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.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The Lady Is a Champ

Saratoga is one of the world’s few race meets where champions can return on a week day in a race which horses at the championship level are not normally pointed.

The filly is the undefeated champion My Miss Aurelia (2-5) who returns to Saratoga, where she began her career with two victories, to defend her Eclipse title.

Of course, we don’t choose the day’s feature race; it chooses us. It’s either the field featuring the top horse(s) or the race with the highest purse. Horses always trump money with us.

I can make a reasonable case for two of her rivals but in good conscience I can’t find a way to honestly believe that a rival can defeat a dual Grade 1 winner, one that has won at this tricky distance.

Ullapool (8-1) has earned very competitive energy figures this season, including strong 6-furlong Internals in both of her recent starts. Jose Lezcano takes a return call.

Delightful Quality (6-1) has shown talent and laudable versatility in both lifetime starts—an off-the pace effort followed up by a dominant front-running score.

If Ullapool takes it to the favorite early, Delightful Quality could have a puncher’s chance. But even as I write this, I feel it’s a reach.

Best recommendation: use My Miss Aurelia to anchor whatever horizontal wager is your passion and on top in exactas and trifectas with her two contenders here.

Running Totals: (1135) 348-220-171 Total Dollar Return: $2,400.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 06, 2012

Taking Spa Ship-In Sikara

Sikara (5-1) ships into the Spa for the restrcited Waya Stakes off a tough trip in her Delaware finale, doing the dirty work by making a mid-race move into a soft pace and just missing the place. Today she makes her third start of a layoff, a profitable scenario for the Graham Motion barn. The switch to the patient Rosie augurs in today's 13-furlong marathon. Taking Sikara to win at 7-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (1134) 348-220-171 Total Dollar Return: $2,400.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 05, 2012

Playing to Beat the Spa Favorite

For a detailed analysis of today's G1 Vanderbilt, see Pricci's Saratoga Diary on lead page

Taking Emcee to win at 2-1 or greater, an exacta box with Rothko (8-1), and adding Shackleford (8-5), Justin Philip (10-1), Poseidon's Adventure (30-1) and Jersey Town (10-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1133) 348-220-170 Total Dollar Return: $2,400.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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