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.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Back to the Bluegrass Turf

We’ll stay at Keeneland, and stay on the grass for the Grade 3 Bryan Station for three-year-olds going a mile.

We find this field in various stages of development and one that seems to be marching forward continually is Mikoshi (4-1), the kind of incremental improvement that signals that just might be more to come.

There are some in here, such as Crespo (4-1), who are more accomplished in terms of company lines. Then there’s the streaking Get Stormy (7-2), who’s improved rapidly for Tom Bush, and the impressive allowance winner Kinsella (3-1), at today’s distance in his Spa finale.

But Mikoshi fits the race shape here as well as any of his rivals, he handles off ground, and his tactical speed and inside post could help him trip out in the one. Taking Mikoshi to win and place at 4-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (524) 157-106-75 Total Dollar Return: $1,100.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Durante Would Love This Filly

With today’s Belmont feature rescheduled for Wednesday, we’ll take a look at the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Keeneland for three-year-old fillies going nine furlongs on the turf.

Clearly, Gozzip Girl (6-5) and Miss World (3-1) need no introduction. Both are Grade 1 winners and the favorite just missed in another while taking two Grade 3s as well. Shared Account (6-1) is no slough either, winning a Grade 2 in Saratoga plus a game placing behind Miss World last out.

But we’re going for the gusto with Hot Cha Cha (8-1). Her last was her best, a Grade 3 score in the Pucker Up as a fresh filly at Arlington Park last out. The thing about her is that she keeps developing, is improving as the season lengthens, and turf ace James Graham, who won the Pucker Up, is taking the re-ride here. And, of course, she’ll be a price.

Taking Hot Cha Cha to win at 8-1 or greater and keying her in exotics with her very logical rivals here.

Running Totals: (523) 157-106-75 Total Dollar Return: $1,081.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 16, 2009

Don’t Go to Sleep On This Guy

Today’s feature, if you can refer to it as that, is likely to come off the turf as tomorrow’s stakes race, the Athenia, will not be run and will be rescheduled for Wednesday, such is the nature of the NY weather at the moment.

So we’re looking at today’s preliminary allowances, the eighth race, as a dirt event. If it’s not, it will be my bad and you might double up tomorrow if so inclined. Or we just might take a look at Keeneland for Saturday.

But today, Barclay Tagg’s Wild Awake will be a tough out. He’s fastest on performance figures, emerges from a new pace top, and now the blinkers are removed fittingly. And it happens that Tagg is a profitable 38 percent efficient in that scenario.

Taking Wild Awake to win with no price restrictions and boxing him in the exacta with Main-Track-Only Vicarious.

Running Totals: (523) 157-106-75 Total Dollar Return: $1,081.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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