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.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

Today’s Belmont Park feature, the Glowing Honor overnight stakes for older turf sprinting fillies at 6 furlongs, is a strange one. Either the runners are not in top form or a are spotted at distances not their best.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Granted Tiger (6-1) which, while not as accomplished as some of her better rivals here, is at home at the trip, over this course.

Two for five at the three, she will appreciate the return to Belmont turf, her favorite footing. She’s versatile in that she can wing it in front or rally--likely the case on the turnback here. Her recent half-mile in :48 4/5, termed breezing, was fourth fastest of 57 four-year-old fillies to work over a seven day period.

Taking Granted Tiger to win and place at 5-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (738) 239-153-99 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Driven to Succeed

Following last week’s cancellations, this overnight sprint for state-bred sprinters came up as contentious as it did last week.

With Johnny Velazquez named on both halves of the Todd Pletcher entry, only one can start. The one we prefer is Driven By Success (5-1) who finished sneaky well in Saturday‘s G1 Vosburgh--a little burst at the finish after getting outrun early.

The interesting notion here is that if he starts, instead of Dr. W, it will be Pletcher bringing a horse back in four days, something I’ve never seen him do. ‘Success’ is effective at the hybrid distance of 6-½ furlongs and would appreciate wet footing, which is in the forecast.

Taking Driven By Success to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him in exactas with recent conqueror Endless Circle (8-5) and well placed, favorably weighted 3-year-old, General Maximus (2-1).

Running Totals: (738) 239-153-99 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 01, 2010

The Lowdown on the Gold Cup

Today’s Jockey Club Gold is the classic struggle between three-year-olds and their elders. While the historical “advantage” has been with the elders, that trend has changed in recent years. But it won’t this year because these youngsters are not particularly fast nd have been beating each other all year, Lookin At Lucky notwithstanding, right? Think again.

Fly Down (9-2) was narrowly beaten while racing on the rail at Saratoga in the Travers, earning an incrementally top lifetime best figure, indicative of another forward move. He’s getting four pounds from his older rivals, is nicely drawn inside on the elbow turn, and his sharp half-mile on the Oklahoma training track was fastest of 45 three-year-olds to work this week in Saratoga. With the speedy Haynesfield and fresh Rail Trip lined up, there should be sufficient speed to help his late run in the return to his favorite surface.

Taking Fly Down to win at 7-2 or greater, boxing him in the exacta with the very talented Blame (8-5), and adding first-time Dutrow, Rail Trip (5-2), to the trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (737) 239-153-98 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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