Ray’s Paddock

View From The Eighth Pole: Ingrid Mason Suspension Latest Example Of A Broken System

Here we go again. Trainer Ingrid Mason has been suspended for one year and fined $2,500 by stewards at Arlington Park after Nuclear Option, winner of the first race on Aug. 23, tested positive for d-methamphetamine and amphetamine. Mason was suspended without having the benefit of a confirmatory split sample or being notified of the […]

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Emma-Jayne Wilson Is Part Equestrian, Part Fierce Competitor, All Professional Athlete

Emma-Jayne Wilson is between races on a Friday afternoon card at Woodbine, giving interviews to out-of-town media as she waits for her next mount. Sitting in an unused conference room, Wilson leans back in her chair, her steel-cable-like arms folded calmly. Wilson answers questions with confidence and a genuine smile, but she’s not someone I […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Crazy Notions?

In the last couple of years, Thoroughbred owner Larry Best (OXO Equine) has spent millions of dollars at auctions in search of top quality runners. Turns out, he’s got some contrarian ideas about how to campaign those horses. In an interview this week, Best explained why after only two races, he’s giving budding juvenile Instagrand […]

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The Golden Rule Has Carried Robertson Far In A Four-Decade Career In Thoroughbred Sales

Getting from place to place in the Keeneland sales pavilion can be tough during the hectic, crowded sessions of Book 1, but it was a good problem for Walt Robertson to have. The retired auctioneer and sale company executive could hardly cover a few tiles on the floor before coming across someone in the Thoroughbred […]

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Politician, Comedian, And Orchestra Leader: Mahan Makes Music In The Auctioneer’s Stand

The Keeneland sales pavilion can be an intimidating place for people at any level of wealth or industry experience. Ryan Mahan, Keeneland’s director of auctioneers, makes it a point to keep everyone involved as comfortable as possible in what can be a high-pressure environment. Sometimes the strategy works too well. “Strangely enough – I get […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: A Shining ‘Light’ From Book 3

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale rolls into Book 3 Monday following two strong weekend sessions of Book 2, and the Paulick Report is pleased to offer a print newsletter, the PR Special, available both here and on the Keeneland Association grounds in Lexington, Ky. Daily sessions of the September sale, which continues through Sept. 23, […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: Book 2 Champions

Following the strongest Keeneland September Yearling Sale opening in more than a decade, Book 2 of the world’s most important yearling auction begins Saturday in Lexington, Ky., at 10 a.m. ET. The Paulick Report is pleased to offer the third of four print newsletters, the PR Special, available here and on the Keeneland sale grounds. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Pharoah’s Foals?

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale is off to a strong start, in part due to the prices being generated by American Pharoah’s yearlings. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the 2015 Triple Crown winner’s success in the auction ring and potential future when matched up with history. Plus, […]

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From Perry Mason To The Auctioneer’s Stand, Caldwell Was In Command

Tom Caldwell was destined to command the room, whatever room that happened to be. His square jaw, broad-shouldered frame, and booming voice gave him an authoritative presence as Keeneland’s head auctioneer, but on a slightly different path it would have given him the same level of clout in the courtroom – either in real life […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: A Good Start For Palace Malice

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale continues with the third of four Book 1 sessions on Wednesday, and we are pleased to offer another edition of the print newsletter, the PR Special, available here and on the sale grounds in Lexington, Ky. Wednesday and Thursday’s final sessions of Book 1 get under way at 1 p.m. and can be viewed live at www.Keeneland.com. […]

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