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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: BLAME’S FEMALE FAMILY

By Frank Mitchell With his game victory in the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, Blame widened and deepened the breeder base that will support him when the colt goes to stud at Claiborne Farm, which is the co-owner and co-breeder of the 4-year-old with Adele Dilschneider. By the Claiborne stallion Arch, Blame (click here for […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS

From sprints to routes, Jersey Shore to where the Turf Meets the Surf, there is a wide offering of graded stakes this weekend. The Grade 2 Cougar II Handicap will be run at Del Mar on Friday with Richard’s Kid entered as a prep in defense of his Pacific Classic title. Trainer Bob Baffert […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: SMART STRIKE

By Frank Mitchell The Mr. Prospector stallion Smart Strike has good karma with Monmouth Park. Fourteen years ago, Smart Strike won the Philip H. Iselin Handicap at the New Jersey track. It was one of his six victories from eight starts, but the Iselin was the most important. The race gave Smart Strike the all-important […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: INSTANT RACING AND A CRYSTAL BALL

By Ray Paulick Corey Johnsen led an investment team that purchased Kentucky Downs racetrack near the Tennessee border in 2007. The former head of Lone Star Park in Texas also invested in breeding stock when he moved to Kentucky and purchased part of Richland Hills Farm with Nathan Fox. Last week, Johnsen talked about a […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: BIG SKY, SMALL TRACK

By Bradford Cummings As owners, breeders, industry employees and media or racing fans, we spend the vast majority of our time concentrating on the headline tracks and top names in the sport. We talk about Triple Crown season, the opening of Saratoga, Del Mar, Oak Tree, or Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup, filling in the […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: WHY NO HALL FOR HOLLENDORFER?

By Ray Paulick No Thoroughbred trainer will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., when ceremonies are held at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion on the morning of Aug. 13. Under new voting procedures this year, the top four vote getters among nominees in four categories—contemporary male horse, […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: ALWAYS PLACE AN EMPHASIS ON RACING

By Ray Paulick Corey Johnsen began working in the racing industry during his college years at Arizona State University in the 1970s when he hot-walked and groomed horses at Turf Paradise, then later talked his way into an unpaid position in communications and marketing at the Phoenix track. He went on to work at […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: IN MEMORY OF EDDIE GREGSON

By Ray Paulick For many people in racing, Eddie Gregson will be remembered as an accomplished trainer who reached the pinnacle of success in 1982 when he saddled Gato Del Sol to win the Kentucky Derby, but then 18 years later died under circumstances none of us will ever fully understand. However, to a […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: NOT AN EASY CLUB TO JOIN

By Ray Paulick In this week’s American Graded Stakes standings brought to you by Keeneland, we’ll take a quick mid-season look at the Grade 1 stakes winners. There have been 38 G1 races run in the United States thus far this year, won by 33 different horses, the only repeat winners being Zenyatta, with three, […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS

This weekend marks the opening of Saratoga Race Course, in picturesque Saratoga Springs, New York. There are three graded stakes scheduled over the weekend, but handicappers are going to be challenged by track conditions, which could be very wet from copious amounts of rain. Friday’s feature is the Grade 3 Schuylerville, for 2-year-old fillies going […]

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