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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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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Racing More Or Less?

There’s little question the modern Thoroughbred is racing less often than it used to. The main inquiry is why? In this edition of the Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue, based on a recent conversation at Equestricton. Plus, what does this week’s reported purchase of Kentucky Downs mean for the racing […]

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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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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Stonerside Helped Deliver On McNairs’ Lofty Goals

It isn’t uncommon in the Thoroughbred business for a newcomer to arrive on the scene, bank account loaded from another business, with their checkbook out and ambitions set on winning some of America’s best races. It is a little uncommon for such a newcomer to actually accomplish their goals in short order. Stonerside Farm saw […]

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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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PR Special Keeneland November: The Rise Of Stonerside Farm

The Keeneland November Sale resumes Monday at 10 a.m., and the Paulick Report is happy to offer a print publication available here and on the sales grounds. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss takes us inside the Kentucky Farm Time Capsule to learn about the evolution of Stonerside Farm. Joe Nevills shines […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Who Gets The Hardware?

The 35th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships is in the books, so now the annual conversation about year-end awards begins. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the various Eclipse Award categories, starting with Horse of the Year, which became intriguing with the results at Churchill Downs […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Before It Belonged To Kitten’s Joy, Almahurst Raised Exterminator

Central Kentucky is filled with properties that have produced quality horseflesh over the course of centuries, but few can boast the kind of diverse resume seen from Almahurst Farm, known today as Ramsey Farm. Though its history pre-dates the formation of the state in which it resides, Almahurst’s time as a nursery of racehorses essentially […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: European Imports Left Their Mark At Idle Hour Stock Farm

It’s not unusual, when you look at one of Kentucky’s historic Thoroughbred farms, to find the land has changed hands through the ages. Each new owner brings a little of their own flair to the operation; bloodlines and business plans change. There is something of an exception on one piece of property along Old Frankfort […]

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PR Special Keeneland November: California Chrome’s First Foals

The Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale begins a 12-day run today in Lexington, Ky., with the first horse scheduled to enter the ring at noon EST. Subsequent sessions begin at 10 a.m. Once again, the Paulick Report is pleased to offer its printed newsletter, the PR Special, distributed on the sale grounds and digitally at […]

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