John Pricci

HorseRaceInsider.com 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 MSNBC.com, 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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Friday, May 19, 2017


HRI Staff Selections: Black-Eyed Susans for Preakness Heroes


Tom Jicha

Black Eyed Susan

1. Dancing Rags--Grade 1 winner will appreciate the distance
2. Shimmering Aspen--Locals do well on Preakness weekend
3. Summer Luck--Big weekend for Team Casse?
4. Moana--Maiden to stakes, but who's to question Todd?
Preakness

1. Always Dreaming--No one has been close to him as a 3YO.
2. Classic Empire--Nightmare trip in Derby; juvenile champ could rebound big.
3. Hence--Another who had no chance to show his stuff in Louisville.
4. Lookin at Lee--Needs pace meltdown by top two; could get it

Mark Berner

Black Eyed Susan


1- Lights of Medina
won two straight at route; top fig in last.
2- Shimmering Aspen makes route bow after three sprint wins.
3- Dancing Rags had trouble in needed return; added distance suits.
4- Full House trained sharply and never has finished worse than third.

Preakness

1- Always Dreaming confirmed impressive campaign with very strong Derby win.
2- Classic Empire was game in Arkansas comeback win and still managed fourth in rough-trip Derby.
3- Gunnevera had no chance after getting jammed up early in Derby and should be more effective with less traffic.
4- Cloud Computing has early speed and power which can carry him a long way here.

Indulto

Black-Eyed Susan

1-Dancing Rags – G1 winner for Motion needed her last
2-Summer Luck – Consistently competitive at this level, gets Javier
3-Shimmering Aspen – May never look back seeking fourth in a row
4-Lights of Medina – Pletcher charge looking for third straight

Preakness

1-Always Dreaming – Derby winners usually triumph
2-Classic Empire - Should be much closer in smaller field
3-Hence – Needs fast track for best effort
4-Conquest Mo Money - Skipped Derby for this

John Pricci


Black-Eyed Susan

1-Moana
– Carefully managed campaign; Always Dreaming redux?
2-Full House – Mini-turnback, dynamics, post draw and huge drill could spell upset
3-Shimmering Aspen -
4-Dancing Rags – Grade 1 winner at 2 has disappointed but Motion has come alive and distance suits.

Preakness

1-Always Dreaming – May be breathing rarified air; uber athletic and tireless thus far
2-Classic Empire – Main rival looks all set now; match racing may be his only chance
3-Gunnevera – Needlessly wide in FL Derby and wide again while unable to handle slick strip; best value
4-Cloud Computing - No backward steps, training with a vengeance, has position and Javier

[See Friday and Saturday's Feature Race Analysis for wagering status]

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