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, August 06, 2011

Looking for a Good Trip

Today's storied Grade 1 Whitney is a beauty, an extremely difficult puzzle to solve. We believe six horses have a serious chance and am not convinced all the bases are covered. It's as difficult to set the price as it is to pick the winner. We decided to take any and all value on the rejuvenated Rail Trip (12-1).

Returning from an eight month layoff at Belmont Park, he was narrowly beaten after making all the running in a quickly run mile and a sixteenth.

More significantly, however, is that it appears his physical issues are behind him, at least for now. He has proven his class in Grade 1 company, won at 9 and even 10 furlongs, has tactical speed, kick, and good position toward the outside so that Ramon Dominguez can take full advantage. Odds of 8-1 or greater would be excellent value.

Taking Rail Trip to win and key boxing him first and second in exactas with recent conqueror Friend Or Foe (8-1) and G1 Carter winner Morning Line (10-1).

Running Totals: (902) 285-182-124 Total Dollar Return: $1,960.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 05, 2011

One Tasty Dish

Today's Madame Jumel attracted seven extremely closely matched fillies at various stages of their form cycles. While the temptation is to land on Satans Quick Chick, who earns the best performance figures cosnsitently, we'll opt instead for Sweet N Sour Nina, whose game has improved markendly since Pater Walder's claim last fall. The only filly sporting a win at today's 9 furlong trip, she's been pointed toward this and has been training very well at her Monmouth Park base. She reunites with Rajiv Maragh, who was aboard for aforementioned score at the trip.

Taking Sweet N Sour Nina to win at 4-1 or greater and key boxing her in exactas with Satans Quick Chick and surface winner Acronym.

Running Totals: (901) 285-182-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,960.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 04, 2011

Dropdown Rules the Day

Today's main track feature is the listed Birdstone Stakes for older horses racing once around the park. While Rule might appear to have a disappointing profile, things like that happen when you compete in graded company for nearly two years, the fall of his 2-year-old season and if it weren't for bad luck, well, you know the rest. He suffered through a very tough trip when third in the G1 Donn and most recently, making his first start off a layup, he went head to head throughout very tesing fractions before settling for third behind Kensei who came back to run very well on the haskell card. Class relief and reunites with Castellano.

Taking Rule to win at 8-5 or greater and key boxing him in exactas with Gautier and Glenwood Canyon.

Running Totals: (901) 285-182-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,962.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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