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.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Winner From On High

Today's featured Gleamng Stakes overnighter has attracted a couple of real nice three year old colts with lots of upside.

One of those is Eternal Ruler (8-1). Trainer Bobby Ribaudo has a good record at Saratoga with limited starters each year, making his opportunities count. After a promising U.S. debut, this filly was really compromised by an exceedingloy slow pace while stretching out--a very tough chore. The pace figures to be more lively here with the slight cutback in distance and the filly returns six weeks fresh ith the suddenly hot riding Rajiv Maragh.

Taking Eternal Ruler to win at 5-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Seal Cove (5-2), coming off a Turf Decline Line for the hot McGaughey outfit, and Canaveral, making U.S. debut with sharp blowout for Team Donk-Johnny..

IF ON DIRT: Preachintothedevil (2-1)

Running Totals: (904) 285-183-124 Total Dollar Return: $1,960.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 07, 2011

Staying Out of the Trappe

Today's featured Alfred G Vanderbilt appears to be a coming out party for Trappe Shot (7-5) nationally. A win would make him one of the choices for the Breeders' Cup Sprint and it would be difficult to try to upset a horse that never has lost a race at the six furlong distance. Factor in that the speedy race shape and his outside draw plays to his strength.

Taking Trappe Shot to win, no price restrictions, and boxing him in the exacta with Apriority (3-1).

Running Totals: (903) 285-182-124 Total Dollar Return: $1,960.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 06, 2011

Looking for a Good Trip

Today's storied Grade 1 Whitney is a beauty, an extremely difficult puzzle to solve. We believe six horses have a serious chance and am not convinced all the bases are covered. It's as difficult to set the price as it is to pick the winner. We decided to take any and all value on the rejuvenated Rail Trip (12-1).

Returning from an eight month layoff at Belmont Park, he was narrowly beaten after making all the running in a quickly run mile and a sixteenth.

More significantly, however, is that it appears his physical issues are behind him, at least for now. He has proven his class in Grade 1 company, won at 9 and even 10 furlongs, has tactical speed, kick, and good position toward the outside so that Ramon Dominguez can take full advantage. Odds of 8-1 or greater would be excellent value.

Taking Rail Trip to win and key boxing him first and second in exactas with recent conqueror Friend Or Foe (8-1) and G1 Carter winner Morning Line (10-1).

Running Totals: (902) 285-182-124 Total Dollar Return: $1,960.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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