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CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN FOR CHANGE DOMINATE CTT ELECTION

By Ray PaulickTrainers in Northern and Southern California have elected a new board of directors to California Thoroughbred Trainers after the sitting board agreed to resign en masse when confronted by possible decertification last year by a new organization, California Horsemen for Change, started by one-time California Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association leader Darrell Vienna. […]

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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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AZERI’S FIRST FOAL WINS DEBUT FOR BAFFERT, SHAH

By Ray Paulick Take Control, an A.P. Indy colt who is the first foal produced from 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, posted an impressive last to first victory while making his career debut for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Kaleem Shah in Wednesday’s third race at Santa Anita Wednesday. The colt, purchased by […]

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EQUIBASE ANNOUNCES FINAL NORTH AMERICAN EARNINGS LEADERS FOR 2009

Press Release For the first time, female Thoroughbreds occupy the top two spots on the list of leading North American earners in 2009, according to final statistics released today by Equibase Company LLC, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information. Zenyatta earned $3,330,000 in 2009 to become the fourth filly or mare, and the […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you KBC Horse Supplies

This weekend’s stakes schedule is as light as last but certainly more consequential to next year’s Derby trail. The American racing world will be focused on the synthetic track of Hollywood Park as the CashCall Futurity and the Hollywood Starlet are run for late-season California 2-year-old supremacy. The CashCall Futurity features a […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: BREEDERS’ CUP WRAP UP

By Ray Paulick There is no question who the biggest star was at the 26th Breeders’ Cup world championships, held at Santa Anita Park Nov. 6-7. It was Zenyatta, who thrust herself squarely into the Horse of the Year debate by becoming the first filly or mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic while putting […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: MCLAUGHLIN ON TOP

By Ray PaulickWhen Eye of Taurus and Bluegrass Princess swept the Pin Oak Valley View Stakes last week at Keeneland for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, it vaulted the New York-based native of Kentucky to the lead among trainers of American Graded Stakes winners for 2009. The wins represented the 12th and 13th individual American Graded […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES brought to you by Keeneland – WITH TRAINERS, RICH GETTING RICHER

By Ray Paulick There is not a lot of spreading the wealth when it comes to trainers of American Graded Stakes winners. While there have been 130 individual trainers to win at least one American Graded Stakes in 2009, of the 346 AGS races run so far, 67, or about one-fifth of […]

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RICHARD’S KID NIPS EINSTEIN IN PACIFIC CLASSIC

By Ray Paulick Rallying eight or nine wide into the stretch under Mike Smith, Richard’s Kid ran down Einstein in the final yards to post a 24-1 upset in the $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Sunday. Favored Rail Trip finished third, Parading fourth and second choice Colonel John was fifth in the Grade 1 […]

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THE BOYS ARE BACK

By Ray Paulick How about this for a 2010 Kentucky Derby dream script? D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert, who have had their share of ups and downs in this sport, come to Louisville with the leading two contenders for the 136 Run for the Roses. Even the old-time Derby impresario Matt Winn would have […]

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