John Gaines

View From The Eighth Pole: Lessons From The Past About Toothless Tigers And Herding Cats

Twenty-five years ago, Brian McGrath was introduced during a luncheon at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan as horse racing’s first “commissioner.” Well, maybe not the commissioner for all of horse racing – just for the racetracks who were members of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, which had hired him. McGrath had no juice with regulatory bodies, […]

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Pillars Of The Turf: Gaines, Phipps And Winn Elected To Hall Of Fame

John R. Gaines, Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps and Matt Winn, three of the most influential and respected individuals in American thoroughbred racing history, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame as the 2017 Pillars of the Turf selections. The Pillars of the Turf category is designated to honor individuals who […]

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$12-Million Pegasus World Cup: My Horse Against Yours

Some people thought the late John Gaines was crazy in the early 1980s when he proposed Thoroughbred breeders fund a $10-million day of seven championship races. That idea, the Breeders’ Cup – which has grown to a two-day $25-million extravaganza – has worked out pretty well. It’s not surprising that Frank Stronach’s proposal for the […]

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PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray Paulick recalls the ‘powerful dream,’ started by John Gaines that became the Breeders’ Cup in 1984. Frank Mitchell turns his BC Stallion Spotlights […]

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Remembering John Gaines And His ‘Powerful Dream’

More than 10 years have passed since the death of John R. Gaines, whose extraordinary contributions to the horse world and the Central Kentucky community were remembered on Monday morning during a ceremony unveiling a bronze plaque in his honor at Thoroughbred Park in downtown Lexington. It was the kickoff to Breeders’ Cup week, a […]

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Like Golf’s ‘Masters,’ Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Could Be Iconic Tradition

There are more than a few comparisons that can be made between Augusta National Golf Club, which just held its 78th Masters Golf Tournament, and horse racing’s Keeneland Association, currently celebrating its 78th anniversary. Both are historic icons for an industry, built in the midst of the Great Depression in sleepy Southern towns:  Augusta National […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A Lasting Impact

Discussions about Kentucky’s signature horse industry often center on the almighty dollar. What is the industry’s economic impact to the commonwealth? How many jobs, directly and indirectly, does it create? Make no mistake, those are very important questions to ask. But the contributions of people in our industry go well beyond paychecks and hit at […]

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The Rail: How the Breeders’ Cup really got started

Jeff Deitz writes for the New York Times’ Thoroughbred racing blog, The Rail, about the real story behind Breeders’ Cup founder John Gaines and his vision for the event back in the early 1980’s.  Gaines’ son, Tom, says the oft-heard story that his father had garnered widespread support for a world championship is simply not […]

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Pricci: New races probably would have upset Breeders’ Cup founder John Gaines

While John Pricci believes that Breeders’ Cup founder John Gaines would not be happy with the expansion of the championship series, he also argues it’s a good thing ultimately for the sport and the event. “Last week, a 15th race was added, the Juvenile Sprint for two-year-olds at six furlongs,” said Pricci. “Considering how important […]

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RIP Michael Letis: helped launch Breeders’ Cup by securing NBC Sports as broadcast partner

One of the most important contributors to the early success of the Breeders’ Cup was its four-hour broadcast window on NBC Sports. Michael Letis, who played a major role in securing that unprecedented telecast beginning in 1984, has died in Connecticut at the age of 69.

 Letis and Mike Trager were partners in Sports Marketing […]

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