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.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Quick Dividends

Today’s Gulfstream Park feature is the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie for older fillies and mares sprinting the hybrid distance, and this renewal has drawn an unusual number of 6½- and 7-furlong specialists.

It has also attracted a barn change, owing to a private purchase by Frank Stronach after the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint in which Her Smile finished third. We’re taking her to return quick dividends under the care of new trainer Chad Brown.

It is rare when you see such a one schedule that never has missed a beat since she went into training for the new barn January 1. She has worked every 7 days without missing a beat, including a series of stamina building 5-furlong works, including three bullets.

There seems to be enough pace to suit her late-finish sprint style, she attacts Castellano and the outside post suits perfectly.

Taking Her Smile to win with no price restrictions and keying her in multiples with Belle of the Hall (7-2) and Funny Sunny (6-1).

Running Totals: (1028) 318-203-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,193.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Does The Chief have another Giant Kill in him?

Today's feature is the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship, a race in which Force Freeze (8-5) owns superior figures and an outside position from chute that gives rider Paco Lopez plenty of options. Nicely weighted and working great; looms most likely winner despite 7F inexperience.

But we'll try to turn back the clock here. Bold Warrior (5-1) earned a worthy figure on the Equiform scale at today’s distance at 3, his lifetime best, now returns at 4 with signature works for “The Chief.” Potential trip sitter from pole reuniting with Lezcano.

Taking Bold Warrior to win at 4-1 or greater, an exacta box with Force Freeze, and adding Capt. Candyman Can to the exotics mix. He might have lost a half-step but has done his best racing in extended sprints and on this strip.

Running Totals: (1027) 318-203-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,193.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, February 17, 2012

I’m Taking a Ride; Need a Lift?

Jumping on Florida’s Turnpike to Tampa for today’s feature race, a competitive restricted claiming affair on the turf for older fillies and mares.

It seems as if Leigh Delacour is winning every turf route in sight and in Cavallo Murano (3-1)-- part of a coupled entry with Dixie’s Rebellion (Goncalves named on both)—owns the best performance figures over this course and drops significantly in her first start for this barn.

Further, she’s returning off a long layup for a barn that’s a profitable 22% efficient with 90 day-plus layups. She’ll be a tough out.

However, it’s Vertical Lift (7-2), half of an uncoupled Joan Scott-trained entry that looks more intriguing and could offer some value with her mate, Alexandria Wa, the early line favorite at 5-2.

Her best go has come at today’s distance, on this course, and the mare picks up Mark Guidry, who’s been riding the turf course like he owns it.

Taking Vertical Lift to win at 7-2 or greater, an exacta box with the Delacour entry, and adding Just Call My Name (5-1) to the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (1027) 318-203-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,193.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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