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.



Saturday, May 27, 2017


Kitten Will Roar at Belmont


Today's featured Paradise Creek Stakes for three-year-olds sprinting 7 furlong on turf likely will remain on the grass since, according to weather handicappers, rain will not return to LI until the card is completed or as late as Sunday.

On paper, two horses have the best chance and we'll opt on the side of value and race shape. Big Handsome (8-5) is 2-for-2 on grass with the best, most consistent figures on all scales. The hope is he will be challenged by the very speedy Derek's Smile, especially since he breaks from the pole.

Kitten's Cat (4-1) is a tactical speedster with kick that can fall into the pocket right behind the speed. That, and the class relief he gets here, rates the call.

Taking Kitten's Cat to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with the favorite.

*****

Number of Selections since 2007: 2300

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 692-455

Amount Wagered: $4,600 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,713.30

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: .498%

Profit to Date:
$113.30

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Friday, May 26, 2017


Dreaming Big in Friday Feature


Lamentable when racing programs, due to multi-race wagers, results in that day's feature race being run to complete the double--the early double.

But today's optional NX3 matches a small, somewhat select but difficult field as many are making their first starts of the season. We're going to allow race flow to dictate here.

With a lack of early pace on the form, Dream Prospect (10-1) is fresh and tactical enough to use her positional speed on the Belmont inner course with it's sharp, short break before entering the backstretch and rock this field to sleep.

Lightly raced, the newly turned 4YO brings a lifetime (5) 3-2-0 slate to the dance and Rajiv knows just what to do in this spot.

Taking Dream Prospect to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with classy Chad returnee Wekeela (3-5), adding both Motion horses to super-exotics mix.

*****

Number of Selections since 2007: 2299

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 692-455

Amount Wagered: $4,598 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,713.30

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: .498%

Profit to Date:
$115.30 {Thursday results not included}

Written by John Pricci



 
 

Thursday, May 25, 2017


Taking One Last Shot at Belmont


If the weather gods are kind the rain will keep up and today's Belmont feature won't have to be rescheduled to the main track. If it does, however, Shug's Tejana (3-5) looms a standout and is the selection of record.

But we'd like it to remain on turf as it's a much better betting proposition, even if the very classy favorite, Swiss Ranger (6-5), were to win. But there are several who are more interesting.

Of those, One Last Shot (5-1) has the best chance.

Racing in tough luck of late, she owns a forward pattern on the TG scale and her figures are right there with the fastest members of this field.

She has tactical speed, can kick, and a nice conditioning edge with a recent 7-furlong try over the course in which she finished second after getting roughed up a bit at headstretch. Nicely drawn toward the outside with Johnny, she suits today's dynamics nicely.

Taking One Last Shot to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with the favorite and returnee Secret Paradise (6-1), adding price shots Lamontagne (10-1) and Rumble Doll (15-1) to the super-exotics mix.

*****

Number of Selections since 2007: 2299

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 692-455

Amount Wagered: $4,598 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,713.30

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: .498%

Profit to Date:
$115.30

Written by John Pricci



 
 

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