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, December 16, 2011

When Trains Fly

Today’s featured Tate Stakes at Aqueduct might only be a five horse field but it’s a trappy proposition and, as such, might actually provide an opportunity for value.

The race dynamic dictate that a horse racing off the pace would have a tactical advantage given the amount of early speed signed on. But which of those potential stalkers has the ability to handle a fast pace and close relatively strongly?

Flying Train pulled off a small upset in his recent return to the winter track and he looks poised to do it again for David Jacobson. His last figure was good enough to compete with the group, especially considering the anticipated hot pace.

An outside post and C. C. Lopez taking a return call both augur well. Taking Flying Train to win and place at 7-2 or greater.

Running Totals: (984) 305-196-141 Total Dollar Return: $2,101.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Little Wager on Big Budget

There may be faster horses in today’s Aqueduct feature and some with more fashionable pedigrees but none with the developmental pattern and the benefit of a winning race over the track.

That happens to be Big Budget (12-1), a recent Pat Farro claim out of its winter track debut, a maiden off-the-turfer and a race this Langfuhr gelding won by five.

Yes, it’s very difficult to improve a horse claimed from the Tony Dutrow barn but juveniles develop quickly, especially as they approach their 3-year-old season which will arrive in three weeks’ time.
A cozy inside draw, tactical speed and a fiv- pound weight pull beneath apprentice Curatolo makes this social climber work the risk at good odds.

Taking Big Budget to win at 6-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with Dangerous Lad and Festive Spirit.

Running Totals: (984) 305-196-141 Total Dollar Return: $2,101.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Unbeatable Is As Unbettable Does

Today’s Aqueduct feature is not very interesting; it’s simply it what it is. Early line favorite Willet is highly likely to be unbettable. Unfortunately, the 3-year-old filly also appears unbeatable.

So the play, as far as this space is concerned, is Willet to win with no price restrictions and we will use her on top to key two exactas; with the speedy Those Lion Eyes and the late running Lady Gracenote.

Running Totals: (983) 304-196-141 Total Dollar Return: $2,098.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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