Friday, November 11, 2016
Weekend Warrior Analysis for November 12
Today's Weekend Warrior Analysis Courtesy of http://www.123BET.COM
Grade 3 RED SMITH HANDICAP 3 & UP 1-3/8 Miles TURF
A dozen runners were entered overnight but it wasn’t long before it became apparent the marathon would boil down to three prime contenders trained by three grass masters.
Chad Brown saddles early line favorite 8-Wake Forest (8-5),
short odds by virtue of the fact he exits five straight Grade 1s—yes, this is much easier—and he’s 1-for-1 at the trip. While he might not be course or distance compromised, a slow pace could make it difficult. However, Javier’s good at adapting to that kind of thing…
Two with upset potential are 7-Messi (5-1)
and 11-Danish Dynaformer (5-1)
Messi is on a bounce-rebound pattern, off a lowly rated effort, however—and is laudably versatile; racing on the pace or from off of it. Reuniting with winning rider Edgar Prado, Graham Motion is profitable in graded stakes. Recent works at Fair Hill base very sharp.
Four-year-old Danish Dynaformer, developing nicely for Roger Attfield, has been up against it lately vs. Grade 1 rivals in last two. He does own a win at this level going 12 furlongs so distance a non-issue here. Anytime this barn reaches out for Johnny in New York, you can wager the horse is live.
Most Probable Winner:
Danish Dynaformer and Messi
Grade 3 DISCOVERY STAKES Three Year Olds 1-1/8 Miles
Contrarily, this event is a lot deeper than the Red Smith as a half dozen of the 11 entered have a good chance to take this:
will get tested for class here, never having run in a named race. But he’s won or placed in his last four starts vs. older, has tactical speed, Johnny and the pole for Jimmy Jerkens.
3-Gift Box (3-1)
when last seen was a good, wide-rally fourth in Arrogate’s track record Travers and previously was second to subsequent Pa Derby winning Connect in the Curlin, coming off a May layup. Regular rider Castellano returns on gray colt who was third in his only Big A prior at 2.
has two Pricci Energy Ratings that would win this, including a half-length defeat in the Oklahoma Derby last out. Back to Kiaran McLaughlin here following steady stream of CD works; regular partner Joel Rosario takes a return call. Highly likely to be prominent throughout.
5-Governor Malibu (5-1)
was a bit disappointed over a wet surface he likes when second in the Empire Classic behind an extremely hard hitting older rival. Despite four placings at the distance, he loves the trip based on performance figures. Rosario stays with ‘Statelydude’ but Joe Bravo wins many races for Clement. Broke maiden by 6 going a mile on this track at 2.
6-Hot Seat (10-1)
will be severely tested here after going 2-for-2 at Parx but figures are top notch, Jason Servis, 27% with repeaters, is profitable 30% with shippers. Major talent Antonio Gallardo has taken Big Apple by storm.
7-My Man Sam (8-1)
was beaten less than 5 lengths behind Connect in Pa Derby after breaking from post 8 and trailing 12th of 12 virtually throughout. Loves this trip and reunites with Irad, who gets along very well with late-running sophomore.
11-Sunny Ridge (20-1)
was a good third in Exaggerator’s Haskell then was eliminated by extremely-wide trip in the Pa Derby. Bottom of super-exotics wakeup possibility.
My Man Sam
See Saturday's Feature Race Analysis for on-the-record selections
Written by John Pricci
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Tote Busters: Playing the Red Board
LAS VEGAS, November 8, 2016—I usually start with bad news first but not this time; there really wasn’t any. I won the Beholder photo, the Queen’s Trust photo, Arrogate got up—of all things—so what’s to complain about?
Any bad fortune I experienced at Breeders’ Cup 33 had to do with wagering decisions—and that’s always on the horseplayer, if he’s being honest with himself. But you don’t have to take my word for things…
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And finally ‘Mc Duffy,’ who wrote an unsolicited [his word] play-by-betting-play personal account of his Breeders’ Cup Saturday. His comments were written in HRI’s comments section below Sunday’s On-The-Line column.
