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ARNOLD ZETCHER NAMED NEW TOC CHAIR

PRESS RELEASE At its first board meeting of the new fiscal year on July 23 at Del Mar, the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) elected Arnold Zetcher chair of its 2010-11 board. Other officers elected were Brian Boudreau, Vice Chair Southern California; Keith Pronske, Vice Chair Northern California; Pete Parrella, […]

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LOOKIN AT LUCKY, FIRST DUDE AMONG HASKELL HOPEFUL WORKS

Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky had his final major workout Monday morning in preparation for Sunday’s $1-million IZOD Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, going six furlongs on Del Mar’s Polytrack surface for trainer Bob Baffert in 1:11 under jockey Martin Garcia. (Note: Equibase reported the workout as five furlongs in :58 3/5.) “He went really […]

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‘SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE’

With Del Mar’s opening day tomorrow, the final preparations are being made for what has historically been a very successful meet. Vice president of marketing Craig Dado touts their something for everyone philosophy as one of the reasons this meeting wins over the public each summer. “It’s a formula that has worked well for us […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS

All of this weekend’s major stakes racing action takes place on Saturday, with a  quartet of Grade 1 events for different divisions highlighting the calendar. The East Coast’s male grass division will be showcased by the Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park, with 2009 turf and older male champion Gio Ponti trying […]

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BING…BAFFERT?

Del Mar is promoting the upcoming summer meet with a new TV ad campaign, paying homage to Bing Crosby’s ‘Where the Turf Meets the Surf’ in a new nightclub version of the old classic. Definitely playing to a younger and hipper crowd, the commercial will feature Brian Malarkey of Top Chef, Kiptyn Locke of The […]

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STATISTICS CAN BE SYNTHETIC TOO

By Ray Paulick Whether he knew it or not, researcher Tim Parkin threw a juicy piece of red meat to the vocal anti-synthetic track crowd on Monday during the opening session of the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at Keeneland when he said there was no “statistically relevant difference” in the percentage […]

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OAK TREE BOARD MEMBER: WE CAN CONCENTRATE ON GOING TO DEL MAR AND WORKING OUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THEM

After Frank Stronach of MI Developments and owner of Santa Anita made it clear he would allow Oak Tree to run in 2010 but was uncertain of any future meets, the Oak Tree Racing Association has started to look for other options. Board member John Barr is pushing for Del Mar. “Mr. Stronach does […]

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MID TO OAK TREE: GO FOR PLAN B OR C

It appears that Oak Tree Racing Association will officially not be running its meet at Santa Anita this year according to a report by Larry Stewart of the Thoroughbred Times. This will be the first time since 1969 that the popular California not-for-profit will have to move its operations from the racetrack in Arcadia. […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: PEGRAM UNPLUGGED PART 2

By Ray Paulick There is a serious side to Thoroughbred owner Mike Pegram, especially when he talks about the current state and future of the racing industry. Pegram’s success in the sport has been well documented through such stars as Thirty Slews, Real Quiet, Silverbulletday, Captain Steve, Pussycat Doll, Midnight Lute, and this year’s Preakness […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: WHY I’M HAPPILY NOT AT THE DERBY

By Ray Paulick The Kentucky Derby always makes me think about my son, Chris, who made his first appearance at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May 22 years ago when he was “in utero.” It was the first Kentucky Derby my wife, Carol, and I attended, and she was as game as […]

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