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, July 31, 2011

Dyna Zaps’em

Today’s Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap features what is, in our view, a highly vulnerable favorite in Payton D’Oro who, while she finished well in her most recent start at Belmont, she had no excuses vs. weaker in prior two-turner.

Super Espresso should improve stretching to the two-turn configuation but it’s Dynazapper (6-1) that’s the most interesting. Her most recent at Belmont was impressive from a visual and figure perspective and her pedigree figures to love this added ground.

Taking Dynazaper to win at 9-2 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with her rivals here.

Running Totals: (898) 284-182-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,957.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Look at the Jim Dandy My Friends

Two excellent features today but with the storied Travers just one month away, a look at the quintessential prep for the Midsummer Derby, the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes.

When I saw the overnight, I thought the last horse that would interest me was Stay Thirsty (5-2) but upon closer inspection, this is where we land.

The Belmont Stakes represented a breakthrough race for him and today’s route should see that development continue. His tactical speed fits today’s race shape, he’s been training up a storm for this, and he loves the Spa strip, the site of his previous lifetime best effort.

Taking Stay Thirsty to win at 2-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Dwyer winner Dominus (5-2).

Running Totals: (897) 283-182-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,950.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 29, 2011

Raison To Bet

Today’s featured Curlin Stakes attracts an eclectic field, so much so, in fact, that we’re taking a recent maiden breaker to get the money. But, oh, what a maiden breaker it was.

And, oh what a pedigree he has.

It’s hard to imagine a horse better bred than Raison D’etat (3-1), by A. P. Indy out of the wonderful Sightseek, a Juddmonte star for the late Bobby Frankel.

His maiden romp, by nearly 8 lengths, was accomplished stylishly and in fast time, showing excellent development. This is a significant step up vs. multiple or graded-placed runners but any improvement at today’s suitable added distance indicates he’ll handle it.

Taking Raison D’etat to win at 5-2 or greater, keying him in exactas with Prime Cut (7-2) and Bold Warrior (5-2)

Running Totals: (896) 283-181-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,950.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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