HRI Featured Writers
HRI Featured Writers

Pricci’s Free Race Analysis

Five days per week, John Pricci will provide analysis of that day's feature race. His long term approach, combining visual interpretation with informed Energy Figures, has resulted in a positive ROI since the feature's inception, from May, 2007 through the latest results.

Executive Editor John Pricci
Executive editor John Pricci provides his insights on everything thoroughbred racing. Big horses, big races, politics, it's all here in his " Morning Line " blog and " On the Line " column

Tom Jicha
Tom has been a sports writer, columnist, and an editor at various times throughout a journalistic career that spans more than four decades. His passionate writing and reporting on thoroughbred racing can now be read in his "Ante Post" blog.

Indulto's "Players Up" blog. Taking his nickname from the King Ranch color-bearer of the 1960s, Indulto now devotes his time to advocate for the recreational player and hobbyist, but prefers lower takeout rates for all rather than subsidized rebates for the few.

Robert Earle
Rob Earle is a lifelong horseman, IT whizzkid & racing fanatic, and will be bringing you some industry thoughts in his "Easy as 123Bet" blog.

Marc Lawrence - On Sports
Marc Lawrence will be contributing his sports handicapping insights and providing college and NFL Best Bets in his " Playbook" blog.

Latest Columns and Blogs

Future bettors send it in, Apollo laughs

Every year a new colt, unraced at 2, inherits the mantle of the one who is going to defy the curse of Apollo by winning the Kentucky Derby. Futures bettors send it in on him. This year's model is regally bred Khozan, two for two at Gulfstream, Last year it was Constitution, who won his first three. Two years ago, it was Verazzano, four-for-four to start his career. A little further back it was Curlin. Yet the curse remains unbroken... Meanwhile, out West, the posse has finally caught up with A.C. Avila.

Written by Tom Jicha | Comments (6)
TVG-HRTV merger offers opportunity to get it right

The merger of TVG and HRTV offers the opportunity for the combined operation to meld the best of both networks into the superior, fan-friendly channels horse players deserve. The ideal would be more HRTV and less TVG. No matter what decisions are made, they can't be worse than those made by the stewards at Gulfstream Park this past Saturday.

Written by Tom Jicha | Comments (15)

At the Sales, Luck Is What You Need

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., March 3, 2015—It’s not very often grizzled racetrackers get all gee whiz about watching Thoroughbreds run after training hours without watching an actual race, but that’s how the family spent Monday morning at Gulfstream Park.

On Wednesday the track held its first ever two-year-old-in-training sales, but Monday was the “breeze-up” portion of the program.

Buyers don’t need to watch the young horse workout live, as the Fasig-Tipton sales company records the trials so that video becomes a huge part of the sales pitch to future owners.

And so we all watched the first set of workouts as fans and the experience was fun, informational and educational.

We saw the first of three sets of two-year-olds breeze and late Tuesday put in a call to Bruno DeJulio; horse owner, consultant, pin-hooker and, of course, the man with a stopwatch in hand to get his impressions of what we witnessed.

And, so, how do these sales differ from the traditional yearling sales?

“It’s a completely different experience [than a traditional horse sale],” DeJulio said. And indeed, it was, especially recalling that Bayern and Dortmund were breeze-up sales graduates in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Written by John Pricci | Comments (0)
Rain, Rain Wouldn’t Go Away

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., February 28, 2015—I scoured what turned out to be nearly empty clubhouse and none of the familiar faces I encountered could recall when a Gulfstream card was canceled halfway through the program.

I heard tell of a gate malfunction causing a race to be canceled at the original Gulfstream Park, but this is a first. The Gulfstream press staff could not confirm a previous card cancellation and an entire day, according to colleague Tom Jicha, once was lost to extremely cold weather.

Saratoga Race Course was seen laughing.

Written by John Pricci | Comments (8)

Racing’s Mixed-Message Adjudication Process Lacks Appeal

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., March 1, 2015—There were three official rulings this week that, while punitive, illustrate how much racing at once either shows favoritism to rules violators or punishes others unduly by levying penalties that are inappropriate for the infraction, one way or another.

There is a legal system meant to protect every American’s rights, then there’s racetrack law whereby racing commissions in different states act as judge, jury and executioner. When the sport’s rules adjudicators fail to demonstrate they care about the message they send to bettors and fans, it’s the game that ultimately pays the price.

Written by John Pricci | Comments (10)
State of Confusion

Horses movin’ out, horses movin’ in,
Because their runnin’ out’ their skin,
Run, run, run, but you sure can't hide
A lane for a lane, horses bearin’ out
Bet on me and I'll pay the fee
Ride on, brother, ride on.

But more on the Gulfstream stewards later.

How about those Derby preps?

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., February 22, 2015--Fountain of Youth favorite Upstart did everything right except get the money. But, as stated, more on that later.

Written by John Pricci | Comments (7)

Slouching Towards Tucson

PORTLAND, OR, November 19, 2014--Beginning December 8 for four days, racing's biggest movers and shakers will gather at the 41st Annual Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming in Tucson, Arizona.

