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, July 21, 2018

Trip Notes from the Recliner

Quite a lid-lifter at both Del Mar and Saratoga this week, especially the latter. Lots of people, money, and great hats.

Spa Notables, Friday, July 20:

Race 2:
Debuting juvenile turf filly Dynachan made successful, well backed debut. Ridden with confidence in upper stretch and finished quite professionally as if distance will not be an issues. Molly's Party finished strongly too late down the center; follow...

Race 5: Lyrical Lady very impressive in debut for Asmussen, normally a second-time kind of guy. Won with reserves and possible affinity for more ground. Winandyourin Gin altered course inside in deep stretch while finishing with a flurry; likely not a maiden for long...

Race 7: Myhartblongstodady made up a tremendous amount of ground in final three-sixteenths and just failed to get up; next race over course with Jose should do it...

Schuylerville: Didn't think Catherinethegreat was be that good and has a future, obviously. Still would have liked to have seen had favorite Nonna Madeline left the gate with the rest of them... Tapping Pearl may not be all that, but she's better that that... Didn't get the best of handling!

Lake George:
It likely would not have mattered because Daddy Is A Legend finally put it all together for the first time this year with a dream rail run. But also would like to have seen what might have happened had Irad stayed inside and fired his shot later after tipping out on the straight. Still, that was one bold move into lane. It also could be that Altea waits on horses after making the lead.

Race 10
Tough beat for Cherie DeVaux, former Chad assistant, just nailed on the wire with Dark Energy. Winning Cape Angel was expertly prepared by Joe Sharp off the long layup and Lezcano could not have timed his move any better.

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