The Inside Story, From Horse Race Handicappers

Hear what trainers, jockey agents, media, horse race handicappers, and other racing insiders have to say about the quiet legend... John Piesen. The Piesen record is based on racing intelligence and personal character. Through his long association with the New York Post and the Daily Racing Form, John has formed strong ties with trusted sources on every level and is able to get first hand information not always available through regular channels.


·         Michael Matz / Trainer of 2012 Belmont Winner Union Rags, '06 KY Derby Winner Barbaro:    "John has a keen insight into horses and how they will shape up in a race."

·         Steve Asmussen/ Six time national champion trainer:  "John Piesen is very accurate in assessing in how a race will be run - a solid handicapper."

·         Ray Kerrison / NY Post, on Piesen's 207 day winning streak "Maybe the most remarkable handicapping feat of all time."

       Pat Day/ Hall of Fame Jockey:  "John is an excellent student of the art of handicapping."

·         John Servis/Trainer of '04 Derby Winner Smarty Jones:  "John Piesen is very knowledgeable about horse racing...an expert handicapper and a great guy."

·         Ken McPeek/ Veteran trainer of 2013 Derby Contenders Java War, Taken by Storm and Frac Daddy and 2012 Belmont winner Sarava:  " John is an absolute expert on the game of horseracing. He knows the ins and outs of the game better than anyone I’ve ever met."

        Leroy Jolley/ Hall of Fame Trainer  " Through the years, I've found John to be one of the most knowledgeable writers and handicappers in the game."

·         Larry Jones / Trainer of '07 Derby Runner-Up Hardspun, '08 Runner Up Eight Bells and 2011 Champion Filly Havre de Grace:  "If John says it, take it to the window"

·         Angel Cordero, Jr / HOF Jockey, winner of 6 Triple Crown Races, 13 Times Saratoga Champion, Jockey Agent for HOF John Velazquez:  " Piesen is tops when it comes to analyzing a race. No one is in his class as a handicapper."

·         Mike Smith / Eclipse Award and HOF Jockey:  "I have huge respect for John as a handicapper, especially in Stakes Races."

·         Gary Contessa / 3 Time leading Trainer in NY, 2 Time Trainer of the Year in NY:  " John knows racing from every angle and his opinions make money."

·         John Forbes / All-Time Leading NJ Trainer:  "John Piesen is one of the country’s foremost experts on the racing game.  His keen observations and uncanny insight reflect his lifelong study of the sport"

·         Steve Haskin / National Correspondent Blood Horse Magazine:  "One of the most astute handicappers in racing for 3 decades"