The annual pilgrimage has become the place for industry stakeholders to keep in touch with each other, swap a little gossip, and get a sense of how the industry is tracking as a whole.

This will be my 10th trip to the great American Southwest, a journey I look forward to at the end of each year for the colorful characters one meets while congregating at the hotel bar each night, talking about the year that was.

It’s great to see that behind the scenes of racing and gaming stand people who are trying to insure the industry continues to tick.

It’s a place where companies can showcase anything the industry requires, from new betting software platforms, to television cameras, to racetrack surfaces.

Although the exhibitors have got smaller over the years, attendance at the seminars has remained very strong as there's always something new to discuss each year, always something new to take away, hangovers notwithstanding.

Written by Robert Earle | Comments (0)
Adore Me’s World Record Performance Down Under Unforgettable

Christchurch, New Zealand – Nov 11 – That’s no typo; you read that correctly. Indeed, harness horses often race at distances over two miles here and last week I witnessed the fastest two miles—that’s 3,200 meters to us—in harness racing history.

Of course, that makes the time of 3:54—with a last half-mile in an astounding 55 seconds—trotted by Adore Me so extraordinary.

We know the Yanks love their speed and appropriately Adore Me is a daughter the prize American stallion, Bettor’s Delight, a very familiar name to harness racing fans world-wide.

And the five year old mare didn’t just establish a new world record; she smashed the old one by 1.5 seconds in an event that was just as extraordinary as her performance:

Written by Robert Earle | Comments (0)


Track News Releases
Track News Releases
Daredevil Ready to Go Again in Saturday’s G2 Fasig-Tipton Swale

Grade 1 Winner Makes 2015 Debut in Rescheduled $200,000 Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – With a string of horses in the frozen Northeast, as well as his primary winter base of South Florida, trainer Todd Pletcher is used to the weather disrupting training and racing schedules alike.

Mar 4 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
Multiple Grade 1 Winner Private Zone Tops Gulfstream Park Handicap Field

Wicked Strong, Honor Code Set for 2015 Debuts in Saturday’s Grade 2 Handicap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Private Zone tops a six-horse field entered Wednesday in Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Owned by Good Friends Stable, LLC,…

Mar 4 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, March 4

“Brandi” Ready to “Take Charge” of Rebel Stakes

Take Charge Brandi wasn’t entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn, paving the way for the champion 2-year-old filly to meet males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14.

Mar 4 | Categories: Oaklawn, | Comments (0)
Oaklawn Barn Notes - Sunday, March 1

Take Charge Brandi to Work Monday; Next Race Still Uncertain

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he hopes to breeze champion Take Charge Brandi Monday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for her next start, possibly against males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14.

Mar 3 | Categories: Oaklawn, | Comments (0)
Consumer Credit a Standout in Herecomesthebride (G3)

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Consumer Credit will put a three-race win streak on the line when she goes to the post in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

Feb 27 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
$150,000 Canadian Turf (G3) Quotes

Trainer Bill Mott (Long on Value): “We wanted him to drop the bridle and relax the first part. We were hoping to save some ground. We had a horrible post in the 11 hole. He was able to drop in. He was maybe two or three-wide around the first turn. It didn’t turn out as bad as it could have from that…

Feb 22 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
$200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2) Quotes

Trainer Graham Motion (Main Sequence): “He was awesome. It’s a huge relief. Rajiv said he was still a little antsy in the gate, but I didn’t realize that. He broke well and for one minute I thought he might be a little close. I think every time this horse has run he has improved, his behavior has…

Feb 22 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
$200,000 Davona Dale (G2) Quotes

Trainer Bill Kaplan (Ekati's Phaeton): "This filly has the most speed of any filly I've ever trained, and I trained Musical Romance to win the Breeders' Cup. In all of her races prior to this one, I've been trying to teach her to stay off it a little bit and keep herself in reserve. We didn't do too…

Feb 22 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
$100,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (G3) Quotes

Trainer Stanley Gold (C. Zee): “He’s that kind of horse. I knew he was capable of it. Look at the races he’s run and the things he’s done. He had a terrible trip last time; he was taken out of the race at the quarter-pole and by the time he recovered he was a half-length short. So I didn’t…

Feb 22 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
$150,000 The Very One (G3) Quotes

Trainer Christophe Clement (Irish Mission): "I'm delighted to win for Mr. Evans. He's a great owner to win for. Plus, I think she's a wonderful mare and a very exciting broodmare prospect for him. There are two choices: One, she goes to Kentucky next week, where it's very cold and awful weather, or she…

Feb 22 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)
$100,000 Rampart (G3) Quotes

Trainer James Jerkens (House Rules): “It’s great. It [graded-stakes win] always helps her value and she’s well bred on top of it. Every little bit helps.

“All of her races here in Florida have been terrific. The races here with my father [Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens] were…

Feb 22 | Categories: Gulfstream, | Comments (0)

Mike Maker (trainer, International Star, 1st) – “He was doing super and he ran as advertised. I wasn’t worried about the post. Realistically I thought we had an outside trip and we wound up having a trip like in the Lecomte turning for home looked.” On coming back for the Louisiana Derby: “Not…

Feb 22 | Categories: Fair Grounds, | Comments (0)