Here were Tote Busters© comments as they appeared for each Breeders’ Cup winner with a brief explanation of how Star Ratings break down: 4-Stars being “A+” prime contenders; 3-Stars, also “A” contenders; 2-Stars are “B” money-contenders; 1-Star “C”, exotics only, and 0-Stars, no-hopers. For more detail, see Tote Busters© Legend at http://www.JohnPricci.com
Juvenile Turf: “13--OSCAR PERFORMANCE ***4-1:
[PER: 84 on 8/20] [TGT: 5.25 on 10/1] Exciting U.S. grass prospect extremely impressive winning both starts, a rapidly run 10-length maiden breaker on firm Spa turf before showing class and versatility taking G3 Pilgrim on yielding Belmont ground. Brian Lynch profitable in graded stakes and is 21% efficient with repeaters. Excellent blowout, will love firm footing, but must break sharply from #13.”
$2 Win: $15.20
$2 Exacta: 138.80 (runnerup was also 3-star rated; no 4-star horses in Juv Turf)
Dirt Mile: 8-TAMARKUZ ***8-1:
[PER: 102 on 8/27] [TGT: minus 1.5 on 10/8] Has won half of his eight starts at the trip and was a fast-closing second behind divisional leader A. P. Indian in Spa’s highly rated G1 Forego when fresh. Followed that with a game placing chasing Anchor Down’s relaxed pace in G2 Kelso Mile. Kiaran McLaughlin profitable 27% with LAY-3 runners. Only lacking in surface experience.
Exacta: 100.40 (runner-up 3-star rated [two *** listed] (4-Star: Dortmund – ran out)
Juvenile Fillies Turf: “3-NEW MONEY HONEY ***10-1:
[PER: 81 on 10/1] [TGT: 6.5 on 10/1] Validated placing to La Coronel on debut returning with powerful, late run score in G3 Miss Grillo, breaking maiden in that event. PER jumped up big-time with one under her girth. She’s been two turns twice for Chad Brown and, given her pedigree, is sure to continue development; good value on early line with Castellano.”
Win: $15.80 (there were five 3-star contenders listed) [No ****]
Distaff: “8-BEHOLDER ****5-2:
[PER: 95.5 on 10/1] [TGT: minus 3.25 on 8/22/15] It may appear defending older mare champion has lost a step, beaten thrice in succession, but owns PERs and recent TGT that belie this assumption. Gary Stevens has said his mare’s best go is with a target, and that’s the scenario he’s likely will get: The challenge is its highly probable he’ll be stalking Songbird, who gets three pounds her elders. Now if another rival were to keep Songbird honest, could be looking at a perfect stalking trip here.”
Exacta: $25.20 (Songbird only other ****)
Turf: “12-HIGHLAND REEL ****3-1:
[PER: NA] [TGT: 0.75 on 10/2] Highly strung, multiple Group 1 owner of five exacta finishes including two victories, he has improved every year for Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore crowd and is peaking at 4. Arc winners have not fared well in this event but runners-up have; he was a laudable third despite washing out very badly pre-race. Pointed here because of promise of firm ground.”
Exacta: $28.80 (Flintshire only other ****)
F & M Sprint: 12-FINEST CITY ***12-1:
[PER: 98 on 4/23] [TGT: 2.5 on 4/23] Not quite as fast as top contenders here but has license to improve in this spot. New trainer with two starts at the meet is 1-for-1 going turf to dirt, the tack taken here, and is laudably versatile just missing with front-running try in G2 Santa Monica and G2 Great Lady M with last run rally from sixth of seven. Outside draw and first-time Mike Smith augur well for potential price shot performer.”
