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, October 21, 2011

It takes a Village

In today’s allowance feature at Belmont that has drawn a half dozen, there are several faster horses and several others that have been tested and fared fairly well in tougher spots.

But lone speed is always dangerous and it appears Carrington Village is poised to play that role.

Making his fifth lifetime start, he’s done nothing wrong on the Equiform scale. Following an opening Compression Line came a New Pace Top, followed by a Reversal then another NPT.

Coming back in three weeks--not the usual tack from the Pletcher playbook--Johnny V should put this colt in the game from the start and control tempo.

Taking Carrington Village to win at 7-2 or greater and keying him in multiples with Won Fast Bullet and Keep Me Informed.

Running Totals: (951) 294-191-137 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, October 20, 2011

I Have a Dream Today

Today’s Firestorm Stakes at Belmont Park features a strong favorite that might well be worth beating, depending on post time odds.

Hymn Book (3-5), who owns the best performance figures, has done so with consistency and is getting class relief dropping out of graded stakes while attracting Castellano, has obvious merit and will be a tough out.

But in this short field, with its lack of pronounced speed, and with Schoolyard Dreams (4-1)--nicely positioned outside while the favorite has drawn the rail--making his first start for the Dutrow barn, and given a switch to Ramon Dominguez, has an excellent upset chance.

Taking Schoolyard Dream to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Hymn Book.

Running Totals: (951) 295-191-136 Total Dollar Return: $2,028.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Finally, Some Good News

Our racing week will begin at Keeneland and the feature in Lexington today is a preliminary allowances at 10 furlongs. The problem is that the 7th race favorite, Newsdad (1-1), will be a very tough out.

Freshened since August, the Bill Mott trainee has been training with purpose at his Churchill base. The three year old still has upside potential against this group of elders, he’s getting big-time class relief--beaten a length in the Blue Grass this spring--earnest a lifetime best performance figure in the process. Further, he reunites with winning riding Castanon.

Taking Newsdad to win, no price restrictions, nd an exacta box with surface loving Pleasant Run (9-2), bred for today’s longer trip and picking up Leparoux.

Running Totals: (950) 294-191-136 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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