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, 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


Thursday, October 06, 2011

Interesting Filly in Belmont Allowances

In today’s featured seventh at Belmont Park, a preliminary allowances for fillies and mares going 1-1/16 miles on turf, Eternal Ruler (10-1) found herself on the lead going longer when no one else wanted the front end--not her best game.

What she’d prefer is a repeat of her effort three back, under the same conditions as today’s, on this course, when she came roaring home to just miss, earning a performance figure as good as anyone in the field.

The spacing is right, she’s nicely drawn, retains Maragh, and the Ribaudo barn is enjoying good meet with limited starters.

Taking Eternal Ruler to win at 6-1 or greater and key boxing her first and second in multiples with class dropper Humble and Hungry (5-2) and the sharp Hyper (3-1), from Team Brown/Castellano.

Running Totals: (942) 295-191-134 Total Dollar Return: $2,025.10 [win selections only] {Ed. Note: Result Statistics reflect an additional selection and winner, but no money was added to the running dollar totals per our stipulation in Wednesday's analysis}

Written by John Pricci


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