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ECLIPSE AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED; RACHEL AND ZENYATTA LEAD LIST

It’s finalist day for the 2009 Eclipse Awards. With perhaps the exception of Dolphus Morrison as a finalists for breeder, no real surprises among the list of candidates. Headlined by Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta as the only two listed in the Horse of the Year category, the complete list of the finalists are listed below. […]

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PARALYZED JOCKEY STRAIGHT REPORTS MOVEMENT IN HIS TOES

After having visited Michael Straight and his exceptional parents during our Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraising drive, it fills me with much excitement and hope to find out that the twin brother of Matthew Straight has reported the ability to move his toes. While we’re nowhere near being out of the woods for his recovery, […]

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INSTANT RACING? A-OKAY!

According to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, adding instant racing machines to Kentucky’s racetracks would only require a few regulatory tweaks by Governor Steve Beshear. For those not familiar with Instant Racing, these slot-like machines are programed with thousands of previously run races for the player to bet on. Oaklawn Park currently uses these […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: WHO SHOULD OWN THE ECLIPSE?

By Ray Paulick Eclipse Award voters can be unpredictable when it comes to the outstanding owner category. Since there is no definition for the awards, voters can choose between owners whose stables were deep in talent, winning major races throughout the year; those who piled up wins and purses in lower level races with massive […]

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COULD THERE BE MORE RACING LEFT FOR ZENYATTA?

Due to three recorded workouts in the last six weeks, there is speculation that Breeders’ Cup Classic champion and Horse of the Year finalist Zenyatta may not be retiring after all. Asked for an answer as to why she is still working out in trainer John Shirreffs barn, Shirreffs told the Daily Racing Form, “That […]

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FARISH TO RECEIVE ECLIPSE AWARD OF MERIT

 NTRA PRESS RELEASE       December 29, 2009       The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association today announced that William S. Farish, owner of Lane’s End Farm and a pre-eminent industry leader of multiple organizations and causes, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit […]

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NO KENTUCKY HOME FOR DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE

True, we don’t cover much Standardbred racing on the Paulick Report but when Alan Leavitt of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and prominent Standardbred breeder makes the following comment, we feel called to bring it to your attention. “This is a sad day for Kentucky, which likes to call itself the Horse Capital of […]

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MISSING: COMMON SENSE

By Ray PaulickAn article here last week on how probable North American 2-year-old male champion Lookin at Lucky was overlooked at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale because his radiographs were less than perfect brought an interesting response from a former California-based trainer now plying his trade in the bloodstock world of Argentina. If you didn’t see […]

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NYRA, GET LOST?

An editorial in today’s New York Daily News does not exactly take a cautious viewpoint on NYRA’s recent stonewalling on an audit request. The unnamed writer says that “Gov. Paterson and the Legislature cannot succumb to such extortion tactics. They should tell NYRA to get lost.” We’re not privy to the inner workings of […]

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DUCHOSSOIS VS. CARROLL: NO LOVE OVER NASCAR

The partnership between former Turfway Park owner Jerry Carroll and Arlington Park boss Dick Duchossois always seemed like a strange one. Okay, they literally see eye to eye, since they share a similar physical stature, and both men were among the earliest proponents in horseracing for tracks to get slot machines or full-scale casinos. But […]

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