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.



Thursday, March 29, 2018


Some Fancy Condition-Book Readin’


It appears that trainer Mike Maker, acting for himself, found an appropriate spot to wheel recent claim Sober on Sunday (7-2).

Haltered for $16K, Maker entered the 5YO mare for the same price in a FL-Bred optional claimer, stretching back out to her best distance (8) 4-1-2 over a course she handles well (5) 2-1-1. With competitive figures, she's more than playable.

Taking Sober on Sunday to win and key-boxing her with worthy favorite Bitacora (9-5) and the well spotted Two Step Blues (9-2), adding price shot Admiral's Win (10-1) to the super-exotics mix.

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Number of Selections since 2007: 2472

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 737-493

Amount Wagered: $4,944 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,991.70

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: 49.7%

Profit to Date: $47.70

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Saturday, March 24, 2018


Ultimately, Form Will Prevail


Two weeks ago in Tampa, Todd Pletcher's decision to add blinkers to Vino Rosso backfired in, at best, an one-paced fourth. Yet here the blinkers show up on Noble Indy (7-2) today. But this reason I understand:

Noble Indy ran well in spots in the Risen Star. Showing speed 3-wide and virtually between horses throughout, he was surrounded on the turn, finished one-paced at first blush but went on gamely and galloped out ahead of the field.

Under normal circumstances, he should benefit. But chances are he could move forward substantially.

Taking Noble Indy to win the Louisiana Derby, using My Boy Jack defensively only, and will use Bravazo (7-2) and Snapper Sinclair (9-2) high up in multiples, and look at Lone Sailor (20-1) and Hyndford (8-1) to max out the play.

There are other minor players. If you have the bankroll, take your best hold...

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Number of Selections since 2007: 2471

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 736-493

Amount Wagered: $4,942 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,984.30

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: 49.7%

Profit to Date: $42.30

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Friday, March 23, 2018


At Last, Tampa Is the Proper Spot


Going to Tampa for today's feature race because, finally, everything makes sense for English Dancer (8-5) to land in the circle.

She owns excellent figures, the 5-1/2 furlong turf trip is ideal, and she gets on the right turf surface to suit her closing sprint kick.

Taking English Dancer to win and an exacta box with Wantagh Queen (4-1), who exits a live dirt prep and whose running style is suited by turn-back into a sprint. Additionally, the Dini/Camacho team are on a recent roll.

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Number of Selections since 2007: 2470

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 736-493

Amount Wagered: $4,940 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,984.30

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: 49.7%

Profit to Date: $44.30

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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