Paulick Report Staff

EDWIN ANTHONY’S PEDIGREE REPORT: QUALITY ROAD

The following is the second in a series of articles written by Edwin Anthony examining the pedigrees of leading contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Last week’s inaugural article in the series looked at Friesan Fire, who on Saturday romped to victory in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. This week, he takes a look […]

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INSTANT RACING HELPS OAKLAWN STAY TRUE TO MISSION

By Ray Paulick The old cliché about necessity being the mother of invention helps tell the story of the significant turnaround that Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., has engineered in the last decade. In the mid-1990s, when neighboring states approved casino wagering, Oaklawn lost 40% of its handle. Charles Cella, whose family owns […]

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ILLINOIS HORSEMEN: BEWARE

By Ray Paulick Purses for Thoroughbred horsemen in Illinois hit a 10-year low in 2008, and things may only get worse if the Illinois legislature enables Churchill Downs Inc., the owner of the state’s biggest track, Arlington Park, to get the Advance Deposit Wagering language it is seeking. Illinois horsemen have had to put up […]

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PROJECT OAKS DAY

By Ray Paulick Can the cable network Bravo do for 3-year-old female Thoroughbreds what it’s done for countless wannabe runway models or packs of shallow housewives in New York City, Atlanta or Orange County, Calif.? Come to think of it, I’m not sure I really want that to happen. But with Bravo — […]

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR BRYCE TURNER, 19, ON FRIDAY

By Ray Paulick There are some things in life that can’t be explained or understood. The sudden death last week of Bryce Turner, a 19-year-old soccer-loving sophomore at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., is one. Turner is the son of Joel and Mary Turner of Prospect, Ky. Joel Turner is a widely respected equine […]

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SUPPORT THE REPORT

Dear Friends,   With all of the good economic news on the horizon, this is obviously the perfect time for my periodic PBS knock-off appeal for continued support from our readers. Always known for my impeccable timing, I launched this publication flat in the middle of a recession. And yet despite going against these odds […]

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FINANCIAL WOES? AT LEAST WE’RE NOT ALONE

By Ray Paulick The 2009 Triple Crown marks the fourth consecutive year the sport’s three premier races – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont — will be run without the benefit of a title sponsor, and the Breeders’ Cup championships will be without some of their longtime corporate partners when it is held for the […]

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SUPPORT THE REPORT: BREEDERS’ CUP STAKES REVERSAL

In mid-December of 2008, some troubling news permeated through the horse industry. Though many Thoroughbred breeders had only recently nominated their 2008 foals to the Breeders’ Cup with the expectation the horses would be eligible to compete for millions of dollars in stakes supplements in two or three years’ time, the Breeders’ Cup board of […]

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THE JOCKEY CLUB’S GROWING (AND PROFITABLE) FAMILY

By Ray Paulick Will a bet-processing tote division be the newest sibling in the Jockey Club’s family of companies? That’s the word I’m hearing from a variety of sources within the industry who say the not-for-profit breed registry is itching to get into the tote business with a new, for-profit subsidiary along the lines of […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX by AmWest Entertainment: A EURO INVADER

The last slow weekend before Derby was reflected by a basic stagnation of the Paulick Derby Index by AmWest Entertainment. The only race of note this weekend, the Lane’s End Stakes, did not really produce any headlines.The winner Hold Me Back did not crack even one of our Top Ten lists this week and none […]

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