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, April 24, 2010

Plenty in Reserve

For a handicapping perspective on today’s The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trail Stakes from Churchill Downs, see Pricci’s Morning Line blog on lead page

Taking Miner’s Reserve to win at 8-1 or greater and an exacta box with Eightyfiveinafifty. Trifecta players can add Pleasant Prince, Hurricane Ike (5-1), Aikenite (6-1), Game On Dude (10-1) and Soaring Empire (20-1) to the mix.

Running Totals: (636) 200-127-89 Total Dollar Return: $1,389.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, April 23, 2010

It’s War on the Keeneland Turf Course

Today’s Keeneland feature as the meet winds down is the Grade 2 Elkhorn for older turf specialist at the marathon distance of 12 furlongs. As you might suppose, this large field is wide open.

Since we’re a fan of class and grass, as well as tactical speed and positioning, it’s hard for us to get past the invading Sudden Path (6-1). A two time winner at the marathon trip and 1-for-2 over this surface, the five year old gelding has come to handle this year for Ken Mc Peek.

All this makes sense since the gelding has earned his two best lifetime figures at this trip, is set to move forward off his latest, and has shown tactical ability and kick.

With Alex Solis on the re-ride, Sudden War is finally getting away from Bourbon Bay, the turf start of the recent Santa Anita meet who took the San Juan Capistrano for his third victory of the meet. The lightly raced late developer should continue making progress and be in this one throughout given a favorable draw.

Taking Sudden War to win at 9-2 or greater and keying him in multiples with Timeless Fashion (6-1), seeking his fourth straight, classy old pro Brass Hat (8-1), dropping and reuniting with Calvin, and Transduction Gold (12-1) who made a bold wide rally to just miss place in the Mervin Muniz at Fair Grounds now making his third start off the layup.

Running Totals: (636) 200-127-89 Total Dollar Return: $1,389.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Floating Heart in Minor Upset

An opportunity to beat a favorite in today’s featured Grade 3 Grey Goose Bewitch at 12 furlongs on turf for older fillies and mares. It just seems that Lady Shakespeare (5-2) always runs well but never delivers.

Lady Shakespeare, meanwhile, might not even be the best horse. If it’s judged by the company you keep, then that distinction should go to Floating Heart (3-1) who’s been keeping G1 and G2 company in SoCal.

Earning good performance figures in synth races that Zenyatta and Zardana appear in takes some quality. Further, Joe Talamo comes in to ride her for Todd Pletcher. She is also 1-for-1 on this course, at this distance. She looks like a classy, late developing turf whiz. This would be good first step.

Taking Floating Heart to win at 5-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (635) 200-127-89 Total Dollar Return: $1,389.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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