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.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Poetry in Motion

An interesting feature at Churchill Downs with some ineresting young horses going long, and an opportunity to see how the turf course is playing in advance of Breeders’ Cup weekend.

Graham Motion is having a good time in the Bluegrass this fall and few are as adept at winning first time going long. Well, Senor Dehere (3-1) will give Motion a chance to improve on his profitable 23 percent efficiency in that scenario.

As a Southern Hemisphere 4-year-old, he has a license to keep maturing physically, a trait that goes with his obvious talents. He came from the clouds to break maiden in a turf sprint, then ran a curious Z-pattern when switched to Poly last time out.

Clearly, by temperament and pedigree, the added distance figures to help; Johnny Velazquez sure can’t hurt. His performance figures have been faster than anything in this group.

Taking Senor Dehere to win at 2-1 or greater, and keying him first and second in multiples with his main rival, the in-form and well conditioned Longboarder (7-2), and price shot Anthem Gold (12-1), who’s on a good line and figures to appreciate the switch from Poly to turf.

Running Totals: (754) 244-157-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,683.10 [win selections only]

Ed Note: As a result of traveling to Louisville, plus a host of Breeders' Cup activities upon arrival Wednesday, Nov. 3, there will be no Feature Race Analysis for Thursday, Nov. 4. There will be, however, Bob Ike's featured play for Thursday at Hollywood Park. On Breeders' Cup Friday and Saturday, HRI will feature a handicapping and wagering analysis of the Ladies Classic and Classic in Thursday and Friday postings, respectively,in the Feature Race Analysis section. On Friday, from 9 to 11:30 EDT, Cary Fotias, professional European expert Nick Mordin, and myself, are conducting a two and a half-hour Tele Clinic from Louisville, discussing wagering strategies for Saturday's entire Churchill Downs card. This is by no means a free service. For more information about the event, consult the website.

Written by John Pricci


Monday, November 01, 2010

Ricoriatoa, East of Java

The feature at Delaware Park today, a secondary allowances/optional claimer at 6 furlongs, doesn’t allow us to get too fancy.

Generally speaking, every horse that Bret Calhoun has acquired has improved, and that’s certainly the case with Cabaret Cowboy whose performance figures have been improving steadily since making his 4-year-old debut in May.

His last was a career best, clearly faster than any of the recent races of his competition save one, and although winless here, he has five in-the-money finishes from six starts including three exacta placings. He’s the logical favorite.

However, it’s Ricoriatoa, who will be a second choice and go favorite at post time, which looms the most likely. His two-back race over the surface was on a par with CC, he reunites with Fernando Jara, has now had sufficient recovery time, owns versatile style and the Galluscio barn is having a very good season. An inside draw should only help.

Taking Ricoritoa to win at 8-5 or greater, an exacta box with Cabaret Cowboy, a second ticket with Rico on top.

Running Totals: (753) 244-156-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,683.10 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, October 29, 2010

Another Saturday Belmont Feature, Another Winning 3-year-old

Just like last week, today’s Belmont Park feature, the Grade 3 Bold Ruler at 7 furlongs for three-year-olds and up provide another opportunity for a sophomore to beat u on his elders.

Tahitian Warrior (5-2) is a 3-year-old gelding that always has been brilliant but is now hitting his best stride. He’s shown an affinity for this surface in the past and has three exacta finishes in as many starts at the distance, including two wins.

Further, he has continued to train well and has added conditioning turning back from a mile in his latest start. Hot riding position conscious Cornelio Velasquez gets the mount on this tactical speedster who can finish.

Taking Tahitian Warrior to win at 2-1 or greater and keying him in multiples with strong working favorite Bribon (2-1), who skipped the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in favor of this and the upcoming Cigar Mile, and the very fast Half Metal Jacket (4-1), making his first start for Rudy Rodriguez, Ramon Dominguez in the boot.

Running Totals: (751) 243-156-101 Total Dollar Return: $1,670.70 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

HRI would like to welcome West Coast handicapping ace Bob Ike to the site. Check out Bob's free selection at Hollywood Park by clicking on Bob Ike in the HRI handicapper's section

Written by John Pricci


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