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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: A ‘MOTT’ MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

By Ray Paulick Nineteen eighty-four was a big year for trainer Bill Mott. In the space of eight days in April he won the first and second Grade 1 races of his career, taking the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park with John Franks’ Heatherten and the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland with William Lucas’ […]

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DESORMEAUX’S DEFENSE

One of the debates after the Kentucky Derby has been Kent Desormeaux’s ride on Paddy O’Prado. While no one questions the run before the last 100 feet, it was the very end of the race that caused some concern with some suggesting he may have let up at the end thinking second place was locked. […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: A SYNTHETIC WORLD CUP

By Ray Paulick Michael Dickinson’s interest in racing surfaces first took root in the mid-1970s when he spent two summers at Ballydoyle in Ireland, working with his mentor, the late Vincent O’Brien, the legendary Irish trainer. “He started the all-weather gallops,” Dickinson said of O’Brien. “Before that, everyone (in Europe) trained on grass or […]

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EQUIBASE ANNOUNCES FINAL NORTH AMERICAN EARNINGS LEADERS FOR 2009

Press Release For the first time, female Thoroughbreds occupy the top two spots on the list of leading North American earners in 2009, according to final statistics released today by Equibase Company LLC, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information. Zenyatta earned $3,330,000 in 2009 to become the fourth filly or mare, and the […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

December brings the American graded stakes racing schedule into the homestretch. This weekend there will be a pair of graded stakes for juveniles at Delta Downs, in Vinton, Louisiana, and a pair at Hollywood Park. Friday night racing at Delta Downs offers $1.6 million in purse money and is capped off by the Grade […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST LIVE BLOG: OUR DAY AT KEENELAND

Our first day of the BC or Bust trip has started off with a bang. We were fortunate to have about ten jockeys attend an autograph signing including stars Kent Desormeaux, Jon Court, Robby Albarado and Julien Leparoux. We sold nearly 100 hats with all the proceeds of course are going to our two charities, […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: MAKING WISHES COME TRUE

  By Ray Paulick If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe what happened in the sixth race at Keeneland on Wednesday, a day when nine Central Kentucky farms helped bring a little joy into the lives of some courageous young people and their families who were taking part in a […]

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SUMMER BIRD UPSETS THE BELMONT

By Ray PaulickA late-running son of Birdstone won the 141st Belmont Stakes, but it wasn’t Mine That Bird, the Kentucky Derby winner, Preakness runner-up and Belmont favorite. Instead, making the last run under Kent Desormeaux, 11-1 longshot Summer Bird–a troubled sixth in the Kentucky Derby in what was just his fourth lifetime start–got up in […]

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BIG BROWN GETS UP LATE TO WIN HASKELL

By Ray Paulick Big Brown got it done in Sunday’s $1-million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, but it wasn’t easy, as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was in an all-out drive to get past long shot pacesetter Coal Play in the final 70 yards of the 1 1/8-mile race to win […]

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