John Pricci

HorseRaceInsider.com executive editor John Pricci has over three decades of experience as a thoroughbred racing public handicapper and was an award-winning journalist while at New York Newsday for 18 years.

John has covered 14 Kentucky Derbies and Preaknesses, all but three Breeders' Cups since its inception in 1984, and has seen all but two Belmont Stakes live since 1969.

Currently John is a contributing racing writer to MSNBC.com, an analyst on the Capital Off-Track Betting television network, and co-hosts numerous handicapping seminars. He resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Friday, July 22, 2016


Saratoga All-Entrants Late P4 Handicapping Skinny


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Comments from Belmont July 16 LATE PICK 4 on winners & exacta finishers
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RACE 7 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT 2YO F 6 FURLONGS INNER TURF

7-LULL (5-1), racing without Lasix, also by War Front, is uncoupled Clement newcomer, a barn profitable with first-timers on grass. Attracts Franco but three straight gate works the good news and the bad news. (won, $10.20)
8-ASSCHER (2-1) was totally eliminated by poor start in well-meant debut. Todd 27% with second-timers and Javier takes a return call but pedigree a question mark for us on this surface (2nd, exacta $32.00).

RACE 8 FORBIDDEN APPLE STAKES 1 MILE WIDENER TURF

4-KING KREESA (7-2), another redoubtable state-bred, is 7-time Belmont grass winner with exacta finishes, including 5 wins, in 14 total starts given these dynamics. Might shake free as potential loose leader (won, 6.70).
1-FORCE THE PASS (3-5) was good second behind loose leader and classy miler Obviously in Grade 3 last out and was very willing third in G3 Appleton 4YO debut prior. Big time class relief here and reunites with Johnny; formidable fave. (2nd, exacta 12.00)

RACE 9 $12, 500 CLAIMING 3 & UP 1 MILE


4-POINT HOPE (7-2), blinkers back on for barn that’s recently 4-for-12 in that scenario with two money finishers and switches back to Irad. Barn in slump this meet but class dropper goes for major client; guesswork at short early line odds. (won 16.80)
1-FINDING CANDY (6-1) is 2-for-13 at the trip and 3-for-30 all other distances, reunites with Castellano and goes turf to dirt for barn that’s 16% efficient given that dynamic; looks live in this spot. (2nd, exacta 85.00)

RACE 10 $40,000 MAIDEN CLAIMING F&M 7 FURLONGS WIDENER TURF

5-SUBTLE LADY (7-2) lost rider in season’s debut when dropping to this level now makes second start for Rice, 22% in LAY-2 scenario, and gets switch to Johnny. (won 8.80)
8-ELECTRIFIED (5-2) makes first start in over a year dropping into claimer for first time; barn capable with layups but not particularly well known for successful layup runners; underlay on early line. (2nd, exacta 38.60)
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SATURDAY, JULY 23


RACE 8 Allowance Optional Claiming 1 Mile INNER TURF

1-Wyeth (5-2) was all out to win latest in much improved, albeit perfect trip score going longer following wide trip sprint debut. Worked thrice since latest and Javier takes the return call.
1A-Catapult (5-2) raced greenly for Chad in second start making graded stakes debut following troubled start. Back to proper level for barn 27% efficient with 90 days+ layups and reunites with winning rider Irad Ortiz.
2-Our Way (6-1) ran well in recent salty spots after being victimized by a series of bad trips dating back to January at GP. Has some tactical speed and pole position with switch to Jose Ortiz indicates switch to close-range tactics.
3-Tizzarunner (12-1) was a tough trip second in turf debut this winter, a listed stakes, indicative of confidence from Casse shed. Takes meaningful for barn that’s profitable 21% effective with second-time turfers.
4-Scissors and Tape (15-1) earned improved Pricci Energy Rating in second start following brief freshening. Maker an ace on turf and Leparoux taking the re-ride. Inside draw makes him pace factor here.
5-Gio's Calling (8-1) career best PER came rounding two turns at KEE this spring and gets back to those dynamics today. Three of four sibs own turf wins, reuniting with Luis Saez and T-G pattern is forward-looking.
6-Conquest See Ya (10-1) is uncoupled Casse that has earned highly competitive PERs in three turf starts, his last two in listed stakes. Also notch-dropping and reunites with winning rider Lezcano.
7-Rappel (7-2) showed marked figures improvement going second-time Lasix and first-blinkers in the Manila, his Belmont finale. Lone win came with Franco in the boot, owns highly competitive figures, and was good second on Spa grass last year.
8-Cave Johnson (10-1) is 2-for-5 lifetime on turf, both wins coming at today’s trip. Toner barn’s horses hold their form well and gets switch to Johnny in this spot. Excellent money prospects.
9-Hockey School (8-1) raced wide following troubled start in last after breaking maiden by open lengths previously over yielding ground. Has five works since his last, switches to Rosario, and bred to improve given today’s two-turn dynamic.
10-Jay's Way (20-1) showed much improved speed after adding blinkers last out, Gargan barn profitable going dirt to turf and returning with this type of spacing. Switch to Paco insures aggressive handling from outside slip.
11-Wicked Wink (20-1) is bred to appreciate today’s added distance but showed little in turf debut and is poorly drawn. Lone win from six starts on synthetic surface.


