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.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It’s a Wise Man Who Sticks with Dan

The race of the day clearly is the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap from Churchill Downs with a scheduled post time of 9:39 p.m.

Try as we might we can't go beyond early line favorite Wise Dan (8-5) who ran off the screen at Keeneland, earning a layover Equiform figure, and given two months recovery time for return. He's won half he's six starts at Churchill, is working bullets, attracts Johnny V., a his next defeat in four starts at 9 furlongs will be his first.

Taking Wise Dan to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing him in the exacta with the much improved Fort Larned (5-1) and the #1 ranked horse in America, Alternation (4-1).

Running Totals: (1098) 339-213-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,328.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, June 15, 2012

The Princess Looks to Repeat over Big Sandy

Getting an early start on the weekend, it’s an interesting feature despite the relatively small field.

Ullapool (8-5) is a deserving favorite off her last race, in which she earned an Equiform figure that towers over this group. But that seems problematical considering she has regressed off big efforts before.

That’s what makes Princess Mara (4-1) an intriguing play. Unlike the favorite, she has not bounced off efforts in the past.

Dale Romans trainee has a good figures to return to, albeit on turf, and is likely to run well on this course again having worked very nicely, 11th fastest of 90 in her peer group that week at Belmont.

Taking Princess Mara to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing her first and second in exotics with the favorite, sharp working Bid A Moon (5-1) and Hard Life (7-2), going second off the layoff for Rick Dutrow.

Running Totals: (1097) 339-212-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,328.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 14, 2012

An Ace in the Hole

Today’s Belmont feature is a non-winners of 3-optional claimer that could well pass as a small stakes anywhere else.

Kiaran McLaughlin is the favorite in Yankee Fourtune (2-1) who’s won half his 10 turf starts, has excellent Equiform performance figures and is nicely drawn inside with tactical speed; seems like the perfect setup.

Instead, we’ll take any value offered on Philly Ace (6-1), who looks to repeat for Christophe Clement, a profitable 25% in that scenario. A 4 time winner in 9 starts, 4-year-old gelding owns laudably versatile style and picks up Julien Leparoux for his course return, over which he has won.

Late developer figures to improve with age and his inside post insures that Leparoux will have options playing this one off the break. The price should be square.

Taking Philly Ace to win at 4-1 or greater and key boxing him first and second with the favorite and Souper Spectacular (8-1) who goes second off the layup and reunites with Johnny V.

Running Totals: (1096) 338-212-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,320.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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