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, December 24, 2011


Replay Pays


Merry Christmas Eve one and all and an interesting feature from Gulfstream Park, the Ginger Brew Stakes for juvenile fillies on the turf and what an open scramble it is, leaving many potential ways to go. And we’re going for the presents in this spot.

Ann Of The Dance (10-1) is making her second start for Marty Wolfson with a steady, purposeful workline, excellent late foot, a cozy inside draw and a switch to Calder’s leading rider Luis Saez.

With all the speed signed on in here, and given the size of the field, Ann Of The Dance fits the race shape, has been toughened in graded stakes and, while meeting some nice fillies here, gets significant class relief.

But I buried the lead. Find yourself a replay of the Juvenile Fillies Turf and catch the trip; wide doesn’t begin to describe the impossible task she was handed.

Taking Ann Of The Dance to win at 6-1 or greater and keying her in all super-exotic positions with Welcome Dance (5-1), Wholelottashakin (12-1), Sinister Brew (6-1) Karlovy Vary (7-2) and Spiritedmiss (10-1).

Running Totals: (990) 307-199-141 Total Dollar Return: $2,107.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Friday, December 23, 2011


In For a Penny, In For a Pound


Today’s Gulfstream Park feature is a classified allowances, a one-turn mile that has drawn a half with two, Boys Of Tosconova (8-5) and Where’s Sterling (2-1), owning a considerable edge of their rivals.

Rick Dutrow is using this race to find out where he’s at right now with the 2010 Juvenile runnerup. He’s had five works since winning his second start off a return from an injury and retains regular rider Ramon Dominguez.

Now while he hasn’t been asked for his best recently, he must prove he’s all the way back to his 2-year-old form. At a short price, we’ll pass.

Where’s Sterling, meanwhile, has really blossomed this year at 4, he’s reuniting with Paco Lopez, aboard for all three career victories and, most significantly, owns two winning races and a placing in three starts on this ground.

Taking Where’s Sterling to win at 8-5 or greater and an exacta box with the favorite.

Running Totals: (989) 307-198-141 Total Dollar Return: $2,107.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Let’s Make a Small Fourtune


Little Mike (5-2) the quintessential Horse for Course making his return from a lengthy layup in today’s co-feature at Gulfstream had quite a time for himself at the previous winter meet, becoming the most accomplished stakes winner at that session.

But given his absence, this looks look the right spot to try to beat him, and the most interesting of the alternatives is the Kairan McLaughlin trainee, Yankee Fourtune (3-1).

This late developing 4-year-old gelding brings a worthy 5-for-8 lifetime slate into this spot, is a multiple graded stakes winner, has earned more than competitive turf figures on the Equiform scale and owns laudable versatility.

Switching to Rajiv Maragh and drawing the pole position, the rider can control his trip nicely assuming only a clean break.

Taking Yankee Fourtune to win at 5-2 or greater and key-boxing him in multiples with both the favorite and his uncoupled mate, Guys Reward (5-1), and also including Clement Rock (4-1) into the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (988) 307-197-141 Total Dollar Return: $2,107.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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