries overnight stakes company for a barn that’s batting 21% at the current meet and is 22% lifetime with its shippers. Regular rider Julien Pimentel reunites with the 4-year-old filly who’s 1-for-1 on this surface.

Taking Strike The Moon to win at 7-2 or greater and key boxing her in multiples with sharp horse for course Isn’t She Grand (10-1), and fast-working shippers Aquitania (7-2) and My Sunshine Gal (12-1).

Running Totals: (1046) 323-204-153 Total Dollar Return: $2,229.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, March 18, 2012

La Reine Lionne?  Oui, madame et monsieur

Today’s Gulfstream Park featured 10th race, the Grade 2 Honey Fox, is a beauty, so much so, in fact, that it will be a very difficult call. The question is: How good is early line favorite Future Generation (3-1).

She won her U.S. debut more cleverly that the running line suggests, earning an excellent Equiform performance figure, but today’s race is a different animal; much tougher and deeper. However, if she’s legitimately G2 material, she will be a tough out.

Instead, we will take any value available with La Reine Lionne (5-1). Trying to improve her lifetime course record to 3-for-4 last out, she was beaten a nose in the G3 Marshua’s River.

Now she returns with ideal spacing and makes the mini-turnback to a mile, a distance at which she’s 3-for-3. Chad Brown is white hot at the moment; she owns tactical speed and kick, and someone who knows when to push the button in Johnny Velazquez.

We’ll take La Reine Lionne to win at 7-2 or greater and key boxing her in multiples with well-meant mile specialist Romacaca, the aforementioned Future Generation and the returning Bay To Bay (6-1) who could upset the group if set for best in her return.

Running Totals: (1045) 323-204-152 Total Dollar Return: $2,229.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, March 17, 2012

With a Rebel Yell…

Secret Circle (9-5) was a game winner of the Southwest Stakes and earns good figures consistently but is worth trying to beat in straight pool given early line odds. Cyber Secret (15-1) sports bounce-rebound pattern, worked brilliantly for, benefits from today’s added distance. Early line odds are out of line.

Taking Cyber Secret to win at 6-1 or greater and keying him in multiples with Sabercat (5-1), training well at his Santa Anita base; tough tripper Adirondack King (6-1), Najjaar (6-1) is 2-for-4 at the trip and 2-for-2 over this ground and the early line favorite.

Running Totals: (1044) 323-204-152 Total Dollar Return: $2,229.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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