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, August 28, 2010

Betting on the Travers Express

For a detailed breakdown of the Travers horses, see today's Saratoga Diary on the lead page

Taking Afleet Express to win at 5-1 or greater and keying him first and second in all multiple pools with A Little Warm (7-2), Fly Down (8-1), Friend Or Foe (15-1) and Super Saver (6-1).

Running Totals: (716) 234-147-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,613.20 [win selections only] {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


Friday, August 27, 2010

Smooth Sailing for Stormy

The temptation was pretty strong to go against Get Stormy (9-5) in today’s G2 Bernard Baruch. After all, the Fourstardave winner was being asked to do something he’s never done before, run nine furlongs, as the favorite. And the competition is much too smart to let him get away soft.

But who’s going to be the sacrificial speed? The only one who qualifies on paper, National Kid, a front running winner at Monmouth last out, doesn’t class up in graded company. Get Stormy, who’s 3-for-4 on this course, is also a multiple graded winner and is holding form via a recent 5-furlong work around the dogs in :59 3/5. Add Javier Castellano to the mix and he is very difficult to beat here.

Taking Get Stormy at 7-5 or greater and boxing him in the exacta with Whatsthescript (5-1), a troubled fourth behind the choice in the Fourstardave.

Running Totals: (716) 234-147-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,613.20 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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


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