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, October 09, 2011

Sharp Is as Sharp Does

Legally Blanca (7-2) has trained very well since a good-figure effort in the overnight Jazzy Stakes September 14, a race producing a next out winner from two starters. Her lifetime best effort came on this course and she will appreciate today's conditions, inside draw and added furlong.

Taking Legally Blanca to win at 3-1 or greater and key boxing her in multiples with imported Wallis (12-1) and both members of the Chad Brown trained duo of Forest Crown (5-2) and Evading Tempete (4-1)

Running Totals: (944) 294-191-135 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, October 08, 2011

Dutrow Takes Champagne Gold

On the road to find out, I've looked at all the big races at Belmont and Keeneland but we're going to talk about the Champagne since these horses will be 3 on New Year's Day (just trying to get WMC's goat here).

Union Rags is the fastest (7-5) and impressive winner of the wet Saratoga Special. Did we say impressive? Alpha (5-2) made a most impressive debut going seven-eighths in fast time in Saratoga with good energy distribution.

However, we're betting Rick Dutrow's Takes the Gold (6-1), for the same people who own Boys At Toscanova, making his very long awaited 3 year old debut in today's opener.

Takes The Gold broke his maiden at this distance, on this track, also with good energy distribution, in fast time and has come back to work very well since. Interesting race not always so cut and dry.

Taking Takes the Gold to win at 9-2 or greater and keying boxing him in multiples with the talented favorites.

Running Totals: (943) 294-191-135 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 07, 2011

Kittylicious Will Be a Tiger in the Feature

Adjacent looks very much like the filly to beat in today’s featured eighth race at Belmont, an inner course mile and a sixteenth for fillies and mares on turf.

Significantly, she never has taken a backward step on the Equiform performance scale in four lifetime starts, a bit of a problem since those four starts span three years of racing.

Obviously, the 5-year-old, could not be in better hands with Shug McGaughey but does have her issues. That’s why we’re reaching out for price shot Kittylicious.

Making her second start with a purposeful workline, she has done her best racing on this course, at this distance.

Any improvement from her effort made under similar conditions last year at 3 would find her formidable. She’s loses the services of Dominguez but picks up the resurgent Corey Nakatani.

Taking Kittylicious to win at 8-1 or better and boxing her in the exacta with Adjacent.

Running Totals: (942) 294-191-135 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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