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.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Here’s a Tip: It’s the Trip

Today’s featured Soft Morning Stakes at Aqueduct attracted five betting interests from four different outfits and while the prices don’t figure to be high, this is a fairly competitive quintet.

It will, unfortunately, come down to the two early line favorites and while one is preferred on how it approaches this contest, Opus A. at 2-1, it’s Spa City Princess (9-5) that figures to get an easier trip and benefits also from a switch to leader rider Ramon Dominguez.

Alan Garcia on Opus A. has the style and position to take the race to likely pacesetter Saltamontes. When he does, that will put Dominguez and his filly in the catbird seat behind the action, taking advantage of his mount’s tactical speed. The prospects of a possible wet track hurt neither.

Taking Spa City Princess at 7-5 or greater and an exacta box with Opus A, extra ticket with Spa City Princess on top.

Running Totals: (979) 303-195-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,095.00 [win selections only]
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Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Good Spot for Ship-In at Tampa

Today’s feature at player friendly Tampa Bay Downs is a preliminary allowances on the turf at a mile and no filly in this limit field is developing as nicely as the 4-year-old Butterdish (7-2), back in the barn of Jorge Navarro, who is a profitable 26 percent efficient with his ship-ins.

She turns back to her best distance, one at which she just missed when second on this course last spring. Her outside slip should suit her late-run style and today’s race shape while getting a switch to turf ace Daniel Coa, a worthy 19% efficient with turf runners most recently.

Taking Butterdish to win at 3-1 or greater and an exacta box with turf and distance meant Soul of the Gem (15-1) with very solid turf connections and a favorable draw, and worthy favorite Reba's Affair (5-2).

Running Totals: (978) 302-195-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,089.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Daddy Gets the Swag

Rick Dutrow’s incredible roll figures to continue in today’s Damon Runyon for state-breds going two turns with Swag Daddy (3-1) who’s developing nicely and coming back with excellent spacing.

After gaining conditioning in a Spa turf route, who returned with a tight line win in a New Pace Top effort then showed maturity with a Reversal going seven furlongs for the second start time in his latest.

Learned energy distribution is the key here. Taking Swag Daddy to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with sharp working Think I’m Hooked (8-1).

Running Totals: (977) 301-195-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,083.90 [win selections only] LEGSHORTS.pdfEPG.PDFEPG.PDF1010SCRC.PDF1010SMTH.PDF 1010SSAX.PDF

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