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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Headed Back to SoFla

We need a change of venue so we’re shipping to Calder for the Thursday feature race, a preliminary allowances/optional claimer for 3-year-olds and up sprinting 6 furlongs.

The early line favorite is the fastest horse by definition, Off The Jak (3-1), who’s shipping south himself for Bisnath Parboo, himself profitable with horses returning from layups in today’s time frame scenario.

If he runs back to his Aqueduct finale, this dance is over, but it was such a huge top that a regression is almost assured. He’s worth trying to beat.

Grande Shores looks like the most inviting alternative. While his win late last year came at 5-½ furlongs, his lifetime best figure did come on this racetrack.

Nicely freshened, his 6F internal figure in his GP finale makes him competitive here and his half-mile breeze on April 13th was fastest of his peer group that week. The Gold barn has a live (3) 1-1-1 slate at the current meet.

Taking Grande Shores to win at 5-1 or greater and keying him in multiples with the favorite and surface loving turnback Fit And Awesome (4-1).

Running Totals: (1063) 326-209-157 Total Dollar Return: $2,248.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Speed + Style = Victory at Big A

When it comes to early speed, there's notning like the variety on display in SoCal and in today's local feature, a secondary allowances/optional claiming at the hybrid distance of 6 1/2 furlongs, that mantle will be carried bya super sharp ship-in Lindz Winz (2-1).

After her most recent start, a sharp victory at this distance at Santa Anita, she returned in only 13 days to work a bullet half-mile for traner Barry Abrams, a sign of excellent conditiion after such as a taxing prior effort, especially for a filly.

Now she returns in the Rick Dutrow barn and benefits from a ground saving draw and switch to Ramon Dominguez, both factors suiting her stalking style perfectly. The stars appear aligned for a winning local debut for an improving 4-year-old flyer.

We're taking Lindz Winz to win with no price restrictions, boxing her in the exacta with the equally sharp Joonbi (4-1).

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Trip Is Key

Today's Grade 2 Beaumont is not the strongest field of this level we've seen, drawing only six horses, three of which can win on the Equiform scale, but that's the issue, too: These fillies are just not that fast. So, it's back to Handicapping 101. It appear that Sacristy (7-5), given his post, running style and race, is most likely to sit the perfect stalking trip.

Further, the race she exits, has turned into a super key race. To date, all three fillies to exit GUlfstream's Forward Gal Stakes have come back to win. Leading rider Julien Leparoux gets the call for Wayne Catalano.

Taking Sacristy to win, with no price restrictions, boxing her in the exacta with Gypsy Robin (7-2).

Running Totals: (1061) 326-208-157 Total Dollar Return: $2,248.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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