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 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


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ready for My Close-up, Mr. Track Photog

Today's feature is another turf event from Gulfstream but we're going to shortern up to five-eighths of a mile and drop three levels to a preliminary allowance level.

We believe it's between two fillies coming from the same race: Peggy Joyce (4-1) looms the more logical winner; Cameo Lady is a laughable 15-1 on the early line. That's where we're landing.

The favorite, Ullapool (5-2) breaks from the pole and attracts Castellano going first time for trainer Chad Brown. But it's also the filly's turf debut and her grass pedigree is a little questionable. At a short price, I'll pass.

Meanwhile, Cameo Lady had a rough trip in her latest on this course and is back in David Braddy's barn, a worthy and profitable scenario given today's third race off the layup circumstances. The filly has speed if new rider Julien Leparoux wants to use it and enough kick to get home at fair odds.

Taking Cameo Lady to win at 8-1 or better and an exacta box with Peggy Joyce.

Running Totals: (1026) 318-203-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,193.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

With All Due Respect, We Like Dutrow’s Mare

Today’s feature race at Gulfstream is a beauty, a classified allowances for older fillies and mares going a mile on the turf, offers a little bit of everything. As challenging as it is, we need to play this one close to the vest and still might get paid if we get this thing right.

All Due Respect (4-1) has been training steadily and very well since early December. Earning an excellent figure in its turf debut two years ago in the Grade 3 at Santa Anita, she returned to form with two excellent tries on the main track; the G2 Go for Wand Stakes and a restricted stakes event.

This represents softer competition—perhaps—but it does own tactical speed, kick, pole position and attracts Javier Castellano, known usually for working out good trips on grass. His skills will be tested here, as will the mare’s, but Rick Dutrow figures to have her set for best.

Taking All Due Respect to win at anywhere near early line odds, and key boxing her in exactas with talented and fast returnee Trix In the City (10-1) and the imported Future Generation going first time Lasix for Chris Clement with formidable European Group form. Also adding Cumulonimble (6-1), Sea Road (20-1) and In The Rough (6-1) to the super-exotics mix.

Running Totals: (1025) 318-203-148 Total Dollar Return: $2,193.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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