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Trainer Tony Dutrow said downgrade of Wood Memorial may force him to change plans for Remsen Stakes winner Mo Town
Statistics Trump Common Sense In Committee’s Downgrade Of Blue Grass, Wood Memorial

Many of the best horses in the East Coast on the trail to the Kentucky Derby no longer use the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct as their final prep before the run for the roses on the first Saturday in May. That fact was reflected when the Thoroughbred Owners […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Upgrades, Downgrades, And Obstacles

Two of the Grade 1 points qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby will downgraded to Grade 2 status for 2017. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the criteria for altering the status of graded stakes and the potential impact of the changes. Plus, the latest on the Pegasus World […]

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Connect wins the 2016 Pennsylvania Derby over Gun Runner. Both horses came back to beat older runners in Grade 1 races last week.
Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded; Pennsylvania Derby To Be Grade 1 in 2017

Two historic races for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby – the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct – will be dropped from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status when the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee announces its 2017 list of American Graded Stakes on […]

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Jack and 'Cowboy' escorting Brody's Cause to the starting gate for this year's Kentucky Derby
In Memoriam: A Cowboy’s Ride

He spent his life in the background, a subtle supporting act for the grand display. Plain in color and not particularly flashy, the older gelding never complained about his job, marching to work each afternoon with the same efficient stride. It didn’t matter if the day was insufferably hot, freezing cold, or even pouring down […]

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A string of horses at Gulfstream Park, seen in Marcus Vitali's tack, were listed as being trained by Allan Hunter
Vitali Barred From Entry Box At Tampa Bay Downs, Hunter Ordered To Vacate Gulfstream Barn Area

Two months after he was ruled off at Gulfstream Park, trainer Marcus Vitali will not be permitted to enter horses at Tampa Bay Downs, according to track officials there. Vitali had entered Silver Wraith, a 3-year-old maiden in the track’s fourth race on the Nov. 26 opening day card and was an also-eligible. On Saturday […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: The 1st Annual Paulick Report Turkey Awards

With the long holiday weekend, The Friday Show presented by Woodbine Racetrack comes early this week, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we present the 1st Annual Paulick Report Turkey Awards. There aren’t really any turkeys involved, but it’s a way to look back on some of the stranger moments of the 2016 season, along […]

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The story of Secretariat was made into a feature film in 2010
Fact And Fiction: Reality And Embellishment In Favorite Racing Films

It isn’t hard to ruffle feathers among horseplayers and racing fans; they argue about which horse is most likely to win a race, which issues the industry should be most concerned to solve, and who should be Horse of the Year. Get them going on movies, though, and you may well discover even deeper rifts […]

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Cell phones were used for more than taking pictures at this year's Breeders' Cup
ADW Account Usage On-Track Skews Numbers, Division Of Revenue

Something jumped off the spreadsheet when I looked at wagering figures from this year’s Breeders’ Cup championship races from Santa Anita Park. On-track per capita wagering for the two full cards on Nov. 4-5 was just $178, the lowest it’s been since the event was expanded to two days in 2007. Per capita wagering is […]

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Former Track Announcer Dave Johnson
Delta Downs Jackpot Update: And Down The Stretch They Come!

The journey to next year’s Kentucky Derby carves a path through Vinton, La. Saturday with the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. With a competitive field of juveniles lined up, it looks to be anyone’s race. In this Delta Downs Jackpot Update, a surprise guest whose voice will be familiar to many longtime racing fans talks […]

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Paulick Report 11/18 News Minute Presented By Delta Downs Jackpot

The Paulick Report sends out its headlines newsletter every weekday morning at 9 a.m ET (10 a.m. weekends), but the news doesn’t stop after you’ve had your morning coffee. Each weekday afternoon, the Paulick Report brings you a video News Minute to let you know what’s happening around the Thoroughbred racing world: news we think […]

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