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.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Table Set for Betty’s Halo at Philly Park

Today’s feature at Philadelphia Park, a highly contentious allowance sprint for older fillies and mares at 6-½ furlongs has a bit of everything, pace, mid-movers and late runners.

Most significantly, though, a beatable favorite in Indian Delight (5-2), who gets a major switch to Kendrick Carmouche but with too many seconds and thirds on her card for our taste.

He figures to be in the mix early, however, along with three other speed types that figure to occupy themselves early. The one who figures to benefit the most is Betty’s Halo (5-1), who has done her best recent racing beneath veteran Tony Black.

Her last was a top figure effort but trainer Preciado has a fine record with repeaters, her style and wide draw fit’s the race shape snugly and she’s come back with two soft yet purposeful works for her return.

Taking Betty’s Halo to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing her first and second in exactas with Feverish Flight (7-2) and Spanish Luck (9-2).

Running Totals: (611) 189-125-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,309.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, March 13, 2010

I Have a Dream Today

In today’s Tampa Bay Derby, taking Schoolyard Dreams to win at 4-1 or greater, and key-boxing him in the exacta with Super Saver and Odysseus. LATE ADDITION: Adding Uptowncharlybrown to a trifecta mix, using 'Schoolyard' in all three positions.

Running Totals: (610) 189-124-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,309.90 [win selections only]

For a complete analysis of today’s Grade 3, see Pricci’s Morning Line Blog on the HRI lead page

Written by John Pricci


Friday, March 12, 2010

From North to South, and From….

Soon after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, trainer Carl Nafzger announced his retirement, turning many horses over to his long time assistant Ian Wilkes and keeping a hand in with a few horses just to stay busy. The man’s lost nothing off his fastball.

He’s run 13 horses at the Gulfstream meet, winning five, in seeks his third straight win without a loss with East To West (4-1).

This late developing five year old gelding came to hand last fall at Churchill and stepped right in here to win at restricted claimer last out, albeit over weaker company.

But he did it the right way with a strong frontrunning performance; the barn is 22% efficient with repeaters and he’s worked well at Palm Meadows preparing for a repeat performance. Given the class rise, bettable odds seem assured.

Taking East To West to win at 7-2 or greater, turf only, and boxing him in exactas with returning distance specialist Midnite Silver.

Running Totals: (610) 189-124-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,309.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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