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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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Ready for Prime Time

If logic, speed figures and a home court advantage were the only measures, then Game On Dude would, without question, win the Breeders' Cup Classic.

But there is this nagging question--even if he is a Big 'Cap winner--as to whether 10 furlongs is his best game. Under the right circumstances, his speed and class will prevail at that distance, especially given the speed-friendly nature of the Santa Anita strip yesterday.

But I would suspect that he will be pressured throughout by some close-up stalkers that have a good measure of class themselves. If he prevails, he will indeed need to earn it.

One of the stalkers, perhaps the one getting the best trip, the freshest one, the one that still posseses a good measure of upside and training like a wild horse is Mucho Macho Man.

Given the depth of quality among the opposition, I would have to seriously rethink a win bet--not the selection--if he is not close to his early line odds at post time. This field is simply too deep.

That said, we're taking Mucho Macho Man to win at 6-1 or greater to win his first ever Grade 1, an exacta box with The Dude, and adding the 2012 Big 'Cap winner, Ron The Greek, to the exacta mix.

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