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, August 21, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Today’s featured Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies starts a grade one filly in Winter Memories (4-5).

Five for six lifetime, she probably should be undefeated if not for a trough trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf when she was trapped inside and the winner, More Than Real, who was very good that day, got the jump on her.

This daughter of Memories of Silver has an explosive turn of foot and she just might be the best grass filly in America regardless of age. If I said I thought she as vulnerable, I’d be lying.

Taking Winter Memories to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in the exacta with Kathmanblu (8-1), freshened and finally back on turf, and the improving Dynamic Holiday (6-1).

Running Totals: (914) 287-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only] {Saturday‘s Results Not Included}

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sweet Home Alabama

Today’s Saratoga feature is the storied Alabama, a Grade 1 for 3-year-old fillies at the classic distance.

It’s Tricky (9-5) is the lone 3-year-old of either sex to have won two Grade 1s this season, including the CCAO over the track; she’s the logical and worthy favorite. However, we’re compelled to look elsewhere.

Royal Delta (6-1) earned field’s best Equiform figure going long while winning the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan, then was short of top condition when third in the Coaching Club Oaks. She breezed a strong five-eighths since and is bred to run as far as they write races. The price should be fair.

Taking Royal Delta to win at 7-2 or greater and key boxing her in exactas with the favorite and Inglorious (6-1), ultra impressive beating 16 males in Canada’s signature event, the Queens Plate.

Running Totals: (914) 287-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 19, 2011

What a Difference, a Length Makes

In today’s feature, the Yaddo Stakes for state-bred fillies and mares going a mile and a sixteenth on the Saratoga turf, all eyes will be on Gitchee Goomie (2-1), and for good reason. Her latest here was a nightmarish journey as she was blocked, forced to angle out wide in deep stretch, finished with a rush but ran out of ground, racing her final quarter in a sub-23 seconds. Consequently, she will likey wind out a heavy favorite.

But in that same race, it wasn’t as if Frivolous Buck (5-1) didn’t have a straw in her path. She had her issues, too, caught between horses through much of the final turn, eventually found a seam, but it was too late: She was beaten a head by the choice. While ‘Gitchee’ has proven consistently faster, the disparity in the odds is the difference here.

Taking Frivolous Buck to win at 9-2 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with the favorite.

Running Totals: (913) 287-184-129 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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