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.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I’ve Got No Explaining To Do

Today’s G2 Lake Placid for three-year-old fillies on turf going nine furlongs drew six entrants, five of which are graded stakes placed.

Check the Label (7-5) is a deserving favorite, having won the G12 Sands Point at Belmont at this distance then taking the G3 Va. Oaks in her latest, and is now 2-for-2 beneath Dominguez.

But we’ll step out and try for the upset with No Explaining (7-2). Also a winner at nine furlongs, she never really had a chance to run until it was too late in the shorter Lake George over the course July 28, finishing well after finally securing running room.

A shorter field will find the pace softer, placing her closer, and the switch to Johnny V. can make all the difference here.

Taking No Explaining to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Check the Label.

Running Totals: (713) 232-146-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Devil Made Me Do It

Today’s Saratoga feature is really a great matchup, protem divisional leading Californian, Blind Luck (8-5), vs. the East’s most accomplished 3-year-old filly, Devil May Care (7-5).

Given the pace dynamics and the benefit of a recent race over the track, a victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks, extending her Spa record to 2-for-2, Devil May Care is the deserving early line favorite and most probable winner.

Considering Blind Luck is 8-for-12 in her career, including four Grade 1s, that’s saying a lot.

Taking Devil May Care to win, no price restrictions, and keying her first and second in exactas with Blind Luck and Havre de Grace, narrowly beaten by Blind Luck in her graded stakes debut, the Delaware Oaks.

Running Totals: (712) 232-146-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 20, 2010

You Go Bet Girl

Today’s Saratoga feature is the female version of yesterday’s West Point, the Yaddo for fillies and mares 3 & up at nine furlongs.

On paper, the three shortest prices on the overnight line have the best chance and all are in with a good chance. It’s a matter of which variable you settle on.

We’ll eliminate Meriwether Jessica (5-1) from the top spot even if she had a strong and sharp recent because she’s not run this far, is not particularly bred for it and has not had success on this surface.

Chestoria (3-1) and You Go West Girl (4-1) come out of the same Spa two turner and each had a tough trip. While the former had a tougher trip in terms of trouble encountered, the latter had a far more difficult chore, trying to out kick Chestoria while racing wide behind a slow pace.

Taking You Go West Girl to win at 3-1 or greater and keying her first and second with her two main rivals here.

Running Totals: (711) 232-145-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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