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 17, 2011

For Bridgetown: What Price Glory?

Today’s Troy Stakes for older sprinters going 5-½ furlongs on turf features a Todd Pletcher trained favorite that will be very hard to bet. Bridgetown (1-1) is 2-for-2 on the surface and distance and he worked sharply for this. However, his recent sojourn to Ascot makes this a difficult read for me and I’m not going to try at the expected short odds.

Awakino Cat (3-1) is a different story. While he’s coming back in only three weeks, he returns to the course over which he’s 4-for-5 in live and an eight time winner at the distance. He’s lost a half step but will likely be rejuvenated by his return to the Spa switching to Ramon.

Taking Awakino Cat to win at 5-2 or greater and key boxing him in multiples with the favorite and Pashito The Che (6-1), last seen in the key race Breeders’ Cup Sprint (3 next out winners) and has won sprinting on turf.

Running Totals: (911) 287-184-127 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 15, 2011

Oh Canada (Hopefully the Right One)

An eclectic renewal of the Saratoga Special with only one of the six entrants having run in New York last time out. There are many ways to go, the first of which would seem to try to defeat Stat (7-5) a maiden winner at Belmont for Todd Pletcher July 9 and figures to be overbet here.

For his part, Indian Evening (5-1) was more impressive with strong rally maiden score in debut at Woodbine; has an excellent pedigree, and purposeful works for a barn adept with graded stakes performers and profitable when going synthetic to dirt.

Taking Indian Evening to win at 7-2 or greater, key boxing him in multiples with Italo (10-1), who broke his maiden at Longchamp then out of his element in Ascot Group 2, and Banner Bill (6-1), 3-for-3 including two Woodbine stakes.

Running Totals: (910) 287-184-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,984.00 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Experience Is the Best Reason

Today’s feature in the G2 Adirondack for juvenile fillies looming a two-horse affair between My Miss Aurelia (6-5) and Millionreasonswhy (5-2). We disagree with the oddsmaker in this spot and I can think of several reasons.

First of all, the latter is a Grade 2 stakes winner, compared to the favorite who won her only start, albeit over today’s racetrack. But if projected rains soak the old course, Millionreasonswhy’s debut win came over a sealed sloppy track. And finally, our choice owns a win at today’s distance.

Taking Millionreasonswhy to win at 8-5 or greater and key boxing the choice in multiples with the favorite and Funny Proposition who owns high early speed and bred both sides for wet footing.

Running Totals: (908) 287-183-126 Total Dollar Return: $1,976.80 [win selections only] {Saturday‘s Results Not Included}

Written by John Pricci


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