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, August 26, 2010

Love Conquers All

Today’s Saratoga feature is a rare mid-week Grade 1. Rarer still is that it’s for the up-and-over set.

Unusual, too, is that there’s a good amount of pace in this spot and Sermon of Love, one of three entered by Jonathan Sheppard, who’s been dominating the hurdle session at this meet.

Further, he’s won the New York Turf Writers’ Cup Handicap more than any other trainer and Sermon of Love, who was second in this race last year, is coming up to the race perfectly.

A horse for course, he’s a two-time Spa winner, has a winning prep over the surface and that was his first start with blinkers, back on here. He owns tactical speed and drops eight pounds today, not insignificant.

If both halves of the entry go, or not, taking 2-1 on Sermon of Love to win and place.

Running Totals: (715) 233-147-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,608.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Fast or Wet, It’s Stormy

The Albany Stakes usually draws a sizable competitive field but not today. A group of six have been entered and on paper it looks like a two-horse battle: the favorite Ibboyee (1-1) and Stormy’s Majesty (5-2).

Clearly, Ibboyee is the most accomplished and deserves to be favored. He’s graded stakes placed, has won half his 12 lifetime starts and nearly $600,000--a very accomplished state-bred.

But Stormy’s Majesty appears more interesting. Undefeated in three starts, he made his nine furlong debut in the Jim Dandy in which he showed early speed and understandably tired, appearing to need the race while ambitiously spotted.

Ibboyee owns the faster performance figures but Stormy’s Majesty is close behind and the five pounds he gets from the favorite under the allowance conditions levels that playing field. Both horses handle wet tracks but price and a recent race over the track will break this tie.

Taking Stormy’s Majesty to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with the favorite.

Running Totals: (714) 232-147-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,603.40 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, August 23, 2010

It’s Good To Be the Queen

When the two favorites for today’s Union Avenue Stakes for state-bred fillies going six furlongs met, the position dynamics were completely different.

In that Finger Lakes sprint, Gold For The Queen (7-2) was under the gun from the pole with La Concerto applying the pressure. The two battled all the way with the outside filly prevailing.

Today, it is La Concerto (3-1) that has drawn the rail, she figures to be pressured by several rivals here, including Gold For The Queen, making her job very difficult. Both fillies can handle any footing and both have worked well since their last meeting.

However, it’s the versatility of Gold For The Queen that makes her the play at 5-2 or greater, plus exacta boxes with La Concerto and late running City Broad (9-2).

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

Written by John Pricci


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