John Pricci

Retired Steward’s Letter To New York Gaming Commission Raises New Questions In Dutrow Suspension

A retired state steward in New York has written an explosive letter to his former employer at the State Gaming Commission alleging that the 10-year suspension of Rick Dutrow was based largely on incriminating evidence that may have been planted in a desk drawer inside the trainer’s office at Aqueduct by a state investigator. John […]

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Pricci To Cuomo: ‘Just, Fair And Compassionate’ New York Would Give Dutrow Second Chance

John Pricci, executive editor of, has written an open letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, asking that the state’s Gaming Commission review and reconsider the 10-year suspension handed down to trainer Rick Dutrow by the regulatory agency’s predecessor, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, in 2011. Pricci writes that the Gaming […]

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Gulfstream Rainbow 6 Carryover Builds To $317,000

Gulfstream Park’s Saturday program, which features the first leg of the $2.9 million Florida Sire Stakes and a 12-race program with five stakes, will have a Rainbow 6 carryover of $317,841.65. There will be a special first race post Saturday of 12:35 p.m. Saturday’s Rainbow 6 will kick off with the seventh race, a $25,000 […]

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Judges Selected for Stan Bergstein Writing Award

Team Valor International is pleased to announce Tom Hammond, Karen Johnson, Tom Keyser, John Pricci and John Sparkman as the judges for the third annual Stan Bergstein Writing Award. Initiated by Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin to encourage the type of hard-hitting writing that the late Bergstein embodied as a columnist for Daily Racing Form […]

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Pricci: ‘NY state needs to get this one right’

As the Travers Stakes draws closer this week, John Pricci at Horse Race Insider realizes that there is a big question that needs to be asked in racing…and it’s not ‘who’s going to win the big race.’ Pricci states the question is this, “Who will handle the reins, who will be chosen to right a […]

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Pricci: Plenty of reasons for racing industry to be afraid

Horse Race Insider John Pricci writes about the convergence of recent negative developments for the Thoroughbred racing industry, including the breakdowns at Aqueduct, the cancellation of the HBO series Luck, and the potential fallout from media coverage: “As we speak, the New York Times is preparing a series on horse fatalities. As Turo Escalante might […]

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Pricci: If not betting exchanges, how about fixed-odds wagering?

Horse Race Insider John Pricci writes that if recent betting scandals in Britain sour U.S. racing jurisdictions on the idea of betting exchanges, then perhaps the U.S. industry should at least consider offering fixed-odds bets to shake things up: “Fixed-odds wagering could stand alone, but given that the industry and many of its fans are […]

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Pricci: Paying a visit to the new Big A

Horse Race Insider John Pricci paid his first visit this week to the Resorts World Casino New York City at Aqueduct Race Track.  It was quite the eye-opening experience for the New York racing veteran, but he came away mostly impressed: “There is a racetrack here, remember, and when you step outside onto the mezzanine, […]

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Pricci: Florida racing faces host of threats

Horse Race Insider John Pricci looks at the tough road ahead for Florida Thoroughbred racing, considering the barrel-racing controversy, in-fighting within the industry, proposed new casinos and other threats: “The battle is not over. But right now, all momentum created by the veneer of “progress” is focused upon the “destination gambling” concept. Legislators in Tallahassee, […]

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