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, January 27, 2012

No Guts, No Glory

With so much attention given the Gulfstream portion of the Sunshine Millions program this Saturday, we're going to take a rare look at Santa Anita and one of the Luck Pick 6 races, the Sensational Star going 6-1/2 furlongs down the Hillside turf course. We're taking a chance and looking for value with Compari vs. everyone's favorite Cal-bred Coracortado.

That sure to be odds on choice is coming off a monstrous effort under similar conditions and now comes back on relatively short rest beneath 123 pounds. Compari, back at his best distance on his favorite course, turns bac from a pace setting try at one mile and gets a switch to Mike Smith here. We're expecting a change of tactics and for Compari to get first run on the talented favorite.

Taking Compari to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Coracortado.

Running Totals: (1014) 312-202-147 Total Dollar Return: $2,1563.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Your Place, or Mine

We're heading to NoFla today for their feature, run as the first race; a terrible trend--racing the best horses on the card early in the program.

Anyway, today's featured first, an allowance sprint, has attracted a field of six and two, Funny Pages (4-1), and the early line second choice My Place Anytime (2-1)--who should go favorite considering he owns the best recent back figures and enters this off a New Pace Top. Has good position, early speed and kick, and barn is profitable 23% effective with third-off-the-layup starters.

Taking My Place Anytime to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Funny Pages from the Wilkes barn that's having a good meet with its Tampa runners--GP not so much--and taps Ronnie Allen for this spot.

Running Totals: (1013) 312-202-146 Total Dollar Return: $2,1563.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Take Two and Hit to Right

As everyone knows, turf racing results have more to do worth trips than any other factor, all those factors being equal. Today’s featured 9th at Gulfstream is a race that is confounding to plot and to know just where the main contenders are at right now.

And the ones you know about probably will be beaten by one of the developing unknowns that jump up the best. Migraine city.

There are two fillies that appear set to move forward in this spot; one a Pletcher trainee, the other from the McLaughlin barn. Further, we’re talking Castellano and Velazquez, respectively.

How do you separate them? Sadly, you really can’t, so you opt for what’s known. And that leaves us with Sandy Key Gal (4-1).

This filly never has taken a backward step on turf and her latest figure was the best of its kind in today’s matchup. You just hope the short 19-day layup isn’t too much to overcome--today is her third start in 39 days. Hopefully, Paco can engineer a loose lead and they will leave her alone long enough so that she will have enough in reserve.

Taking Sandy Key Gal to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her in multiples with St Pancras (3-1), Almufasa (5-2) and Ten K Cat (8-1), coming off an Equiform Pace Low pattern.

Running Totals: (1012) 312-202-146 Total Dollar Return: $2,1563.80 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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