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, January 20, 2012

Preakness Redux?

Interesting that while Dale Romans was pondering the next race for Colletti (6-1), he jumps up and starts his sophomore colt back on the grass in Saturday's Gulfstream feature, the Kitten's Joy Stakes, playing the Shackleford card to Graham Motion's Animal Kingdom, this one named Lucky Chappy (9-5). Funny, but isn't this the way Animal Kingdom started, too?

Of course, it was, and 'Chappy' looks as strong here as Kingdom looked in the 2011 Preakness, given his superior performance figures and more accomplished record. For his part, Colletti must be forgiven his Cash Call fiasco and has worked brilliantly here in Hallendale for his return to turf. At this juncture, it seems Romans believes his colt is better on turf. So do we.

Taking Colletti to win at 7-2 or greater, and an exacta box with the favorite.

Running Totals: (1010) 311-202-145 Total Dollar Return: $2,158.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Buy All That’s Holy

Search parties will not be required to find the favorite in today’s feature race at Tampa, a preliminary allowances/optional claiming for three year olds at a mile and a sixteenth on turf.

Clearly, Burn The Mortgage (8-5) is the right favorite and will be a tough out. Not only is he the fastest horse on performance figures but he’s spotted aggressively to win by prolific connections; Wayne Catalano training this one for the Ramseys. Strong finishing turf specialist Goncalves takes the call.

But it’s Holy Highway (8-1) who is the most interesting. Following the trainer change, he was switched to the grass by Derek Ryan, came back with a competitive figure maiden breaker in turf debut then has come back to work very well subsequently, seventh fastest of 44 in his peer group that week at Tampa. Angel Serpa takes the return call.

Taking Holy Highway to win at 6-1 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with Burn The Mortgage and Sheppard/Homeister ship-in, Seeking Romance (3-1).

Running Totals: (1009) 310-202-145 Total Dollar Return: $2,134.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Servis Strikes at Gulfstream

Today’s feature race at Gulfstream would be a stakes at another track, a preliminary allowances going a mile on turf with some talented runners signed on.

If set for best, the Chad Brown returnee will be a tough out. Corporate Jungle (3-1) hasn’t been seen since his maiden breaker at Saratoga, earning a clearly best performance figure at today’s trip. He’s been training purposefully at Palm Meadows and Brown is profitable with maiden-breaking returnees.

The interesting horse, however, is Exclusive Strike, at an inflated early line of 10-1. Not the most fashionable of horses, he owns an excellent record at the distance and Servis is a profitable 27% effective on turf lifetime, a worthy record, indeed. He had no chance in his rough-trip GP return and switches to Rocco, who’s been riding at a good percentage this meet.

Taking Exclusive Strike to win at 5-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with the Brown trainee.

Running Totals: (1008) 310-202-144 Total Dollar Return: $2,134.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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