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.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Seeking the Black-Eyed Susan Title

Today’s Black-Eyed Susan Stakes features a deserving favorite in Tidal Pool (8-5), trained by Wayne Lukas, ridden by Calvin Borel and most recently second and third to divisional leading Blind Luck in he Fantasy Stakes and Kentucky Oaks.

She’s clearly fastest, and therein lies the potential problem. Her efforts of two and three races back were big and they were enervating. She should have no problem shaking loose once again, but the nine-furlong trip might prove little less that a sixteenth too far.

There’s some talent in this group with a few boasting tremendous upside. The filly with the most potential, however, is the lightly raced Seeking The Title (5-1).

The Dallas Stewart-trained filly finished strongly albeit too late in the Fair Grounds Oaks. She’s never taken a backward step, is nicely bred for today’s longer ground and has trained very well for this. Kent Desormeaux takes the re-ride.

Taking Seeking The Title to win at 4-1 or greater and making a Black-Eyed Susan-Preakness double with Super Saver.

Also, keying Seeking The Title first and second in exactas and trifectas with Tidal Pool, Sunland Oaks winning Harissa (5-1), and the promising price shot, Acting Happy (10-1). Trifecta players can add the sharp No Such Word (7-2) to their mix.

Running Totals: (647) 204-131-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,425.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Throwing Deep in the Feature

Interesting turf feature at Belmont Park, a preliminary allowances for fillies, 3 year olds, 1-1/16th miles.

Here are my trip notes for Exiled Princess from her last on dirt, AQU 041610: "Big middle move in no-pace mile, going from pull to drive, head to head on rail far turn, very gamely rail stretch!"

She broke her maiden on turf three starts back at Gulfstream, so she handles the grass, and her dirt run should give her conditioning. She’d be the play on either surface. Did we mention she was 20-1 on the early line?

Taking Exiled Princess to win at 15-1 or greater, an exacta box with the fastest filly on performance figures, two-sided turf bred Protesting (5-1), and adding price shot Doe Run--if she breaks in from the also-eligibles--plus, on the Equiform performance scale, the very competitive Vee (5-1), Rumpus Room (6-1) and Rhys (10-1).

Running Totals: (647) 204-131-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,425.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Potential Trip Trumps Speed in Belmont Feature

What an interesting feature today at Belmont Park, a highly competitive allowance sprint for some hard hitting fillies and mares at the demanding 6-½ furlong distance.

The fastest, both out of the gate and on performance figures, clearly is Saarlight (8-5), who loves the hybrid distance and is well drawn outside in a 7-horse field.

And as a newly turned 4-year-old she has a right to improve, if indeed she doesn’t have issues as evidence by two recent layoff periods.

The logical filly, meanwhile, is D’ Wild Ride (2-1), who absolutely loves the trip [2-for-3] and is 1-for-1 at Belmont Park. The only knock would appear to be the most, although Javier Castellano has been pushing all the correct riding buttons of late.

But the play for us is the potential value, state-bred Sapphire Sky (3-1) with Johnny Velazquez. And talk about riding a horse like he owns it, JR has been aboard for all three wins dating back to May of 2009.

The filly has enough speed to stalk from fairly close range and her outside slip allows Velazquez to see what his major rivals are doing.

Taking Sapphire Sky to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with her rivals here. Trifecta players can add price shot R Betty Graybull (8-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (646) 203-131-90 Total Dollar Return: $1,417.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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