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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Wednesday, May 04, 2016


KENTUCKY DERBY 142: Post Positions Matter


LAS VEGAS, May 5, 2016—America’s Race is a little more than 48 hours away and the draw for post positions didn’t make picking the winner any easier.

But maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be, a real Louisville lollapalooza. Let them all run and let the horseplayers and public in, too, especially the public.

On Saturday, anything that will work goes: names, colors, hat pins, lucky numbers. Or, to the event, jockeys, trainers, handicappers and “squares,” the casual bettors that built this town.

In the end, it’s the horses that will decide it, they always do. Brown horses, black ones, grays, and some the color of Trump’s hair; the orange kind, not the softer blond hue.

As a horse race, the Derby has it all. This year, it mostly has horses that want to do their best running at the end. But the usual factors need consideration; race dynamics, form cycles, recent local workouts, etc., etc.

The Derby is for dreamers of every stripe; the connections, horse fans, sport’s fans and gamblers, making it the world’s greatest racing spectacle, an aw-shucks equal of the Melbourne Cup, the Arc de Triomphe.

It is the stuff of legend, and one of 20 horses will emerge the answer to a trivia question by Sunday morning. Which of those own the attributes to become one of the ones? A handicapping sketch, listed in post order with early line odds:

1) TROJAN NATION 50-1 a.k.a. “the maiden,” Victory is impossible to fathom, but this does not make him a bad horse. He ran third behind subsequent Rebel-winning Cupid in SoCal made things interesting for Outwork in the Wood while in tight on the fence. The fence doesn't get any tighter than in a 20-horse Derby lineup. In the last 50 years, only Ferdinand (1986) succeeded.

2) SUDDENBREAKINGNEWS 20-1 is arguably the strongest late runner in a field loaded with them. But he’s no plodder. In winning the 7-furlong Clever Trevor Stakes at 2 he was 4-1/2 lengths behind a half-mile of 44 3/5. He will race in the Derby with a shadow roll, a nose-band that acts similarly to blinkers by promoting better focus. Intriguing colt wasn't helped by inside draw, but may not be hurt too given his style.

3) CREATOR 10-1 has become a revelation since he arrived in Hot Springs. His sweep-to-lead maiden breaker was breathtaking, a harbinger of finishes to come, including a needle-threading strong finish to take Oaklawn's signature event. The Tapit colt is at tops right now and inside draw may produce similar Arkansas Derby tactics.

4) MO TOM 20-1 sadly for his connections, has become the stuff of trip-handicapping legend, such were the nightmares he encountered in the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby. Those losses were a combination of deep closer style and pilot error, mostly the latter. Despite it, Tom Amoss has retained recent perennial Churchill leader Corey Lanerie. Perhaps he gets clear sailing Saturday but the question remains whether he can get there fast enough. Post neutral.

5) GUN RUNNER 10-1 is certain to raise his game once again. He’s never taken a backward step on anyone’s performance figures. He will go forward but not likely far enough to snag the brass ring. He has all the tactical tools but his slower figures may be easier to reconcile than his greenness tendencies. Draw suits his tactical style extremely well.

6) MY MAN SAM 20-1 is in the conversation with Creator, Suddenbreakingnews and Mo Tom as the field’s best deep closer. The difference is that he is not as accomplished yet—the key word being yet. His pattern is straight forward, fairly competitive, but his inexperience is glaring. There likely is a Grade 1 title in his future but it is unlikely that will happen today. Post neither helps nor hinders.

7) OSCAR NOMINATED 50-1
is a late nominee owing to rapid, late development and super-stout pedigree. A multiple winner on turf and hero of the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes over Turfway Park’s synthetic surface, he has yet to race on conventional dirt. This is a salty spot for a horse’s first encounter with stinging kick-back.

8) LANI 30-1
is the 12th horse since 2000 to prep for the Kentucky Derby in Dubai. The best finish any of his predecessors could muster was a fifth-place finish. From Dubai to Derby Also-Ran.

9) DESTIN 15-1 is a powerful finisher. Our own Energy Ratings tell us this much. On the Thoro-Graph scale, his Tampa Bay Derby qualifies as co-fastest in the race along with Exaggerator. The Tampa score was so fast that Todd Pletcher would dare not give him a third prep, opting instead to give him ample recovery time. In the modern era horses have not won off a six-week layoff, much less eight. But, seriously, does Todd ever suffer a bad draw?

