John Pricci executive editor John Pricci has over three decades of experience as a thoroughbred racing public handicapper and was an award-winning journalist while at New York Newsday for 18 years.

John has covered 14 Kentucky Derbies and Preaknesses, all but three Breeders' Cups since its inception in 1984, and has seen all but two Belmont Stakes live since 1969.

Currently John is a contributing racing writer to, an analyst on the Capital Off-Track Betting television network, and co-hosts numerous handicapping seminars. He resides in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Saturday, February 02, 2019

Albany’s WNYT Confirms Longer Saratoga Race Meet in 2019

February 2, 2019--WNYT-TV, an NBC owned and operated television station in Albany New York, today confirmed a story reported on CH-13 and at HorseRaceInsider in November that the Saratoga season will be extended, beginning July 11 and ending Labor Day, September 2.

The dates will become official pending state approval. It is believed that New York State never has failed to approve New York Racing Association race dates.

NYRA will race five days a week with Mondays and Tuesdays dark, Labor Day notwithstanding.

WNYT also reported that the NYRA will seek state approval to begin the 2020 Saratoga meet earlier as well.

The association has not made the announcement official, awaiting government approval before making a public statement. Permission could come at any time.

Capital District interests notwithstanding, a starting date for construction of an arena for the New York Islanders at Belmont Park also hangs in the balance.

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