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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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Derby-Oaks: Good News and Bad

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla., February 24, 2013--If you don't think this game is bittersweet...

Last night, the connections of Violence and Unlimited Budget had a right to enjoy their dinners.

Unlimited Budget showed she had the right style and explosive turn of foot that might day win a Kentucky Oaks. And Violence's defeat, where he moved prematurely into a hot pace--although I can't blame Javier Castellano for thinking "let's win this thing right now because Orb will be coming and the shorter finish line favors the horse on the lead at a mile and a sixteenth."

Well, Unlimited Budget is #1 in the point standings on the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks." But Violence emerged from the Fountain of Youth with a fractured right sesamoid and is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Of course, both horses are members of Todd Pletcher's power-laden string.

Unlimited Budget now has 60 Oaks points. In second is Davona Dale winner, Live Lively, with 50 points. Davona Dale runnerup Dreaming of Julia is third with 32. Kauai Kate (21) and Promise Me More (20) round out the top five.

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