10) WHITMORE 20-1 is puzzling. He has immense ability and justifiable trip excuses for not getting up to win any of his three Hot Springs preps. The switch to Derby-hot Victor Espinoza just might prove the difference for a gelding that is sending mixed messages. Must prove that he can finish up with the same midstretch intensity. Position can prove very beneficial given his style and dynamics.

11) EXAGGERATOR 8-1 has done more than enough to prove he’s not just a mud-lark, even his best figures were earned on wet tracks. Has been handled old school style, using his San Felipe middle move to sharpen him for his change-of-pace Santa Anita Derby tour de force. Always brings his game; a serious player. Draw gives Kent plenty of options.

12) TOM’S READY 30-1 is the kind of slower, sneaky longshot that has made trainer Dallas Stewart’s a money-factor darling and the colt’s preparation has mirrored that of his Derby predecessors. When finishing second in two of three Fair Grounds preps, he was unable to out-finish either Gun Runner or Mo Tom. This will be a whole lot tougher. Post neutral.

13) NYQUIST 3-1 is far from the “fastest” favorite in Derby history but is among the winningest. Consequently, he cannot be eliminated with certitude by any measure. He has done what he needed to do and merits extreme respect. Being handled brilliantly, his style suits Derby 142’s pace hungry dynamics. He may not be “the bet” but remains "the horse to beat.” Given the speed drawn to his outside, a sharp break may prove critical.

14) MOHAYMEN 10-1 in modern Arabic means dominance; in old Arabic closer to apologetic, submissive. So will we see the dominant Holy Bull/Fountain of Youth winner or submissive Florida Derby fourth? His only loss was contested on a greasy, wet track and he gave an uncharacteristically dull pre-race appearance. His attitude has improved big time in the bluegrass. Well drawn providing Junior Alvarado doesn't ride to beat one horse; he must beat them all.

15) OUTWORK 15-1 is ridiculed because his Wood triumph was accomplished in very slow time, including a godawful final furlong. When will all handicappers acknowledge he chased the fastest pace of all major preps, faster even than Danzing Candy’s Santa Anita Derby? It’s his relative inexperience, not talent, that’s the issue. Perfect draw as first horse in auxillary gate; Johnny has two favorites immediately to his left while drawing a bead on speedy Danzing Candy outside. Given dynamics, another excellent draw for Mr. Pletcher.

16) SHAGAF 20-1 has pleased the eye when he won his first three races. Deserves a pass for the Wood Memorial run on a wet surface he didn’t handle well, never showing his tactical ability and the long-striding colt had his momentum stopped on the far turn. He has trained over the Churchill surface like he owns it but performance figures are lacking. With tactical speed and a lengthy stride, outside draw is favorable.

17) MOR SPIRIT 12-1 has been brought along with an eerily similar profile to Silver Charm’s, the first of Bob Baffert’s four Derby wins. He enters this race off consecutive place finishes which were designed strictly as preps as was ridden that way. He’s has run fast enough to win this and is a likely trip-sitter, given preferred fast footing. Another tactical runner, Gary Stevens can watch the race develop before his eyes.

18) MAJESTO 30-1 has been unfairly maligned as a by-default second to Nyquist in the no-account Florida Derby. While both those aspects may prove to have merit, it doesn’t take into account this grand-looking individual has tremendous scope and legendary Venezuelan connections in trainer Gustavo Delgado and jockey Emisael Jaramillo, a legitimately elite rider. Superfecta price shot?

19) BRODY’S CAUSE 12-1 ran remarkably well to win the Blue Grass considering how remarkably bad he ran in Tampa. But once he returned to Keeneland he responded with a first rate Grade 1 score. Working very strongly at Churchill, where he broke maiden at 2 and goes third off the layup for Dale Romans, a profitable scenario. But his wide draw made his talk a whole lot tougher.

20) DANZING CANDY 15-1 has demonstrated his best game is on the engine speed and he seems incapable of doing it any other way. The Santa Anita Derby slop was deep and heavy. No horse could have withstood a 45 1/5 second half-mile and survived in that going. If he is to be a serious factor, all will know in a matter of strides away from the gate. Extreme outside may prove beneficial; his start potentially crucial to the dynamics of all.

