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.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Home Alone

Interesting little state-bred stakes for state-bred juvenile fillies, the Swirlaway, going a flat mile. We give five fillies a chance to win this one.

The merits of early line Saltamontes (2-1) are obvious, Yawkey Way (4-1) is consistently fastest on performance figures, price shot Hessonite (12-1) has the most distance experience and Miss Valentine (5-1) broke maiden as if she has a future and has a promising pedigree as well.

But it’s Floating Alone (8-1) that has peaked our interest. Appearing in need of her sprint debut at Saratoga, trainer Tom Bush ran her long on the grass in her second start and she obliged willingly, confident handled before making a very strong late run to get the money.

Wasting no time, he sent her back in a state-bred stakes on the main track at u furlongs and after a slow start following a very bad stumble out of the slip, she bided her time before making another good late rally for third, beaten only 2-¼ lengths by today’s early line favorite.

There’s plenty of speed signed on if this event holds together and her draw toward the outside should have her in good position before launching her rally.

Taking Floating Alone to win at 6-1 or greater and keying her in all positions, in all pools with the four rivals listed above.

Running Totals: (762) 245-158-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, November 15, 2010

Make Them Cry Uncle

Don’t know about you, but the 12-1 early line being offered on Uncle Gidge in today’s Parx feature, a classified allowances/optional claiming, is an offer I can’t refuse.

The 5-½ furlong sprint specialist brings his perfect record into the fray over a surface he clearly loves, owning to his (6) 3-2-0 career slate on this surface.

While not as fast as these on the Equiform scale, he comes in fresh and his lifetime career effort came over this ground in June at today’s trip. As a 4-year-old, he still has some upside compared the the speedier veteran he meets here.

Taking Uncle Gidge to win at 8-1 or greater and keying him in all money positions with the very logical, and very fast, Cavallo Pazzo (9-5), bounce-rebounded Elusive Gift (5-2), and Piratesonthelake (7-2), another very fast sprint-distance specialist from the Lake barn.

Running Totals: (762) 245-158-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, November 12, 2010

Forecasting Fair Skies for Long Island

In today’s featured Grade 3 Long Island Handicap for fillies and mares going a mile and a half on turf, if there’s a way to beat Changing Skies (1-1), I haven’t found it.

When last seen she was beaten in the last jump but seam-splitting Ave in fast time--and that was in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. Her performance figures are consistently fast, she’s coming off a Turf Decline Line pattern, and is coming in six weeks fresh.

She owns a victory at the distance and gets Johnny Velazquez on the re-ride. Further, the Mott barn has been firing on all cylinders and she has a versatile style, always handy at marathon distances.

Taking Changing Skies to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in multiples with Deveron (7-2), distance specialist Mekong Melody (4-1) and forward-looking Sweet And Flawless (6-1); extra tickets with the choice on top.

Running Totals: (761) 245-158-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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