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

With Derby weekend behind us and Preakness weekend on the horizon, graded stakes racing this week is light, but there are interesting contests nonetheless across the country. On Saturday, from East to West, we’ll see the Grade 2 Dwyer at Belmont, The G3 Lone Star Derby in Texas, and the G2 Mervyn LeRoy from […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by Vinery LTD: TIED AT THE TOP

What are the odds that there would be a tie at the top of any poll with 28 participating voters (unfortunately one of our voters was unable to weigh in this week)? Pretty good, it appears. Unlike other polls out there, the Paulick Derby Index shows a dead lock for first with Rebel Stakes winner […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by Vinery LTD: AN ‘AWESOME’ JUMP

While the top four stayed the same, there were some interesting developments in the Paulick Derby Index brought to you by Vinery LTD. The most obvious was Awesome Act’s giant leap to number nine in our poll. Last week, the British invader did not receive a single vote from our 29-vote panel. While […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by Vinery LTD: DELAYS HURTING THE TRAIL

By Ray Paulick Is it just me, or is this year’s Triple Crown trail looking more and more like a Winter Olympics short-track speedskating race, with lots of false starts, problems with the racing surface, unpredictable results, and a narrow focus on two principals from the East and West.   In short-track it was Apolo […]

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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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CONTESSA: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED

The following quotes were released by NYRA after a puzzling ending to a much anticipated 2010 debut for Eightfiveinafifty. WHIRLAWAY QUOTES  Timothy Kreiser, winning trainer of Peppi Knows (No. 3): “Everything went well, obviously what happened with [No. 2 Eightyfiveinafifty], I don’t know.  It helped things, I guess, maybe it didn’t.  It would […]

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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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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by VINERY LTD: LET THE POLLS BEGIN

It’s that time of year again. Turf writers, handicappers and bloggers get an extra early start on predicting who will be in the final field of 20 on that first Saturday in May. Is it premature? No doubt. Is the field set in any way? Not on your life. But part of the […]

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