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.

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


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Like Hollywood Left? You’re Right!

Backing eight year olds is generally not our style until we’re back into a corner--or the rail. But every time you seem to wind up Hollywood Left (7-2) he shows up, usually right on time.

A four time winner at Gulfstream, he’s won eight turf sprints in his short career and runs earns top figures with alarming consistency.

Owning speed and pole position, there’s no good reason to think who won’t run his race yet again in his third start following a layup, a worthy 31 percent profitable occurrence for Jason Servis, who taps the aggressive Jose Lezcano.

Taking Hollywood Left to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with the Kirk Zaidie (dah) trained Sir Edgar (4-1) and Ashtonofun (8-1) who should be set for best in his third off the layoff.

Running Totals: (832) 265-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,852.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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