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.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Get Me Down, Quick

Today’s feature, one of four stakes on the Big A card, is the New York Stallion Series sprint for juvenile males. Much will depend on riding tactics in a race loaded with both speed and finishing ability.

We’re most interested in Think I’m Hooked (3-1), who has a little of both. One of two uncoupled mates saddled by Gary Contessa, this colt has done a little of both, definitely showing improvement when blinkers were added two back..

In his recent maiden breaker, he distributed his energy much more efficiently and should be able to use his tactical speed to advantage before setting sail after the leaders.

Taking Think I’m Hooked to win at 5-2 or greater and keying him in multiples with Bait (4-1) and House of Leaves (5-1).

Running Totals: (963) 299-192-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,063.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Taking History to Repeat

There's no question that Emerald Beech (8-5), trained by the redoubtable Jonathan Sheppard, is a deserving favorite, considering her accomplishments while racing in top company this season and earning superior figures.

But it's the defending champion in this race, Mekong Melody (5-2), who looks the most interesting. While not as accomplished this year, Roger Attfield's filly is 1-for-1 on this ground, 3-for-3 at marathon distances, and has been training with purpose at her Woodbine base. The favorite will need her 'A' race to beat her.

Taking Mekong Melody to win at early line odds or greater and an exacta box with the favorite.

Running Totals: (962) 299-191-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,063.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Much To Like

Today’s Aqueduct feature, an optional claiming/non winners of 3 lifetime allowances for three year olds and up going a flat mile , marks the return of Mucho Macho Man, who raced very well indeed, right up until the Derby, in which he was third.

Then things began to slide thereafter, with tough trips in both the Preakness and Belmont, though a go in the Belmont probably was ill advised and, here it is, a half season later.

But after a layup of over five months, she been training well for his return and showed last fall that he loves the Big A surface, owning to runnerup finishes in the Nashua and Remsen behind then undefeated To Honor And Serve.

Taking sharp working Mucho Macho Man (8-5) with Dominguez to win, no price restrictions, and an exacta box with Southern Ridge (5-2), making his first start for Todd Pletcher.

Running Totals: (960) 297-191-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,056.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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