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.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Contessa Has Them Coming and Going

Today’s Spa feature is the Albany Stakes for state-bred 3-year-olds. This is always an entertaining race on this program and always seems to be won by a nice horse. That trend will continue here, especially if Socialsaul (2-1) emerges the winner.

Since stretching out to a mile back in June, his Equiform figures have done nothing but improve, winning three straight including the two-turn New York Derby at a mile and a sixteenth last time out.

The gelding has tactical speed, kick, bottom side pedigree to help getting today’s 9 furlongs and he reunites with Castellano, who knows him very well.
Trainer Contessa very likely to finish 1-2.

Taking Socialsaul to win, no price restrictions, and boy boxing him in the multiples with mate Preachintothedevil (3-1) and Alstom (8-1), on a Delayed Pace Top and meeting state-breds for the first time.

Running Totals: (917) 289-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $2,000.60 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 22, 2011

Everything’s Lovely

Today’s feature is the Union Avenue Stakes for three-year-old state-bred fillies sprinting six furlongs. A three-horse battle on paper but it’s very difficult to beat early line favorite, Lovely Lil (9-5).

Coming in here with a top figure score on the Equiform scale, the filly is also 2-for-2 at the trip and 2-for-3 over the track. If that weren’t enough, it seems Hushion-trained runners simply don’t get beat here, especially when they’ve had a race over the track.

Taking Lovely Lil to win, no price restrictions, and key boxing her in multiples with Nicole’s Miss El (6-1)and Gold For The Queen (9-2).

Running Totals: (916) 288-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $1,997.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Today’s featured Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies starts a grade one filly in Winter Memories (4-5).

Five for six lifetime, she probably should be undefeated if not for a trough trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf when she was trapped inside and the winner, More Than Real, who was very good that day, got the jump on her.

This daughter of Memories of Silver has an explosive turn of foot and she just might be the best grass filly in America regardless of age. If I said I thought she as vulnerable, I’d be lying.

Taking Winter Memories to win, no price restrictions, and keying her in the exacta with Kathmanblu (8-1), freshened and finally back on turf, and the improving Dynamic Holiday (6-1).

Running Totals: (914) 287-184-130 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only] {Saturday‘s Results Not Included}

Written by John Pricci


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