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SUMMER BIRD TO UNDERGO SURGERY AFTER RETURN TO U.S.

By Ray PaulickTrainer Tim Ice said he hopes to ship Summer Bird back to the United States Wednesday on a flight that would also include Marsh Side, one of the American starters in Sunday’s Japan Cup. Summer Bird came out of a Sunday morning workout at Hanshin racecourse in Osaka, Japan, with a vertical, non-comminuted fracture of […]

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STEVENS: CHRB CASE AGAINST ROSARIO A ‘JOKE’

By Ray PaulickA budding superstar jockey from the Dominican Republic is under investigation by the California Horse Racing for allegedly not putting forth his best effort in a race at Del Mar in September, and a retired Hall of Fame rider is outraged at the charges. Joel Rosario, a 24-year-old jockey who won riding […]

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RACHEL VS. ZENYATTA: CHAMPIONS FOR A NEW GENERATION

Although I don’t necessarily buy her conclusion that Rachel Alexandra “must” be elected Horse of the Year for 2009, I can’t disagree with Natalie Voss that we have two very exciting and deserving candidates for the sport’s top honor. Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra are to many in Natalie’s generation what Secretariat, Ruffian, Affirmed or Seattle […]

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KY REPUBLICANS: A PALACE REVOLT?

Not all is well in the kingdom of David Williams, Kentucky’s State Senate President and the state’s most powerful Republican not named Mitch McConnell. Republican Senators continue to drop like horseflies as a result of Williams’ strident anti-slots view with another possible casualty coming up soon in the race between Democrat Jodie Haydon and Republican […]

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THE VALUE OF CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

By Ray Paulick OK, so we were a little steamed at Sentient, the private jet membership company that failed to provide transportation solutions to Brad Cummings and me on the BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST fundraising drive when we were forced to traverse ridiculously long stretches of highway between racetracks in the American west. Of […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: BREEDERS’ CUP WRAP UP

By Ray Paulick There is no question who the biggest star was at the 26th Breeders’ Cup world championships, held at Santa Anita Park Nov. 6-7. It was Zenyatta, who thrust herself squarely into the Horse of the Year debate by becoming the first filly or mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic while putting […]

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THAYER CLIENT SEEKING SLOTS MONEY IN LOUISIANA

By Ray Paulick Oh, the irony. Damon Thayer, the Republican state senator in Kentucky who opposes legislation permitting slot machines that would benefit the state’s horse industry, is a former racetrack and Breeders’ Cup executive who, for now, makes his living as a Thoroughbred industry consultant. One of Thayer’s clients is the Millennium Farms […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: DRIVING FOR JOCKEYS

  By Bradford Cummings Just four and a half years ago I was working as a barista at a Starbucks in Louisville, Ky., trying to get a break after an acting career cut short and yet just a few days ago I had the pleasure of finishing a 13-day, 7-“city” tour with who I believe […]

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

  This weekend is the predictable “calm after the storm”, and though there are plenty of restricted stakes on the country’s racing agenda, only one track has an American graded stakes on its schedule. Churchill Downs will run complimentary stakes; Saturday’s card features the G2 Mrs. Revere for 3-year-old fillies, and its counterpart, the Commonwealth […]

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ECLIPSED VOTING PROCESS

By Ray Paulick Last week I wrote that if I had a vote in the Eclipse Awards, I’d cast my Horse of the Year ballot for unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta. Well, I don’t have a vote, and I have no one to blame but myself. A little more than seven years ago, […]

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