RACE 9 Allowances 3 & UP 1-1/8 MILES

1-Gray Sky (9-2) placed gamely after being pace factor in CD finale and has been toughened by slate of graded stakes. Nicely drawn and weighted returning with five-weeks spacing and reunites with Santana. Appears live off series of recent quick AM drills.
2-Cadeyrn (9-2) hails from Jeremiah Englehart shed, hot in recent weeks and known for longshot productivity at previous Spa meets. Looms controlling speed and switch to Luis Saez augurs well.
3-Conviction (3-1) is 1-for-4 lifetime with somewhat disappointing profile but lone score came rounding two turns at Monmouth, a similar dynamic today. On a favorable Thoro-Graph pattern and highly likely to improve with Todd switching to Johnny.
4-My Man Sam (8-5) returns from the Triple Crown scene following game placing behind lone quality speed Matt King Coal this winter, following up with wild-horse-finish placing in the Blue Grass and deceptively good horror trip in the Derby. Freshened since, pointed to this meet; best figures and looms formidable favorite despite spotting weight to elders.
5-Tale of Verve (12-1) finally showed some life in last following series of dull efforts. This still requires act of fact even if reuniting with winning pilot Rosario.
6-Testosterstone (5-1) beat secondary allowance/optional claiming state-breds in last and was claimed by Chris Englehart. Taps Franco, riding at 24% for barn of late but very tough spot for earning quick return on investment.


RACE 10 Grade 1 DIANA STAKES F & M 1-1/8 Miles MELLON TURF


1-Sandiva (12-1) was freshened and pointed to this, goes well with time between starts, Todd is 28% effective with 90-days+ layups and mare won only start at 9 furlongs. Pole sitting with Franco, she will be in the early mix throughout.
2-Miss Temple City (3-1) talented mare beat males in quick KEE G1 Makers 46 Mile then finished ahead of nine rivals at Ascot. Motion reports all is well since returning but there is 34-day gap in workline at Fair Hill base. Second in 2015 Lake Placid here but this a tough read at short price.
3-Strike Charmer (15-1) was far back behind moderate pace on blistering Belmont course, leaving too much to do in extremely fast late fractions. Two turns figures to help but needs solid pace for her late rally.
4-Wekeela (7-2) was an excellent second to Tepid despite troubled start in 4YO and U.S. debut in G Jenny Wiley then regressed when one-paced in SA’s G1 Gamely behind Illuminant. Trip should suit perfectly with good spacing into this; Javier re-riding formidable early line fave.
5-Mrs McDougal (10-1) finished willingly late for third in that rapid run final-fraction Just A Game now stretches to suitably longer trip switching to Rosario for Spa return where she’s 1-for-1; potential value at early line odds.
6-Dacita (5-1) flashed excellent turn of foot to win G2 New York in final strides, drawing out late. Drops four pounds for this, retains Irad, and enters off series of very sharp drills. T-G pattern very healthy and earned co-high lifetime best on Spa grass in 2015.
7-Recepta (9-2) has been extremely competitive despite spate of tough trips in series of G1s, retains Johnny, is favorable weighted and finally gets away from inside posts which have compromised her position early. Reported training well and is 1-for-1 at Spa.
8-Onus (15-1) her lifetime best on both the PER and T-G scales came at the trip as Laurel 3YO last fall. Had little chance behind slow pace going a mile last time after impressive frontend score in 4YO-debut prior. Meets better but primed for upset beneath J Ortiz.
9-Rainha Da Bateria (20-1) entered stretch extremely wide in rapid Just A Game, losing all chance, but made up deficit late, closing into wild late pace coming for last of 12. Working bullets recently, attracts Leparoux and has puncher’s chance at big price.
10-Isabella Sings (8-1) despite troubled start sprinted away nicely in soft G3 Eatontown prepping for this at Monmouth last out. Paco is 3-for-4 on 4YO filly, only loss by a nose bob, and has the speed to overcome wide draw early. Very competitive Grade 1 renewal.


