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, April 23, 2011

My Horoscope Says It’s Cal Nation

For a detailed analysis of today’s Jerome from Aqueduct Race Course, see Pricci Morning Line on the HRI Lead Page

Taking Cal Nation to win at 2-1 or greater, and exacta box with Astrology, and adding Rattlesnake Ridge, Isn’t He Perfect and Adios Charlie to the trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (847) 267-175-116 Total Dollar Return: $1,860.50 [win selections only] {Friday‘s results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, April 22, 2011

Take Class Dropper in Wide Open Scramble

Today’s Keeneland feature, the G3 Doubledogdare is another killer handicapping puzzle, a mile and a sixteenth on Polytrack for older fillies and mares. There are any number of stakes fillies in here but the best ones seem to prefer turf.

But not necessarily It’s Tea Time (5-1), who has been most of her winning on turf but has run her best figures on a synthetic surface.

Further, she’s been repeatedly tested at the G1 level, Rusty Arnold is at his best with third-off-a-layoff runners and he reaches out for Javier Castellano, adept at working out good trips in large fields. Today’s class relief should help.

Taking It’s Tea Time to win at 5-1 or greater and boxing her in the exacta with Hollendorfer shipper, Washington Bridge (6-1).

Running Totals: (847) 267-175-116 Total Dollar Return: $1,860.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ruby, It’s You

Today’s Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes for three your old fillies going one mile on turf marks the return of Winter Memories (8-5), the would-be juvenile miss turf champion until a tough trip possibly denied that inevitability when she finished second in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

While this is a good return spot for a G1-bound filly, this group is no pushover and her deep closing style can hinder her in a big field at the mile trip. Of all the potential value on display here, we settled on Harlan’s Ruby (12-1).

Notwithstanding that Ken Mc Peek has been dominant at this meet, he’s also a profitable 20% effective in third-off-the-layoff spots. Using a familiar partner in Robby Albarado, this filly has cut her teeth in top competition for nearly her entire career. She owns enough tactical speed and kick, showing an ability to overcome adversity.

Taking Harlan’s Ruby to win at 6-1 or greater and an exacta box with Winter Memories.

Running Totals: (846) 267-175-116 Total Dollar Return: $1,860.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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