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ESKENDEREYA RETIRED FROM RACING

Eskendereya, the early favorite for the 136th Kentucky Derby, has been retired by his connections after a soft tissue injury was found in the left front leg. This was the same leg that sidelined him the week before the Derby. Ahmed Zayat has already announced he has sold a share to Jess Jackson for […]

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FINLEY: SHOULD ICE BOX HAVE WON THE DERBY?

Perhaps the most discussed ride on Saturday from hardcore racing fans was the troubled but almost victorious trip of Ice Box. Bill Finley dedicates his column this week at ESPN.com to the subject. “In defeat, Ice Box turned in one of the more remarkable losing efforts in Derby history and lost only because he […]

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ICE BOX GIVES PREAKNESS COLD SHOULDER

STATEMENT FROM TRAINER NICK ZITO ON THE STATUS OF KENTUCKY DERBY RUNNER-UP ICE BOX   “After talking to Mr. [Bob] LaPenta we concurred that Ice Box’s race was tremendous, but we also knew it was a tough race.  We feel that we are better-suited to wait and pass the Preakness and possibly go on to […]

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PLEASE DON’T CALL ME BLACKJACK

By Ray Paulick Am I getting soft? Was that really a tear rolling down my cheek when David “Please Don’t Call Me Blackjack” Williams, the Republican President of the Kentucky Senate, told me his opposition to slot machines at racetracks has resulted in him being demonized, cost him longtime friends, and caused his name to […]

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FORMER NY STATE SENATOR JOE BRUNO SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON

Insisting he ‘never broke any laws’, longtime Republican state senator Joe Bruno was sentenced to two years in federal prison for using his position for financial gain or as the judge put it “corruption for depriving the public of his ‘honest services’”. Read it at Buffalo News Then come back to the Paulick Report […]

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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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