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, December 16, 2017

We Have the Stones to Try to Beat Todd at Big A

Anyone tethered to the game already knows about the Lilac fire that engulfed the San Luis Rey training center, now claiming up to 66 equine lives, as of this writing, and injured two horsemen, one seriously, the other critically.


If you've ever gotten lucky and cashed a ticket or two here, please contribute to the expenses suffered by the first responders and those less fortunate horsemen who have lost their charges, perhaps even their homes. The grooms and hot-walkers that were affected need help immediately.

I only ask that if you decide to help, we suggest perhaps donating your usual betting unit: If you're a $2 bettor, that's fine. If you're able to bet $10 or $20, seriously consider making a bet on the people who make the game go. If you can afford even more, God bless you.

If we weren't so passionate about what we do, we would be doing something else. So, please, let's help our fellow horse lovers who have given and lost so much.

The relief effort is going-on. Please visit set up by The Stronach Group, Santa Anita Park and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club at the address above.

Thus far, over $600,000 has been raised. Thank you, but please continue to help. Backstretch workers are still in need of many of life's basic goods.

It's easy to understand why Pure Silver (7-5) is a deserving early line favorite in the finale of the Stallion series for New York-bred juvenile fillies; Grade 2 winners at Saratoga are supposed to beat New York-breds in December at Aqueduct.

But she may have met her match in recent maiden graduate Miss Hot Stones (8-5), a Horse to Watch winner last out off a very game two-move-on-lead placing in her prior, another impressive effort. Maryland-based Ollie Figgins is wasting no time in going for the added money here.

A sharp worker since, she's well drawn in a short field and has aggressive Kendrick Carmouche surveying the action from the outside, mid-race moving and blowing it open
into the lane. That would be our plan, anyway.

Taking Roddy Valente-homebred to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with the favorite and Wegetsdamunnys (7-2), shipping down from Finger Lakes for Jeremiah Englehart, enjoying a career year.


Number of Selections since 2007: 2415

Number of Win and Place Finishes: 717-483

Amount Wagered: $4,830 [$2 to win only]

Total Dollar Return on Investment: $4,891.90

Exacta Finishes All Selections since 2007: 49.6%

Profit to Date: $61.90 {Friday results not included}

Written by John Pricci


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