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.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Weathering the Storm

Today’s feature at Aqueduct Race Track, the Polite Rebuff overnight stakes at a mile for older fillies and mares is fairly competitive for a small field, with speed to set the table, late and mid-race movers and runners versatile enough to do what it takes to win. Of those, Weathered (2-1) is our favorite.

When last seen the five year old was mare beaten just over a length in the 14-filly G2 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Race Course despite finding herself in racing on the rail over the deep wet track, the winner rolling up to win on the far outside.

This 5 year old mare is versatile, talented enough to challenge graded fillies at 7 furlongs but strong enough to dominate the local track, with four wins in seven winter track starts, never off the board, and twice a winner at today’s trip. She’s meeting are sharp group but is fastest by definition with a class edge as well.

Taking Weathered to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing her first and second in exactas with improving Starship Angel (2-1) and potential trip sitter, Extra Sharp (6-1).

Running Totals: (613) 191-125-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,323.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jonesing for Another Winner

We’ll turn out attention to New York today where the third race allowance feature has drawn a small field of relatively evenly match three-year-olds going a mile and 70 yards.

It’s easy to understand why the linemaker made Dixie Nite Out (2-1) the favorite. Coming off a top figure win in his two-turn debut last out, he has tactical speed, the pole position and, given the conditions, an edge as the only two-time winner in the field. In fact, he’s 2-for-2 since adding blinkers.

But there were two issues with his last race. The top figure score was earned on a sealed sloppy track and it was a huge double-top on pace and final figures and he returns on relatively short rest. This leaves him vulnerable to the second choice, Propeller Jones (5-2).

Not only did he earn competitive figures in his last two starts but in his latest, his winter track debut after breaking maiden at Gulfstream, he showed a lot of determination after being supplanted for the lead to hold on very gamely on the rail in a three-horse battle.

The two differences today are a switch to an outside post in the short field and a pedigree that’s screaming for today’s added distance. David Cohen has ridden nine winners for the Pletcher barn this winter and was the hottest rider in New York last week.

Taking Propeller Jones to win at 9-5 or greater and an exacta box with ‘Dixie’.

Running Totals: (612) 190-125-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,318.70 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Table Set for Betty’s Halo at Philly Park

Today’s feature at Philadelphia Park, a highly contentious allowance sprint for older fillies and mares at 6-½ furlongs has a bit of everything, pace, mid-movers and late runners.

Most significantly, though, a beatable favorite in Indian Delight (5-2), who gets a major switch to Kendrick Carmouche but with too many seconds and thirds on her card for our taste.

He figures to be in the mix early, however, along with three other speed types that figure to occupy themselves early. The one who figures to benefit the most is Betty’s Halo (5-1), who has done her best recent racing beneath veteran Tony Black.

Her last was a top figure effort but trainer Preciado has a fine record with repeaters, her style and wide draw fit’s the race shape snugly and she’s come back with two soft yet purposeful works for her return.

Taking Betty’s Halo to win at 4-1 or greater and key-boxing her first and second in exactas with Feverish Flight (7-2) and Spanish Luck (9-2).

Running Totals: (611) 189-125-85 Total Dollar Return: $1,309.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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