John Pricci

Pricci: Damn lies and wagering statistics

While the headlines might suggest U.S. racing is going south along with its betting handle, Horse Race Insider John Pricci says if you stop and think about it, the latest wagering stats are misleading: “Wagering for the month of June 2011, compared to 2010, was down 5.21%. I figure this is a good thing. Why?  […]

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Pricci: NY fan council has all the research it needs

After New York legislators failed to create a fan advisory panel for racing, the State Racing and Wagering Board established its own.  Five members will be appointed to the Racing Fan Advisory Council.  Horse Race Insider John Pricci says the council would be wise to read a report issued by a similar NTRA panel established […]

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Pricci: Quality Saratoga racing is a task that would have been made easier if there were only nine races per day

With the Saratoga meet coming up quickly, John Pricci of Horse Race Insider takes a look at the robust cards offered at the Upstate New York track and wonders if they are too numerous for this era of racing. “Quality Saratoga racing is a task that would have been made easier if there were only […]

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Pricci: NYRA’s perception vs. reality problem

NYRA is not having the best of weeks as they face adversaries on all sides. The state house and senate are working together to keep the non-profit from outsourcing call center jobs to Oregon. And chairman of the Franchise Oversight Board Robert Megna is breathing down their necks regarding a lack of transparency in executive […]

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Pricci: New races probably would have upset Breeders’ Cup founder John Gaines

While John Pricci believes that Breeders’ Cup founder John Gaines would not be happy with the expansion of the championship series, he also argues it’s a good thing ultimately for the sport and the event. “Last week, a 15th race was added, the Juvenile Sprint for two-year-olds at six furlongs,” said Pricci. “Considering how important […]

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Pricci: Time to send Life at Ten home

Given Life at Ten’s lackluster effort in last Saturday’s Ogden Phipps, John Pricci proposes that it is time for the 6-year-old mare to be gracefully retired, rather than risking an unforeseeable and possible devastating injury such as the one that happened to Unrivaled Belle when she broke her withers in the Belmont paddock. “Empirically, fillies […]

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Pricci: Two fillies will lead older horse division

HorseRaceInsider’s John Pricci takes a hard look at the NTRA poll and the older horse division, which was shaken up this week when Pool Play took the Grade 1 Stephen Foster, Goldikova was beaten by Canford Cliffs in the Queen Anne Stakes at Ascot, and Blind Luck won the Grade 1 Vanity at Hollywood Park. […]

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HRI – Pricci: The more disclosure, the better

Horse Race Insider John Pricci “weighs” in on the disclosure of information to bettors about a horse’s condition, such as weight loss or profuse pre-race sweating.  The issue has been debated following NBC’s Preakness broadcast.  Bettors complained that information about certain runners came too late to make an adjustment to wagers.  Pricci concludes: “During the […]

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HRI – Pricci: Preakness not enough to save Maryland racing

Horse Race Insider John Pricci says the success of the Preakness can’t hide the fact that Maryland racing is still in big trouble.  With no summer racing and no viable plan in place for the long-term, Pricci hopes one of several ideas will come to fruition in a state where racing dates back well over […]

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HRI – Pricci: The race day medication issue

With the debate over banning race day medication heating up, Horse Race Insider John Pricci takes a closer look at the issue in a series of blog posts: “In the modern era, no one has received a lifetime ban for drug infractions. If the American racing industry had a policy similar to MLB, scores of […]

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