21) LAOBAN—Also Eligible

22) CHERRY WINE—Also Eligible

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Friday, April 29, 2016


Handicapping Sketches of All Belmont Late P4 Starters


By John Pricci
Exclusively for http://www.123BET.COM


Judging from the returns, last Saturday’s Pick 4 analysis at Keeneland proved popular with bettors and readers. And so that will be the theme until you say differently.

Today’s handicapping thumbnail sketches of every entrant in the late Pick 4 from Belmont will be listed in post-position order with early line odds.

Meant as an objective guide to your own handicapping, we effort to include key pluses and minuses that should prove the difference between success and failure.

As always, we seek true value relative to the handicapping merits—not just odds-based alone—and will express the occasional betting “lean” or advisory when warranted.



RACE 6 MAIDEN CLAIMING $50,000 3YO & UP 6 FURLONGS


Visualize (8-5) is the first of many suspicious dropdowns in this event. Earned good Pricci Energy Rating in 2015 debut. $240K purchase is offered for sale. Todd wins more than his share of these but potential claimers beware… Given the scenario, switch to Johnny and bullet works the good news and the bad news.

Porch Pounder (5-1) comes off New Pace Top in second start off the layup and earned highly competitive performance figure. Properly spotted coming back with leading rider Jose Ortiz on a return call. Fair value on early line.

Gloves Off (12-1) turns back from route going turf to dirt and went well when third in only dirt start sprinting. Anthony Dutrow profitable with maiden claimers and is 26% effective going turf-to-dirt. First-time Javier offers value at early odds.

Tricky Citizen (15-1) makes 3YO debut dropping in with claimers for first time for Nevin, a worthy 40% with her last 28 such entrants and is returning as new gelding. Working purposefully and properly spotted; Cornelio sticks.

Policy Portfolio (6-1) has nature and nurture. Sire is 19% with debut runners and Violette a profitable first-out horsemen with same 19% strike rate. Steady, albeit not flashy, workline but is $200 purchase offered up for 50K first out. Mixed signals.

Do Share (12-1), Goldberg having great 2016, profitable while winning at 23% with all runners. Both sibs to start are winners and trainer an ace with debut types. Gets Irad.

Pure Excitement (15-1) was beaten off in well-meant MSW debut and now $350K purchase returns at drastically reduced level. Switches to apprentice and connections giving up quickly on this one.

Tea and Cricket (20-1) is working his way down the ladder after being offered for $75K as first-claimer last out. Has conditioning on the turnback while making dirt debut as first-gelding. Intriguing price shot.

Cornedbeefncabbage (15-1) hails from Ryerson shed, profitable in all relevant categories; two of 3 sibs are win-early victors. Training steadily since early March, albeit not very quickly.

Our Karma (10-1) earned excellent Pricci Energy Rating when good second to weaker in debut despite roughed start. Imperio barn having quietly effective 2016, Luzzi sticks and is taking confident class hike. Excellent value at anything near early line.

Heliodoro (8-1)
has had seven chances at long odds and never has seriously threatened. First-time claimers, reunites with Saez, but still quite a reach.


RACE 7 NW1 ALLOWANCES 3 & UP 1-1/16 MILES


Groupthink (15-1), like most, has improved off the Gargan claim. Two lifetime wins on this surface and 2-for-4 at the trip--1-for-16 doing anything else. Not as fast as early line favorite and loses Carmouche to same rival. Close to early odds a bargain.

Bellamy Way (9-5) owns excellent PERs and was a game second at odds-on after venturing into open company in Big A flat-mile finale. Cannizzo is 26% profitable with his beaten favorites, has surface win, and Carmouche sticks.

Saratoga Wildcat (6-1) jumped up in Big A winter track finale when second to N3 lifers in second start off Rudy’s claim. Good steady works, spotted confidently, and Irad takes a return call.

Rally Cry (7-2) on balance has disappointing profile but is getting big time class relief dropping out of G3. Nicely freshened and Todd reaches out for first-time Johnny. Very well placed vs. this group.

Mister Monolo (10-1) made good midrace move last out then tired perceptibly. Both lifetime wins at trip but form has been spotty overall. Uncoupled mate of Sea Raven and Alvarado takes the re-ride. Mixed signals.

Sea Raven (6-1) was less than 2 lengths behind the favorite in Big A finale, owns surface win, Gyarmati profitable in LAY-3 scenarios but this one is winless in five starts on this ground and gives away a few pounds here.

Waymond Boyd (5-1) moved forward in both starts at 4, showing late development, is bred for additional ground, Morley profitable with third-off-layup runners and with his allowance types; Jose Ortiz re-rides.

