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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Breeders’ Cup Shifts?

Breeders’ Cup board members were expected to meet today to discuss several proposals that would create significant changes for the event. Among the suggestions, as reported by the Paulick Report earlier this week, would be to add a race for 3-year-olds to the slate and move the Classic to a separate weekend a month later […]

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Smart Whips Could Catch What Human Eyes Can’t

There are a few things you count on in horse racing regulation and one of them is that whip rules will always be up for debate. Animal welfare groups and some race followers claim the presence and use of the whip alienates potential racing fans. Jockeys come down on both sides of the issue – […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Breeders’ Cup Derby?

Should the Breeders’ Cup expand again? That’s a question the organization’s board of directors is expected to ponder at an upcoming meeting, when a proposal to add a “Breeders’ Cup Derby” for 3-year-olds and push the Breeders’ Cup Classic to a separate date in December will be discussed. Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup president and CEO, […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Maine Chance Farm

Many people in Lexington know the old Maine Chance Farm along Newtown Pike as the former base of cosmetics mogul Elizabeth Arden Graham, the place where legend has it Thoroughbreds were ordered dolled up in Arden makeup. But Graham was not the first person to raise top racehorses on the soil. Before it was called […]

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Pegasus World Cup News Minute Presented By NYRA Bets: A Loaded ‘Gun’?

Last year’s inaugural Pegasus World Cup was the racing swan song for the beloved California Chrome. This year, likely Horse of the Year Gun Runner takes center stage in his final race, and his connections are hoping for a better fate than that of Chrome. All this week, the Paulick Report will keep you updated […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Thinking Green?

The Eclipse Awards ceremony to honor accomplishments from 2017 takes place next week at Gulfstream Park, and while there isn’t much drama when it comes to the major awards, there are some things to discuss. In this episode of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick debate whether turf races should start carrying more […]

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Memorializing A Racing Legend – The JVB Way

Last Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark., opened its doors to a steady flow of family and friends of John Charles “Jack” Van Berg. The reception area was filled with JVB photos, mementos and a looping video slide show. At the opposite end of the room there was a grim […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Redesigning The Future?

A visit to most of the newer Major League Baseball stadiums is a vastly different experience than it once was, thanks to a rethinking of the location and design of modern ballparks. Is horse racing on the verge of a similar shift? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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PR Special Keeneland January: Young Sire First Foals

Today, the Paulick Report offers a second print edition available here and on the grounds at Keeneland, where the January Horses of All Ages Sale continues. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss resumes her look at medication in racing from the British perspective. Frank Mitchell turns the Stallion Spotlight on the young […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Faraway Farm

The lasting legacy of Faraway Farm is certainly its time as home to the great Man o’ War, who lived on the property off Russell Cave Road north of Lexington, Ky. The land’s history goes beyond the throngs of visitors who flocked to Big Red’s stall, however. The acreage that eventually became the home of […]

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