Exacta: $216.40 (Wavell Avenue **) [By the Moon & Carina Mia were **** -- both ran out]
Mile: “5-TOURIST 15-1****
[PER: 94 on 8/20] [TGT: minus 0.75 on 6/4] Chased Midnight Storm home when a game second in the Shoemaker Mile here this summer and was forced to chase throughout the slow-paced Shadwell Mile from a wide post and after encountering trouble on first turn. He reached even terms in there approaching midstretch but tired from his early exertions late. Generally has been at his best with this type of spacing and Mott trainee owns worthy (10) 4-1-3 slate at a mile. Expecting better trip.”
Win: $26.80 [Limato **** -- ran out]
Exacta: $105.20 (Tepin ***)
Classic: “10-ARROGATE ****5-2:
[PER: 126 on 8/27] [TGT: minus 4.75] After cakewalking through a couple of Horse-to-Watch laughers at Santa Anita and Del Mar, Baffert sophomore shipped to Saratoga and crushed the Travers by 13 lengths in 1:59 1/5, the fastest 10 furlongs in Spa history. Impossible to think he won’t regress yet he continues to train extremely impressively for the biggest test of his young life. A large, well balanced colt with a stride to match, he figures to be tracked intently by either California Chrome, Malatonin, or both. They may win that battle but lose the war. Trainer attempts unprecedented third straight Classic victory, this one a home game. Fascinating puzzle.”
Exacta: $10.00 (California Chrome only other ****)
Qualify the results as you wish. We were very pleased as it was a successful day personally as well. [TJ will vouch, if necessary].
While there were no negative responses or suggestions—except for we want more races—the reception we received was underwhelming, understandable since HRI notwithstanding, there were a grand total of three days social media promotion.
I learned two things from this first commercial venture; the price was too low and the workload too high.
We will not raise the takeout—except for future special events such as Breeders’ Cup; Oaks-Derby weekend, etc.—but we are considering the idea of monthly or meet-long subscriptions, especially for meets such as Keeneland and Saratoga.
Does that notion have any appeal? Feedback would be very helpful.
What we are working on between now and December 3, the start of Gulfstream’s championship meet, is a template where I can plug in personal, exclusive data so that all pertinent information is readily available in a simple format—stars rule!.
Aside from providing value-added information for personal handicapping while saving the player time and effort, Tote Busters© will serve as a stand-alone product, no handicapping necessary.
Of course, my compensation has to be somewhat commensurate with the workload or we’ll save ourselves a lot of time and a lot more effort.
There’s other excellent data out there, of course, but most of it much more expensive and none with our name on it. My compensation has to be commensurate with the workload or we’ll just cut the whole thing loose.
We have a four-decade track-record as a public handicapper, and more recently verifiable success with profitable daily Feature Race Analysis at HRI since 2007.
So, there it is: We research; you decide.
Written by John Pricci
Friday, November 04, 2016
Big 3 + Big 3 = 33
LAS VEGAS, November 4, 2016--Well, if my handicapping analysis of the lynchpin races that close "Filly Friday" and "Championship Saturday" that wrap a bow on Breeders' Cup 33 is correct, then the math is, too.
If it's any other than the three horses named below that will emerge winners of the Distaff and Classic, then I have no idea who it could be.
Here are those horses that were very favorably mentioned in our new Tote Busters product that launched yesterday. We're proud of the package, 20 pages of horse profiles plus the workouts we had a chance to review on replay:
[Top Pricci Energy Rating: 96 on 7/24] [Thoro-Graph Top: minus 2.25 on 9/24] Toughest test of her life but for a brief instant in G1 Coaching Club Oaks--never has been seriously challenged. Daughter of Medaglia d’Oro from brilliant race mare Ivanavinalot, she’s 11-for-11 from sprints to 10-furlongs. Five-for-five at her home base, she’s training extremely well, is controlling speed and three-year-olds historically have done very well in this event.
