Paulick Report Staff

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: No Slowing Down For ‘Droopy’ Rodriguez

Alberto Paz Rodriguez loved the racetrack while growing up in Panama City, Panama. His parents thought he loved it a little too much. “My folks were concerned I would get involved with gambling. The racetrack didn’t have the best reputation back then,” recalled Rodriguez, 79, who is better known by his childhood nickname “Droopy” – […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Japan Racing And Breeding A Global Force For Years To Come

A recent visit to Tokyo marked the 25th anniversary of my first Japan Cup experience in 1993, when Japanese-bred Legacy World claimed the top prize by defeating Kotashaan, a five-time Grade 1 winner in the U.S. who would be voted that year’s North American Horse of the Year. Legacy World became only the fourth Japanese-trained horse […]

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Filly Superstar Almond Eye Takes Japan Cup In Record Time

Getting a perfect trip under jockey Christophe Lemaire, Japanese filly Triple Crown winner Almond Eye dominated her male rivals in the 38th Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse as the 2-5 favorite on Sunday, winning the Group 1 race in record-setting time of 2:20.60 for 2,400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) on firm turf. Pacesetter Kiseki […]

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John T.L. Jones Jr.: Mediator, Mentor, Horse Trader, Legend

It’s been more than 20 years since I found myself standing next to John T.L. Jones Jr. in the check-in line at the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. We were there as guests of The Jockey Club at the Members Dinner on the eve of the annual Round Table on Matters Pertaining […]

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Caesars Bullish On Proposed Historical Racing, Harness Track In Kentucky

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Friday is expected to award a new harness racing license to one of three applicants: Kentucky Downs, a joint venture of Churchill Downs Inc. and Keeneland, or Caesars Entertainment. The first two groups are pretty well known in the Bluegrass State. Kentucky Downs has built a highly successful year-round […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Disappearing Iron Horse

I recently took a trip down memory lane with Tom Durkin, the race caller who worked the announcer’s booth for the Breeders’ Cup’s inaugural running at Hollywood Park in 1984 and didn’t relinquish the microphone until after the 2005 edition, when the telecast moved from NBC to ESPN. Durkin gave fans a chance to relive […]

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‘We Believe In The Future Of Horse Racing’: Belinda Stronach Outlines Plans For Company’s Assets

While the lawsuit filed Oct. 1 by Frank and Elfriede Stronach against their daughter Belinda over her management of the family’s privately held business and various trusts plays out in Ontario Superior Court in Canada, Belinda Stronach and the management team she has assembled at The Stronach Group are moving forward with strategic, long-range plans […]

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Best Of The Breeders’ Cup Presented By Brisnet: Classic And Sprint

The whole idea of the Breeders’ Cup is to decide championships on the racetrack, and that’s certainly what happened in 2007 when Monmouth Park in New Jersey played host for the first and only time – particularly in the biggest race of them all, the Grade 1 Classic. Street Sense, who six months earlier became […]

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Mountaineer Park Closed While Health Department Conducts ‘Disease Investigation’ Of Sick Employees

Mountaineer Park in Newell, W. Va., has closed its grandstand and clubhouse and cancelled live racing through Nov. 7 after a number of employees became seriously ill. Management notified employees and the public on Saturday, Oct. 27, that the next night’s live racing and subsequent programs through Nov. 7 would be suspended “while working on […]

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Best Of The Breeders’ Cup Presented By Brisnet: Juvenile And Juvenile Turf

Some outstanding horses have won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, starting with the inaugural winner in 1984, Chief’s Crown, who while not winning a Triple Crown race the following year would score Grade 1 victories at 3 in the Flamingo, Blue Grass, Travers and Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap. There have been some unforgettable performances in the […]

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