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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Monday, May 13, 2019

Bloodhorse: Saez Suspended 15 Days for Derby Ride

The Kentucky stewards have suspended jockey Luis Saez 15 days for failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course in his ride aboard Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Gary and Mary West's Maximum Security was disqualified from victory and placed 17th by the stewards after it was determined that he had veered out and caused direct interference with War of Will and chain-reaction interference with Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress.

The stewards issued their decision to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission May 12 and the ruling was posted to the KHRC website May 13. The ruling, which followed a May 10 film review, calls for Saez to be suspended from May 23-27, May 30-June 2, June 6-9, and June 13-14.

The ruling said the suspension is for "failure to control his mount and make the proper effort to maintain a straight course thereby causing interference with several rivals that resulted in the disqualification of his mount."

Saez, who currently is riding at Belmont Park, was represented at the May 10 film review by Louisville, Ky. attorney Ann Oldfather. has reached out to Oldfather for reaction to the decision and will update this story with any reaction or plans to appeal.

Oldfather, who was not allowed to address the stewards at the May 10 session, had presented the stewards with a video that made the argument other riders and horses caused or contributed to the foul. The stewards offered no assurances they would view the video.

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