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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: AURORA LIGHTS UP BIG ‘CAP MEMORIES

By Ray Paulick Every now and then you see a pedigree that brings back great memories, and that was the case for me when looking at the results of last Saturday’s Grade 3 Sabin Stakes on the main track at Gulfstream Park. The winner, Aurora Lights, was winning her first American Graded Stakes in […]

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LIEBMAN TO CA TRAINERS: GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

In a column he apparently started writing a month ago, Dan Liebman of the Blood-Horse throws down the panic gauntlet. After several weeks of patience, Liebman is calling on all California trainers with aspiring 3-year-olds to ‘GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN’. Perhaps trying to get a free plane ticket to New Mexico, he […]

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PLENTY OF OFFERS, BUT NO DEAL ON ESKENDEREYA

By Ray Paulick Bradley Weisbord, recently named the finance and stallion manager for Ahmed Zayat’s financially troubled Zayat Stables, told the Paulick Report no deal has been struck to sell all or any portion of Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth winner Eskendereya, a leading candidate for this year’s Kentucky Derby. “Mr. Zayat has said he […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: CDI’S UNDERCOVER BOSS

By Ray Paulick Those who think all the “suits” in racing’s ivory towers know nothing about the people who put on the show at racetracks across the country should talk with Churchill Downs Inc.’s chief operating officer Bill Carstanjen. He had a crash course for 10 days last September working incognito alongside employees on the […]

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HANDLE NUMBERS MAY NOT BE WHAT THEY SEEM

By Ray Paulick I hate to rain on Equibase and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s bad news parade, but there was some good news in horse racing’s monthly economic indicators released on Thursday. Average daily handle for the month of February increased by 4.80% in comparison to 2009 figures. Average daily purses were up by […]

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

There have been concerns all week about a possible storm hitting Southern California on Santa Anita Handicap day, but the current forecast calls for only light rain in late afternoon and on Saturday night, so the Big ‘Cap show will go on without the threat of cancellation due to drainage problems on the synthetic […]

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ZAYAT CLEARED BY CHRB

Investigators with the California Horse Racing Board said they will take no action at this time against owner Ahmed Zayat, who in documents related to his Zayat Stables’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing said he loaned more than $600,000 to convicted bookmakers Michael and Jeffrey Jelinsky and other family members. The New York Times first reported […]

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CANDOR AND THE CUP

By Ray Paulick I was all set to name Satish Sanan the winner of the first annual John Mayer Foot in Mouth Award for comments he made on Steve Byk’s “At the Races” Sirius/XM satellite radio show last Tuesday from which he was quoted in a Bloodhorse.com article as saying Churchill Downs was the “worst” […]

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FORMER MICHAEL GILL EXECUTIVE CLAIMS UNETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES

A former employee at Michael Gill’s The Mortgage Specialists claims she was fired for not going along with what she claims were unethical business practices. Alleging that other employees regularly ‘cleaned up’ documents before showing them to state auditors, former VP of operations Jean Duerr insists she tried to dissuade these practices and that company […]

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CORDISH CLAIMS ARUNDEL PETITION ‘RIDDLED WITH FRAUDULENT SIGNATURES’

Baltimore-based Cordish Company filed a suit against Citizens Against Slots at the Mall, alleging their recently filed petition was ‘riddled with fraudulent signatures’. The petition was created to keep the developer from installing VLTs at Arundel Mills mall. This issue created real controversy at the end of 2009 when the VLT license was given to […]

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