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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: DOWN THE STRETCH!

 By Ray Paulick Santa Anita Park will be the focal point of the racing world on Friday and Saturday with the 25th running of the Breeders’ Cup world championships, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the nation’s tracks have gone into hibernation for the week. Take Suffolk Downs … please! But, seriously, the East […]

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PAULICK’S PICKS – FILLY FRIDAY

By Ray Paulick Cash in a couple of T-bills and get ready to make some serious, if not totally sound, investments on this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. You’re sure to at least have some fun, which is more than you’ve had watching the Dow Jones Industrial Average the last several weeks. The […]

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PAULICK’S SATURDAY PICKS: A BIG DAY FOR THE EUROS

By Ray Paulick Top to bottom, this may not be the most talented group of Breeders’ Cup horses that’s ever been assembled, but it’s the biggest handicapping challenge I can ever recall, especially considering new races like the Marathon, Turf Sprint, Dirt Mile and Juvenile Turf. As mentioned yesterday, the Breeders’ Cup Web site has […]

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LIVE BLOGGING FILLY FRIDAY

Ray Paulick will be live blogging Friday afternoon’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships card from Santa Anita beginning around 3:15 p.m. Eastern. To get the latest news on the “Filly Friday” program, including bettings odds and results, along with Ray’s observations and analysis of the ESPN2 telecast (and a scorecard on his own selections), check back frequently […]

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LIVE BLOGGING BREEDERS’ CUP SATURDAY

Ray Paulick will be live blogging Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which begin at 1:10 p.m. Eastern with the first ever running of the 1 1/2-mile Marathon.  Please note that there is a late scratch in that race: Add Heat was withdrawn from the Marathon Saturday morning because of a suspensory injury to his right […]

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MEASURING BREEDERS’ CUP SUCCESS

By Ray Paulick There are many ways to look at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships from a business and sporting standpoint, and not all examinations are going to lead to the same destination. The most important question is whether or not the 2008 Breeders’ Cup was a success or failure. Was the decision to […]

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LIVE BLOGGING BIG BROWN RETIREMENT TELECONFERENCE

Ray Paulick will be live blogging the teleconference featuring trainer Rick Dutrow and IEAH president Michael Iavarone as they discuss the foot injury that ended  Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown’s racing career earlier today. The teleconference, organized by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. UPDATE: Only Michael Iavarone will […]

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LIVE BLOGGING JACKSON ON CURLIN’S CUP FUTURE

Ray Paulick will be live blogging today’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference with Jess Jackson, majority owner of Horse of the Year Curlin, during which Jackson will announce a decision regarding Curlin’s pre-entry for the Breeders’ Cup. Pre-entry deadline is noon today (local time), and the list of pre-entered horses will be announced on Thursday. […]

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LIVE BLOGGING BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRY TELECONFERENCE

At 1 p.m. Eastern Ray Paulick will be live blogging today’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference focusing on the 25th Breeders’ Cup from the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24-25, pre-entries for which were announced earlier. Click here to get the list of pre-entries. Scheduled guests on the conference […]

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LIVE BLOGGING KENTUCKY’S RACING TASK FORCE ON INTEGRITY

Ray Paulick is live blogging the Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing’s subcommittee on integrity of racing and pari-mutuel activities from the offices of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Monday afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. Edward (Ned) Bonnie, a member of the racing commission, is chairing the meeting, which is called to […]

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