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.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Fast Is as Fast Does

This sprint for 3 year old fillies never really impressed as a true Grade 1, but here is the Prioress, anyway.

Five of the six entrants have speed, they are the fastest fillies, but all are coming off lifetime best efforts at different venues.

If the name of the game is speed with young horses, than the name must be Baffert, whose family also owns this filly. She’s been working bullets--what else?-but one work has come locally, the second fastest of 78 fillies in her category for the week.

Figures to move forward switching from synthetics to dirt and attracts Johnny V.
Taking Alienation (3-1) to win at 2-1 or greater and will try to fill in trifecta with late running Her Smile (10-1).

Running Totals: (885) 278-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 02, 2011

Main Speed Capable of Suburban Upset

Today’s Grade 2 Suburban apparently is a handicap in name only. Six horses ALL carry 115 pounds; what a coincidence.

Anyway, the two favorites, Rodman (8-5) and Hymn Book (5-2) are coming off big efforts. Of the two, I would prefer Hymn Book to regress a little less.

The value in here appears to be Colizeo (5-1), who might shake free under an aggressive Cornelio Velasquez, as the Pletcher trainee loses Johnny to Shug’s well positioned Hymn Book. Unlike the favorites, Colizeo looks poised for a forward move on the stretchout to a more favorable distance.

Taking Colizeo to win at 7-2 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with Hymn Book and oft-disappointing Convocation (6-1) who’s been pointed to this spot and picks up Dominguez.

Running Totals: (883) 278-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 01, 2011

Celluloid Heroes Never Really Die

Until it’s made official, why not try to turn this race, the Sky Beauty, into a graded event one day. Just a thought.

Of the two fillies dropping out of he Grade 2 Shuvee won by the 4-for-4 4-year-old Awesome Maria, we prefer R Betty Graybull (5-2) to likely favorite Happy Week (3-1), even if the early line is a counter-indicator.

Scratched from a tougher stakes event recently awaiting this, “Betty” has a history of good race-bad race. Today she’s in line to throw a good one over her favorite surface where she’s won three of nine starts in five exacta finishes.

She comes from a live race and barn that owns a 3-for-6 slate in non-graded stakes. Nicely drawn toward the outside in this small competitive field, she’ll come running late beneath Eddie Castro who’s taking a return call here.

Taking R Betty Graybull to win at early line odds or better and keying her in multiples with Happy Week, Satans Quick Chick (7-2) who usually runs well going from synthetics to dirt, and the improved Distorted Legacy (5-1), a much improved winner over weaker in her recent Belmont Park debut.

Running Totals: (883) 278-180-120 Total Dollar Return: $1,924.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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