Alicia Wincze

Nicholson’s farewell: ‘let’s respect one another’s opinion’

I suspect there are few people in the Thoroughbred industry who understand politics better than Nick Nicholson, who is entering his final week as president of the Keeneland Association after a 13-year run. Nicholson announced his retirement during the spring Thoroughbred race meeting of the Lexington, Ky., racetrack and auction company. Nicholson was a legislative […]

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Lincoln Collins: I’m 100% in favor of no medication at all

With the recent industry focus on a proposed ban of race day medication, particularly the anti-bleeder medication Lasix, Alicia Wincze gets some input from participants at Keeneland for the September yearling sales about how it will impact the way they buy horses. Among those weighing in are agents Lincoln Collins and Ben Glass, and Rick […]

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Rosie the Rider

Things are moving fast these days for jockey Rosie Napravnik according to Alicia Wincze of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Recently becoming the first female jockey to win the riding title at the Fair Grounds, Rosie has had little time to soak in real perspective on the recent trajectory of her career. “I definitely feel like I’ve […]

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Wincze: Premier Pegasus now looks like a dangerous contender

After a dominating 7 3/4 length victory in the San Felipe at Santa Anita, Premier Pegasus looks to be the top of the West Coast class despite finishing third behind The Factor in the Grade II San Vicente a few weeks back. “He relaxed perfectly in his first start without blinkers, showed an explosive turn […]

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Alicia Wincze on Horse Racing: Cal Nation a good omen for Kentucky fans?

The state of Kentucky is passionate about two things above all else: horses and basketball. So when WinStar decided to combine the two, they just hoped it would pay off in the end. So far, it seems to have worked. Their most recent three-year-old prospect Cal Nation is named after University of Kentucky’s head basketball […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Switching Gears

It’s that time of year again. Nearly everyone in horse racing gets Derby Fever, and the Paulick Report is no exception. The debate over Horse of the Year between Zenyatta and Blame was the No. 1 story from the time the two crossed the finish line heads apart in the Breeders’ Cup Classic until the […]

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Walt Robertson on Keeneland: It’s a first-class operation

There has been much talk about the circumstances surrounding the retirement of Walt Robertson from Fasig-Tipton and the subsequent hiring of Robertson at rival Keeneland. But Robertson seems focused on his future with his new home and talks more in depth with Alicia Wincze of the Lexington Herald-Leader including his read on the marketplace this […]

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Wincze: Looking for stability in the bloodstock market

As Alicia Wincze of the Lexington Herald-Leader put it, if the Thoroughbred marketplace had a collective goal for 2011, it could be to have last season’s flashes of stability become this year’s norm. The 2010 November sale at Keeneland was down nearly half of its decline, the most comparable to the January sale beginning today. […]

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CASNER ON WINSTAR: This Has Been One of the Most Gratifying Experiences Any of Us Have Ever Had

Alicia Wincze of the Lexington Herald-Leader caught up with Bill Casner a day after the surprise announcement that he would step down from WinStar Farm ownership. There has been much talk about the “real reason” behind this split but Casner insists this was nothing more than a legacy decision and that the friendship between him […]

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IS THERE MORE TO BOREL’S RAIL RIDE THAN MEETS THE EYE?

The Lexington Herald-Leader talked with three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel about his rail-riding tactics that have been so successful at Churchill Downs. “Other riders might track the inside path a foot or so out,” writes Alicia Wincze, “but Borel has mastered the unique art–especially at Churchill–of putting himself and his mount inches away from […]

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