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, August 13, 2010

An Accord with Nordic Truce

Today’s Saratoga feature is a beauty, the Grade 2 National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame Stakes for 3-year-olds going nine furlongs on turf. Of the six entered, four can win, of the two favorites, we prefer the longer.

Interactif is a worthy favorite (8-5). When last seen he finished well for place behind leading sophomore turfer, Paddy O’ Prado, and is already a multiple graded winner. Those wins came at 2, then came a tentative Triple Crown campaign, now back on turf. Turf and synthetics are his best go.

But we’ll take a minor upsetter in Nordic Truce (5-2). Also a Grade 3 winner, he’s never taken a backward step in four career starts, all on turf, and was able to improve his final figure despite softer fractions in his latest. He reunites with Julien Leparoux, 2 for 2 on this colt, and the Clement barn has awakened in recent days.

Taking Nordic Truce to win at 5-2 or greater and an exacta box with Interactif. Also adding import Paris Vegas (8-1) and Krypton (3-1), the only horse to defeat Nordic Truce, to the trifecta mix.

Running Totals: (705) 229-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,591.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Take Refuge in Rice FIlly

Today it’s the girl’s turn, the New York Stallion series, Statue of Liberty division, for horses sired by New York stallions. And if there’s anyone in the group capable of outrunning early line and likely ante post favorite In Te Domine (2-1), I can't figure who it might be.

Her last was extraordinary, very fast on performance figures and visually impressive, a key race 7 furlongs that produced two next out winners. She has course experience from her juvenile campaign and by Freud, from an A.P. Indy mare, she’s set to go long once again.

Taking In Te Domine to win, no price restrictions, and boxing her in the exacta with In Your Dreams (5-1), coming off a Pace Low and leaving from the pole position with Rajiv Maragh. Trifecta players can add the sharp Bretton Woods (6-1) to their mix.

Running Totals: (704) 228-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,588.90 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Taking Lubash, a Real Hoochie Coocher

Today’s feature, the New York bred Stallion Stakes, Cab Calloway division, might not be all that glamorous but it’s an interesting betting race nonetheless with horses in various states of accomplishment and development. Of those, two favorites have earned their rolls but one offers better value.

Seattle Mission (2-1) usually fires his best shot but he’s had no excuses in some of those, including his recent return to Saratoga. The good news is that he gets a switch to Ramon Dominguez; the bad is that he’s saddled with a tough, outside draw.

Lubash (3-1) also gets a rider switch, a more significant one to Kent Desormeaux who rides the Spa turf especially well, has a cozy inside draw, tactical speed, can finish and earns the best figures among these with consistency. It is this Jim Ryerson trainee who would be the more deserving favorite.

Taking Lubash to win at 2-1 or greater and an exacta box with Seattle Mission.

Running Totals: (703) 227-144-97 Total Dollar Return: $1,582.50 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


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