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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Or maybe there will be a Time Limit (4-1) in the Gimma. I honestly don’t know. Or a Fierce Lady (7-5), for that matter. Do I trust racing experience, or my own lying eyes?

As the HRI Faithful know, when it comes to young horses in stakes company, we routinely favor horses with experience over brilliance. But in the case of Irish Danzing (9-5), her precociousness winning on debut was freaky.

The competition will be stiff. The two fillies mentioned first here both exit Saratoga’s Seeking the Ante, from which one starter returned and promptly won her next start.

In the race, it appeared that Fierce Lady, with momentum, would easily outfinish her rival that led all the way. But Time Limit was resurgent and Fierce Lady had to dig down to put her away late. Credit both fillies.

Of those two we prefer the latter since she was the winner and is favorably drawn outside here in this six-pack matchup.

In her defense, Time Limit did come back with a sharp 3-furlong breeze, 6th fastest of 54 peers that week at Belmont Park.

Now we realize Irish Danzing is a one-run wire to wire winner on debut and those types rarely replicate fast efforts unless they’re something special. Find the replay at your favorite ADW and you decide.

Clement-trained filly broke on top, eased back into a stalking position, went to the attack on the turn, hand ridden into the stretch and after the win was secored, Irad Ortiz won totally wrapped up a half-furlong out.

Yes, there is today’s extra furlong and a change of venue but if we believe in what we saw, the result should be the same.

Taking Irish Danzing to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with her two rivals above, extra ticket on top.

YESTERDAY: Saturday results–Raging Bull finished third; East was never a threat. The sound you hear is the turning of a page…

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  1. It is apparent that the HRI faithful, the dime bettors and $2 bettors, don’t wish to contribute to your FRA. But they sure comment when you do pick a winner; some giving a detailed analysis of how they increased their bankroll. And, some never seem to ever lose.

    As I understand it, Mr. Pricci, you are betting Irish Danzing to win and key exactas with Time Limit and Fierce Lady. This race involving two-year-old fillies should be passed, which I am doing; but, if you loan me $20 I will put it on Naked Avenger having gone only 5 1/2 F to date and looks like 7 F fits well.

  2. Alice has all $20s you’ll ever need, gleaned from your winnings no doubt.

    Very happy that you’re around to keep things fair and balanced. And I really mean that.

    Better for the game, and cogniscenti such as yourself, that the small time HRI Faithful are around building up the price on your winners. You should thank, instead of berating, them, don’t you agree?

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