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, July 11, 2012

Where For Art Thou, Charmed Circle?

Today’s prelude to the Pick Six at Belmont Park is a.k.a. the third race preliminary allowances-optional claiming feature for 3-year-old & up sprinters going 6 furlongs.

The race has drawn six and it’s both tricky and trappy. Do you take fast working returnees with good company lines, young horses dropping into a softer spot after meeting much tougher?

How about neither? How about taking an older runner getting weight from some of the 3-year-olds while holding a pace advantage and a versatile style that would allow for a speed or stalking style in this spot?

Yes, the fast working One Sock Down (7-2) is intriguing. He beat Teeth Of The Dog in his debut then ran into Discreet Dancer going a mile in his second start. But then he went to the sidelines.

There’s Brian (5-2) that, after finishing second in the overnight You And I Stakes, he bore out badly in the G2 Wood Stephens and was eased, what about him? Or Mr. Continental, a big time maiden winner for Zito showing good energy distribution last out at Delaware Park?

Or, finally, Inflation Target (2-1), dropping, turning back and adding blinkers for Rick Violette, who’s been pushing all the right buttons of late.

Well, there value in Bravo Romeo (6-1) at early line odds, in at 114 pounds beneath apprentice Wilmer Garcia. The 4-year-old lost too much ground in a recent starter allowances but now draws inside, a position that’s not proven a hindrance to him in the past.

Taking Bravo Romeo to win at 4-1 or greater and key boxing him in exactas with One Sock Down.

Running Totals: (1113) 342-216-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, July 08, 2012

Clement Works His Magic in the Voodoo Dancer

At first glance, today’s featured 9th race Voodoo Dancer for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf appears to be a two-horse betting affair on paper, and further scrutiny reveals the same conclusion.

Put another way, of course, the uncoupled Clement-trained, Dominguez ridden Fontley (2-1), a timely winner of her U. S. debut could easily repeat in today’s Voodoo Dancer.

Virtually anything Clement has been sending out these days has a big chance.

But in this spot we prefer Fontley’s mate Wallis (5-1), and apparently so does Jose Lezcano, who rode both fillies last time out and jumps off a winner for the Grade 1 Just A Game also-ran.

Lezcano apparently is assuming, as are we that Wallis has more upside going into today’s event. Making her first start off a lengthy absence, Wallis was stoutly restrained while setting the pace, a tack that worked against her when the important running began.

With that one under her belt, she should be much more settled for her return vs. a more moderate group; her back-figures indicate as much.

For her part, La Cloche (7-2), second to Fontley in her recent season’s debut, repeats the same winning two-off-a-layoff pattern that enabled her to win her comebacker and trainer Jimmy Toner has been pushing a lot of the right buttons at this meet.

We’ll box these three in the Trifecta, box Wallis and La Cloche in exactas, and bet Wallis to win at 3-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (1112) 342-215-167 Total Dollar Return: $2,353.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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


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