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The Notebook February 20, 2014

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Out of the Gate with ... Eric, Adam and Randy Stanco

Brothers Eric, Adam and Randy Stanco (pictured at left with Randy’s son Cameron) are part of their family’s ownership group King of Prussia Stable. King of Prussia Stable achieved remarkable success in 2013 with homebred Princess of Sylmar, who won the Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama Stakes to stake her claim as one of the top 3-year-old fillies in the U.S. She solidified that status and placed herself among the top females in training by defeating two-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta in the 2013 Beldame Invitational Stakes.

Names: Adam Stanco

Eric Stanco

Randy Stanco

What I do for a living: Adam: TV producer with Pac-12 Networks

Eric: Executive recruiter

Randy: Reinsurance broker

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred Racing: Adam: My dad started taking me to Saratoga when I was about 6 years old. My dad took on all my losses and when I finally won, I couldn’t understand why he didn’t give me the cash.

Eric: My dad took me since I was 5 years old.

Randy: My dad took me to the track for as long as I can remember. We spent a lot of weekend days at Delaware Park, which was our local track, [and we] used to go to Belmont for the big races and spent a lot of August days at Saratoga.

My favorite racetrack: Adam: Saratoga

Eric: Saratoga

Randy: Saratoga

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Adam: Kentucky Oaks

Eric: Travers because it's great to see who the best 3-year-old boy really is after going through the Triple Crown gauntlet and an early campaign.

Randy: Any day at Saratoga. It used to be super Saturday at Belmont until they tried to spread out the stakes over multiple days.

Other sports/teams I follow: Adam: NBA, college basketball, high school basketball, NFL, college football and anything to related to the Pac-12

Eric: College Basketball, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona State Football

Randy: All Syracuse and Philadelphia teams

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Adam: Smarter marketing

Eric: Stakes races at a mile and a quarter and longer, system to funnel top horses to compete in big races, official point system/standings/rankings for the casual sports fan to follow and recognize the top horses as household names.

Randy: More races between the top horses at various tracks 

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Adam: The Breeders’ Cup in California

Eric: Jockey injuries, track biases, handicapped weights

Randy: Early retirement of the best horses 

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Adam: Memories, family, history

Eric: Competition, thrill, memories

Randy: Life long memories

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Adam: Saratoga

Eric: Don't remember, either Delaware Park or Belmont.

Randy: Belmont or Saratoga

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Adam: Princess of Sylmar, Capeside Lady, Holy Bull

Eric: Princess of Sylmar. ... After that, I would have to say Xtra Heat. I will always remember watching her race live against the boys in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Randy: All the ones we've been fortunate to own, especially Princess of Sylmar. Other than the ones we've had, my favorite is easily Holy Bull. 

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Adam: Princess of Sylmar winning the Kentucky Oaks

Eric: Winning the Kentucky Oaks

Randy: Up until 2013 it was hitting a 99-to-1 shot at Saratoga when I was around 10 years old. That win had me hooked for life. Everything that has happened with Princess of Sylmar in 2013 easily surpasses that for the best moments. 

Best racetrack food can be found at: Adam: Aqueduct

Eric: Gulfstream Park

Randy: Not Aqueduct

My favorite jockey: Adam: Mike Smith – he once gave my daughter a band-aid.

Eric: Chris DeCarlo, Javier Castellano and Mike Smith for all the great joy they have brought to my family. Although, Jose Santos and Ramon Dominguez were always my favorites growing up.

Randy: Mike Smith and Javier Castellano. I also love Chris DeCarlo. He brought us great success with Capeside Lady and is just a great guy. 

My favorite trainer: Adam: Todd Pletcher

Eric: Todd Pletcher

Randy: Todd Pletcher

My heroes: Adam: Dan Marino, Jason Kidd, Isiah Thomas, Erik Rydholm (creator of PTI & the smartest man in TV) and – of course – Ina and Ed Stanco

Eric: My parents, my brothers and Mahatma Gandhi

Randy: Dad, my brothers and Will Ray

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Adam: Jerry Bailey (his knowledge is on another level) or Tom Durkin (because I’m sure he’s a good time)

Eric: Todd Pletcher

Randy: Chantal Sutherland

My philosophy on life: Adam: We spend the first half of our lives in anticipation and the second half reminiscing.

