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, May 19, 2011


Rock Hard Sue to Run Around This Field Late


Today’s preliminary allowances at a mile and a sixteenth on the Churchill Downs turf for fillies and mares has drawn a talented group in which a road map is not needed to reach the favorite. Early line favorite Dos Lunas (3-1) is getting all sorts of class relief, dropping out of the Grade 3 Appalachian.

In fact, this is her first allowance try going long since breaking maiden on this course last year. She’s been competitive in a number of G3s, was the pacesetter in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and last out ran Winter Memories, bidding to become a turf champion this year, to a nose defeat.

Instead, we’re going to take any value offered on Rock Hard Sue (5-1) who’s tried to get back on the turf this year but has been rained off twice. This filly came from far back to break her maiden on turf at first asking then faced unfavorable conditions in her lone start at 3, trailing a soft early pace then making a too late rally after being forced to await running room.

Meanwhile, trainer Bret Calhoun is profitable switching from synthetic to turf and Miguel Mena rides her back again.

Taking Rock Hard Sue to win at early line odds or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Dos Lunas and Litigating (5-1).

Running Totals: (861) 271-176-118 Total Dollar Return: $1,893.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


North of the Border, Up Canada Way


With the possibility of a wet track everywhere we turned, we’re going north of the border for today’s feature race over Woodbine's Polytrack surface, a full field of preliminary allowance runners sprinting 6-½ furlongs in the seventh race.

Stormin Willie appeared in need of his season’s debut. Four year old gelding now returns in a sprint in a potentially speed-laden group, has been working purposefully, hails from a very live barn that’s effective with second-off-the-layup starters and gets huge rider switch to hot riding Tyler Pizarro for his return to state-bred competition. All sytems go

Taking Stormin Willie to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing him in super exotics with Having Said That, Northern Bear, Flim Flam and Reap The Benefit.

Running Totals: (860) 270-176-118 Total Dollar Return: $1,876.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Animal Loves R Betty Graybull


If you noted yesterday's races at Monmouth Park, you saw a racetrack that played differently than last year's; it was much kinder to positional speed, which gives R Betty Graybull (5-2) the best chance to win the Monmouth Beach Stakes. The presence of Joe Bravo and the pole certainly doesn't hurt. The filly has Bill Mott's Acronym (3-1) to beat.

Taking R Betty Graybull to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Acronym.

Running Totals: (860) 270-176-118 Total Dollar Return: $1,876.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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