RACE 11 Claiming 3 & UP 1-1/16 Miles INNER TURF


1-The Imposter (6-1) returns at level of recent claim for barn known for Spa success and gelded 5YO has enough pedigree to stretch out effectively; L Saez aboard for both recent victories. Style should suit today’s dynamics and owns competitive figures on T-G scale.
1a-AE Mr Rosenthal (6-1), winless on dirt, has respectful (28) 5-5-6 slate on today’s surface and picks up Paco for crafty claiming outfit whose trainer is profitable on turf from sizable sample, horses often outrunning their odds.
2-Winter Springs (5-2) Chad apparently giving up dropping this one at least two levels but it’s Saratoga, Irad re-rides, and barn is profitable dropping in with open claimers. Pole sitting with tactical speed; some mixed signals.
3-Aripeka (7-2) is not the soundest 6YO gelding but has plenty of talent, heart, speed figures and versatility. Makes first start at level of Jacobson’s claiming reuniting with winning rider J Ortiz. Worthy rival of ML fave..
4-Procurement (8-1) has never raced this cheaply for turf ace Maker or anyone else. Javier on a return call. Lacks Spa turf experience and winless in six starts at the distance.
5-Street Chief (20-1) has good record on grass, (15) 3-3-1, including one at today’s trip. Has some races that can compete favorable here, attracts Bridgmohan and has money prospects as a price shot.
6-Lure of the South (15-1) has been claimed from six of his last nine starts, going first tie for Steve Klesaris, 23% effective first-time off the claim and profitable with this type of spacing. Attracting Franco, looks live in this spot.
7-Cotton Town (30-1) has never threatened at long odds in all recent starts.
8-Status of Forces (30-1) ditto, as lone recent win came in NL3 over Presque Isle Tapeta. Drops a notch for low percentage outfit whose runners can outperform their odds.
9-Dendrite (20-1) comes off better-than-it-looks turf sprint at Belmont in return to this, winning level. Stretching out, owns a win on this course and a win at today’s trip. Gets weight, attracting promising young apprentice.
10-Dream Man (6-1) beat similar in Belmont finale, dropdowns notwithstanding, earning excellent performance figures and three of four career wins have come at the trip. Indeed, all recent tries have been competitive and gelded 8YO retains Alvarado.
11-Amen Kitten (12-1) dropping out of Arlington Ill-bred stakes, cuts open claiming price in half for local return for Ramsey/Ward team reuniting with Rosario, his only other winning rider over the last two years. Owner drops to win.
12-All Over Me (20-1) drops to level of Morley claim two starts back, is a five-time turf winners, 2-for-3 at the distance, has won on Spa turf and attracts Johnny; puncher’s chance at a price.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Saratoga 148 Gives Horseman a New Perspective


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., July 19.2016—I’m looking forward to the 148th Saratoga race meet for all the usual reasons. For gamblers, a sojourn to Saratoga Springs is a trip to Horseplayer Nirvana.

First and foremost, the quality of racing there over a sustained period of 40 days has, on balance, no equal in the world of Thoroughbred racing.

Saratoga is the place where racing’s best and brightest congregate—both the four-legged and two-legged varieties—a place to show the world what they’ve got.

For horseplayers, it’s the meet where making a score is conceivable at any moment. Given high quality and extreme competitiveness, the chances of getting value for your betting buck are disproportionately high:

Very good horses can pay off very handsomely, thank you. And Saratoga has the sizable betting pools needed to make all of that possible.

Friday will be only the third opening day we’ve missed in 46 years.

In 2007, we were flying home from Las Vegas after having given birth to idea of HorseRaceInsider.com--a grassroots site for players, giving them a voice and also by acting as the sport’s conscience, daring to speak truth to power.

