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.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Easy as One, Two Three…and Four

Fans who don’t like the G3 Fall Highweight because it’s anachronistic these days just might have a hole in their soul. What’s not to like? One good reason? It’s fun. And (b) it’s old school, too.

Sorry, but can’t go past favorite Calibrachoa (8-5), part of a 3-ply Pletcher entry. For one, he’s won half his 14 starts at the distance; two, he’s 2-for-2 on the Big A main track and three; he’s already won three Grade 3 races this season.

And here’s one more: When carrying high weight, you want a clean trip; not go starting and stopping under a heavy impost. Well, there’s a lot of speed signed on to set things up nicely and the extreme outside slip should insure a good journey.

Taking Calibrachoa to win, no price restrictions, and keying him in multiple pools with sharp 3-year-old shipper, Parent’s Honor (12-1), who’s suited by the race shape, Sunrise Smarty (5-1), a classy sort than ran better than it looked in the G1 Carter here this spring, and the sharp ship-in Nathan’s HQ (6-1) who exit’s a key Delaware sprint (2-for-2).

Running Totals: (969) 300-194-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,068.50 [win selections only] {Wednesday Results Not Inluded}

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You CAN Go Home Again

Today’s preliminary allowances/optional claiming feature boasts a horse that after a one racer hiatus is back in the barn of Chris Englehart, who engineered two sensational performances from Spina (5-2) in both prior starts, either of which would humble this group easily.

Hate it when races appear obvious but this is appears the only way to go in the straight pool.

Taking Spina to win at 2-1 or greater and keying her in multiples with Full Of Gut (2-1), from the white hot Dutrow shed, and the properly spotted Babai Baby (4-1) Also using price shots Celebrity Sighting (8-1), Lynette (12-1) and Shocking Behavior (12-) in the super-exotic pools.

Running Totals: (969) 300-194-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,068.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Recency Over Freshness

Today’s featured Adirondack Holme comes down to a matter of freshness ands recency. Usually, we’re err on the side of freshness; not today.

Besides, perhaps Groomedforvictory (5-2), making its first start for the white hot Dutrow barn, is much better at Gulfstream, as his figures indicate. And it’s been a long time since the claim, but an interesting spot following a layoff.

We need to take Johannesburg Smile (3-1), which mightnot be a Big A Specialist but is a true miler and was a very good conditioning-gaining third in the recent Empire Classic at 9 furlongs and retains Castellano.

Taking Johannesburg Smile to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him in the exacta with the Dutrow runner and price shot Writingonthewall (20-1), back at his best distance and 1-for-1 over the track.

Running Totals: (968) 300-193-139 Total Dollar Return: $2,068.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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