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, May 30, 2011

C’mon Let’s Twist

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of my first visit to a Thoroughbred racetrack when I traveled to the Big A to watch Kelso live and in person, and what better way to celebrate than with a potential score. And that's exactly what should happen if Yawanna Twist (12-1) wins the Met Mile.

Making his third start off a layoff for Rick Dutrow, the aspiring classicist of 2010 showed good early lick in the G1 Carter to gain position, was outrun a bit on the turn, then re-rallied late to grab a share behind Morning Line, who would have been favored here if not for a minor injury.

Yawanna Twist is on a healthy Equiform line, has a strong Preakness figure to run back to and a series of purposeful long breezes for the stretchout and is nicely weighted in here at 115 pounds.

Taking Yawanna Twist to win at 10-1 or greater and boxing him in the exaca with Haynesfield (7-2) who appeared in need of his season's debut in the opening weekend's Westchester.

Running Totals: (868) 273-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,903.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, May 29, 2011

There’s Value in Mount Vernon

Ladies first, as far as the two statebred turf stakes at Belmont are concerned as we look at the Mount Vernon for 3 year olds and up going a mile on the turf.

Clearly, the veteran Chorus Music (2-1) is a deserving favorite as she seeks her third straight score, tactical speed, a tidy inside draw and superior figures on the Equiform scale. But it’s Exclusive Scheme (5-1) who is more interesting.

She moved prematurely in her last, tiring late, but switches to the more patient Dominguez, providing he’s back riding today, she’s earned her best figures either on this course or at this trip, and worked twice since her latest, including a very sharp half mile blowout.

Taking Exclusive Scheme to win at 7-2 or greater and an exacta box with Chorus Music.

Running Totals: (867) 273-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,903.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Trip Means All in Sheepshead Bay

It sure seems like today's Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay at Belmont Park going 11 furlongs on turf is a two-horse affair pitting the two favorites, Hibaayeb (2-1) and Le Luna De Miel (5-2), against each other. If that's not the case, I'll consider myself scooped.

Taking Hibaayeb in this matchup to win, at 8-5 or greater, because she seems handier in what figures be a slow-paced affair, and is nicely drawn with JR.

Running Totals: (866) 272-178-119 Total Dollar Return: $1,898.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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