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.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Two-fer You Can’t Refuse

Today’s Belmont Park feature is a secondary allowances-optional claiming for fillies and mares, 3 & Up, sprinting seven furlongs on the Wednesday turf. And Rick Dutrow appears to have his rivals over a barrel here with a two-ply entry.

First, Witchy Meeting goes first time for this barn that are a profitable 26 percent efficient with new acquisitions and you get Ramon Dominguez to boot. But it’s stablemate Diamond Dina (3-1) that appears more interesting.

This veteran mare showed her improvement beating weaker with authority last out and returns with suitable rest and a class rise, indicating confidence from this outfit.

Working well for this, stable rider Edgar Prado takes the mount again and given the mare’s versatility, she could sit off a hot pace or take command if no one else wishes. Two for one looks like a bargain here and the coupling doesn’t necessarily have to go favorite in this spot.

Taking the Dutrow entry; either/or or both, to win at 5-2 or greater and boxing them in the exacta with the classy Consequence (2-1), coming from the McGaughey barn and exiting a key race.

Running Totals: (668) 210-135-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,463.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, June 10, 2010

No Secret, Stealth Missile Looks Best at Belmont

Today’s Belmont Park feature is a starter allowances for older horses going a mile that has attracted seven very closely matched horses, in terms of ability and running style. We’ll take the one that we feel most comfortable will run his race.

Stealth Missile (3-1) is once again rounding to his best form. The Repole horses have been holding their own following a recent barn switch away from Bruce Levine. The 6-year-old gelding has tactical speed and kick, fitting this group perfectly.

Drawn well toward the outside of this seven horse field and reuniting with Ramon Dominguez, he should be perfectly positioned in mid-pack until Ramon cuts him loose approaching the stretch. He can handle any kind of footing.

Taking Stealth Missile to win at 5-2 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with the sharp wet-track loving More Than A Reason (8-5), on the re-ride with Rajiv Maragh.

Running Totals: (667) 210-135-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,463.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Uphold the Law

It might not be the hardest five-horse race ever, but it’s close. There are 6-½ furlong specialists, in form horses with recency, and fast returnees that can win this optional three-other than allowances for older sprinters.

And so we’ll take the best specialist, a surface lover, a horse that earned her best lifetime figure at this trip, one that’s working well for his return from the layoff, is well posted, attracts one of the hottest riders in New York and is 10-1 on the early line.

Primarily a stretch running sprinter, his freshness could have him closer to the pace than usual. Taking Law Enforcement to win and place at 8-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (666) 210-134-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,463.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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