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 19, 2010

Straight Story is the Truth

Today’s Saratoga feature is the West Point on turf at 9 furlongs for New York breds, 3-year-olds and up and it’s attracted a field a talented horses, headed by Straight Story (5-2), Banrock (3-1) and Minnie Punt (9-2).

My first inclination is to box them up as good cases can be made for all. The latter was severely compromised by a dawdling pace in an open class stakes at Monmouth last out. Old pro Banrock has won half his six starts at Saratoga with two seconds and is a six-time winner at the distance.

But Straight Story has grown into a force at 4, even in open company, and, in fact, mid-moved, reaching even terms for the lead in the 11-furlong, Grade 1 United Nations only to get grabbed from behind by a talented Euro type, beaten two lengths for it all. Previously came two open length victories vs. state-breds at today’s distance at Belmont Park.

Taking Straight Story to win at 8-5 or greater and keying him first and second in multiple with his two rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (710) 231-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,599.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Today’s Saratoga feature is the Troy Stakes, an overnighter for older turf sprinters going 5-½ furlongs. While Linda Rice has an uncoupled threesome in here, reminiscent of the time she finished 1-2-3 in a Saratoga turf stakes. That doesn’t figure to be the case here.

Silver Timber (8-5) simply has too much class, too much ability on the performance scale, too much versatility, a coveted inside position and is reunited with Julien Leparoux, who’s won with three of his four recent rides aboard the 7-year-old gelding for Chad Brown, rolling right along at 38 percent efficiency at this meet.

Taking Silver Timber to win, no price restrictions, and exacta key boxes with recent tough-tripper Yield Bogey (6-1) and Spa lover Ahvee's Destiny (5-1).

Running Totals: (709) 231-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,599.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 16, 2010

Betting On a Good One

Been looking forward to today’s Grade 2 Saratoga Special ever since it was announced that Kantharos (4-5) would compete. Obviously, it’s not about making a score with him.

Actually, there are two faster horses, and both are coupled as the Rick Violette-trained entry, although one must scratch because Alan Garcia was named on both.

Just looking at the footnote on Bail Out the Cat (8-5) tells you about his last start in the Sanford Stakes: “acted up, brutal start.” Indeed, he was eliminated, but his previous was a fast maiden score.

Sovereign Default simply ran a hole in the wind at first asking, earning the top performance figure in the group. But Kantharos just might be something special.

Despite stumbling at the break, he won the G3 Bashford Manor by nearly 10, his second straight without defeat. He’s won his first two starts by a combined 21-¼ lengths. Enough said.

Taking Kantharos to win, no price restrictions, and a cold exacta with either half of the Violette entry.

Running Totals: (708) 230-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,597.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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