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.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Excessive Improvement

Try as I might, I can’t figure out a way to beat Excessive Heat (2-1) in the five furlong turf feature at Tampa Bay Downs, so I won’t. I will try to get some money out of this race, however.

Excessive Heat, whose performance figures are as fast or faster than any of her rivals here, has drawn the pole, attracts Daniel Centeno and goes first time off the Jamie Ness claim. I mean, please…

The ones of interest to combine in the multiples are Anachini (7-2), scratched recently awaiting this and from a clever turf outfit, Precision Farming (5-2), trained by Linda Rice, who won a Saratoga training title on the backs of her turf sprinters, and Ghazia (30-1), who’s turning back fro trainer Ida Paquette who specializes in turn-backs.

Taking Excessive Heat to win at 8-5 or greater, boxing her in exactas with Anachini and Precision Farming, and adding Ghazia in the trifecta mix in the second and third slots.

Running Totals: (604) 188-123-83 Total Dollar Return: $1,305.70 [win selections only] {Tuesday’s results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Come to Daddy

Today’s feature at Philly Park--are you ready, Wendell?--is a $40,000 starter allowances for three year old males going a mile. The race only drew five entrants but perhaps a decent chance to get paid with Maryland-based Daddy’s Gabs (9-2).

Eddie Gaudet has an excellent record shipping up to Pha. Park and is adept with first-time stretch-outs.

Three year old gelding had a wide trip sprinting and closed a gap late; now winds up here off 15 days rest with the longest pedigree in the race while fitting very nicely at this level.

Taking Daddy’s Gabs to win at 3-1 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Cat Nip Denny (8-5) who broke maiden impressive sprinting on a wet track, was claimed for $40K, returning here in six weeks in the right class.

Running Totals: (604) 188-123-83 Total Dollar Return: $1,305.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rebound With In the Paint

Interesting three-year-old prep at Turfway, the Battaglia Memorial, where the chances are good that you’ll be rewarded if correct. In short, the 12-1 morning line quoted on In The Paint is, well, out of line.

First time out at Keeneland going 7/8s, the horse ran a Z-pattern; you know, up, then back, then rallying forward again. This is a horse crying out for distance.

In his next start, an absolutely loaded maiden race at Churchill, he broke in the air from post 10, losing all chance in the 12-horse field. The first three finishers all returned to win their subsequent starts.

Next out, on this track going a two-turn mile, he broke his maiden by 5 then was absolutely eliminated by a horrendous trip in the WEBN prep for this. After a useful breeze at his Keeneland base, he returns here for a barn profitable with their routers, especially in non-graded stakes. Throw in a positive rider switch to good measure.

Taking In The Paint to win at 6-1 or greater, and keying him first and second in multiples with rapid-working Lucky Chuck (7-2), and Kera’s Kitten (9-5), the very impressive WEBN winner but having a different pace scenario this time around.

Running Totals: (603) 188-123-82 Total Dollar Return: $1,305.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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