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, April 21, 2012

Save the Last Dance for Thee

For a detailed look at today's final two Triple Crown preps, see Pricci Morning Line on the lead page

Running Totals: (1065) 327-209-158 Total Dollar Return: $2,255.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, April 20, 2012

Beat the Favorite? I Doubledogdare Ya’

Today’s Keeneland feature, the Grade 3 Doubledogdare, older fillies and mares going 1 1/16th miles on Polytrack is well named.

On figures, the consistently fast Pachattack (9-5) is a layover with anything close to her top effort; further given her freshness, style and strong Fair Hill works, she easily could be controlling speed here.

But this is a legitimate Grade 1 mare that’s just getting started in her 6-year-old season; how important can this race be beyond, well, just getting started? Second in the G1 Spinster and third in the BC Filly & Mare Classic, she goes first time for Graham Motion here.

La Gran Bailadora (5-1) never has failed to improve in her second start off the layoff, has worked purposefully at her CDT base and her lifetime best effort came over this ground last fall, when third in the same Spinster. Reuniting with Corey Lanerie, she appears very well meant.

Taking La Gran Bailadora to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her in exotics with the favorite and horse for course Sea Level Drive (10-1), making her third start off the layup for Rusty Arnold who traditionally does well at this meet.

Running Totals: (1064) 327-209-157 Total Dollar Return: $2,255.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Headed Back to SoFla

We need a change of venue so we’re shipping to Calder for the Thursday feature race, a preliminary allowances/optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up sprinting 6 furlongs.

The early line favorite is the fastest horse by definition, Off The Jak (3-1), who’s shipping south himself for Bisnath Parboo, himself profitable with horses returning from layups in today’s time frame scenario.

If he runs back to his Aqueduct finale, this dance is over, but it was such a huge top that a regression is almost assured. He’s worth trying to beat.

Grande Shores looks like the most inviting alternative. While his win late last year came at 5-½ furlongs, his lifetime best figure did come on this racetrack.

Nicely freshened, his 6F internal figure in his GP finale makes him competitive here and his half-mile breeze on April 13th was fastest of his peer group that week. The Gold barn has a live (3) 1-1-1 slate at the current meet.

Taking Grande Shores to win at 5-1 or greater and keying him in multiples with the favorite and surface loving turnback Fit And Awesome (4-1).

Running Totals: (1063) 326-209-157 Total Dollar Return: $2,248.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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