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, March 01, 2009

Broadway is Cammy’s Choice

Today’s Broadway Handicap for state-bred filly and mare sprinters has drawn a small contentious field where the favorites will be tough to avoid. Not a great betting proposition, that.

The two fastest fillies on performance figures are Cammy’s Choice (9-5) and Lights Off Annie (2-1), part of the Bruce Levine entry.

Cammy’s Choice has a slight edge on figures and style, in that she can lay close up and kick, whereby Lights Off Annie’s best races have always been on the engine. Levine will probably tell Maragh to send this filly, banking on a one-two punch with stablemate Main Street and Ramon Dominguez.

But that strategy plays into Cammy’s Choice’s preference to stalk and pounce. She’s a tad faster, trainer Ed Lehman seems to have her hole card, Alvarado rides her regularly and she’s been working rapidly of late, coming into this off a 49-day freshening.

Taking Cammy’s Choice to win at 8-5 or greater, keying her first and second in exactas and trifectas with Lights Off Annie and Salt Water Reign, who’ll be coming late beneath Rosie Napravnik. If you watched yesterday’s races, you know this girl can really finish up on late rally types.

Running Totals: (373) 113-75-49 Total Dollar Return: $793.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 28, 2009

Doing Homework Can Pay Dividends

There’s been some buzz about Manteca (8-1), the four your old New York bred making his open stakes debut in today’s Stymie Handicap at nine furlongs on the Aqueduct winter track. And why not? He been real good this young season, but he’ll have to be better than that if his connections think he will handle this salty group of hard hitters.

The same could be said of early line favorite Barrier Reef (5-2). He was really good overcoming first turn trouble in the Evening Attire for a courageous and classy win and, further, the Albertrani barn is a whopping 33 percent with third-off-a-layoff starters and of course Ramon Dominguez doesn’t hurt. But he, too, will have to step up if he expects to handle Researcher (3-1).

This gelding has come into his own as a five year old, as so many of that ilk do. And trainer Jeff Runco has gotten him to perform at an extremely high level given his lofty Equiform performance figures. He’s adaptable to any pace scenario, is a natural at the distance, won his only start on this surface, is nicely drawn and Mike Luzzi, on the re-ride, has been riding with a hot hand recently. Anything approaching his last two starts gets it done in this spot.

Taking Researcher to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him first and second in trifectas and superfectas with Barrier Reef, Manteca, Brilliant Son (7-2) and True Resurgence (5-1).

Running Totals: (372) 113-75-49 Total Dollar Return: $793.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, February 27, 2009

Distorted Early Line

A rare weekday stakes at this time of year, the Feel The Beat, for fillies and mares sprinting six furlongs.

If today’s racetrack isn’t biased toward speed, the race dynamics point to two horses, early line favorite A Rose for You (2-1) and second choice Distorted Passion (5-2).

If it were not for a tough trip in the recent Correction Handicap, A Rose for You would not be the early line choice. But she was forced to steady on the turn while Distorted Passion had clear sailing on the outside.

Both she and Distorted Passion figure to benefit from a projected duel between recent Contessa claim Labadeel with the speedy C. C. Lopez and Intentional Fever breaking from the outside in the short field with an edge on pace figures.

But it’s very difficult to make a case against Distorted Passion. She’s two-for-two on this track, and beneath Rajiv Maragh, could not be sharper seeking her fourth straight win, has worked very well since the Correction, and she, too, had a tough trip, blowing the break in that sprint but still getting the job finished.

We’ll take Distorted Passion to win at 5-2 or greater, an exacta box with A Rose for You, and we’ll include Labadeel and Awesome Ashley (uncoupled Pletcher) in our trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (371) 113-74-49 Total Dollar Return: $793.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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