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, March 05, 2011

Never Retreat is Sage Advice

The trick to these Grade 3 for not a whole lot of money is to determine who’s really serious and who’s just getting started on the road to bigger and better things. Sometimes it’s simply finding the right spot, or distance, or jockey switch.

If this sounds like I’m leaning toward Never Retreat (5-1), you would be correct. This mare just keeps running at you and with the conditioning she’s gained from recent longer trips, the turn-back to a mile suits very nicely, as does the switch to Julien Leparoux, he of the well timed late turf run.

Taking Never Retreat to win at 4-1 or greater and keying her first and second with price shot Sweetest Still (20-1), the classy Cherokee Queen (7-2) and competitive-figure Bay To Bay (10-1).

Running Totals: (822) 259-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,811.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 03, 2011

Hot Is as Hot Does

There’s little doubt that no matter what figures you might consult, the best of those on a consistent basis is Cheyenne Nation (5-2), making his return fro Chad Brown who already has saddled two winners shipping in from Belmont Park. The issues are that he’s coming in off a layup and has run his best races at marathon turf distances.

The interest horse here is from the Clement/Bravo team, Mr. Ryder, that seems a big price here at 6-1 on the early line. Not as fast as these, his line looks healthy, he’s been working well at his Payson base and his pedigree is screaming for today’s added distance. aqnd if there's a hotter turf team than these two, please tell me who they are.

His tactical speed and inside draw should put him in this throughout. His late kick should take care of the rest.

Taking Mr. Ryder to win at 9-2 or greater, an exacta box with Cheyenne Nation, adding Slews Answer (4-1) and Longboarder (3-1) to the exotic mix..

Running Totals: (821) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Moonshine Mullin a blast from the past

Today’s Gulfstream feature is one of those preliminary allowances on the turf for three year olds that lesser tracks would like to offer for added money. It’s a skull buster, as most of these have been for the entire meet. One winner in one of these can make up for a multitude of sins.

We left seven horses open as possibilities with two strong favorites; Powhatan County (3-1), second to Soldat in the With Anticipation at Saratoga and from a good layup barn, and Animal Kingdom (4-1) who earned an excellent synthetic track figure and now makes grass debut for turf ace Graham Motion, firing on all cylinders.

But the interesting colt for us is Moonshine Mullin (12-1), who had nothing but trouble is his GP debut. Off a Turf Decline Line, with an good figure effort behind Tiz Blessed in the Display at Woodbine at 2, this appears an excellent wakeup opportunity.

The Baker Reade barn has been quiet at this meet but with a race over the course, a sharp recent work at Palm Meadows and a switch to Canadian colleague Emma Jane Wilson. Bombs away.

Taking Moonshine Mullin to win at 10-1 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas with the favorites above.

Running Totals: (819) 258-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only] Wednesday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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