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.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zifzaf I Was Takin’ a Bath

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a real challenge. The Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap features a lot of quality horses returning from lay-ups, and therein lies the problem.

So let’s keep it simple and take one of those, Zifzaf (4-1), who’s both fast and talented.

And the five year old gelding is training up a storm at Payson Park, has excellent performance figures, classy lines and has done some of his best running at today’s distance.

Owning tactical speed and an inside draw, Javier Castellano can place him where he wants as he can stalk or finish from behind.

Taking Zifzaf to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in the exotics with Society’s Chairman (6-1), Nicanor (8-1), Twilight Meteor (8-1), Yankee Fourtune (3-1) and Rogue Victory (8-1).

Running Totals: (818) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Something Good to Eat?

Today’s Fountain Of Youth marks the return of the uber talented To Honor And Serve (8-5) and super sharp Soldat (2-1). The draw probably means that Soldat will be racing on the pace, forced to break sharply from the pole, with To Honor And Serve stalking from the outside.

You know their connections will want him to learn to rate kindly; there’s lots of speed in this three year old class. Meanwhile, since this will be a rider’s race, and since a few others here are capable of pressing the pace, then how about a trip sitter. Hello Ramon.

Gourmet Dinner (5-1) is not nearly as fast as his rivals here, but he’s had his feet held to the fire and has acquitted himself well. He’s on a positive line indicating that a forward move is forthcoming. With Soldat 50-50 to regress, and the favorite at somewhere around 80 percent, the value lies with the colt that’s had a good race over the track in the Holy Bull and the price will be fair.

Taking Gourmet Dinner to win at 4-1 or greater keying him first and second in multiples with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (817) 258-170-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, February 25, 2011

Is Lexie the One?

Today’s Gulfstream feature is yet another competitive five furlong turf sprint for preliminary allowances fillies and mares. And once again, it affords an opportunity to connect with a price shot.

Lexie G.’s (15-1) best race in career came under similar conditions on this course last season. As you might expect given the conditions, there is no shortage of early speed in this lineup.

Tactically, that benefits our filly who can stalk from close range or rally from the rear. In that context, her outside draw should help as the rider can play it off the break. And their hardly has been a liver team right now that trainer Clement and Joe Bravo.

Taking Lexie G. to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her in the multiples first and second with Indulgence (4-1), second of the layup for Marty Wolfson, the competitive figure earner Crimson Glory (6-1), working quickly for Wesley Ward, and the very quick Indian Wife (8-1), making her first start since claimed by Julio Cartegena, a profitable 29 percent in that role.

Running Totals: (816) 258-169-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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