Rich ‘n’ Tuck (20-1) is coming off a soft sprint win but owns just enough pedigree for longer trip; Toscano profitable with attempted repeaters and when stretching to route off two sprints. Cornelio sticks; generous early odds.


RACE 8 ELUSIVE QUALITY STAKES 4 & UP 7 FURLONGS WIDENER TURF

Mosler (6-1) earned lifetime best PER at this trip, on this course, in this race last year. Three sibs all winners, two in stakes, and Mott is 22% effective in non-graded stakes. Worked bullets at deeper Payson since February. Spotted to win off the break.

King Kreesa (4-1) vaunted New York-bred owns life slate of (28) 9-6-4 including open graded stakes, is 1-for-2 at the trip and a worthy 7-for-15 on this course. Classy and fresh speedster likely to shake loose, especially beneath regular partner, Jose Ortiz.

A Lot (12-1) was extremely and quizzically dull off a short break in February at Tampa now returns at optimal distance and likes this course (5) 2-1-1. Makes first start for Chad, has tactical speed and gets patient Irad for potential one-run effort. Live price shot.

Bye Bye Bernie (8-1) has excellent Energy figs in shorter turf sprints and was graded stakes winner in Canada. Finished well too late from 12th in KEE season’s debut after altering course [see replay]. Picks up Saez for live Walsh barn. Hunch player’s special?

Green Mask (2-1) owns serious class edge dropping out of two Grade 1s. Was tough trip, game finish third when narrowly beaten in BC Turf Sprint. Favorably weighted, gets along well with Rosario and Ward, 23% with 90-day+ layups, suddenly has come alive.

Ready for Rye (6-5) Main Track Only

Sandy’z Slew (15-1) is capable of hounding King Kreesa and earned his best Energy Rating on this course last year. Game second to hard-hitter Plainview at distance over course but remains winless at Belmont and finds tough spot for winning return.

Kharafa (10-1) is a legendary New York bred gelding that has compiled a lifetime slate of (32) 11-9-4. Seven of 11 have come here and he’s won and placed in only two starts at the trip. A tough return spot even reuniting with Javier. Worthy price shot at early odds or greater.

Spartiatis (30-1) serious underlay at this price.

Big Guy Ian (20-1) is another that could challenge ‘Kreesa’ if quarter-horsed out of the gate but 5YO has no turf experience. Talented but badly overmatched on grass.

Stallwalkin’ Dude (5-2) Main Track Only

Artic Brave (5-1) has found a tough spot shipping in for Sharp, especially given wide draw. Talented turfer (14) 5-4-2 has no experience over course and distance--big negatives here. Underlay at early line odds.


RACE 9 MAIDEN ALLOWANCES 3 & UP 6 FURLONGS INNER TURF

Wyeth (5-1) is gelded 3YO making debut for Chad, profitable with turf debut types. Steady PMM works dating back to March 1, sharp half-mile moves presumably spaced around long gallops. Some Candy Ride’s take to turf, some not, and this is dam’s first foal. Javier takes the call.

Gee Pee Ess (7-2) has moved forward in all turf starts, a series of quickly run 5F GP turf sprints. Bred for this turf and sprints and attracts premier speed rider Jose Ortiz, regular stable rider for Nevin.

Conquest See Ya (9-2) finished well for third in debut over WO Tapeta April 9 as part of heavily bet Casse entry. Owns sharp subsequent blowout with switch to Lezcano, who did a lot of winning riding for this outfit at GP.

Mystery Solved (20-1) is turf meant on both sides and Servis has won with two of his last nine turf-debut runners with three in-the-money finishes. Been in training at Belmont since January; won’t be conditioning that gets him beaten.

Jess I Am (15-1) has run competitively in recent dirt sprints and had rough trip in only grass start going long; reunites with Carmouche but dam’s two foals are both winless thus far.

These Blues (30-1) hails from top turf barn of David Donk and returns quickly off dull dirt debut in which he was extremely wide entering stretch for outfit 17% effective with second-time starters. Could improve quickly with Arroyo on the re-ride.

Drop Shot (4-1) earned very good Pricci Energy figures in three lifetime dirt starts in which he went favorite in all. Has had four sharp works since latest now turns back for turf debut for Jimmy Jerkens, 22% effective with shippers. Attracts Cancel.

