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, August 14, 2010

Sword Dancer Great Spot for Upset

Today’s feature is the Grade 1 Sword Dancer on the turf for males 3 and up going 12 furlongs. This is the most wide edition in recent memory and a good spot to throw deep.

The favorites, Expansion (3-1) and Marsh Side (4-1), shipping in for Neil Drysdale, are worthy and likely winners. But then Telling (6-1) is better than his last. Interpatation (20-1) shouldn’t be that price and Grand Couturier (8-1) loves Saratoga.

But it’s Bearpath (10-1) that’s the most intriguing. Back at his best distance, he has speed enough to get position here and the power to finish, trying to win his third 12-furlong event in five lifetime starts.

Making his second start off the layup, the late developing 4-year-old gelding attracts Calvin, so you know that Bearpath will save ground.

Taking Bearpath to win at 6-1 or greater and keying him first and second in multiple pools with his rivals here, adding Grassy (10-) to the superfecta mix.

Running Totals: (706) 229-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,591.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 13, 2010

An Accord with Nordic Truce

Today’s Saratoga feature is a beauty, the Grade 2 National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Stakes for 3-year-olds going nine furlongs on turf. Of the six entered, four can win, of the two favorites, we prefer the longer.

Interactif is a worthy favorite (8-5). When last seen he finished well for place behind leading sophomore turfer, Paddy O’ Prado, and is already a multiple graded winner. Those wins came at 2, then came a tentative Triple Crown campaign, now back on turf. Turf and synthetics are his best go.

But we’ll take a minor upsetter in Nordic Truce (5-2). Also a Grade 3 winner, he’s never taken a backward step in four career starts, all on turf, and was able to improve his final figure despite softer fractions in his latest. He reunites with Julien Leparoux, 2 for 2 on this colt, and the Clement barn has awakened in recent days.

Taking Nordic Truce to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Interactif. Also adding import Paris Vegas (8-1) and Krypton (3-1), the only horse to defeat Nordic Truce, to the trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (705) 229-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,591.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Take Refuge in Rice FIlly

Today it’s the girl’s turn, the New York Stallion series, Statue of Liberty division, for horses sired by New York stallions. And if there’s anyone in the group capable of outrunning early line and likely ante post favorite In Te Domine (2-1), I can't figure who it might be.

Her last was extraordinary, very fast on performance figures and visually impressive, a key race 7 furlongs that produced two next out winners. She has course experience from her juvenile campaign and by Freud, from an A.P. Indy mare, she’s set to go long once again.

Taking In Te Domine to win, no price restrictions, and boxing her in the exacta with In Your Dreams (5-1), coming off a Pace Low and leaving from the pole position with Rajiv Maragh. Trifecta players can add the sharp Bretton Woods (6-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (704) 228-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,588.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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