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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Ageless Jockeys, Classic Confidence?

Like other professional sports championships, the Breeders’ Cup is a supreme goal for the athletes and connections alike. In this Breeders’ Cup edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick talk to a pair of veteran jockeys about their preparation for the races and the importance of the event to them. Plus, why […]

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A Horsewoman Through And Through: Bellocq’s Courage Reflects Her Devotion To The Sport

On Wednesday evening, longtime horsewoman Martine Bellocq received the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters’ Bill Mooney Award for “displaying courage in the face of tremendous adversity” – a salute to her well-documented bravery during the wildfire which ripped through San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall, Calif., last December. As has been detailed extensively in newspaper […]

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Casner: Kentucky Downs Has Led The Way On Historical Horse Racing

There isn’t much I haven’t done, seen or experienced in the horse racing industry, including being a racetrack owner as a partner in Kentucky Downs. And the rise of Kentucky Downs is one of the most important developments in Kentucky racing in this decade and one I am most proud of. The Kentucky Horse Racing […]

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Cot Campbell, 1927-2018: Racing Visionary Revolutionized Horse Ownership

On Aug. 3 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a dozen individuals were inducted in the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame as Pillars of the Turf in recognition of their “extraordinary contributions” in leadership positions or as pioneers in the Thoroughbred industry. W. Cothran “Cot” Campbell was one of the inductees, honored for his game-changing […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Breeders’ Cup Methods And Madness

The week left to go before the 35th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs will surely go by fast. The question on this edition of The Friday Show is what’s the best approach for using that time wisely for two of the best betting days of the year? Scott Jagow and […]

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The Alcock Arabian: The Starting Point Of All Gray Thoroughbreds

If the legendary breeder Federico Tesio was correct in his assertion that gray color in Thoroughbreds is a form of skin disease, the Alcock Arabian could be considered patient zero. Every modern gray Thoroughbred traces directly back to the stallion through an unbroken line of like-colored ancestors, weaving through gray sires and dams across centuries […]

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Hagyard Veterinarian Interview Reveals Questions About Manipulated X-Rays, Radiograph Reports

As the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners (KBVE) considers what its next steps will be in the case of a dozen veterinarians who self-reported for modifying dates on radiographs, one surgeon’s testimony before the board raises questions about the practice of vetting horses at sale. Earlier this year, 12 veterinarians at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton October: Shades Of Gray

The Fasig-Tipton October Fall Yearlings Sale begins its four-day run Monday in Lexington, Ky., and the Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a print publication, available here and on the sales grounds. In this edition of the PR Special, Paulick Report bloodstock editor Joe Nevills writes about the Alcock Arabian, the stallion through […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA Bets: Figures And Fights

Some handicappers argue speed figures are so ubiquitous these days, it’s hard for horseplayers to find an edge. But the Paulick Report’s series this week on performance ratings revealed the many differences between the figure makers and perhaps how astute handicappers can use them to capitalize on various angles. In today’s edition of The Friday […]

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Figure Makers: Hard-Core Computing

So far in our series on speed figures, we’ve seen how numbers get adjusted using the Beyer method, how pace is incorporated into TimeformUS ratings and how so-called “designer” figure makers like Thoro-Graph and The Sheets take into account factors such as ground loss and wind speed. In our final installment, we’re looking at two […]

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