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, August 10, 2012

Double Your Pleasure

Today's feature to commemorate the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies is as competitive a route for 3-year-old turf horses as you'll ever see; 7 out of the 8 entered for turf have a chance, to varying degrees, of course.

We'll take the two for one approach for various reasons, the most obvious being it's the perfect entry: A speed horse and a closer/ The speed horse Skyring comes into this off a Turf Decline after a competitive figure score in the Murphy at Pimloco Preakness day. For his part, Optoimizer, on the Triple Crown trail this spring, is again back on his preferred surface at the place where he broke his maiden in his debut at 2. He loves it here and is quite likely to prove it.

Taking the entry at 5-2 or greater, a larger price should one scratch of course--5-1 and 3-1 respectively. and key boxing them first and second with Daddy Nose Best (2-1), Csaba (4-1), Yari (7-2) Shakespeare Shaliyah (20-1) and 6-Quick Wit (8-1).

Running Totals: (1137) 349-220-171 Total Dollar Return: $2,403.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 09, 2012

A Canal Street Special

Today's feature is the female division of the NY Stallion Series and is as wide open as it gets. The favorites are logical enough but neither I Bet Toni Knows (2-1) nor Why Take A Chance stands out (3-1). Mah Jong Maddnes (8-1) is the most interesting, IMO.

Late developing 3-year-old had ascending figures until her last when she was compromised by slow pace. Her versatility will come in handyt in this spot and she will offer value at anywhere near early line odds.

Taking Mah Jong Maddnes to win at 6-1 or greater and keying her in all money positions with the two favorites and adding Manero (5-1), Hlao Roo (15-1) and Stock Fund (5-1) to the super-exotic mix.

Running Totals: (1136) 349-220-171 Total Dollar Return: $2,403.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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


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