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.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Judy, Judy, Judy

Today’s headliner is the Grade 1 Spinaway and this renewal is interesting not only for its diversity but for the appearance of Judy The Beauty (3-1).

Quick: Name the last juvenile filly you can remember to go 3-for-3 to begin her career--in different countries on two continents. But there they are; the U.S., Europe, then back to North America for Woodbine’s Shadywell.

Jude The Beauty is working well for main track debut by keeping step with Flashpoint in Aqueduct trials, that would be the 3-year-old stakes winning colt. I’ll play her until she gets beat.

Taking Judy The Beauty to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing her in the exacta with Georgie’s Angel (2-1), winner of the G3 Schuylerville, and impressive maiden winner Grace Hall (7-2).

Running Totals: (925) 291-186-131 Total Dollar Return: $2,014.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, September 03, 2011

And a Filly Shall Lead Them

With three Grade 1s to choose from, the one that matters most is the Woodward and is the most compelling for the presence of the filly. And we believe Harve De Grace has more ability than the males she’s meeting here.

She has earned top figures with consistency, fits the race shape and is nicely drawn outside, has won at the distance, nearly won the Alabama over this track. As a filly, she also gets a three-pound sex allowance.

Taking Harve De Grace to win at 3-2 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Rule, coming off a breakthrough effort on the Equiform scale while prepping for this.

Running Totals: (924) 290-186-131 Total Dollar Return: $2,007.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, September 02, 2011


There are two features today but the Riskaverse Stakes, race 8, has the potential for a better payoff; more compelling.

It appears a battle between the two favorites and hot hot trainers, Chad Brown and Bill Mott.

Making her U. S. debut, Star former (7-2) had little chance to win at any time, as far back as she raced. Then she unleashed a wide, too late rally, going from ninth to third, beaten a mere 1-¼ lengths. Identical conditions and Lezcano might have figured her out with that experience.

But it’s Chad Brown’s Divalarious who’s been pointed toward this since taking a preliminary allowances back in June at Belmont. Of Brown’s 20 winners this many, many have come on turf. He’s adept coming back in this time frame and he’s a profitable 30% with repeaters. Castellano takes the return call.

Taking Divalarious to win at 2-1 or greater, and exacta box with Starformer, and using Blushandbashful (8-1) and Decennial top optimize the exotics result.

Running Totals: (923) 290-186-130 Total Dollar Return: $2,007.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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