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JOCKEY CLUB: ALL ABOUT CONTROL

By Ray Paulick One of the staples of the Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, to be held this Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is a report on the activities of the Jockey Club, whose primary responsibility to the industry is registering Thoroughbreds and approving the names horses are given. Of course, […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 28-AUG. 2

By Ray Paulick Somewhere down the road we hope Ginger Punch and Zenyatta meet. It truly will be a championship bout. On Saturday, one week after reigning female champion Ginger Punch fought through an opening to win the Go for Wand at Saratoga, Zenyatta floated like a butterfly and then stung like a […]

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BIG BROWN GETS UP LATE TO WIN HASKELL

By Ray Paulick Big Brown got it done in Sunday’s $1-million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, but it wasn’t easy, as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was in an all-out drive to get past long shot pacesetter Coal Play in the final 70 yards of the 1 1/8-mile race to win […]

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QUESTIONS FOR SALE

By Ray Paulick   Ten questions about the Fasig-Tipton sale of select yearlings that begins tonight at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.?   Question 1: Now that Fasig-Tipton is owned by an associate of Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, will the sheikh’s chief bloodstock agent, John Ferguson, be more active than he […]

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FERGUSON PACES FIRST-NIGHT BUYERS

By Ray Paulick   John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor to Sheikh Mohammed and responsible for putting the deal together for Dubai-based Synergy Investments to purchase Fasig-Tipton earlier this year, led the way among buyers — signing five tickets for a total of $3,100,000 — at Monday night’s opening session of the company’s two day-select yearling […]

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MINOR MEETING BRUNETTI

By Ray Paulick Internet entrepreneur Halsey Minor is scheduled to meet with Hialeah Park owner John Brunetti this morning at  11 a.m. to discuss Minor’s interest in acquiring and renovating Hialeah Park, the grande dame of American racing that has been dormant since running its last race May 22, 2001. The meeting will take […]

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EXPERIMENTAL CUP?

By Ray Paulick Jess Jackson seemed to dismiss a repeat attempt by Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as if he was flicking a piece of lint off the lapel of his tweed jacket. “Been there, done that,” Jackson said to reporters the other day in a teleconference to announce future plans for […]

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MINOR OPTIMISTIC ON HIALEAH

By Ray Paulick John Brunetti gave Halsey Minor an extensive tour of Hialeah Park, the racetrack Brunetti bought 30 years ago, and the two men then held extensive discussions about what it would take to have the South Florida track reopened after being shuttered since May 22, 2001.  The meeting – the first […]

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SPIRIT ONE WIRES ARLINGTON MILLION

By Ray Paulick   Spirit One took the early lead when Einstein broke poorly, then led all the way to win the Arlington Million under jockey Ioritz Mendizabal, holding off favored Archipenko to by three-quarters of a length, with Mount Nelson third, giving Europeans a sweep of the top three positions in the $1-million race. […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: AUG. 3-9

By Ray Paulick It was a week of good news all around: Big Brown comes back from his Belmont debacle with a victory in the Haskell, Curlin plots his next move (in the Woodward), the select yearling sales at Saratoga held their own, and the movement to ban steroids gained momentum thanks to the Breeders’ […]

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