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.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

All In on Pocket Cowboys

Today’s featured West Point for older state-breds at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf is about the toughest feature to handicap this meeting. I studied long; hope I didn’t study wrong.

There’s so much speed and pressers in this spot and not a proven late runner of this class upon which to hang your handicapping hat, so we’re hoping one of the pressers, Pocket Cowboys (6-1) will get it done.

‘Cowboys’ was second in this race last year at 9 furlongs but at today’s 8.5 furlong trip, the anticipated faster pace and has tactical speed will enable him to trip out given the rider switch to position conscious Castellano. It’s a crapshoot but perhaps the price will justify the risk.

Taking Pocket Cowboys to win at 5-1 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with two classy types; the open graded stakes winning Straight Story (6-1) and the late running Icabad Crane (3-1) who should get a strong pace to suit his late run.

Running Totals: (912) 287-184-128 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

For Bridgetown: What Price Glory?

Today’s Troy Stakes for older sprinters going 5-½ furlongs on turf features a Todd Pletcher trained favorite that will be very hard to bet. Bridgetown (1-1) is 2-for-2 on the surface and distance and he worked sharply for this. However, his recent sojourn to Ascot makes this a difficult read for me and I’m not going to try at the expected short odds.

Awakino Cat (3-1) is a different story. While he’s coming back in only three weeks, he returns to the course over which he’s 4-for-5 in live and an eight time winner at the distance. He’s lost a half step but will likely be rejuvenated by his return to the Spa switching to Ramon.

Taking Awakino Cat to win at 5-2 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with the favorite and Pashito The Che (6-1), last seen in the key race Breeders’ Cup Sprint (3 next out winners) and has won sprinting on turf.

Running Totals: (911) 287-184-127 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 15, 2011

Oh Canada (Hopefully the Right One)

An eclectic renewal of the Saratoga Special with only one of the six entrants having run in New York last time out. There are many ways to go, the first of which would seem to try to defeat Stat (7-5) a maiden winner at Belmont for Todd Pletcher July 9 and figures to be overbet here.

For his part, Indian Evening (5-1) was more impressive with strong rally maiden score in debut at Woodbine; has an excellent pedigree, and purposeful works for a barn adept with graded stakes performers and profitable when going synthetic to dirt.

Taking Indian Evening to win at 7-2 or greater, key boxing him in multiples with Italo (10-1), who broke his maiden at Longchamp then out of his element in Ascot Group 2, and Banner Bill (6-1), 3-for-3 including two Woodbine stakes.

Running Totals: (910) 287-184-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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