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, March 18, 2011

Compass Points the Way

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a turf sprint that’s really a stakes masquerading as an allowance race. Todd Pletcher saddles uncoupled favorites, the ultra speedy Bridgetown (3-1) and the remarkable sprint filly Rose Catherine (9-5), making her four year old debut vs. males here. We’re using both.

The key, however, will be price shot Pointing North (12-1), turning back in a sprint for Chris Block, who does excellent work with third off-the-layup runners.

Owning conditioning, this four-year-old turns back to his best distance on the performance figure scale and has plenty of gas to set up an anticipated late finish. Drawn inside with Elvis Trujillo, we’re looking for a pocket-rocket performance.

Taking Pointing North to win at 9-1) or greater and key boxing him first and second with both Pletcher entrants.

Running Totals: (828) 263-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,842.70 [win selections only] {Thursday selections not included}

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Royal Straight a Winning Hand

Today’s feature at Gulfstream is very competitive, more so because the preliminary allowance event is at the always tricky 6-½ furlongs.

The race to come out of we believe is the rapidly run 7 furlongs on Jan. 29 over the track. While De Price (3-1) has proven consistently faster, the preference is for Royal Straight (4-1).

The reason is simple. This 4 year old is much better with a target, which is something he should get on the turn back. Hopefully Jimmy Jerkens will get that message across to Alex Solis--if he hasn’t by now figured that out for himself.

Taking Royal Straight to win at 5-2 or greater, boxing him in the exacta with De Price, and adding the sharp Mighty Score (5-1) and Aussie import Related (8-1) to the exotic mix.

Running Totals: (828) 263-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,842.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Marriage Made in Turf Heaven

Today’s Gulfstream feature is a preliminary allowances on the turf for three year old fillies going a mile. Much of the race’s strength are fillies coming off a layup. Of those we prefer Smart Sting (3-1).

Not that our favorite thing is to take a likely short price on a horse that’s been away but this miss is classy, from pedigree to connections. Strongly bred for turf on both sides, she’s a daughter of Smart Strike from champion Perfect Sting.

Further, she hails from a barn that’s a profitable 21 percent with layups of 90 days or longer, she’s been working steadily at Payson Park since December and won her debut at today’s trip in excellent time. What’s not to like?

Taking Smart Sting to win at 9-5 or greater, key boxing her in exactas with Erma Lee (6-1) and Atlantic Voyage (4-1), adding Dagney Darling (12-1) and Mount Holiday (10-1) to the exotics mix.

Running Totals: (827) 262-171-114 Total Dollar Return: $1,836.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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