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.

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


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Clement Wins Battle of Hot Trainers

Today’s Belmont featured third race; a preliminary allowances-optional claimer going a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf—should the race remain on the grass—is as wide open as it gets despite the small field.

Chad Brown will saddle the fast horse on the Equiform scale, Carson Hall (2-1), and while the barn is going great right now, taking a short price on this runner doesn’t feel right.

Barocci (5-2) has the most upside while making his second start in this country following a wide-throughout try and missed by only 3/4s of a length.

The 4-year-old kept good company in Europe, should benefit from his last and Julien Leparoux takes the re-ride. Christophe Clement also having an excellent 2012 and the recent rains should find the course more to this colt’s liking and style.

Taking Barocci to win at 2-1 or great, and exacta key boxes with Carson Hall and adding Hangover Kid (4-1) from the barn of turf ace Jason Servis and very well intended returnee Rogue Victory (5-1) to the exotics mix. On dirt: Forward March (12-1)

Running Totals: (1095) 337-212-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,313.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Making a Big Move at Calder

Time to take a look at what Calder has to offer, their feature a preliminary allowances that has many disparate ways to go.

Since none of the four we believe have a good chance, none are trustworthy enough to hang your dollars on completely, so value, always the goal. Is more of a must in this heat.

The horse that offers the best value on the early line, and the most probable winner, too, in his wet track form translates, is Megamove (6-1).

His two-back race is among the best on the page. He’s been complaining against some legitimate allowances types as most of these have not been keeping that kind of company.

So despite racing in the same class, this looks like a subtle drop. He has tactical speed and kick, and gets switch to perennial Calder leader, Luis Saez. Hlaf the early line odds would be fair.

Taking Megamove to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in multiples with Master Tassel (4-1) and Two Is Too Many (5-1).

Running Totals: (1094) 337-211-165 Total Dollar Return: $2,313.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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