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KEEP IT SIMPLE AND THEY WILL COME

By Bradford Cummings Our society has become one of instant access and quick fixes to big problems. If you know my contact information, you can get a hold of me at any moment of the day through my “smart phone.” A football score you used to have to catch on SportsCenter or in your morning […]

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EDITORIAL SHAKE-UP AT BLOOD-HORSE

By Ray Paulick What’s going on here? Blood-Horse Publications has engaged its top three editors in a game of musical chairs, the Paulick Report has learned, with new assignments for all three. The shakeup actually makes a lot of sense to this observer, who spent 15 years as editorial chief of the Lexington-based publishing company whose […]

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WAS CHURCHILL ACQUISITION A SMART MOVE? YOUBET

By Ray Paulick A number of people I respect most in the Thoroughbred industry consider Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bob Evans to be the smartest man in the racing business. Last week’s $126.8 million stock and cash acquisition of youbet.com, which also includes the totalizator company United Tote, only strengthens that assessment. With the […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: BREEDING ABOUT MORE THAN MONEY?

  By Ray Paulick Voting for the Eclipse Awards will begin in just over a month, and the biggest debate and perhaps most hotly disputed division will be for Horse of the Year, where early- and mid-season leader Rachel Alexandra and undefeated Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta will vie for the most votes from members […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: FREE TO A GOOD HOME

By Ray Paulick Antony Beck saw the writing on the wall just before the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Overstocked breeders were trying to sell mares they no longer wanted or planned to breed, and an economic calamity was reducing demand for their product. Beck worried what might become of so many of […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST: OUR KIND OF TOWN, CHICAGO IS

By Ray Paulick When a jockey goes down in a race, there’s no one that shows more concern than a fellow rider, even if it’s been 45 years since that fellow rider has been on a horse’s back. I witnessed that concern Thursday afternoon at Hawthorne, when a horse named Loose Lips got cut off […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: ONE DAY AT A TIME MICHAEL

By Ray Paulick Every kid should be so lucky to have parents like Sandy and Beth Straight. “They are very inspirational people,” said Nancy LaSala, executive director of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The Straights are parents of 23-year-old twin sons, Michael and Matthew, who were living out their dream together as […]

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

Even with no Grade 1 races offered this weekend, there are still a number of competitive graded stakes to be run in Kentucky and New York. Keeneland closes its meet on Saturday with the running of the G3 Fayette, for three-year-olds and up going 1 1/8 miles over the Polytrack surface. Vying for […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST: HORSING AROUND IN OKLAHOMA

By Ray Paulick Please click here to donate to Breeders’ Cup Charities benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and V Foundation for Cancer Research. Give a minimum of one penny per mile and you will be eligible for a drawing to win one of 10 Breeders’ Cup caps to be signed by the winning jockeys […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST: REMINGTON GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND

By Ray Paulick Please click here to donate to Breeders’ Cup Charities benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and V Foundation for Cancer Research. Give a minimum of one penny per mile and you will be eligible for a drawing to win one of 10 Breeders’ Cup caps to be signed by the winning jockeys […]

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