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.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

All In on Pocket Cowboys

Today’s Belmont Park feature is made more difficult by the fact that with all the rain yesterday, it’s hard to know whether this 10-furlong event will remain on turf or switched to the main track.

Either way, a wet turf course or dirt surface generally is speed favoring and so, over any ground, the improving four-year-old gelding Pocket Cowboys appears suited to the task. The fact he’s 15-1 on the early line is a bonus.

It’s worth noting that his best performance figures have come either on wet dirt or at today’s distance on grass, his most recent. Edgar Prado takes the return call and it’s interesting to note that his recent impressive grass score came at a distance which he is well suited by pedigree.

Taking Pocket Cowboys to win and place at 10-1 or greater.

Running Totals: (660) 208-132-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,444.30 [win selections only]

Written by John Pricci


Monday, May 31, 2010

Taking the High Road

You won’t need a search warrant to find the favorite in today's ultra prestigious Metropolitan Handicap. The last time Quality Road (4-5) was in action, he set a record winning the Grade 1 Donn Handicap by 13 lengths. Why should today be any different?

Rather than ship half way across the world, his connections eschewed Dubai, pointed for the Breeders’ Cup Classic and mapped a campaign back from there. He is expected to make a successful first step toward that goal, leaving from the 7-slip in a field of eight for the Pletcher/Velazquez team.

But this is no walkover for the 124 pound highweight, as he’s spotting some very salty milers anywhere from 6 to 10 pounds, and there are a handful that could test the favorite if they run their very best. If they don’t come with their ‘A’ game, they will have no chance to get close to him at the finsih.

Making his third start off a layup, Musket Man (5-1) will appreciate the stretchout to one mile, he won his only start over the surface, and attracts Ramon Dominguez. He had no chance firing late in the sloppy-track Churchill Downs Handicap at 7 furlongs on the Derby undercard, after the track had turned speed favoring again before that event.

With gun to temple, it would be Quality Road to win, no price restrictions, and a cold exacta with Musket Man. Also, keying Musket Man second and third in trifectas and superfectas with Convocation (10-1), Tizway (20-1), Kensei (20-1) and Le Grand Cru (15-1).

Running Totals: (659) 207-132-94 Total Dollar Return: $1,441.80 [win selections only]

Dark here tomorrow. The Tuesday feature race analysis will resume next week

Written by John Pricci


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Top Sprinter Cash Refund To Go Six for Seven at Churchill

Were you impressed when Atta Boy Roy (5-2) set a hot pace, opened a clear lead and won the 7 furlong Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap comprehensively beneath Calvin on Derby day? So was I. Today, however, it’s a different distance, distance puzzle.

First of all he’ll have to hustle on the turnback to six furlongs breaking from the rail in today’s G3 Aristides in Louisville. And he has the early speed of developing four year old Chief Of Affairs (5-2) to deal with. But both must deal with Cash Refund (2-1), in our view, one of America’s very best sprinters.

Winner of the Kenner Memorial sprint at Fair Grounds on Louisiana Derby weekend, extending his lifetime mark to 5-for-6, he returns to his favorite surface, given a lifetime best performance figure here, is nicely drawn outside in this small field and will get a perfect view of the action, sitting off the flanks of the co-second choices.

In fact, this looks like a good spot to try beating those co-choices. Taking Cash Refund to win, no price restrictions, and keying him in exactas with likely trip sitter Riley Tucker (7-2) and price shot Cassoulet (15-1).

Running Totals: (658) 207-132-93 Total Dollar Return: $1,441.80 [win selections only]

Next week, Monday, we will analyze a Memorial Day feature race. Tuesday feature race analysis will resume the following week

Written by John Pricci


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