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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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

BULLETIN: Derby Favorite Scratched

By John Pricci

Omaha Beach has been scratched from the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby due to an entrapped epiglottis, a condition that seriously impairs breathing while exercising.

The condition is not considered serious and is treated with a routine medical procedure. As a rule, minor surgery results in the epiglottis being tied back to allow air flow into the lungs.

Horses generally return to the races in a matter of several months following the operation.

As a consequence, Bode Express, who chased Maximum Security and finished second in the Florida Derby, draws into the field from the also-eligible list.

Details are sketchy as this was posted shortly after the news broke on the Internet. More tomorrow, along with staff selections and comments on the Derby and Friday's Kentucky Oaks.


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