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, August 08, 2010

Lots of Big Drama in Today’s Vanderbilt

Today’s feature is a beauty, the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at six furlongs. Obviously, there are some extremely fast horses in this matchup, principally Gayego (4-1), Big Drama (3-1) and Simply perfection (3-1).

The class of the field, in terms of accomplishment is G1 winner Bribon, the Met Mile hero.

Our perseverance is for Big Drama. Four-for-four at the distance and consistently fast, if not fastest, the only thing lacking on his resume is a Grade 1. By no means will this be easy, but that drought ends today.

Big Drama has all the tools needed. He’s a weight carrier, has enough tactical speed to get into the mix naturally, can kick, and comes in toting bullets for a trainer that’s profitable lifetime with repeaters. ‘Drama’ won the recent G2 Smile on Calder’s Summit of Speed program.

Taking Big Drama to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with his rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (701) 226-143-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,578.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 07, 2010

Shooting for Exacta Value

Today’s Feature is the storied Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap and it’s attracted the best older male in training. We expect that Quality Road (2-5) will keep to the task, extending his unbeaten record for 2010.

The four-year-old is simply too fast for this group and is more than capable of spotting his major rivals anywhere from five to 10 pounds. Post time odds will be perilously close to the early line quote.

The value in this race will be in the exacta and with the extremely talented Blame being the steam horse in this event, we believe that Musket Man (6-1), who was second to Quality Road in the G1 Met Mile, is fresh and primed for another good effort. Blame might be the second best horse on paper but it’s worth trying to beat him in the exacta.

If you must, take Quality Road to win with no price restrictions and make a cold exacta with Musket Man for second.

Running Totals: (700) 226-142-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,578.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 06, 2010

Finishing Like Gangbusters

Opting for the tougher of the two features, named for the redoubtable Horse for Course, John‘s Call. This overnight stakes is for older turf runners going a marathon distance of 13 furlongs on the Spa turf.

It’s the kind of spot where if there are no classy stickouts on paper, anything can happen, and we’re betting that Gangbuster is that price shot.

While this veteran may not have the company lines of many of his peers, it’s undeniable that his lifetime best go came when he raced this distance on the Keeneland Polytrack last year--and everyone is aware of the synergy between most synthetics.

Returning from a layup earlier this year, he won with a new lifetime top performance, regressed when ambitiously placed in the G2 Brooklyn on dirt, then was seriously compromised by the slow pace last out.

Back at his best distance and reuniting with Kent Desormeaux, aboard for both victories referred to above, this appears an excellent rebound spot at a big price.

Taking Gangbuster across the board at 10-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (699) 226-142-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,578.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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