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.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Simms’ Filly a Flashy Lass

The traditional opening day feature at Saratoga, the Schuylerville for juvenile fillies, has drawn an eclectic group at various stages of development, a wide open event. The thing we like about Flashy Lassie (6-1), the value laden early line notwithstanding, is her experience and an ability to shift gears, winning her debut on the lead and the G3 Dubutante from well off the pace.

As one might expect, there appears to be plenty of early speed signed on and expect Kent D. to make the last run a winning one.

Taking Flashy Lassie to win at 7-2 or greater and keying her first and second in multiples with the rapid Georgie's Angel (5-2) and Five Star Momma (8-1), who enjoys a pace edge and is nicely drawn inside.

Running Totals: (893) 281-180-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,945.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Today, I’d Rather Be Lucky than Grace

Even if I didn’t believe that she was going to hand her rival that first loss of the year, I would have been rooting for Blind Luck (7-5) to win the storied Delaware Handicap anyway. It’s not very often these days that a trainer will take is horse cross country to meet a rival that has a significant edge--in freshness, spacing and emphasis as Harve De Grace (4-5) enjoys today.

But since the witch to Garrett Gomez, Blind Luck has gotten back to herself, and just as her rival snatched victory from defeat’s jaws at Oaklawn, so did Blind Luck in the Vanity Handicap in her latest start. Now here she is, 28 days later, looking to take a 3-2 series lead on Havre De Grace. The outside post, two tiny pounds and a tactical advantage that sees her rival stalking and her making the last successful late run. Can’t wait to see it!

Taking Blind Luck to win, no price restriction, and a cold exacta with Harve De Grace. May the best filly win.

Running Totals: (892) 280-180-123 Total Dollar Return: $1,940.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, July 15, 2011

Turn Back and Go Forward

Today’s Belmont feature, the Sometime Thing restricted stakes for 3 year old fillies at 7 furlongs, is interesting despite the short field.

In her last start, the Grade 1 Acorn, G3 Eight Belles winner Victoria’s Wildcat (4-1) appeared a tad uncomfortable on the sealed wet track from her inside post Belmont day.

Previously, she came roaring home to win the aforementioned Eight Belles at today’s distance on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Kent Desormeaux is back for the re-ride and trainer Bobby Hess is profitable with his route to sprint turnbacks.

Taking Victoria’s Wildcat to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Savvy Supreme (5-2), who showed run-off speed in the Acorn. Likely more relaxed turning back in this spot.

Running Totals: (891) 280-180-122 Total Dollar Return: $1,940.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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