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, January 01, 2011

Get the Dough with Beau

If I wanted to be mean, and a baby, I would have capped the Interborough, the more important of the two features to usher in 2011. Then I figured 1-5 on the Hushion filly just wouldn’t be sporting.

And since we ended 2010 on a winning note, albeit a small one, would decided to tip-toe into the deep end.

In a very competitive Champagneforashley Stakes for newly turned three year old state-breds, it appears that Beau De Beaupre (9-2) has all the right tools to deal with his rivals.

Owning tactical speed, he can kick, too, and that will come in handy from good mid-post position which will enable him to handle the pace now matter how the shape of this develops.

Experienced, improved since adding blinkers and developing nicely, the rest will be up to Cornelio Velasquez.

Taking Beau De Beaupre to win at early odds of 9-2 or greater and keying him first and second in exactas and trifectas with the speedy, well drawn Eminent Tale (7-2), the good working Preachintothedevil (5-1) and price shot Decesion Point (12-1).

Running Totals: (783) 252-162-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,752.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, December 31, 2010

Icabad Crane Taken to Regain Legendary Status

Today’s Big A feature, the Alex M Robb for older state-breds going two turns on the winter track, will mercifully bring this season to a close for the New York Racing Assn. It is hoped their fortunes change with the turning of the page.

The crowd will have no reason to go overboard on Icabad Crane (2-1) and we’re hoping that’s the case. He’s not the only one here who likes this surface, benefits from what promises to be an honest pace, at least, and does have many seconds and third on his card, perhaps chasing the wise guys away.

After altering course, he did come rolling up into the frame a a shorter distance last out, just missing, and should benefit from today’s slightly longer route. Rajiv Maragh just seems to get along with this guy so well.

Taking Icabad Crane to win at no lower than early line odds, and keying him first and second in the multiples with sharp, well positioned recent conqueror Ruffino at an inflated early line of 10-1, and Giant Moon (6-1), an inner lover and purposeful recent worker who will benefit from a stretch to his optimal distance and the switch to Ramon.

Running Totals: (782) 251-162-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,747.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, December 30, 2010

‘Bells’ the Right Belle in Big A Feature

A half dozen fillies in today’s Big A feature but a chance for value if we’re right, taking a stand against the two early line choices, priced at 8-5 and 9-5, respectively.

This is the time to catch Bells Of Concerto (4-1); when she’s fresh. Even when she doesn’t win off the layup, she runs well enough to compete. This suits her trainer well as Scott Volk is profitable coming in with this type of spacing and when shipping in anywhere.

This filly has improved since coming into Volk’s hands this summer and, as a daughter of Concerto, also has improved with maturity. Her performance figures are on a par with the fastest fillies in here.

Taking Bells Of Concerto to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Beauty Is A Beast (6-1), going first-time Rudy Rodriguez.

Running Totals: (781) 251-161-107 Total Dollar Return: $1,747.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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