John Pricci

Horse Race Insider: Fans and horseplayers are demanding a voice

HorseRaceInsider’s John Pricci, who has admittedly been opposed in the past to fan participation in the Eclipse Award voting process, has changed his opinion. He now believes the time has come for fans to have a meaningful Horse of the Year voice with guidelines to monitor a secure voting process. “The industry is learning, not […]

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Pricci: Dutrow is ‘tip of the iceberg that nobody wants to talk about’

In giving his take on Rick Dutrow’s 10-year ban in New York, Horse Race Insider John Pricci says while much of what Dutrow has done is indefensible, he also wonders why he feels that Dutrow is being scape-goated and that “he’s the tip of the iceberg that nobody wants to talk about”: “Maybe it’s because […]

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Pricci: Breeders’ Cup still a possibility for Winter Memories?

While trainer James Toner has suggested for a while now that Winter Memories will finish up her 2011 campaign this Saturday in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, Horse Race Insider John Pricci reports that Toner is at least leaving the door open a tad that Winter Memories might take a shot at […]

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Pricci: Listening to the horse

Horse Race Insider John Pricci discusses the idea of picking up on signals from Thoroughbreds that they’ve lost the “stomach for a fight.”  Citing the cases of Rachel Alexandra and Life At Ten, Pricci wonders if Blind Luck’s last-place performance in the Lady’s Secret might be saying the same thing those other fillies were telling […]

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Pricci: Not all Listed stakes are created equal

HorseraceInsider’s John Pricci lauds the latest move by the North American International Catalogue Standards Committee (NAICSC) to conduct in-depth review of Listed stakes, an announcement he says is overdue and welcome. With the new procedure, Listed stakes will be scrutinized using the same techniques and information used during the evaluation of Graded Stakes – meaning […]

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Pricci: Bettors, per usual, left out in the cold

In the wake of what seems like a rash of mistakes involving official race results/payouts – including pick six payout errors at Belmont and Saratoga this summer and most recently an order of finish debacle at Kentucky Downs –  John Pricci asks: “How can the industry be allowed to hide behind an official sign in […]

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Pricci: Let the Horse of the Year games begin

After Havre De Grace’s victory at Saratoga Saturday – the second time in three years the storied Woodward has been won by a filly – John Pricci wonders if maybe, in the final analysis, she’s an inch behind Blind Luck… and maybe several inches behind Tizway? But perhaps these are questions for another day, he […]

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Pricci: A retired vet’s view of anti-bleeding meds

At Horse Race Insider, John Pricci shares the emailed viewpoints of Dr. Rod Cundy, a retired racing veterinarian from Canada.  Cundy practiced before Lasix came into use in the sport and well after such anti-bleeding medication became the norm.  In his first email, Dr. Rod Cundy explains why he is in favor of a ban: […]

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Pricci: Sassy Image evokes memories of Turkoman

Horse Race Insider John Pricci says Sassy Image’s thrilling come-from-waaay-behind victory in Saturday’s Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder prompted him to recall one of his favorite race moments ever – a race on March 7, 1986 at Hialeah Park involving a horse named Turkoman: “Even with the hot pace there was no way Turkoman could […]

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Pricci: Gambling loses taboo, creates opportunity for racing

Horse race insider John Pricci takes off on a new poll that indicates Americans don’t consider gambling much of a taboo anymore, particularly young people.  He says racing industry leaders are missing a golden opportunity: “Racing has done an awful job positioning its gambling vs. other games of chance. Worse, it’s never taken the time […]

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