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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 6-12

Curlin was the story of the week, in the court room and on the racetrack. The 2007 Horse of the Year made his grass debut Saturday in Belmont Park’s Man o’ War going 1 3/8 miles and ran a solid race to be second to Red Rocks, the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner. Solid enough […]

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REBUFFED BY CUP

On the surface, it seems unfathomable that the 40-some members and trustees, founding members and officers of the Breeders’ Cup who select the organization’s operating board of directors could have rejected Richard Santulli, whose business acumen is such that he is on the short list of candidates to succeed Warren Buffett, the “oracle of Omaha,” […]

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TRICKY TURF

Jess Jackson has been talking about the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for his 2007 North American Horse of the Year Curlin for some time now. I just have one question: Why? The 4-year-old son of Smart Strike is a very good racehorse, the best on the globe according to the World Rankings, and […]

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DUTROW ‘QUICK RETURN’ HORSE EUTHANIZED

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow is making headlines again, and it’s not good news. Unrequited, a 5-year-old gelding Dutrow trained for the Jay Em Ess Stable, was euthanized on Tuesday after suffering a fractured pelvis in a claiming race at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, […]

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CLAY CANNED IN CUP ELECTION

Robert Clay, the owner of Three Chimneys Farm and vice chairman of the 14-member Breeders’ Cup board of directors, did not receive enough votes from nominators to retain his seat on the organization’s 48-person board of members and trustees, the Paulick Report has learned. In something of a changing of the guard for the Breeders’ […]

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CUP ELECTION ANALYSIS: COALITIONS RULE

The startling election results for the Breeders’ Cup board of members and trustees conducted among nominators to the program teaches us one thing about this relatively new process: no single farm or entity can stack the board with its own candidates. That is driven home by the fact that Robert Clay of Three Chimneys […]

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EPO MAN

The recent out-of-competition blood-doping tests for horses trained by the red-hot Bruce Levine at Monmouth Park were not the first such inquiry in New Jersey and won’t be the last, promises Frank Zanzuccki, the veteran executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission.   Levine’s horses tested clean for blood-doping agents, better known as erythropoietin, […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JUNE 29-JULY 5

Want your friends and associates to be as informed and up-to-date on what’s really going on in the Thoroughbred industry as you are? Encourage them to check out the Paulick Report each day and sign up for our Email Flashes. I’m not sure how good of a poker player Ron Geary is, but […]

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FREE MONEY: PAST-POST BETTING

The fourth race at Philadelphia Park June 28 was just a run-of-the-mill claiming contest until the Scientific Games totalizator system malfunctioned shortly after Magical American crossed the finish line as the winner. The top three finishers (4-2-3) were put on the board, but the problems with the tote delayed Philadelphia Park from making the race official and […]

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LATTA LATEST TO LEAVE MAGNA MANAGEMENT POSITION

Brant Latta, a veteran racetrack executive who has been with Magna Entertainment for nearly 10 years, most recently as senior vice president of operations, has left the company, he told the Paulick Report on Monday. Prior to his last position, to which he was promoted in October 2006, Latta was the senior manager of […]

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