We missed last year’s opener, too, after having established permanent residency in South Florida. As Ray LaMontagne might sing, this year we’ll be in Saratoga a fortnight, “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise.”

While there, we expect to give witness to Songbird stretching her speed over 10 furlongs in the Alabama, The following week, we’re hopeful to see a reprise of Nyquist vs Exaggerator vs Creator, classics winners all, in Saratoga’s Derby of Midsummer.

But I have new reason, one I’m hoping will please not only the HRI faithful but horseplayers of every stripe as we bring on board HRI’s first “trackman,” an expert in the art of race-watching and handicapping, who just happens to be a legendary horseman.

He will be stationed at simulcast outposts out West, watching as many races as is possible in one gambling session. Now retired, he will watch races and share what he sees, because no one truly tethered to Thoroughbreds can ever walk away completely.

Besides, retirement savings and social security aren’t enough these days; a man needs to make a score every once in a while. So, what makes this trainer legendary?

For one thing, he’s saddled winners at a high percentage every year from 1969 through 2016, and not always with the best stock. Often far from it. But he campaigned stakes winners, too.

For better or worse, his record in stakes races back in the day put New York winter racing on the map when the inner-track era was in its infancy.

He was the first to realize there was value in purchasing ready-made racehorses off the racetrack and get them to the next level. He did it by going to Canada to buy fresh stock, then to California, hoping to bring those SoCal speedballs back to New York.

Woody Stephens once said of him that he’d rather be on the lead than be President.

For a while, he was a “Trainer to the Stars,” saddling horses for James Caan, Don Rickles, Don Adams and Omar Sharif, among others. His success with those clients was enough to earn him two appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”

Primarily as a trainer of claimers, he won a handful of New York race meets despite the fact he never had more horses than any of his peers.

One winter he went to Turfway Park with six head and $50,000 for claims and won the training title, setting a record in the process.

He saddled a horse that set stakes records in Northern California, a horse so popular locally that the San Francisco Examiner put its image on the front page, above the fold, the only equine so honored.

Of Simply Majestic, D. Wayne Lukas said at the time he was the best managed racehorse he ever saw.

Whenever a good horse shipped into New York from out of town, he was often called in for consultation.

I could go on about a man I’ve known all my adult life. He was outspoken to a fault, ruffling plenty of feathers.

When he was going through a particularly tough time, he sought counsel of his own and became a close friend of Monsignor Tom Hartman, half of television’s “God Squad” with Rabbi Marc Gellman.

Later, the trainer told me and several close friends that “Father Tom saved my life.”

Parenthetically, the “God Squad” TV program eventually won a Peabody and four Emmys.

The Brooklyn-born trainer now lives in a suburb of San Francisco near his daughter, Gabrielle, and is anxious to get started at HRI.

“This is all very new to me and I’m excited; I’m really looking forward to this.” Then trainer John Parisella added: “This will keep me focused on the game. I still love my horses.”

John’s first Race Watcher’s column, highlighting Saratoga and Del Mar, is tentatively set for Mondays and Fridays beginning July 25, the first Monday of the Saratoga meet.

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Friday, July 15, 2016


BELMONT PARK Saturday LATE PICK 4


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Comments from July 9 PICK 4
at Belmont--winners and notable money finishers:

RACE 8 G1 BELMONT DERBY INVITATIONAL 3YO 1-1/4 MILES INNER TURF


13-DEAUVILLE (4-1) is best of the Euros on paper given lots of Group 1 and Group 2 experience in which he was highly competitive with some of Europe’s best 3-year-olds. Jamie Spencer comes with the package, mitigating the draw somewhat, and O’Brien adding first-Lasix, of course. (won, $14.60)
4-HIGHLAND SKY (8-1) has never failed to fire in deep stretch and narrowly missed with strong finish in G3 Pennine Ridge prep for this; added distance might not suit as pedigree a little light for the trip. (2nd, $134.50 exacta)

RACE 9 G2 SUBURBAN HANDICAP 3 & UP 1-1/4 MILES


5-EFFINEX (5-2) threw in a bad one in wide trip non-effort as the Foster favorite after solid score over Melatonin in Oaklawn ‘Cap prior; reunites with Smith and highly likely to improve on home grounds and at this trip. (won, 6.30)
7-SAMRAAT (12-1) has raced competitively in all three starts off a lengthy layup but gave no indication he’s back to top 3YO form; will be a pace factor reuniting with J Ortiz. (2nd, 56.50 exacta)

