John Pricci 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, 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, February 17, 2017

A Handicapping Look-In on Saturday’s White Pearl at Gulfstream

A look at Saturday's Late Pick 4 feature race as it appears without the star ratings. If interested in more, as well as an analysis of the other three races comprising the P4 sequence, information is available at

RACE 11: WHITE PEARL STAKES F & M 4 & UP 7 Furlongs

1 - MOMENT OF DELIGHT (6-1) PR: 93
Was a good third mid-moving into strong pace in quickly run Sunshine Millions Sprint going 6F Jan 21. Best Pricci Rating earned at this trip and track lover is (13) 4-3-1 here, 1-for-6 everywhere else. Might try shaking loose from pole on the stretchout assuming alert break beneath Saez.

2 – MINES AND MAGIC (4-1) PR: 94
Makes GP debut at a trip she likes (2) 1-1-0 while making first start after winning the Dogwood in her Churchill finale last fall. Well spotted at this grade and has been working well at deepish Payson, but barn not particularly known for prowess with returnees. Very tricky call.

3 - SAVINGTIME (20-1) PR: 86
Was a much improved second in second start off the layup vs. weaker last time now stretches to preferred trip for low-profile connections. All three lifetime wins have come on this oval. Superfecta player?

4 - JULERETTE (15-1) PR: 86
Benefitted from patient handling from Bravo to win last, her GP debut, following good-figure third at same-distance prior. Five furlong breeze was 2nd fastest of 47 peers the week of Feb 11 and exits a key race that produced 2 winners from 4 subsequent starters. Price shot at early line odds.

5 – BODACIOUS BABE (6-1) PR: 87
Set pressured pace throughout G3 Hurricane Bertie following troubled start after winning restricted Margate previously, returning from brief freshening. Lightly raced 4YO has some promise, winning at the trip and over this track. Reunites with winning rider Juarez for Cibelli, profitable in non-graded stakes.

6 – MY AWESOME MOM (12-1) PR: 78
A winner at the trip but no match for Bodacious Babe in the Margate before coming back with another even third. Dave Kassen effective enough turning back from route to sprint but these appear too quick for her. Has money prospects.

7 - DISTINTA (5-1) PR: 89
Two of her three lifetime wins have come at this distance and she was a willing, albeit one-paced third in G3 ‘Bertie’. Barboza 30% effective in LAY-3 scenarios and also 21% profitable overall since 2016. Regular partner Zayas sticks. Fits dynamics and is nicely posted, a player.

8 – FUSAICHI RED (6-1) PR: 82

Makes first start for Jimmy Jerkens, a profitable scenario, and is getting some class relief here. Gets Paco, too, but is winless in three starts on this oval. Recent 5F breeze in 2nd fastest of 32 peers week of Feb 12. Getting mixed signals.

9 – SOPHIA’S SONG (3-1) PR: 88
Hasn’t started since G2 Ravens Run after just missing when third in G3 Charles Town Oaks. Training steadily since Jan. 2 at PBD base, is reunited with winning partner Castellano, and won her only start on this surface. As mentioned, Todd 29% with this spacing and filly had good company work @ PBD 2/11.

See Saturday's Feature Race Analysis for On-the-Record Selections

Written by John Pricci

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