Paulick Report Staff

‘Opportunity’ Brings 61-Year-Old Brinkerhoff To California

Val Brinkerhoff is one of the faceless trainers who drives the game. Light years from being in a league with the Bafferts, Browns and Pletchers, pound for pound, the 61-year-old Brinkerhoff nonetheless has one of the most successful mom and pop operations in the land. Horsemen and horse players alike have taken notice since this […]

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‘Tactical With A Lot Of Heart’: Espinoza Excited About Partnership With Bolt D’Oro

If any jockey knows how to win on the Triple Crown trail, it’s Victor Espinoza. In the past four years, the Hall of Fame rider has captured five of the six jewels in racing’s most prestigious prize. They were the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness on California Chrome in 2014, and the Derby, Preakness and […]

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Justify ‘Still Learning How To Run’; Bolt D’Oro ‘Got A Lot Out Of It’

Justify, Bolt d’Oro and Midnight Bisou, arguably the leading three-year-olds in the land, will move their captivating acts to Kentucky next month where they will take center stage in the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. “He looks good,” Bob Baffert said of Justify early Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the chestnut son of Scat Daddy […]

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‘Heart And Courage’: Bolt D’Oro Won’t Be Too Far Off The Pace In Santa Anita Derby

It wasn’t exactly Joe Namath “guaranteeing” victory, but Mick Ruis did say this about Bolt d’Oro’s attempt to vanquish favored Justify in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Derby: “We’re not going let him get away from us. We’re going to be within a length and a half behind him. Bolt runs on heart and courage.” And so the gauntlet […]

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Pincay Mounts Up For The First Time In Fifteen Years

 After more than 48,000 career mounts and a record 9,530 victories, Laffit Pincay, Jr. called it a career in April 2003, following a broken neck sustained in a spill coming down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.  Thoroughbred racing’s winningest rider at the time of his retirement, the incomparable Pincay was and is regarded by many […]

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Big Red? Baffert Hoping Unbeaten Colt Will Justify Barn Nickname In Santa Anita Derby

No McKinzie, no problema. Bob Baffert just goes with the flow and taps Justify on the shoulder to take on Bolt d’Oro in the most anticipated race of the year, Saturday’s $1 million, Grade I, Santa Anita Derby. “You hate to see a horse get hurt,” Baffert said, speaking of McKinzie, who will miss the […]

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‘Ultimate Race Tracker’: Agent Harry Hacek Passes Away

The racing world Sunday mourned the passing of colorful and charismatic agent Harry (The Hat) Hacek, who died Saturday afternoon in a hospice facility near Hot Springs, Arkansas, not far from Oaklawn Park where he had lived in an apartment. He was believed to be in his early 70s, according to fellow agent Vic Lipton, “my best friend for […]

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Bolt D’Oro ‘Right On Point’ Ahead Of Santa Anita Derby

Leading Triple Crown contender Bolt d’Oro had his final major drill Sunday for next Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, going five furlongs at 7:45 on an overcast Easter morning in 1:01.20 with former jockey Agapito Delgadillo in the saddle. The $630,000 son of Medaglia d’Oro worked in company with Midnight Harbor, who was clocked in 1:01.60. Owner/trainer Mick Ruis said […]

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‘A Very Good Work’ For Instilled Regard Before Santa Anita Derby

Instilled Regard had his final major work for next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, going five furlongs at 6:45 Saturday morning for the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the May 5 Kentucky Derby. Instilled Regard was timed in 1:01.60 under exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez. Instilled Regard, winner of the Lecomte Stakes and fourth as the favorite in the […]

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Harrington: ‘Not A Sliver Of Difference’ Between Bolt D’Oro And McKinzie

A rematch of mythic proportions could be in the offing next Saturday when Bolt d’Oro and McKinzie are scheduled to do battle in the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby. The three-year-old colts, leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 5, ran the gauntlet for nearly a quarter mile in the San Felipe Stakes on March […]

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