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, December 13, 2009

Music to My Ears

The New York winter hiatus begins following today’s card, the last day of racing at the Big A until Dec. 26. And not much to write home for the holidays about here either; a preliminary allowances for fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs.

Unfortunately, favorite La Concerto (8-5) seems to have this group over the proverbial barrel. She’s proven consistently fastest on performance figures, goes well fresh, attracts Alan Garcia, who will make excellent use of her tactical speed, and the Asmussen NY division is rolling along at a tidy 37 percent. I concede.

Taking La Concerto to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in trifectas with the super consistent Kissa Melissa (5-2), new Levine acquisition Lion’s Terms (6-1), and the fast working Indian Delight, beneath budding star David Cohen.

Running Totals: (560) 175-112-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,210.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Johnny Can Play This One Off the Break

The racetrack cliché is the place you lose it is the place you win it back. With a slight deviation on that theme, we’re taking Researcher to win today’s G3 Queens Country Handicap because the place you win it is also the place you can repeat the accomplishment.

Set for his best in his third start following a layoff, not only did he win this race last year but is a multiple winner on wet tracks, should that be the case, obviously has won on today’s surface and is clearly and consistently the fast horse on performance figures.

Researcher like to set or attend the pace at close range under these conditions and with an inside post plus the presence of Johnny Velazquez, he will be in ideal position to trip out here using either tack. And although he is the early line favorite, there are others in here sure to attract support.

Taking Researcher to win at 2-1 or greater, and keying him first and second in the exotics with surface lover Naughty New Yorker (15-1) and the very live Rodman (4-1).

Running Totals: (559) 175-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,210.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, December 11, 2009

What Happens at the Big A, Stays in Queens

Another feature in name only, and another very difficult to beat favorite. Try as I could, I’m not able to take a shot against Jimmy Vegas (7-5) and feel like I have a real chance.

Coupled in the betting with Hue And Cry, she’s never taken a backward step in three career starts, her best effort first time going long and over today’s surface, and that with trouble at a critical juncture.

Drawn inside and owning a versatile running style, Rosie Napravnik should have her in position until ready. And if you haven’t seen the lady ride, you’re in for a treat. Don’t mean this to be sexist but, she finishes like a man.

Taking Jimmy Vegas to win, no price restrictions, and keying him in the multiples with the improving J L Bernstein (4-1), and alos price shot Goodbyeandgoodluck (10-1), who owns deceptively good performance figures on this track and is favorably weighted under a live apprentice.

Running Totals: (559) 175-111-78 Total Dollar Return: $1,210.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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