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JON WHITE’S ALL-TIME ECLIPSE BALLOT

As we run up to the 2009 Eclipse Awards, Jon White of HRTV gives us a very interesting perspective on the ballot process. What if we awarded all-time Eclipse winners in each category? White’s ballot has a nice mix of new and old, respecting the recent accomplishments of Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra while ultimately siding […]

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AND THE WINNER IS …

By Ray PaulickJust down the road from the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel, site of tonight’s Eclipse Awards dinner, is beautiful downtown Burbank and the world-famous studio where the “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” was produced for many wonderful years after Carson and his entourage moved West from New York City. (I’ll bet NBC executives […]

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RACHEL AND Z: THE MEDIA WARS

As you may know, our intern, Natalie Voss of the University of Kentucky Equine Program, submitted a piece a few weeks back throwing her hat in the ring for Rachel Alexandra as Horse of the Year. It was a strong piece and one of hundreds that have or will be written on the subject. But […]

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ECLIPSE AWARD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED; RACHEL AND ZENYATTA LEAD LIST

It’s finalist day for the 2009 Eclipse Awards. With perhaps the exception of Dolphus Morrison as a finalists for breeder, no real surprises among the list of candidates. Headlined by Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta as the only two listed in the Horse of the Year category, the complete list of the finalists are listed below. […]

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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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