PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by VINERY LTD: LET THE POLLS BEGIN

It’s that time of year again. Turf writers, handicappers and bloggers get an extra early start on predicting who will be in the final field of 20 on that first Saturday in May. Is it premature? No doubt. Is the field set in any way? Not on your life. But part of the […]

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OAKLAWN SET FOR ‘ONE OF THE GREATEST STAKES RACES’

Invitations to media outlets have been sent out to promote what the Oaklawn Jockey Club is calling ‘one of the greatest stakes races’ in the history of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Of course, specifics were not given, but it would not be a huge leap to assume they are hinting towards a Zenyatta v. Rachel matchup. […]

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BLUEGRASS BLOWOUT: POLL SHOWS KY WANTS SLOTS

After months of back and forth between Republicans in the Senate and Democrats in the House and Governor’s Mansion, the people have finally spoken out on the issue…and they want slots. A new WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass poll shows that 59% support slots while only 37% oppose them. This is welcome news for those in the Kentucky […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by THE BREEDERS’ CUP: CHANGE CAN DO US GOOD

  We are pleased to introduce a new weekly feature today, the Paulick Report Forum brought to you by Breeders’ Cup. Every Wednesday, we’ll talk with a Thoroughbred industry player about the game we all love, trying to get a better understanding of where we’ve been and where we may be headed. One thing I’ve […]

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ZAYAT AND THE ‘TALE OF TWO BANKS’

By Ray PaulickThe Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed yesterday by Zayat Stables stems from a “tale of two banks,” owner Ahmed Zayat contends, both of them named Fifth Third. The first, a “good bank,” was the one based in Lexington, Ky., that sought business in the Thoroughbred industry and worked with its clients. The second, the […]

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NY GOP LEADER CALLS FOR HEARING ON AQUEDUCT BIDS

State Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos was not alone in questioning Gov. David Paterson’s decision to award Aqueduct Entertainment Group the Aqueduct contract. Skelos is now calling for a hearing to uncover the selection process, one that was done behind closed doors. “The governor’s selection of AEG raises more questions than answers,” he said. […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by KEENELAND: DERBY PREPS NOT ALL CREATED EQUALLY

By Ray Paulick It’s Triple Crown season, so owners and trainers have begun to compile roadmaps to Louisville for their Kentucky Derby hopefuls. So much has changed in recent years with the advent of synthetic tracks, a shuffling of dates for important prep races, and the emergence of new graded stakes with purses fueled […]

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A $5 MILLION APPLE BLOSSOM FOR RACHEL AND Z

After much speculation, Oaklawn Park’s press conference today confirmed that Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta are being lured to Hot Springs for Oaklawn’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom. What wasn’t expected was the $5 million price tag that President Charles J. Cella and company put on what will undoubtedly be billed as the race of the year. […]

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JESS JACKSON REMAINS NON-COMMITTAL ON APPLE BLOSSOM

Statement by Jess Jackson on Apple Blossom Invitational:  “As you have heard me say many times before, a number of factors must be considered when deciding where to race a horse — the number one factor being the condition of the horse.  Rachel will tell us when she is ready to start her 2010 […]

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WHO WILL TELEVISE THE APPLE BLOSSOM?

By Ray Paulick A potential April 3 matchup at Oaklawn Park between Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and unbeaten, two-time champion Zenyatta may be the best news racing fans have heard in a long time. Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella announced the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap would have its purse bumped from $500,000 […]

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