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, June 12, 2010

Upset At Ten

Today’s Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park is one of those rare opportunities to find value in a five-horse field. All eyes and most of the money will be on Unrivaled Belle (1-1), an improvement four year old filly who took the measure of Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra at Churchill Downs in her latest start.

And who’s hotter in New York stakes company right now that trainer Bill Mott? Well, that answer might be Todd Pletcher, who sends out Life At Ten (3-1) seeking her fifth straight win.

While she has no experience at Belmont Park, where the favorite is 2-for-2, but Life At Ten has a subtle but significant pace edge on her main rival, finding herself in a paceless group, getting three pounds from the favorite and returning with excellent spacing for position conscious stable rider Johnny Velazquez.

Look for her to stalk overmatched Manitoba Miss, get the jump on the favorite and hold her safe to the wire. Taking Life At Ten to win at 2-1 or greater and boxing her with Unrivaled Belle.

Running Totals: (668) 210-136-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,463.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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


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