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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by Vinery LTD: BANKING ON SOME UPSIDE

The saga of Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables and the Fifth Third Bank that sued the stable took an interesting turn over the weekend when Eskendereya ran away and hid from nine rivals in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Just as Fifth Third was pushing for the authority to take over and […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by VINERY LTD: THE PAULICK JINX?

  Back when magazines mattered, there used to be this thing called the “Sports Illustrated cover jinx.” I’m starting to worry that it might be replaced by the Ray Paulick “Paulick Derby Index jinx.” When we launched the 2010 edition of the Derby Index two weeks ago, my top choice three months out from the […]

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PETA JUMPS THE SHARK ON RACHEL V. ZENYATTA

Today, the Paulick Report received a puzzling email from PETA claiming that the upcoming Apple Blossom featuring Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta would be a ‘grueling match race’. They went on to compare the April 9th race to the infamous breakdowns of Ruffian and Go For Wand. It appears that someone needs a dictionary or […]

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RACHEL ALEXANDRA POINTING TO MARCH 13 NEW ORLEANS LADIES

PRESS RELEASE Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will make her 4-year-old debut in the March 13 New Orleans Ladies, assuming she continues to progress as expected, owner Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables confirmed Thursday. The $200,000 New Orleans Ladies is for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by VINERY LTD: SHINY METAL OBJECTS

  As far as three-year-old races are concerned, last weekend proved to be a bit of a…washout (pardon the pun). Santa Anita postponed their Saturday card where PDI top ten contenders American Lion and Tiz Chrome were scheduled to go against each other in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Additionally, the Las Virgenes was to […]

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RACHEL ALEXANDRA CONNECTIONS PROPOSE RACING SERIES

Today, Jess Jackson released the following press release proposing a three race series between Rachel and Zenyatta. This proposal comes on the heels of Rachel’s connections informing Oaklawn Park that they are unable to commit Rachel to the Apple Blossom. Read the release below and let us know what you think. Working with […]

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CALLING JACKSON’S BLUFF

By Ray Paulick Jess Jackson could have waited until Friday night at 9 o’clock or so to send out a press release anouncing his regrets for not pointing Rachel Alexandra to the April 3 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park. Oaklawn owner Charles Cella had proposed increasing the Apple Blossom’s purse to $5 million if Jackson’s […]

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IT’S ON? APPLE BLOSSOM MOVED TO APRIL 9TH

PRESS RELEASE Following conversations with Jess Jackson and Jerry Moss, the Grade I $5,000,000 Apple Blossom Invitational is back on, Oaklawn President Charles J. Cella announced Thursday. The race, which was increased to a total purse of $5,000,000 provided both Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta start, will now be held Friday, April 9, the day […]

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A $5 MILLION APPLE BLOSSOM FOR RACHEL AND Z

After much speculation, Oaklawn Park’s press conference today confirmed that Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta are being lured to Hot Springs for Oaklawn’s Grade 1 Apple Blossom. What wasn’t expected was the $5 million price tag that President Charles J. Cella and company put on what will undoubtedly be billed as the race of the year. […]

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TEXAS TWO-STEP?

Sam Houston Race Park and sponsor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale continue their pursuit of an epic Rachel v. Zenyatta meeting in Texas. Increasing the maximum purse to $2 million, the date has tentatively been set for March 27 and would be called the Gallery Furniture Distaff. Click here to read the entire ESPN.com story […]

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