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Interview with Pincay III featured in Saturday's 'Behind the Broadcast'

By Ken Schott
Friday, August 26, 2011

My Saturday "Behind the Broadcast" column will feature an interview with Laffit Pincay III, son of the legendary jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.

Pincay III will host NBC's coverage of the Travers Stakes and King's Bishop from Saratoga Race Course at 5 p.m. Saturday. It can be seen locally on NBC13 and NBC13 HD.

Pincay III has carved out a nice broadcasting career for himself. He also works for Horse Racing TV, and has been a sports reporter in New York and California.

Here are some excerpts of my interview with him.

On not following in his father's footsteps as a jockey, Pincay III said: "My dad's 5-1, 115," Pincay III said during an interview Wednesday. "I'm 5-8, 160. That was never a thought.

"Also, even if I was built to be a rider, my father, considering what a dangerous profession he was in, he was a little over-protective when it came to that sort of thing. I don't know if would have allowed my sister, myself, my little brother near horses if that was something we wanted to do, knowing what a demanding profession it is and how taxing it is emotionally, physically and how dangerous it really is."

On hosting the Travers coverage from Saratoga, Pincay III finds some irony in it. His dad rode Affirmed to a win in 1978, but then was disqualified to second, giving rival Alydar the win.

"I've asked my father if there is one race that he regretted more than any other, and if he could have one of them back. He's quick to respond that he necessarily wouldn't do anything different, but he had never felt worse after a horse race than the '78 Travers."

Read more of my interview with Pincay III in Saturday's Daily Gazette and here on the website.

 
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