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, March 26, 2011

Go for the Value, Pal

Marty Wolfson is not having his usual 30 percent meet and in an act of anxiety is surrounding the feature, a mere $60,000 overnighter with four entrants, all uncoupled, including Amazing (5-2) who is sure to be closed to odds-on at post time.

The interesting filly with us is the Derek Ryan Tampa shipper C. C.’s Pal (8-1) who fit’s the speedy race shape, is nicely position outside beneath Paco Lopez and worked strongly at her Tampa base for the trip south.

Taking C. C.’s Pal to win at 6-1 or greater and keying her in exactas first and second with the favorite and first-time Dutrow trainee from California, All Due Respect (3-1).

Running Totals: (834) 266-172-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only] {Saturday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, March 25, 2011

Mia’s a Real Sweetheart

Q. When does a dirt sprint resemble a turf route?

A. When the trip could make all the difference in the world.

That looks like the scenario in today’s Gulfstream feature, a secondary allowances that’s a quite competitive sprint.

Candyman E. is the likely post time favorite, an in-form streaking sprinter from a high percentage barn. But I do believe he will be pressured harder here than he was in his most recent effort.

Mia’s Angel with Johnny V. looks like the most likely recipient of a comfortable stalking trip, positioned nicely toward the outside in this eight horse field. The four year old has shown to like the surface and benefits from a turn back to 6 furlongs.

Taking Mia’s Angel to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Ask Joe who looms the speed of the speed.

Running Totals: (834) 266-172-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where’s Sterling?  Trying to Catch Palatine Hill

Not difficult finding the logical favorite in today’s featured fifth race at Gulfstream for older horses going nine furlongs under preliminary allowance conditions.

That would be Where’s Sterling (2-1) from the prolific Nick Canani shed with Pace Lopez in the boot. Sharp doesn’t even begin to describe the 4 year old Northern Afleet colt.

But can he catch Palatine Hill (3-1) who figures to shake loose as the speed of the speed here and benefits from a switch to Javier Castellano, locked in a duel with Johnny Velazquez as the meet’s leading rider.

When last seen he was setting a hot pace going a one turn mile. On the stretch to a two-turn nine furlongs, it figures to be, in tribute to NCAA Tournament, it's sayonara baby!

Taking Palatine Hill to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Where's Sterling.

Running Totals: (833) 266-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,857.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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