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, May 28, 2011

The Trip Means All in Sheepshead Bay

It sure seems like today's Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park going 11 furlongs on turf is a two-horse affair pitting the two favorites, Hibaayeb (2-1) and Le Luna De Miel (5-2), against each other. If that's not the case, I'll consider myself scooped.

Taking Hibaayeb in this matchup to win, at 8-5 or greater, because she seems handier in what figures be a slow-paced affair, and is nicely drawn with JR.

Running Totals: (866) 272-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,898.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, May 27, 2011

Take the Taconic to Victory

If today’s Belmont feature doesn’t resemble a test right of Handicapping 101, I wouldn’t know another to top it.

It’s a secondary allowances for older fillies going the hybrid 6-½ furlongs and three of the five entrants are long on early speed and a hot early pace seems assured.

Of the two remaining fillies, one prefers racing fresh, has enough tactical speed to stay within range, is nicely drawn outside, has competitive performance figures and has done her best racing at today’s distance. Case closed.

Taking Taconic Victory, 9-5 on the early line, to win, with no price restrictions.

Running Totals: (865) 272-177-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,898.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bet On The Chief

With conditions not knowable for sure, the idea is to find a turf runner in the Belmont Key To the Bridge overnight stakes that can handle a variety of course scenarios.

That would narrow the choice to two and Bet On The Blue (7-2) is the choice to provide better value than the anticipated favorite, Strike It Rich (5-2).

Both can handle any kind of surface but the former is getting some class relief dropping out of the Grade 3 Beaugay, is familiar with Belmont Park, gets a favorable rider switch and rates to move forward off a Turf Decline Line. Her tactical speed should serve her well given an inside draw.

Taking Bet On The Blue to win at 7-2 or greater and an exacta box with Strike It Rich.

Running Totals: (864) 272-176-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,898.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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