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, February 16, 2011

Going for the Gusto at the Gulf

Back in the day, today’s feature at Gulfstream Park, is a preliminary allowances you would expect to see here in the winter, or Saratoga in the summer. In Europe, this field would be at least listed stakes quality.

No need for a search warrant to find the favorite. The performance figure earned by Ari C. (5-2) actually towers over the group, and stronger connections that Team Todd you will not find. But this is far from a one-horse race, given the talent of the competition.

Film Making (4-1), from the fine turf mare Film Maker, broke her maiden with an exploive late run between horses at Tampa. Crimson China (5-1) makes her U.S. debut for Graham Motion and Team Valor with good lines, Motion winning both turf stakes at Tampa on Saturday.

But there are two price shots that are appealing, Team Block’s Sun Tracer (10-1) and Eddie Kenneally’s Disfraz (10-1), like the favorite, a maiden winner over the course, and in good time, showing a stylish late kick. She’s come back to train steadily since and the added distance and inside draw should help her pull off an upset.

Taking Disfraz to win at 9-1 or greater and keying her in all multiple positions with her rivals listed here.

Running Totals: (808) 258-167-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mrs. Smith Would Be Proud

Somewhat hopeful that the crowd will make the wrong favorite in the G3 Herecomesthebride, setting on Mr. Pletcher’s very sharp early favorite Hilda’s Passion (5-2).

But we’re going back to recent heroine Tar Heel Mom who always does her best racing on this surface, handles the hybrid distance quite well and is nicely drawn outside for yet another stalking trip to victory.

Taking Tar Heel Mom to win at 2-1 or greater and keying her first and second in exactas with the favorite and Marty Wolfson’s Jehan (5-1), who is an unworldly43% efficient going sprint to route and back to sprint.

Running Totals: (807) 258-167-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Gone With the Wind

Don’t need a search warrant to find the right favorite in today’s G2 Gulfstream Sprint Handicap. If Soaring Empire (8-5) was good enough to win the Hal’s Hope, in which he faced better going a mile, a race that has proven very live, turning back with these with sharp works since his last is a good fit. But the price won’t be at likely odds-on.

Instead, we’ll take a price shot with Guam Typhoon (10-1), a 7-furlong specialist who prepped for this with a New Pace Top performance going three-quarters in the Pelican at Tampa Bay, a good place to leg up if your plan to is get more money at your best distance next out, the tougher competition notwithstanding.

Taking Guam Typhoon top win at 6-1 or greater and exacta key boxes with Soaring Empire and super sharp Caixa Electronica (5-1).

Running Totals: (806) 258-167-111 Total Dollar Return: $1,787.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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