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, March 10, 2011

Get Ready to Mobilize

In today’s feature, a preliminary allowances on the turf at a mile for older horses, I will use a familiar axiom that I tend not to overuse but on occasion comes in quite handy. That angle is the ever popular “have a hunch, bet a bunch.”

There’s much to choose in here, from the distance lover Freshman Dorm (8-1), the tough tripper Devon Rock (3-1) or the ultra sharp class hopper Hariolus (4-1).

So, in keeping with the hunch theory, I must favor Mobilizer (5-1) in this spot, even if he’s making his turf debut vs. proven turf runners. But for one thing, the pedigree is there, as is the connections.

But it’s the fact that he raced well on the Polytrack in Canada at three, earned excellent performance figures, comes from a top layup outfit, attracts Castellano and has been in steady training since December. If that doesn’t get the job done, nothing will.

Taking Mobilizer to win at 3-1 or greater and keying him first and second in the multiples with his rivals named here.

Running Totals: (824) 261-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,826.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Small Competitive Mile Offers Value

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a secondary allowances/optional claimer for older horses going a mile. It has a short field but it’s competitive and we’ve boiled it down to two.

It’s not often, however, when you can get value on a horse with a class edge--not a huge one but an edge nonetheless.

Caixa Electronica (3-1) was competitive in the G2 GP Sprint Handicap in which he was beaten a couple by the streaking Tacklebury. Prior to that, he won one of these and this trainer, in stretching back out, is a profitable 25 percent going sprint to route.

Taking Caixa Electronica to win at 5-2 or greater and boxing him in the exacta wit the sharp, fast working house horse, Hunter’s Bay.

Running Totals: (823) 260-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,819.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Sunday, March 06, 2011

You Can Only Hope to Contain the Pletcher Juggernaut

Today’s Gulfstream feature, the Lady’s Turf Sprint, marks the return of Rose Catherine (9-5) and I’m not feeling smart enough to beat her.

Training up a storm at Palm Meadows and good fresh, the Todd Pletcher barn has been devastating with its returnees, and this filly, given her demonstrated class and added maturity from three to four.

The filly has tactical stalking speed or speed-pop; Javier Castellano playing this one off the break. Still, I wouldn’t take an inordinately short price.

Taking Rose Catherine to win and, to optimize, keying her in exactas with Stormy Publisher (4-1) and Ahvee’s Destiny (8-1).

Running Totals: (823) 260-171-113 Total Dollar Return: $1,819.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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