RACE 10 G1 BELMONT OAKS 3YO F 1-1/4 MILES INNER TURF


12-CATCH A GLIMPSE (2-1), a Horse to Watch since allowance winning turf debut at 2 and is now 7-for-7 on this surface, including defeat of males in G3 Penn Mile. Has more than enough gas to clear from the outside behind Geroux, the country’s leading or near-leading 2016 stakes rider. Has excellent PERs and bottom-side distance pedigree. (won, 8.80)
4-TIME AND MOTION (6-1) is undefeated in three starts at 3 on three disparate courses including today’s. Comes up to added distance the right way, has two-sided route pedigree and Johnny, aboard for the three scores, takes the re-ride. Post and style suits dynamics nicely. (2nd, 45.80 exacta)

RACE 11 G3 BELMONT SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP 3 & UP 7 FURLONGS

5-A.P. INDIAN (10-1) comes off rapidly run score at the distance at Parx, beating ‘Roxbury’ by 3 open lengths handily. Delacour is 26% effective in LAY-3 situations and is having a career year—profitable at 29%. Gelded 6YO is 2-for-2 at trip and Bravo re-rides (won, 13.80).
9-MARKING (4-1) turns back to what might be a perfect distance for his style after chasing the strong Met Mile pace, finishing ahead of six rivals in his first start since disappointing in Dubai’s G2 Godolphin Mile; broke maiden here, bullet at Greentree base and Lezcano on a return call; formidable rival (2nd, 53.00 exacta).
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RACE 7 MAIDEN SPECIAL WIEGHT 2YO F 6 FURLONGS INNER TURF

1-AWESOME BOSS (20-1), racing without Lasix, by Street Boss, 19% first-time turf, draws coveted inside for turf sprint but barn not known for debut-type success; mixed signals.
2-SHE’SLIKETHEWIND (8-1) is not particularly turf bred but debuts for legendary “Mad Genius” Michael Dickinson with Johnny named; more mixed signals.
3-CONSULTING (10-1) hails from barn that’s profitable 18% effective with its turf-debut types and lone sib has won on grass. Good advance notices on first-crop sire, is working steady and attracts Lezcano; interesting.
4-BALAYAGE (6-1) by very capable turf debut sire War Front, is from mare producing no grass winners from six starts, three which have run. From top debut and ship-in connects.
5-FLY SWIFT (4-1), racing without Lasix, has both nature and nurture, debuting for Clement and from mare producing 4 turf winners from as many starters to race. Sharp blowout with Irad named; likely major player.
6-HERECOMESTHEQUEEN (15-1) is one of two in here with racing experience and barn is 26% effective with its second-time starters. Worked thrice since but was off slowly in debut and loses Irad who opted for firster.
7-LULL (5-1), racing without Lasix, also by War Front, is uncoupled Clement newcomer, a barn profitable with first-timers on grass. Attracts Franco but three straight gate works the good news and the bad news.
8-ASSCHER (2-1) was totally eliminated by poor start in well-meant debut. Todd 27% with second-timers and Javier takes a return call but pedigree a question mark for us on this surface.
9-ELUSIVE GIFT (12-1), racing without Lasix, has good pedigree on both sides for debut, making first start on turf for prodigious Maker on this surface, profitable 20% with grass-debut types. However, extreme outside can be troublesome for newcomers but early line mitigates.

RACE 8 FORBIDDEN APPLE STAKES 1 MILE WIDENER TURF


1-FORCE THE PASS (3-5) was good second behind loose leader and classy miler Obviously in Grade 3 last out and was very willing third in G3 Appleton 4YO debut prior. Big time class relief here and reunites with Johnny; formidable fave looms likely single.
2-TAPITATION (4-1) won recent state-bred Kingston Stakes following wide-trip 4th from extreme outside in GP two-turn 5YO debut. Two-for-two at trip and beneath Castellano and (4) 3-1-0 on Belmont green. Potential value at early line odds.
3-LUBASH (10-1) has given indications he’s lost a step as 9-year-old but merits respect as 9-time Belmont course winner. Has four works for this and Alvarado takes the re-ride.
4-KING KREESA (7-2), another redoubtable state-bred, is 7-time Belmont grass winner with exacta finishes, including 5 wins, in 14 starts at the trip. Might shake loose as potential loose leader.
5-BRICKYARD KITTEN (20-1) on form looks like race filler in this spot but won his last and attracts Lezcano; still…