Henrik Rules (12-1) was dull in second start this winter over Aqueduct Inner, tiring badly after pace battle. Not particularly well bred for grass but gets first-time Irad. Mixed signals.

Nagafeer (15-1) is well bred both sides for turf, dam producing four turf winners from five starters, including stakes winner. Steady local works since January for McLaughlin, profitable on turf and with turf-debut types. Reaches for Saez.

Kettles On (30-1) earned decent figure when beaten off by top prospect in lone dirt start at Tampa. Morley barn profitable with second-time starters, as with first-turfers, winning with 24% efficiency. Mare had turf winner from two victors. Price shot for minors.

Mr. Neetie (8-1) exits useful turf sprint going 5F at GP, earning highly competitive Energy figure. Switches to Johnny getting first-Lasix. Barn 2 for its last 5 in Lasix scenario, 27% efficient with shippers and profitable with second-time starters. Potential value.

Silent Mission (8-1) showed much improved early speed turning back into short turf sprint at FG vs. winners. Back with maidens switching to Rosario with three recent sharp works for Ward since last.

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Friday, April 22, 2016


Saturday’s 123BET.com Keeneland Late Pick 4 Horse Profiles


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As the 2016 Keeneland spring meet comes to a close, we’re going out with a detailed look AT the late Pick 4, a sequence that includes the Grade 2 Elkhorn for older males going 1-1/2 miles on the turf.

The following is handicapping thumbnail sketch of every runner entered in today’s sequence, listed in post-position order with early line odds:

RACE 7: ALLOWANCES Non-Winners of $7,500 twice 4 & Up 5-1/2 Furlongs TURF

Dingdingdingding (10-1) Recent turf debut was even effort in moderate time following trouble on turn. Of dam’s three winners to race, none have won on grass; 58 1/5 at TP, fastest of 21 peers that week, is rolling!

Shadow Rock (3-1)
Strong contender despite class rise. Six time winner at the trip—his only lifetime victories, lifetime best Pricci Energy Rating came on this course. Improved last out after trouble in GP finale and Dickey is (5) 2-2-0 here through Wednesday.

Sylvan Park (15-1)
Lifetime wins were on turf but at 5 furlongs, not 5-1/2 and front wraps back on for latest run. Trainer profitable with turf runners; drops out of Grade 2.

Protection (10-1)
Excellent connections but is 1-for-18 lifetime on grass, meets tougher, and Energy Ratings lower than major rivals.

Whiskey Bravo (5-1)
Gelded 6YO has won half of 14 lifetime turf starts at this trip! Ships in seeking fourth straight with excellent Energy Ratings and is first time off Cox claim; 27% efficiency and profitable. “Single” potential.

Ray's Warrior (3-1)
Late developing 4YO has won two of last three on OP dirt, earning excellent rating last out. Barn recently 1-for-14 with turf debut types and mare’s four winners yet to win on turf.

Cat's In The Mood (12-1)
One-for-one on turf but win came at 5 furlongs on minor circuit. Earned highly competitive rating at 6F on Turfway Synth last out and barn profitable with both turf and allowance types. Interesting.

Heywood's (50-1)
Winless on turf in 7 starts and slow, dam’s had no turf winners thus far, and barn currently 0-for-15 at meet.

Tacoma Park (30-1) Figure jumped up to finish third behind ‘Cat’s Mood’ in Turfway finale but lacks both turf experience and pedigree.

Platinum Prince (8-1) both lifetime wins this surface and distance and goes first time off Tomlinson claim, profitable coming back with this type of freshening.

Moon River (20-1) Lone lifetime win came in state-bred Maryland stakes over surface and trip. Just missed wit wide trip in GP finale and picks up Paco here. Really turned heads with 46 1/5, fastest work of week at KEE.


RACE 8 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT 3YO FILLIES 7 FURLONGS


Pack Istan (20-1) finished evenly when third in 6F in debut over TP Synth. Likely to benefit for barn doing well with limited chances but draws pole. Unknown quantity; guesswork.

Lady Soul (5-2)
raced head to head throughout debut as favorite going 6F at GP for Todd/Johnny team. Three very solid works over deeper PBD since; added furlong a plus.

Final Decision (20-1) raced mid-pack and tired when 31-1 in OP debut; live rider switch to Geroux, however. Curious.

Sweet Legacy (20-1)
is from mare who’s only other foal won and has been in steady training at deeper Payson. Distance suits but Rusty, profitable with Landeros, is 1 for last 71 first-timers.

