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 15, 2011

This Time, Shirreffs in Spoiler Role

Any HRI regular knows what I think of Winter Memories (9-5) the early line favorite for Keeneland's prestigious Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for 3-year-old turf fillies. She's special and she'll do what she needs to do to win the race she's been pointed toward since February. But to paraphrase Damon Runyon, sort of, she's not the filly to bet.

John Shirreffs is coming to town with an incupled duo and the one that looks most interesting to us is Nereid (6-1), a filly that's never regressed on the Equiform scale. Her figure last time out was as good as any member of this field, including the impressive Summer Soiree (2-1). She has excellent, tactical speed and a well timed run makes an upset possible. We'll take the value with a highly conservative trainer that's batting a profitable 38% with his shippers.

Taking Nereid to win at 5-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Winter Memories.

Running Totals: (947) 294-191-135 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only] {Friday results not included]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 14, 2011

Hot, Hot, Hot

If there’s n outfit on the grounds at Belmont that’s hotter than Asmussen’s, I don’t know who that can be. If there’s a jockey hotter than Corey Nakatani, the same question applies.

And who could be a hotter filly than Diamonds And Dust (1-1) right now?

Yes, I realize she’s coming off a big lifetime double top on the Equiform scale, but that was as her first start as a three-year-old following a barn change.

Factor in a pace she can dominate, an outside draw in a small field and sufficient spacing, I don’t know how to go past her.

Taking Diamonds And Dust to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing her in exactas with Cinco De Mayo Mio (8-1), coming off a New Pace Top and switch to Dominguez, and Taconic Victory (5-1), a 6-½ furlong specialist.

Running Totals: (947) 294-191-135 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Star in the Making

Seems crazy to take a position against a Bill Mott trainee given the kind of year he’s having, or the notion of a short price on a horses doing what it’s never done for the first time. But I think we can make an exception here.

Star Torina (2-1) has never run on dirt but with the exception of E Z Passer (5-2), she is superior to the group on the Equiform scale--and in that filly’s case, her latest figure represents a career top. And it’s not like she won’t be heavily backed either.

Why should Star Torina excel on the main track? She’s a daughter of A. P. Indy from a Mr. Prospector mare. Doesn’t that sound like she can run on anything? Certainly does to me.

We’re taking Star Torina to win at 8-5 or greater and key boxing her in exactas with E Z Passer and price shot American Angel (12-1), incrementally improving her figures with each start and learning to distribute her energy more efficiently.

Running Totals: (946) 294-191-135 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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