Eric: Life's too short to ever be unhappy. As long as I'm healthy and my loved ones are around, I shouldn't feel bad for myself or ever feel down because there are a lot of people in this world who would give anything to have just one day of 100% health and/or particular loved ones still around.

Randy: Relax because everything always works out in the end. 

Favorite quote or motto: Adam: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan’s mother

Eric: “Everything happens for a reason.”

Randy: “It is what it is.” - Jeff Bonde, 2014 

Favorite animal other than a horse: Adam: Dog (narrowly beating out flying squirrel)

Eric: Kangaroo

Randy: Monkey

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Adam: District high school game between Kobe Bryant’s Lower Merion High School and Richard Hamilton’s Coatesville High School at the Palestra in Philly.

Eric: NCAA Basketball Tournament

Randy: My son's first Syracuse basketball game at Madison Square Garden

Favorite food: Adam: Pizza (either Luna in West Hartford or Umberto’s next to Belmont Park)

Eric: Steak

Randy: Steak 

Favorite vacation spot: Adam: Going back home in West Chester, Pa.

Eric: Australia

Randy: Anguilla

Favorite city: Adam:  San Francisco/Philly

Eric: Chicago

Randy: New York

Favorite musician/band: Adam: Marvin Gaye

Eric: Def Leppard

Randy: 90s hip hop

Favorite all-time movie(s): Adam: “Swingers,” “Hoosiers,” “Zoolander,” “Fight Club,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Hoop Dreams,” “Stand By Me”.

Eric: “Dumb and Dumber,” “Zoolander,” “Goodfellas”.

Randy: “Selena”

Favorite TV Show: Adam: “Sons of Anarchy,” “Criminal Minds,” “Modern Family”.

Eric: “Sopranos”

Randy: “The Wire”

Favorite hotel: Adam: Best Western in Novato, Calif.

Eric: Venetian in Vegas

Randy: Fairmont Savoy in London

Websites I visit daily: Adam: ESPN.com and any that have quotes from my dad.

Eric: espn.com

Randy: ESPN, and some others I probably shouldn't list

What I drive: Adam: My fiancée, Cait, crazy.

Eric: Acura TSX

Randy: Nissan Rogue

Pet peeve: Adam: People who let their moods impact their job performance.

Eric: When a person doesn't thank you after you hold a door open for them.

Randy: Pants suits

Favorite movie about horse racing: Adam: “Let It Ride”

Eric: “Seabiscuit”

Randy: “Let It Ride” 

Which actor would play me in a movie: Adam: Dominic West or Colin Farrell

Eric: Leonardo DiCaprio ... because I know he would be better looking than the actors playing my brothers.

Randy: Tony Danza (someone recently said I looked like him!)

Alma Mater: Adam: Ithaca College

Eric: Arizona State

Randy: Syracuse 

Favorite radio shows/channels: Adam: Howard 100 and the Opie and Anthony Channel on SiriusXM

Eric: Steve Byk's “At the Races,” “Mike & Mike”

Randy: “Opie and Anthony” 

Best book I recently read: Adam: “David and Goliath” by Malcolm Gladwell (and Dennis Lehane’s “Mystic River” is the best book I’ve EVER read)

Eric: “Wolf of Wall Street”. Didn't read it but watched the movie (Does that count?)

Randy: “Monster”

Favorite memento: Adam: Picture of my brothers and me

Eric: Book of pictures from the day Princess won the Oaks

Randy: All Princess of Sylmar stuff

Favorite dessert: Adam: Ice cream

Eric: Cannoli

Randy: Grand Marnier

Favorite drink: Adam: Coke

Eric: Rum and coke

Randy: Negroni

Favorite scent: Adam: Chocolate

Eric: Coconut

Randy: Vicks 

What I like about my job: Adam: The buzz that comes with live TV, helping others understand sports on a deeper level, and working with great people.

Eric: Working with new people

Randy: Mix of analytical and social interaction with clients

Favorite tech gadget: Adam: iPhone

Eric: iPad

Randy: iPhone

Twitter handle: Adam: @NaismithLives

Eric: I don't have it

Randy: @rkstanks

People I follow on Twitter: Adam: @EdwardStanco and about 380 more

Eric: None

Randy: family, comedians and horse racing 

No. 1 Bucket-List item: Adam: Writing a book (which I’m working toward now)

Eric: Explore Italy

Randy: Safari in Africa

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