JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE SCRATCHED FROM KENTUCKY OAKS

Justwhistledixie has been scratched from today’s Kentucky Oaks because of a stone bruise in a foot. The daughter of Dixie Union was the 5-2 second choice on the morning line.

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PAULICK’S DERBY ANALYSIS: PIONEER WILL LEAD A CALIFORNIA STAMPEDE

By Ray Paulick (Who do you like in this year’s Kentucky Derby? Please use the comment section below to give us your picks and analysis of the race.) It’s anybody’s guess how wet the Churchill Downs racing surface is going to be on Saturday for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby, although Butch Lehr […]

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REVENGE: LAMENESS IN LEFT FRONT ANKLE

By Ray Paulick I Want Revenge, the Kentucky Derby morning line favorite, was scratched because of some lameness detected in his left front ankle that showed up on the morning of the race, trainer Jeff Mullins said during a press conference at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Mullins said a “touch of heat” was detected in the […]

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FRIESAN FIRE SOLID FAVORITE

Friesan Fire will likely go postward as the solid favorite in the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby, based on odds at 3 p.m. Saturday, just over three hours before the 19 3-year-olds take to the Churchill Downs surface for the mile and a quarter event. The son of A.P. Indy comes off a 7 […]

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EXPECT DERBY TRACK CONDITION TO BE UPGRADED

By Ray PaulickChurchill Downs maintenance crews used the two hours between the Humana Distaff and the Kentucky Derby to attempt to squeeze as much moisture out of the surface as possible. Following the Distaff, the ninth race of the day  run at 3:58 p.m., a special device was used to cut open up the […]

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BOREL RIDES MINE THAT BIRD TO 50-1 KENTUCKY DERBY UPSET

By Ray Paulick Calvin Borel took a familiar inside route to victory in the 135th Kentucky Derby, running away from the field to score an unlikely victory at 50-1 aboard Mine That Bird, a $9,500 yearling purchase who was coming off a fourth-place finish in the Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in New Mexico. It was […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP TO HEAR STRATEGY FOR ITS FUTURE

By Ray Paulick What’s in store for the Breeders’ Cup over the next five to 10 years? Will racing’s championships remain a two-day event? Will it consider a move to Europe, Dubai,or Hong Kong to incorporate more of an international audience? How will the organization’s revenue expand beyond its two primary sources of funding: stallion […]

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A NEW SUNRISE ON CUP TRANSPARENCY?

By Ray Paulick The Breeders’ Cup has begun to let the sun shine on the annual election process that determines who ultimately sits on the organization’s board of directors. For the first time this year, the Breeders’ Cup has decided to publish a roster of eligible voters and their available number of votes; complete results of its […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PARANOIA

By Ray Paulick “I’m often credited with the motto, ‘Only the paranoid survive.’ I have no idea when I first said this, but the fact remains that, when it comes to business, I believe in the value of paranoia.” – Andrew Groves, founder and former chairman, Intel Corporation. “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean […]

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JESS JACKSON AND PARTNER BUY RACHEL ALEXANDRA

From Stonestreet Stables Press Release/Caroline Shaw Public Relations    LEXINGTON, KY (May 6, 2009) – Stonestreet Stables, majority owner of two-time Horse of the Year, Curlin—and Harold T. McCormick of Birmingham, Alabama together with Dolphus Morrison and Mike Lauffer of L and M Partners, LLC announced today the purchase of Rachel Alexandra, the […]

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