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, February 04, 2011

Tempting Fate with Pearly Blue

A very interesting turf marathon on consecutive days, this one shaping up a better betting race than yesterday’s--even before we were DQ’d.

Tarrip (5-2), with her company lines and connections, is the logical and worthy favorite and is very likely to be a tough out. But then what fun would that be?

There is also Liberally (3-1), a veteran race mare also with good company in her past and coming off a tough trip in a recent Grade 3 at Calder.

But there is an uncoupled pair from the Mott shed that appear the most interesting, especially Pearly Blue (6-1), who makes up in recent form and development which she might lack in performance figures and along class lines.

She’s coming off a delayed Turf Decline Line on the Equiform scale, has run well on this course, is 1-for-1 at the distance and, as a newly turned 4-year-old, will benefit from that added maturity, especially since, as daughter of Empire Maker, she figures to be late developing. Both lifetime wins have come with Kent D. in the boot.

Taking Pearly Blue to win at 5-1 or greater and keying in the multiples with both favorites and her uncoupled mate, Codetta (5-1).

Running Totals: (801) 257-166-110 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, February 03, 2011

Peaches and Green

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a bit of a skull buster, which often happens in turf marathons with horses in various stages of their form cycles.

In today’s 11 furlongs, we’re not sure just how good Doctor Peach (3-1) is but he’s a now horse in excellent form, from a live barn, that can control the tempo throughout. Sometimes it’s just that simple.

Taking Doctor Peach to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with the returning Lignon’s Hero (4-1), from a top layup barn, and the longwinded price shot, Reservoir (8-1).

Running Totals: (800) 257-166-110 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tennis Anyone?

One of the variables that makes today’s Gulfstream Park particularly vexing is a lack of definable early pace, turf or no turf race, temporary rail or entire course.

Given the elements of recent form and freshness, the pace, and the win, can come from either; the fresh and classy Doubles Partner (5-1) or the very sharp Guys Reward (7-2).

Of the two, it’s likely that Doubles Partner might fall between the wagering cracks despite the high profile connections. Doubles Partner won its only start on this course and its only start at this distance.

The development shown by the figures earned on those occasions indicate this is a great spot to get the campaign of the newly turned 4-year-old started. He kept good company last year, holding his own, and appears to have the most upside here.

Taking Doubles Partner to win at 4-1 or greater and an exacta box with Guys Reward. Trifecta players can add the other sharpster, Vanquisher (6-1), and the other new 4-year-old, Mystic (4-1), to their mix.

Running Totals: (799) 257-165-110 Total Dollar Return: $1,781.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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