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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Make Them Cry Uncle

Don’t know about you, but the 12-1 early line being offered on Uncle Gidge in today’s Parx feature, a classified allowances/optional claiming, is an offer I can’t refuse.

The 5-½ furlong sprint specialist brings his perfect record into the fray over a surface he clearly loves, owning to his (6) 3-2-0 career slate on this surface.

While not as fast as these on the Equiform scale, he comes in fresh and his lifetime career effort came over this ground in June at today’s trip. As a 4-year-old, he still has some upside compared the the speedier veteran he meets here.

Taking Uncle Gidge to win at 8-1 or greater and keying him in all money positions with the very logical, and very fast, Cavallo Pazzo (9-5), bounce-rebounded Elusive Gift (5-2), and Piratesonthelake (7-2), another very fast sprint-distance specialist from the Lake barn.

Running Totals: (762) 245-158-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, November 12, 2010

Forecasting Fair Skies for Long Island

In today’s featured Grade 3 Long Island Handicap for fillies and mares going a mile and a half on turf, if there’s a way to beat Changing Skies (1-1), I haven’t found it.

When last seen she was beaten in the last jump but seam-splitting Ave in fast time--and that was in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. Her performance figures are consistently fast, she’s coming off a Turf Decline Line pattern, and is coming in six weeks fresh.

She owns a victory at the distance and gets Johnny Velazquez on the re-ride. Further, the Mott barn has been firing on all cylinders and she has a versatile style, always handy at marathon distances.

Taking Changing Skies to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in multiples with Deveron (7-2), distance specialist Mekong Melody (4-1) and forward-looking Sweet And Flawless (6-1); extra tickets with the choice on top.

Running Totals: (761) 245-158-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Scheming to Cash

Today’s Aqueduct turf feature, a rare non-winners of 3 other-than/optional claiming, looks like the right spot for Denomination (8-5). Competitive in stakes, including a Grade 3, coming in fresh for Christophe Clement, attracting Dominguez and getting class relief, he will be a tough out. However, we’ll take a sharp rival with a potential for value.

State-bred Exclusive Scheme (4-1) has a lot going for her. She, too, is getting class relief, has tactical speed and kick, with Johnny Velazquez likely insuring a good trip. Owning a win at the distance and 1-for-1 on the local course, the four-year-old filly has conditioning on the turn-back from nine furlongs. Can’t make any excuses here.

Taking Exclusive Scheme to win at 5-2 or greater and keying her in multiples first and second with the early line favorite and uber sharpsters Darjeeling (5-1) and Quebrada Shiner (6-1).

Running Totals: (760) 245-157-102 Total Dollar Return: $1,700.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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