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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Insta’-Success Was 20 Years In The Making

Terri Burch was living in California when her father first hatched a plan to bring her back home to Kentucky. A politician, he helped pass the legislation to create the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program in 1986. A long-professed horse lover, Burch was excited about the new program, which would be attached to the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Working For My Big Brother And My Little Brother’

Saturday, July 29, at Monmouth Park, jockey agent Jimmy Riccio “won” the day with his riders Joe Bravo and Jose Ortiz sweeping all six stakes races on the card, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational with Good Magic. “We just were on the right horses that day,” said Riccio, 40. “It looked like a good […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Weekend Play At Saratoga: Saturday’s Grand Slam

The Paulick Report in conjunction with NYRA Bets is pleased to bring back Weekend Play at Saratoga, our weekly handicapping feature for the Spa’s summer meet. Each week, one of our editors will focus on a single wager – could be a Pick 4, Pick 5, exacta, tri or whatever else they might fancy. This […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Out Of The Darkness, Into The Spotlight

In 2013 at Hollywood Park, Drayden Van Dyke could often be found in the jockey’s room riding the Equicizer. He liked to practice on the machine in the dark, so he could focus on the feel of the ride instead of visual cues. One day, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith walked in to the […]

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Hagyard Partners Offer Differing Opinions About Misdating Of Radiographs

Two partners in the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute offered differing opinions on the practice of misdating auction radiographs on Monday during the continuation of a pre-trial hearing to a civil suit in Fayette County Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky. The misdating of radiographs by some Hagyard veterinarians was initially revealed several weeks ago in the […]

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‘Scary’ Morning Incident At Belterra Park Brings Safety Protocols Into Question

On June 26 at 7:30 in the morning, Kellie Hedges was breezing a filly alongside a friend at Belterra Park near Cincinnati, Ohio. Without warning, the filly’s front legs gave out from under her, propelling Hedges to the ground and rolling over top of her. The filly got up, apparently unfazed, and was eventually run […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Jockeying Through Law School

Law school. Rodeo. Horse racing. These are Cheyanna Patrick’s passions. The 21-year-old spends most of her year at the University of Kentucky’s School of Law, but in the summers she is a well-respected professional Thoroughbred jockey at Indiana Grand. Born into a family of equine enthusiasts, Patrick grew up with a “need for speed.” She […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Blue Collar’ O’Connell Embraces New Goals

Imagine you’re an 18-year-old girl in Detroit in the late 1960s. It’s your senior year of high school, where you’ve accumulated a 3.8 GPA and are in the top 15 percent of your class. You have four years of 4-H and any number of after-school sports on your resume. Your dream is to go to […]

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Heroine Wonder Gadot Demolishes Queen’s Plate Foes

Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot has been knocking on the door in all six of her 2018 starts, including a hard-fought second in the Kentucky Oaks, but she finally found the winner’s circle with the addition of blinkers in Saturday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate. The 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro defeated a 16-horse field by a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Will Stars Align For Another Filly In Queen’s Plate?

Catherine Day Phillips traveled across the globe to find her way back home. Canadian born and bred, Day Phillips now trains a string of 25 Thoroughbreds at Woodbine, and will saddle the filly Dixie Moon, winner of the Woobine Oaks, in Saturday’s $1 million Queen’s Plate. “She’s very seasoned for a young horse,” said Day […]

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