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, October 07, 2010

Another Opening Another Show

Today’s G3 Phoenix, he first added money event of the Belmont fall meet, features the classy Warrior’s Warrior, who needs no introduction at this level. Dropping out of the G1 Forego, and already a Grade 1 winner this year, he is a worthy 5-2 early line favorite.

But it’s Hollywood Hit (4-1) who rates to be the post time favorite based on excellent performance figures, high early speed with an ability to rally from close range, and a 5-for-7 record on the All Weather and a five time winner at the trip. He does well second off the layup and his regular rider is down from Toronto for the event.

Taking Hollywood Hit to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Warrior’s Reward.

Running Totals: (739) 239-153-99 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

Today’s Belmont Park feature, the Glowing Honor overnight stakes for older turf sprinting fillies at 6 furlongs, is a strange one. Either the runners are not in top form or a are spotted at distances not their best.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Granted Tiger (6-1) which, while not as accomplished as some of her better rivals here, is at home at the trip, over this course.

Two for five at the three, she will appreciate the return to Belmont turf, her favorite footing. She’s versatile in that she can wing it in front or rally--likely the case on the turnback here. Her recent half-mile in :48 4/5, termed breezing, was fourth fastest of 57 four-year-old fillies to work over a seven day period.

Taking Granted Tiger to win and place at 5-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (738) 239-153-99 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Driven to Succeed

Following last week’s cancellations, this overnight sprint for state-bred sprinters came up as contentious as it did last week.

With Johnny Velazquez named on both halves of the Todd Pletcher entry, only one can start. The one we prefer is Driven By Success (5-1) who finished sneaky well in Saturday‘s G1 Vosburgh--a little burst at the finish after getting outrun early.

The interesting notion here is that if he starts, instead of Dr. W, it will be Pletcher bringing a horse back in four days, something I’ve never seen him do. ‘Success’ is effective at the hybrid distance of 6-½ furlongs and would appreciate wet footing, which is in the forecast.

Taking Driven By Success to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him in exactas with recent conqueror Endless Circle (8-5) and well placed, favorably weighted 3-year-old, General Maximus (2-1).

Running Totals: (738) 239-153-99 Total Dollar Return: $1,649.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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