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, December 09, 2010

Neon Lights Are Bright

Hate when things appear to be this cut and dry, as things seldom are. But I just can’t get passed Song Of Broadway (5-2), the early line and probable post time favorite in today’s Big A feature, a three-quarter mile sprint for state-bred females.

For openers, there’s a plethora of speed that fits this fillies off-the-pace style. She owns the best performance figure in the races, is sharp, seeking her third straight win, and was re-claimed by trainer Linda Rice from her latest. Cornelio Velasquez has ridden her in all her starts.

No choice but to take Song Of Broadway to win, no price restrictions, key-boxing her first and second in exactas with the super sharp and quick Jacky Juice (4-1), and Myrtle’s Gray (8-1), who showed some promise last seen and is working strongly for new trainer, David Duggan.

Running Totals: (775) 248-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, December 08, 2010

We Need VLTs, Today More Than Ever

Excited about today’s Big A feature, not that I have an inside track on the winner of this NW2-optional claiming state-bred sprint for fillies and mares, 3 & up, or because it features some proven superstar, but because I supposed to take money out of this race. The problem is how.

In this full field, I left seven of these fillies open, and hard a hard time whittling it down, given one scenario and another. So I donned my old harness hat, tried to plot the race, and the most likely trip-out filly with the figures to compete effectively is We Need V T Ls (5-1).

I figured the best way to take money out, win bet at fair odds notwithstanding, is to key this filly who’s made four lifetime starts, three on turf, and one promising main track effort at 7 furlongs, one in which she posted a highly competitive 6-furlong internal figure.

Given that, an outside post in a speed-laden field, and reuniting with Ramon Dominguez, a good trip sitting behind the speed seems assured. At least that’s the way we drew it up.

Taking We Need V L Ts to win at 7-2 or greater, keying boxing her first and second in exactas, and third in Dime Supers, with Rudy claim Sorority Sister (8-1), inner-loving speedster Yo Yo Karakorum (15-1), hard-trying Laylaben (6-1), fast-figure favorite Devilish Spirit (3-1), classy hot-barn returnee Opus A. (7-2), hot-barn inner-lover Citifiesta (30-1), and solid late-running price shot Raffie’s Rose (10-1).

Running Totals: (775) 248-161-106 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Pete Plus Maturity a Winning Parlay

An interesting feature today at the Big A, considering it’s a preliminary allowance sprint for state-breds going six furlongs.

The favorite, Doast, figures to be a tough out. An 4-year-old gelding son of Wheelaway, he’s making his second start off a rapidly run return and going back to the surface over which he broke his maiden at first asking. Cornelio Velasquez takes the re-ride for Linda Rice, having a very solid fall and early winter here.

But we’ll take whatever value is offered on Pete’s Parley, who also returned from a lengthy absence with a good third, a race in which the second finisher not only came back to win its next start but beat Le Bonne Ville in the process.

That one won its preliminary allowances over Doast, so that these horses come into this on virtually the same footing. Further, the performance figure ‘Pete’ earned virtually paired up with his lifetime best, an indication that with its recent added maturity, it’s poised to run at least that well, perhaps better.

Taking Pete’s Parley to win at 3-1 or greater, key-boxing him first and second in multiples with Doast and Zealous Boy, which has been toughened in stakes company, won its only start on today's surface and is picking up Ramon Dominguez.

Running Totals: (775) 248-161-105 Total Dollar Return: $1,729.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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