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, May 25, 2010

Fly South Headed in the Right Direction

Today’s nominal feature at Delaware Park is a $50,000 claiming event for three-year-olds sprinting six furlongs and it has attracted a competitive field of eight.

The early line favorite clearly is the most accomplished. Don’t Blame the Cat (5-2) has won three starts, including a small stakes and has the performance figures that gives him an edge in this matchup.

However, as accomplished as he is, he’s dropping into a straight claimer off a brief layup and has been training very well at Monmouth Park for his return. So why is he shipping to Delaware instead of running for the rich purses at the Shore.

Now King Rock (9-2) has won two of his last three and is realistically placed at this level but lacks the figures to place with his the fastest members of this group. But Fly South (7-2).

From the barn of Cody Autry, who has gotten off quickly at the young meet, he has the kind of tactical speed and inside position that plays nicely at this venue and the talented position-conscious Shane Sellers--who’s done a lot of winning for this barn of late--is more than capable of working out a favorable inside trip.

Taking Fly South to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with King Rock.

Running Totals: (654) 205-132-93 Total Dollar Return: $1,434.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Bit of Bubbly Never a Bad Idea

Today’s feature t Belmont Park is the Grade2 Sheepshead Bay for fillies and mares going 11 furlongs, and what a skullbuster it is. Eight horses, two uncoupled entries, and spotty form with classy returnees and various unknowns.

We believe the mare with proven class, good performance figures with remaining upside is the returning Bubbly Jane (4-1) for Paulo Lobo.

When last seen, this five-year-old daughter of the long winded Yagli was the key Long Island Handicap that produced two next out winners, she won fresh last year for this barn and her next loss at Belmont Park will be her first in three starts.

With not a lot of speed signed on here and given her freshness, Rajiv Maragh can play this one off the break and anything close to her ‘A’ game will get the job done here.

Taking Bubbly Jane to win and place at 7-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (652) 205-132-91 Total Dollar Return: $1,434.20 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, May 21, 2010

Making Lemonade

With no race resembling a featured event at Belmont Park today, lets ships out to Arlington Heights where Arlington Park is hosting a twilight card. As such, the feature is scheduled for 8 p.m., so many of you might even get to see it.

It’s an interesting turf route for state-bred secondary allowances types at a mile and an sixteenth. The “now” horse is Where’s Winston (5-2), who’s in very good recent form , a key race winner last out, and well spotted with this group.

But the interesting horse is Lemonade Kid (3-1), whose been competitive in recent stakes and now returns for his five-year-old debut in a likely spot with turf ace James Graham in the boot.

Prepared at Keeneland, he’s returning for trainer Anthony Mitchell, a profitable 21 percent effect with layups of this type and also profitable for his career with all turf runners. Training with purpose, the course lover should show tactical speed as a fresh horse kicking home when ready.

Taking Lemonade Kid to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with Where’s Winston, recent claim Comelateleaveearly (6-1), owning good hidden turf form, late developing Lansing Blue (9-2) and Sam Owen coming off a sharp course score, albeit on soft ground.

Running Totals: (652) 205-132-91 Total Dollar Return: $1,434.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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