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.

Friday, February 24, 2012

That Clyde’s a Real Charmer

A really interesting secondary allowances/optional claimer in today’s ninth race turf feature at Tampa Bay Downs for older horses going one mile, an eclectic mix of surface and distance lovers and a few with some back class.

Give me Jamie Ness!

Not trying to be funny here but we like the scenario surrounding My Charming Clyde (4-1). Not known for his dirt to turf runners, this one makes sense.

All his turf wins have come on this ground where he’s earned competitive Equiform figures going longer and shorter than today’s route; 8 furlongs should suit ideally.

Late developing 5-year-old gelding gained needed conditioning from his last, a race that produced one winner from two subsequent starters. Stable rider Goncalves aloft.

Taking My Charming Clyde to win at 3-1 or greater, an exacta box with price shot Crimson Knight (10-1), adding sharp returnee Charging Home (5-1) and very classy veteran, Beckham’s Bend (3-1).

Running Totals: (1031) 319-203-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,199.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Recency Rates Call in Gulfstream Feature

Today's featured fourth race at Gulfstream Park is a a secondary allowances/optional claiming at the hybrid distance of 7-1/2 furlongs. While there are two classy returnees, we're siding with recency in this spot and that the puzzle comes down to two contenders. In ourview, Simbamangu (3-1) is the best way to go.

The late developing 4-year-old has done his best racing in Hallandale, given his record and performance figures, he has trained up to this very well for Barclay Tagg and today's trip should be perfect with his style and demonstrated ability under similar conditions. Further, Tagg using Prado has been quite the ticket of late.

Taking Simbamangu to repeat off the Soft Win at 5-2 or greater, an exacta box with Golden Moka (6-1), coming in with a New Pace Top for Wolfson, and adding totw classy layups, Tech Fall (5-2) and the equally live Malibu Glow (4-1) to the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (1030) 319-203-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,199.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


No Guts, No Glory

So, how are we going to get value in today’s feature from Tampa Bay Downs even though we’re taking the fastest horse for the distance and on this surface?

Because it’s not trained by Jamie Ness, which probably means it has no chance, either.

But Brinca (3-1) is the one, with four exacta finishes (2 wins) at the distance and a winner of half her six lifetime starts on this ground.

Unfortunately, High Cry (7-2) is 4-for-6 in NoFla, and Ness is batting an ungodly 46% at the meet—with 98 starters!

The other danger, of course, is Tweedy (5-2), making her U.S. and season’s debut for Christophe Clement. And she’s only been in training for this from early December!

Taking Brinca to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing her in multiples with her two rivals here.

Running Totals: (1029) 318-203-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,193.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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