NAHILL TO BAFFERT: DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has not been quiet about his contempt for the synthetic surface at Del Mar racetrack. He clearly believes the surface is too slow and shares the belief with many others that Del Mar should go back to dirt. Jeff Nahill of the North County Times thinks he has […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: FLORIDA TRENDING

By Ray Paulick As Kentucky breeders prepare to bring their 2009 foals to the world’s largest yearling marketplace, the Keeneland September sale, a bit of good news in an otherwise sobering commercial climate arrived from Florida recently when the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. registered across-the-board gains at its August yearling sale. Those gains—in both the […]

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WILLIAMS PROVES POLITICAL OPPORTUNIST SIDE IN SELECTION OF FARMER

By Ray Paulick Kentucky Senate President David “Blackjack” Williams demonstrated what a smart political opportunist he is Wednesday while announcing that former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer will be his running mate in 2011 when Williams bids for the governor’s office. Williams and his lieutenant governor candidate and current agriculture commissioner Farmer […]

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NYRA FEATURES RACING CARTOON ‘TOP OF THE STRETCH’ IN PROGRAM

The New York Racing Association has shown some love for cartoonist John Daly’s ‘Top of the Stretch’ racing cartoon by including his work in their summer program. To learn more about the cartoon, click here for the article in today’s Saratogian. Neema Ghazi, NYRA’s Director of Marketing, generously supplied the Paulick Report a copy of […]

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BOREL LOSES MINE THAT BIRD MOUNT TO MARAGH IN WOODWARD

After working Mine That Bird for the last two weeks with Rajiv Maragh, D. Wayne Lukas made the move to switch the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner from Calvin Borel to Maragh for Saturday’s Woodward Stakes. Will this make a difference in the result for Mine That Bird who hasn’t won since his unexpected victory […]

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CALIFORNIA: PUTTING THE CART AHEAD OF THE HORSE

By Ray Paulick The California Horse Racing Board’s process of licensing betting exchanges in California will be lengthy, so I am very skeptical why the amendment to Assembly Bill 2414—authorizing exchange wagering–was furtively inserted as the clock was ticking down to midnight on the 2010 legislative session, which ends Aug. 31. Exchange betting is a […]

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ZENYATTA TO STAY HOME AT HOLLYWOOD PARK UNTIL BREEDERS’ CUP

Last year’s Breeder’s Cup Classic winner Zenyatta will stay in California to run in a stakes race at Hollywood Park as her final race until the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs. This news comes after speculation that her connections were possibly looking at trying her in the Beldame at Belmont Park. “It’s home,” said […]

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DIFFERENT TRACK, SAME STORY: BLIND LUCK EDGES OUT HAVRE DE GRACE IN ALABAMA

Blind Luck rallied to win the Alabama Stakes, holding off Havre de Grace at the wire for the second race in a row. Read more at Brisnet BETFAIR TVG ALABAMA (G1) QUOTES  Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Blind Luck (No. 4): “I thought when Joel [Rosario] made his move coming into the lane he would […]

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DEBUSSY UPSETS GIO PONTI IN MILLION

By Ray Paulick American champion Gio Ponti surged to the lead with a powerful move at the top of the stretch, but Debussy ran him down nearing the wire to post a half-length upset at 11-1 odds in the 28th running of the Grade 1 Arlington Million at Arlington Park on Saturday. Tazeez finished […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: BLIND LUCK

By Frank Mitchell The flashy chestnut filly Blind Luck took her fifth Grade 1 victory with a game success in the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday and is the leader of her division. The Alabama was the filly’s third G1 this season, following the Las Virgenes and Kentucky Oaks. Her immediate victim […]

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