5-STELLAR WIND ***5-2:
[PER 94 on 10/1] [TGT: minus 4 on 10/1] Difficult to be underrated when you’re an Eclipse champion but that was the case until she beat Beholder for a second time in the G1 Zenyatta, a carbon copy of her gallant G1 Clement Hirsch. The 2015 G1 Santa Anita Oaks winner improved her home track record to 4-for-5 in the Zenyatta. Unlucky to lose the 2015 Distaff after troubled break and a wide run behind perfect-tripping Stopchargingmaria. She comes in fresh and in absolute top form.
[PER: 95.5 on 10/1] [TGT: minus 3.25 on 8/22/15] It may appear defending older mare champion has lost a step, beaten thrice in succession, but owns PERs and recent TGT that belie this assumption. Gary Stevens has said his mare’s best go is with a target, and that’s the scenario he’s likely will get: The challenge is its highly probable he’ll be stalking Songbird, who gets three pounds her elders. Now if another rival were to keep Songbird honest, could be looking at a perfect stalking trip here.
Personally seeing this as a mini-spread in P4 among the Big Three and many will single Songbird, believing she’s the best horse, which she very well may be. Today’s race will prove that one way or another. If you’re a believer and you’re willing to take a leap of faith at short odds, she’s your single. In straight pools I will seek value elsewhere and use Songbird defensively in exotics. This is one race one need not bet to enjoy.
: [PER: 102 on 6/11] [TGT: minus-8.5 on 6/11] Stratosphere Thoro-Graph was the largest ever given in TG history according to founder Jerry Brown. Uber talented Tapit grey dominated the Met Mile by 14 lengths and to crush G1 Whitney foes after given suitable recovery time following the Met. Was victimized by overconfident handling in very-wide G1 Woodward rally. Freshened again for this, the speedy pace scenario will suit his style ideally. The question is his ability to handle a very deep and talented group. Looms potential value.
4-CALIFORNIA CHROME ****1-1:
[PER: 99 on 7/23] [TGT: minus-4.5 on 8/20] While not competitive on the PER scale, Thoro-Graph tops virtually identical to his major three-year-old rival who gets four pounds on scale. It’s been a genuine treat watching this champion at 5, never looking better in his life. Victor Espinoza rides him with tremendous confidence; Art Sherman has managed racing’s richest horse brilliantly. Monster chestnut is 5-for-8 at Santa Anita and 5-for-7 at 10 furlongs. Can’t wait for 5:35 PDT on Saturday.
10-ARROGATE ****5-2: [PER: 126 on 8/27] [TGT: minus 4.75] After cakewalking through a couple of Horse-to-Watch laughers at Santa Anita and Del Mar, Baffert sophomore shipped to Saratoga and crushed the Travers by 13 lengths in 1:59 1/5, the fastest 10 furlongs in Spa history. Impossible to think he won’t regress yet he continues to train extremely impressively for the biggest test of his young life. A large, well balanced colt with a stride to match, he figures to be tracked intently by either California Chrome, Malatonin, or both. They may win that battle but lose the war. Trainer attempts unprecedented third straight Classic victory and this one is a home game. Fascinating puzzle.
Given all the scenarios in play, this appears on paper to be the best ‘match race’ in Breeders’ Cup Classic history. Not one horse in here can afford to make a single mistake and expect victory. Unbelievable finale to the 2016 championship series. Enjoy…
TOTE BUSTERS© WORKOUT JOURNAL
As with a majority of horses, we’re unfamiliar with their personalities or a.m. work habits. Obviously, there can be better workouts that come before or after the day noted, which signals the intent of what appears below. Below are horses whose works we’ve seen on video or highly touted by HRInsiders at the scene.
As easily as horses can work 1:01 3/5, looking very much more than a morning gallop than an actual timed workout. Appears to be doing extremely well.
Perfect blowout for the Sprint, 5 furlongs in a minute with lots of energy remaining in the tank, a very happy horse.
A much improved work from the previous move, going 5 furlongs in 59 4/5 with noticeably better energy.
If interested in the rest of the Late Pick for both days, find out more at http://www.JohnPricci.com
Written by John Pricci