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.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sleepy Hollow or Bust

In today's centerpiece Empire Classic on New York-Bred Showcase Day, the logical favorite is, of course, Statebred of the Year 2010, Haynesfield. If you can win the Jockey Club Gold Cup, you should be able to handle statebred peers. But at no time this year has he resembled last year's 4-year-old, so we're laying, not playing, the 8-5 early line choice.

Now Inherit The Gold is very fast, and Johannesburg Smile has some gas, too. That's why we're opting for late running Icabad Crane (4-1), who repeats favorable turf to dirt pattern here and has great spacing returning for Graham Motion.

Taking Icabad Crane to win at no lower than early line odds and keying boxing him in multiples with his rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (952) 294-191-137 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 21, 2011

It takes a Village

In today’s allowance feature at Belmont that has drawn a half dozen, there are several faster horses and several others that have been tested and fared fairly well in tougher spots.

But lone speed is always dangerous and it appears Carrington Village is poised to play that role.

Making his fifth lifetime start, he’s done nothing wrong on the Equiform scale. Following an opening Compression Line came a New Pace Top, followed by a Reversal then another NPT.

Coming back in three weeks--not the usual tack from the Pletcher playbook--Johnny V should put this colt in the game from the start and control tempo.

Taking Carrington Village to win at 7-2 or greater and keying him in multiples with Won Fast Bullet and Keep Me Informed.

Running Totals: (951) 294-191-137 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, October 20, 2011

I Have a Dream Today

Today’s Firestorm Stakes at Belmont Park features a strong favorite that might well be worth beating, depending on post time odds.

Hymn Book (3-5), who owns the best performance figures, has done so with consistency and is getting class relief dropping out of graded stakes while attracting Castellano, has obvious merit and will be a tough out.

But in this short field, with its lack of pronounced speed, and with Schoolyard Dreams (4-1)--nicely positioned outside while the favorite has drawn the rail--making his first start for the Dutrow barn, and given a switch to Ramon Dominguez, has an excellent upset chance.

Taking Schoolyard Dream to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Hymn Book.

Running Totals: (951) 295-191-136 Total Dollar Return: $2,028.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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