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.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Tapitude Has the Aptitude

Today’s Belmont Park feature, a preliminary allowance for state-bred fillies and mares is quite a mixed bag of returnees, recent returnees, stretchouts and the like.

The key to this one-mile sprint is how recent maiden graduate reacts to her recent rapidly run 9-length maiden breaker sprinting and while there’s enough pedigree for the added distance, that win coming on a sealed wet track for which she is well bred is problematical.

So, as long as we’re dice rolling, let’s take the returning Tapitude (6-1), making her 4-year-old debut off a 13 month layoff. There are some things to like.

Primarily, her Equiform performance figure at 3 was as good as many of these have earned at 4 and in Chad Brown has a tutor adept at getting them ready. Her recent works are bullet-like and the naming for Rosie Napravnik is also encouraging from an urgency point of view.

Taking Tapitude to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing her in the multiples with top figure earner Sing Like A Bird (8-5), and class dropping Hot Splash (3-1) from the hot Rick Violette shed.

Running Totals: (1087) 335-211-164 Total Dollar Return: $2,300.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Imagine There’s a Winner, It’s Easy If You Try

Today is the first feature race of the week at Belmont Park and I find myself in the unenviable position of taking what they appear to be giving me. Or, to put it another way, if it’s not Imagining (7-5) then I have no clue what other horse it could be.

There are horses that are just as fast on the Equiform scale, but in this Shug McGaughey trained Giant’s Causeway colt we find a runner making its 4-year-old debut for a top layoff barn and one that ran as fast as many of these at 3 than most have as older runners.

The colt has worked sharply this spring and is getting huge class relief, dropping out of Grade 1 company into the preliminary allowance level with Shug tapping Johnny V. for the assignment. His only lifetime win came on this ground. He’s obvious, in more ways than one.

Taking Imagining to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing him in exactas with sharp working returnee Fizzano (5-1) and impressive debut winner Coexist (12-1).

Running Totals: (1086) 334-211-164 Total Dollar Return: $2,297.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, May 28, 2012

From Memory, It’s To Honor And Serve

For an Analysis of Today's Met Mile and $500 Guaranteed Pick 4, see Pricci Morning Line on home page

Per custom, we will go on record with our top selection in our daily tabulations; To Honor And Serve to win the Metropolitan Handicap at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Caleb's Posse.

Running Totals: (1085) 334-211-163 Total Dollar Return: $2,297.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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