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, January 22, 2012

There’s Nothing Like a Dayatthespa

Sunday’s feature race, the Sweetest Chant for three year old fillies going a mile on turf, the ninth race at Gulfstream Park, looks easy if performance figures are the measure. And they usually are.

The problem for me is that the second favorite is a horse I’ve been waiting for since last she ran over the local course. The short comment in the past performances is “very rough trip. No hyperbole there.

When last seen, Dayatthespa (5-2)was chasing the pace in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf down on the inside, was outrun on the turn, then finished one-paced after that, beaten 5-1/2 lengths. It was a creditable effort.

City Zip filly working every seven days for Chad Brown, who’s had them ready to go off the bench all meeting long. Her best race will take this.

Don’t take it from me or the chart callers concerning Ann of The Dance’s (3-1) last race; check out the replay of her last in the Ginger Brew at (Dec. 24, 11th race).

The filly tried to make up ground twice but was prevented from doing so, including clipping heels at mid-turn. The fact she was beaten three quarters of a length under the circumstances was nothing short of remarkable. Hot riding Julien Leparoux replaces Luis Saez.

However, we must take Dayatthespa to win at 2-1 or greater, an exacta box with Ann Of The Dance, and using Slew’s Revenge (10-1) in exotics, filly who hasn’t gone beyond sprint distances but won her course debut, is bred for distance on the dam’s side and picks up Johnny V.

Running Totals: (1011) 311-202-145 Total Dollar Return: $2,158.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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


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