Hang On Annie (6-1) stayed fairly well for third going a mile in TP Synth. McPeek 17% effective with turnbacks and reaches out for Gary Stevens; intriguing.

Linda (8-1) came from the clouds following poor start in 6F Tampa debut, beaten only 4-1/2 lengths. Wilkes, profitable with first Lasix and second-time starters, switches to Julien. Best value on early line.

Ma Can Do It (2-1) made mid-race move before tiring going two-turns in OP season’s debut. Third in G1 Alcibiades at 2 and Romans also-rans often improve dramatically next out.

Dear Elaine (4-1) showed improvement in second start with Lasix in 2YO finale, earning top Pricci Energy Rating. LoPresti having profitable 2016 and is 17% efficient with layups of 90 days +. Three-year-old maturity and barn profitable with Lanerie; very sharp 47 KEE work.

Talkless Smilemore (10-1) comes off consecutive bullet works at CD and has conditioning on the turnback, but form has declined and loses Geroux.


RACE 9 GRADE 2 ELKHORN STAKES 4 & UP 1-1/2 MILES TURF

Da Big Hoss (7-2) has not hit the KEE board in two starts but has won half his 4 lifetime starts at marathon trip. Earns excellent PERs and two-time G3 retains Geroux.

Up With The Birds (3-1)
is winless since July 2014 but was second in G1 Canadian International in October and Motion 21% profitable with 90 days + layoffs and in graded stakes. Placed in one of two on this course and (3) 1-1-0 at this trip; fastest on best go.

A Red Tie Day (20-1) ships in from SA for Baltas with switch to Stevens after beating cheaper in last—his third of four turf starts--and owns five subsequent works and is well bred for marathon debut; interesting price shot.

Idolo Porteno (12-1) was twice a turf winner in South America, tuned up with top Energy Rating in G3 Razorback on OP dirt and Correas/Paco team 2-for-2 this meet--15-1 winner Wednesday. Live price shot.

Royal Albert Hall (15-1)
ships in for O’Neill reuniting with Prat and comes off sharp 10F score. Late developing 4YO gelding is stoutly bred for the trip.

Twilight Eclipse
was narrowly beaten in G1 Turf Classic last fall BEL and is a worthy (12) 2-2-5 in turf marathons but raced dully in season’s debut at GP, a course he usually likes; mixed signals.

Kaigun (5-2) finally broke through to win G2 Pan Am last out following four consecutive seconds; (4) 1-2-0 at the trip; in career form and getting along nicely with Bravo.

St. Albans Boy (15-1)
finished well too late following wide trip in Kaigun’s Pan Am (see replay); third in G3 Sycamore here last fall; Rubley, switching to Graham, profitable with ship-ins.


RACE 10 MAIDEN CLAIMING $20K 3 & UP F & M 7 FURLONGS


Brilliant Belle (2-1) was a good second for $50,000 two back at OP, raced very wide from extreme outside subsequently now down two classes for Cox, a 33% angle. Single potential.

Bettyng On Lucy (10-1)
gets trainer change to McKeever going turf to dirt following even 5th in FG turf sprint; tries dirt in second start switching to Graham and pedigree wants today’s added trip.

Only One Wish (7-2) goes turf to dirt dropping to career low level turning back off turf route for Sharp with Brian Hernandez on a return call.

Ladybug's Holiday (12-1) has nature—17% debut sire, dam’s thrown eight winners—but not nurture; Pessin 0 for last 21 newcomers. Gets Geroux, however; mixed signals.

Uno Cita (20-1) has been beaten 52 lengths total in four lifetime starts at 21, 31, 17 and 29-1, respectively.

Court The Storm (8-1) has had 12 chances to no avail, including last five vs. claimers at Turfway, but is second off a layup for Pinzon, a profitable 21% in that scenario.

City Beauty (5-1)
was beaten 16 lengths vs. $50,000 claimers in KEE debut; returns in a week with a significant drop. Wakeup potential.

Gift Of Sense (5-1)
five year old maiden returns off May 29 layoff and has done her best racing going longer.

Pour Girl (12-1) dropped into claimer in TP finale and showed some improved early speed; winless newly turned trainer makes KEE debut. Exits key race: two winners.

Valida(30-1) goes from Ben Colebrook to 8% trainer while moving up in class and turning back with quicker; note he worked crisply at KEE back in February.

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