Racing

HOLD ALL TICKETS! CHURCHILL DELAYS ONLINE SALE OF OAKS-DERBY SEATS

That darn technology! Churchill Downs Inc., the Louisville, Ky., racetrack company with the world’s most legendeary propeller heads, had to postpone the start of online ticket sales to the 2010 Kentucky Oaks and Derby due to, you guessed it, technology glitches at its new online box office. Can anyone say “Stub Hub”? Following is the press release […]

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PULLING BACK THE DRAPE-S ON THE DECADE

New York Times sports writer Joe Drape takes a look at the highlights and low-lights of racing during the ‘aughts’. From the successes of Azeri, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta to the lows of Barbaro’s breakdown and Big Brown’s chemical enhancements, to some of the Triple Crown near misses, it was a mixed bag of a […]

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VODKA PREVAILS IN JAPAN CUP…BARELY

By Ray PaulickThe year of the super filly continued at the Tokyo race course in Japan on Sunday as the 5-year-old Vodka, who beat colts in the 2007 Japanese Derby, scored a nose victory over the fast-closing Oken Bruce Lee in the $5.6-million Japan Cup. Another filly, the 3-year-old Red Desire, finished third, completing a […]

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RACHEL VS. ZENYATTA: CHAMPIONS FOR A NEW GENERATION

Although I don’t necessarily buy her conclusion that Rachel Alexandra “must” be elected Horse of the Year for 2009, I can’t disagree with Natalie Voss that we have two very exciting and deserving candidates for the sport’s top honor. Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra are to many in Natalie’s generation what Secretariat, Ruffian, Affirmed or Seattle […]

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ARC WINNER THE HORSE OF A LIFETIME?

By Ray PaulickThe late sportswriter and commentator Heywood Hale Broun once told the story of how golfing great Jack Nicklaus was moved to tears while watching Secretariat’s 31-length victory in the 1973 Belmont Stakes—a performance that embodied the perfection that Nicklaus had sought for himself in his own sport. I daresay more than a few people […]

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MI SUENO MUCHO BUENO IN DARLEY DEBUTANTE

By Ray Paulick When the field for the $300,000 Darley Debutante reached the top of the stretch at Del Mar, track announcer Trevor Denman said even-money favorite Mi Sueno was “struggling.” But the flashy daughter of Pulpit, who had been passed on both sides entering the home straight, swung to the outside […]

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RACHEL V. ZENYATTA: THEATRE OF THE ABSURD

Lexington advertising executive Fred Pope has come up with an intriguing proposal for a race between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, one that would help explain how racing’s business model for simulcasting is broken and needs fixing. Will any one listen or act on the suggestion? –Ray Paulick By Fred A. Pope In an […]

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MACHO WOMAN! RACHEL TAKES THE WOODWARD

By Ray Paulick Rachel Alexandra won Saturday’s $750,000 Woodward by a diminishing head over Macho Again, making history by becoming the first filly or mare to win the historic Grade 1 race, run over 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga. Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick’s 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro kept her perfect 2009 record intact, winning […]

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A BETTER HALL OF FAME

By Ray Paulick UPDATE: Please see my clarification in the comments section at the end of this article, concerning the Hall of Fame’s acknowledgement of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.. Friday’s induction ceremonies for the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame figures to be a proud and emotional day for jockey Eddie Maple, trainers […]

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SARATOGA, AS GOOD AS LOVE

While Ray Paulick is dipping his toes into the Pacific Ocean and enjoying summer racing at Del Mar, another big race meeting is set to begin in Upstate New York. In fact, Saratoga is more than a race meeting; for many people it’s a tonic to cure, at least temporarily, what ails the racing industry. […]

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