PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience: ‘Taking Advantage Of Every Opportunity’

Patrons who attend the races at Rillito Park and those who wager through ADWs rely on the track’s live feed to keep them apprised of odds, jockey changes and late scratches. What these viewers may be surprised to learn is the person controlling what they see is a student in the Race Track Industry Program (RTIP). Nicholas Fanucchi, a junior in the RTIP, has been operating the graphics for Rillito’s live feed for the past three race meets.

Much of Fanucchi’s childhood involved watching his family’s horses race, as his uncle was the late Jess Jackson Jr., founder of Stonestreet Stables. While Fanucchi was fortunate to experience the thrills of Stonestreet’s Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, he didn’t always know he wanted to work in the racing industry.

“My uncle started Stonestreet Stables in 2005, so that’s when I started following racing, but it wasn’t until around 2011 and 2012 watching My Miss Aurelia, Dreaming of Julia, and others that I really thought I wanted to make horse racing my career,” Fanucchi said.

Through his familial connection, Fanucchi has been able to work with many of the stable’s top runners and broodmares including Cavorting, Rachel’s Valentina, My Miss Aurelia, and D’Wildcat Speed, the dam of Lady Aurelia.

Working at Rillito posed the chance to experience racing operations and the unique vibe at the small Tucson track. “It allows me to use the things I am learning in my racetrack program classes and apply it to real life situations that happen at the track,” Fanucchi said.

On the opportunity to work at Rillito through PRISE, Fanucchi said, “Working behind the scenes helped me realize how much effort and how many people it takes to keep a racetrack going.”

“I know that I want to work with horses, but whether that work is with young horses, active racehorses, or broodmares, I’m not sure,” Fanucchi said. “I also like bloodstock work and looking at pedigrees, so I am taking advantage of every opportunity, whether it is at Rillito or on the farm, to figure out where I will be happiest.”

PariBet LLC, an advanced deposit wagering service, is again partnering with Rillito Park Racetrack to sponsor students in the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program to work in various positions at the track during its 2018 winter season. In turn, the students contribute a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise to the meet.

To learn more about the Race Track Industry Program, visit ua-rtip.org.    

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