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, August 27, 2011

Eat Chalk My Friends

Should Stay Thirsty run back to his Jim Dandy effort, this dance is over. If not it opens things up pretty dramatically to the other accomplished horses. We will use those; Shackleford, Coil and Ruler On Ice, but will try to take money from the race by getting Raison d'Etat and/or Moonshine Mullin in the number.

Running Totals: (919) 289-185-130 Total Dollar Return: $2,000.60 [win selections only] Friday Results Not Included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 26, 2011

Divine Inspiration

Today’s Spa feature is the always entertaining Grade 2 Bernard Baruch and all the power, as in the Travers, is positioned outside, including the course specialist Get Stormy (3-1), who came of age in this race last year and is a dual Grade 1 winner in 2011.

But he’s returning from a forced freshening to recuperate from a minor injury and is worth trying to beat from post 11, the extreme outside.

Given the race shape, and the wild roll that the McGaughey is on, we’re reaching out for Hymn Book (4-1) who might work out a perfect trip beneath Johnny.

Early in his career, he looked like grass would be his future but since returning following a lengthy absence, he’s been racing very well on dirt including a win in an overnight stakes and a good second to Flat Out in the G2 Suburban, who came back to run well again behind Tizway in the Whitney. He owns tactical speed and Johnny knows how to use it.

Taking Hymn Book to win at 3-1 or greater and key-boxing him in the multiples with the favorite, Moryba (6-1), a very good second in the Fourstardave here last out and Blues Street (8-1) who ill be making the last run beneath Desormeaux.

Running Totals: (919) 289-185-130 Total Dollar Return: $2,000.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 25, 2011

It’s the (Sheppard) Economy, Stupid

Today’s feature at Saratoga is the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap, a.k.a. the Jonathan Sheppard Stakes. The Hall of Famer has won this race as often as the great Charlie Whittingham won the San Juan Capistrano.

In order to preserve this tradition, Long John has entered four hurdlers in here, the quartet making up two different stable entries. We’d like to reach out here but that’s exactly what we’d be doing; reaching.

In our view, either half of the (B) entry, Sermon Of Love (9-5), looking to repeat last year’s victory in this Spa fixture, and Divine Fortune, winning the Smithwick Memorial here earlier at the meet, his third win in five lifetime Spa starts, and a worthy highweight at 156 pounds..

Interesting horses in here would be the import Dirar (5-1), co-second highweight at 150 pounds , Nationbuilder (4-1), who should benefit from even third in the Smithwick and a switch to Danielle Hodson, and Mabou (20-1), a rare steeplechase claim by David Jacobson earlier at the meeting.

Taking the 2-2B entry to win, no price restrictions, and boy boxing them first and second in the multiples with others listed above.

Running Totals: (918) 289-185-130 Total Dollar Return: $2,000.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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