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BALTIMORE SUN: THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY THAT PENN NATIONAL GAMING IS ENTERING A JOINT VENTURE WITH MID…SHOULDN’T COME AS MUCH COMFORT

Is Penn National’s involvement bad for Maryland racing? That’s what the Baltimore Sun is insinuating today in their Second Opinion blog written by their editorial board. They claim, as many have who are against expanded gaming at racetracks, that Penn National is ‘now all about slots and table games, with horse racing a distinct […]

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STRONACH OUT AT MAGNA?

Frank Stronach has announced his intentions to step down from the helm of Magna International, the auto parts company he started in 1957. If shareholders approve of his $863 million deal, Stronach will be left with only a 7.44% share of the company. This is a reversal of his long held belief that companies needed […]

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CHURCHILL DOWNS DROPS OUT OF THE NTRA

In a story from the Thoroughbred Times, Churchill Downs has announced they will drop out of the NTRA by not renewing. This has been explained as a cost-cutting measure for the Louisville-based company. The $375,000 in dues Churchill will no longer contribute accounts for 3.8% of their annual budget. It’s not exactly genius insight […]

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WHO DO YOU LOVE?

The Washington Post’s Andy Beyer, who created Beyer speed figures, does not have the most distinguished record for picking winners in the Derby but that doesn’t stop him from making his picks. He makes the case that Lookin at Lucky and Ice Box are the two horses most likely to come up on top in […]

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WHO DO YOU LOVE? OAKS EDITION

As we gear up for the Kentucky Oaks, the field is led by easy favorite and multiple Grade 1 winner Blind Luck. After that, you could make an argument for a large majority of the field. And that’s a good thing since this is Who Do You Love? Oaks Edition. We want to hear […]

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EARLY RETURNS SHOW SUPER SAVER FAVORITE AT 7-1

A shocking early Derby win pool shows Pletcher trained Super Saver as the current favorite to win tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby at 7-1, improving from Mike Battaglia’s 15-1 morning line odds. Most likely, this colt is benefiting from being ridden by hometown favorite and 2009 Derby winner Calvin Borel. With what’s turning out to be […]

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RACHEL LOSES BY A HEAD

In a shortened La Troienne field, Rachel Alexandra lost for the second time in as many races, this time to the Bill Mott-trained Unrivaled Belle by a head. Previously, last year’s Horse of the Year lost to Zardana in the New Orleans Ladies who finished fourth in this field of six. UPDATE: CLICK HERE FOR […]

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF IMPROMPTU JESS JACKSON PRESS GATHERING: SHE’S NOT GOING TO RETIRE!

The Paulick Report has exclusive video of an impromptu press gathering held by Jess Jackson in the sixth floor media room at Churchill Downs following a disappointing second place finish for Rachel Alexandra in the La Troienne Stakes. Among the quotable quotes: – She’s not ready, Zenyatta may be, I don’t know […]

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BLIND LUCK BY A NOSE IN OAKS

Rallying to win by a nose, Blind Luck with Rafael Bejarano aboard took this year’s Kentucky Oaks for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The betting favorite in the race, going off at 3-2, Blind Luck made a late rally to barely edge out Evening Jewel and Kent Desormeaux. Below is the photo finish between Blind Luck […]

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DERBY PICKS? STAND BY YOUR HORSE

By Martha Claussen Every handicapper, writer and reader of the Paulick Report has at least one tale of woe about a Kentucky Derby pick. I have had several years of near misses. My last bonafide pick was Monarchos in 2001. I loved him in the Florida Derby and would not allow myself to be […]

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