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, November 25, 2011

A Ray of Light on Black Friday

A deep competitive group has been assembled for today's Grade1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, including two that had a recent race over the track--in the Breeders' Cup Classic..

But we're not looking to take a short price on Flat Out, who despite his recent tough trip still has done his very best racing at Belmont Park, while all Ruler On Ice only can boast is a single important victory this year over a 3-year-old group lacking a consistent Grade 1 performer for two straight races, much less an entire season.

Instead, we'll take any value offered on Headache, a three-time Churchill Downs victory and a two-time winner at the trip. He should use his tactical speed and kick to best advantage from post 8 in this crowded field. The switch to a suddenly resurgent Edgar Prado could be just the tonic for a minor upset.

Taking Headache to win at 6-1 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with Ruler On Ice and Flat Out.

Running Totals: (970) 300-195-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,068.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Easy as One, Two Three…and Four

Fans who don’t like the G3 Fall Highweight because it’s anachronistic these days just might have a hole in their soul. What’s not to like? One good reason? It’s fun. And (b) it’s old school, too.

Sorry, but can’t go past favorite Calibrachoa (8-5), part of a 3-ply Pletcher entry. For one, he’s won half his 14 starts at the distance; two, he’s 2-for-2 on the Big A main track and three; he’s already won three Grade 3 races this season.

And here’s one more: When carrying high weight, you want a clean trip; not go starting and stopping under a heavy impost. Well, there’s a lot of speed signed on to set things up nicely and the extreme outside slip should insure a good journey.

Taking Calibrachoa to win, no price restrictions, and keying him in multiple pools with sharp 3-year-old shipper, Parent’s Honor (12-1), who’s suited by the race shape, Sunrise Smarty (5-1), a classy sort than ran better than it looked in the G1 Carter here this spring, and the sharp ship-in Nathan’s HQ (6-1) who exit’s a key Delaware sprint (2-for-2).

Running Totals: (969) 300-194-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,068.50 [win selections only] {Wednesday Results Not Inluded}

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You CAN Go Home Again

Today’s preliminary allowances/optional claiming feature boasts a horse that after a one racer hiatus is back in the barn of Chris Englehart, who engineered two sensational performances from Spina (5-2) in both prior starts, either of which would humble this group easily.

Hate it when races appear obvious but this is appears the only way to go in the straight pool.

Taking Spina to win at 2-1 or greater and keying her in multiples with Full Of Gut (2-1), from the white hot Dutrow shed, and the properly spotted Babai Baby (4-1) Also using price shots Celebrity Sighting (8-1), Lynette (12-1) and Shocking Behavior (12-) in the super-exotic pools.

Running Totals: (969) 300-194-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,068.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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