RACE 9 $12, 500 CLAIMING 3 & UP 1 MILE


1-FINDING CANDY (6-1)
is 2-for-13 at the trip and 3-for-30 all other distances, reunites with Castellano, and goes turf to dirt for barn that’s 16% efficient given that dynamic; looks live in this spot..
2-PRIVATE TALE (12-1) stretches out to mile, where he’s 3-for-12, as opposed to 4-for-32 at all others. Drops a notch and 7-pound apprentice has some talent but barn has been 0-for-16 on the stretchout and winless in 2016.
3-CLASSIC GIACAROLL (5-1) lost last out as fave, was claimed, now makes first start with claiming price cut in half and switches to Franco for barn not known for first-start-claim success; mixed signals for us.
4-POINT HOPE (7-2), blinkers back on for barn that’s recently 4-for-12 in that scenario with two money finishers and switches back to Irad. Barn in slump this meet but class dropper goes for major client; guesswork at short early line odds.
5-LIDERIS (6-1) drops into beaten claimer for first time for Jacobson, dropping from $62,500 to 12,500 level; makes third start off the layup with switch to strong-finishing Dylan Davis.
6-SATURDAY APPEAL (15-1) returns to Belmont at proper level after failed attempt in FL allowances switching to Alvarado; low profile outfit capable of upset price shot here.
7-SEA PREACHER (20-1) dueled in fast fractions in SA two-turner vs. similar in 2016 debut; crafty outfit is profitable 26% returning in this time frame and makes switch to Lezcano; live price shot.
8-CHARITABLE (30-1) is 2-for-6 at Belmont and 1for-25 everywhere else but hails from underachieving connects and has been badly beaten at long odds vs similar of late.
9-STREET CHIEF (5-2) drops from the $40,000 level for barn that’s 25% profitable with shippers and 29% profitable with its routers. Super-trainer Cox is currently 0-for-8 at BEL; mixed signals.
10-LUCKBOX SAM (10-1) showed some improvement dropping to this level in first start off claim. Nevin 23% in CLAIM-2 scenarios and gets switch to Johnny; excellent value on early line.


RACE 10 $40,000 MAIDEN CLAIMING F&M 7 FURLONGS WIDENER TURF


1-DOUBLE MANE (20-1)
showed much improved head-to-head speed when third last out but steps up to meet tougher and rates to be pressured throughout from pole position.
2-MARSHMELLOWMADDNES (8-1) had troubled started then chased the pace from wide post going longer; turns back to suitable shorter trip at which she was effective in debut.
3-MARY’S IN UTOPIA (20-1) raced dully in last going 6 furlongs now stretches out to best distance with rider switch and should be in this throughout from cozy insider draw; price shot potential.
4-LOVE BLUES (8-1) showed some improvement in second start and benefits from turnback (barn 18% long to short) and switch back to Widener course. Arroyo sticks for Schettino profitable with its maiden claimers; wakeup potential here.
5-SUBTLE LADY (7-2) lost rider in season’s debut when dropping to this level now makes second start for Rice, 22% in LAY-2 scenario, and gets switch to Johnny.
6-IRISH ANCHOR (4-1), 30% blinkers on for uncoupled Rice entrant, has been rallying too late going three-quarters now should be a pace factor switching to Lezcano for barn 25% effective with LAY-3 runners.
7-CELTIC SERENADE (8-1) lost rider in lone turf start at 2 now makes first start off long layup with Franco; an act of faith here.
8-ELECTRIFIED (5-2) makes first start in over a year dropping into claimer for first time; barn capable with layups but not particularly well known for successful layup runners; underlay on early line.
9-THAT WARRIOR GIRL (30-1) hails from very capable price shot outfit but has been beaten off in all recent starts at long odds.
10-NIGHT NIGHT KITTY (50-1) ditto, and jock, unknown to us, is 0-for-22 this season through Wednesday.
11-HIGH BARBAREE (30-1) is yet another that’s been beaten off at long odds in both turf starts.
12-SPLASH OF SASS (12-1), blinkers off after showing speed on main track last out, returns to grass where she’s not been competitive in three starts on turf.

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