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BC MEMO OUTLINES INVESTMENT HISTORY

By Ray Paulick Breeders’ Cup chief financial officer Matthew Lutz has responded to recent questions about the organization’s investment fund in a memo distributed to the Breeders’ Cup board of members and trustees and posted on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. The questions arose after last week’s board of directors vote to suspend […]

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SCREEN HERO UPSETS JAPAN CUP

By Ray Paulick Teruya Yoshida’s Screen Hero pulled off a huge upset in the 2,400-meter Japan Cup at Tokyo Racecourse on Sunday, taking the lead in the final 100 meters and holding off a fast-closing Deep Sky, winner of this year’s Japanese Derby. The 4-year-old filly Vodka, winner of the Japanese Derby of 2007 and […]

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COURT VISION, COCOA BEACH HOLLYWOOD TURF FESTIVAL WINNERS

  By Ray Paulick When IEAH Stables bought an interest in 2007 Remsen Stakes winner Court Vision from WinStar Farm earlier this year, the son of Gulch had the look of a Derby horse. He eventually lived up to that billing, though his Grade 1 Derby victory came not on the dirt at Churchill Downs […]

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THE GIVING SEASON

By Ray PaulickLong before most Americans knew that ex-racehorses could end up on someone’s dinner plate in Europe, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation was doing what it could to provide an alternative to the slaughterhouse or a life of neglect and abuse. Founded in 1982, the TRF is the oldest, largest and best known operation dedicated […]

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NO SALE IN CURLIN MINORITY INTEREST

By Ray Paulick A Franklin County, Kentucky, Circuit Court judge has ruled against a proposed sale of a 20% interest in Horse of the Year Curlin to majority owner Jess Jackson for $4 million. The ruling by Judge Roger Crittenden came in a hearing on Monday involving the 20% owned by disbarred attorneys Shirley Cunningham and […]

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THANKSGIVING WEEK CHARITY FOCUS: THOROUGHBRED CHARITIES OF AMERICA

By Ray Paulick There are so many charitable organizations in racing, some benefiting Thoroughbreds to enjoy a second career after their racing days are over, and others focusing on the people involved in the game who need our help. For some, it’s a difficult choice where to direct their charitable donations Enter the Thoroughbred […]

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MADELEINE PICKENS: A PLAN FOR ALL HORSES

By Ray Paulick“How do you corral 30,000 horses, having taken them off the range where they lived, and just say ‘night night’?” asked Madeleine Pickens, the animal-loving wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens and better known in Thoroughbred racing circles as the former Madeleine Paulson, who with her late husband, Allen Paulson, developed one of […]

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MINOR CALLS MAGNA PROPOSAL ‘PREPOSTEROUS’

By Ray Paulick Halsey Minor thought he would be meeting with MI Developments (MID) chief executive officer Dennis Mills in Baltimore, Md., on Wednesday morning to discuss Minor’s proposed buyout of the company’s $100-million loan to Magna Entertainment (MECA), the financially beleaguered racetrack company that operates Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in […]

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ATTORNEY: VET HAD NO INTENTION TO USE COBRA VENOM

By Ray Paulick Attorneys for Rodney Stewart, the veterinarian suspended for five years by Kentucky racing authorities in the 2007 “cobra venom” case that also implicated trainer Patrick Biancone, said in opening statements in an appellate hearing on Wednesday morning the suspension against their client was excessive and should be lifted. Mike Meuser and Karen […]

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THANKSGIVING WEEK CHARITY FOCUS: SALVATION ARMY

By Ray Paulick I always subscribed to the theory that you can’t tell a book by its cover. For that reason, I was always impressed but never really that surprised when one of the grumpiest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with also turned out to be one of the most charitably minded. […]

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