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, August 17, 2012

By the Shores of Lake Saratoga…

Today's feature is the fifth race, the always entertaining Yaddo Stakes for New York-Bred fillies on the grass. However, this year's edition comes down to a two-filly battle between Gitchee Goomie (7-5) and Hessonite (8-5). As the early prices suggest, there's not much between them.

Hessonite has the recent winning reace over the course but Gitchee Goomie really loves it here and comes intoo this 45 days fresh; we'll err on the side of the fresh filly

Taking Gitchee Goomie to win, no price restrictions, and exacta box with Hessonite, and adding troubled-trip Dreaming Of Cara (20-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1142) 350-220-173 Total Dollar Return: $2,406.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Compliance Officer a Natural in West Point

Today's feature is always a popular statebred event, the West Point Stakes for New York-bred turf runners, and is figures that Compliance Officer (7-5) will prove very popular in the 1-1/16 miles on the Mellon Turf course/

The defending state-bred champion placed gamely in his Belmont finale, the G3 Poker Stakes. He's a course lover (2-for-3) and also a worthy 4-for-9 at today’s added distance. Veteran gelding earns best figures with consistency and gets Javier on the re-ride; a deserving highweight.

Taking Complicance Officer to win, np price restrictions; and keying him first and second in exotics with Street Game (7-2), Lubash (4-1), Writingonthewall (20-1) and Abilio (8-1).

Running Totals: (1141) 350-220-173 Total Dollar Return: $2,406.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

He’ll Win From Here to…

Today’s feature at the Spa, being run as the fifth race, is the Troy Stakes for 3-year-olds and older males sprinting 5-1/2 furlongs on the Mellon Turf Course.

It’s basically a three-horse race on paper among Bridgetown (8-5), Perfect Officer (3-1) and Regally Ready (7-2). There’s no reason to believe that it won’t be one of those three that will be there at the line.

Bridgetown is a worthy favorite. Todd Pletcher has had him going great guns for three seasons now. The 5-year-old Speightstown colt loves what he’s doing with a (13) 6-4-1 slate in turf sprints, and especially likes it here, given his (4) 3-0-1 mark. He’s earned his 123-pound assignment.

Perfect Officer finished ahead of Bridgetown last out after the latter made a premature move to the lead, middle-moving into a :44-flat half mile, finishing second without threatening the streaking Fiddlers Patriot.

Given that Tony Dutrow is 35% efficient third time off the layup, he likely figures to improve here.

But it’s Regally Ready who is the most intriguing for several reasons. First, he has earned the best Equiform figures consistently and he has, on balance, kept better company than his two rivals here.

It is his ability on off ground, however, that clinches it. His lifetime best performance figure was earned in that scenario and he’s won the last three times he’s raced on something other than firm ground.

He was without his usual speed returning from a freshening after two runs in Dubai and now shows up here for Steve Asmussen who’s won eight races at this stand, most of them with Julien Leparoux, who has the call today.

There is some question as to whether he’s experiencing some Dubai hangover, therefore accept no less than 3-1, and key-box in exactas with his rivals here.

Running Totals: (1140) 350-220-173 Total Dollar Return: $2,406.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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