Paulick Derby Index

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: The Final Countdown

The good news for fans of horse racing is that the post position draw didn’t royally upend one of the top choices in this deep rendition of the Kentucky Derby.  Hansen supporters breathed a huge sigh of relief when their 50-50 shot at drawing the dreaded rail post went in their favor, and the 14 […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Derby Brain Games

When you think about it, there really is no sporting event like the Kentucky Derby.  I’m not talking about its history or the pageantry or the tear-jerking of “My Old Kentucky Home.” I mean, literally, what other game changes its concept so dramatically for one singular event?  The Super Bowl is always played between two […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Loud and Clear

This time last year, there was already quite a bit of griping in racing publications about the quality of the 2011 3-year-old crop.  In fact, just about every year recently, the Derby contenders – as a group – have gotten a good dose of negative ink.  This year, however, the colts pointing toward the Kentucky […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: East, West or in Between?

Last year, the winning path to the Kentucky Derby was a short drive down I-71 from Florence, Ky., to Louisville.  Animal Kingdom’s victory in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park propelled him to Churchill Downs glory on the first Saturday in May.  If recent history is any indication, this year’s winner may come […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: The Plot Thickens

Heading into Saturday’s Florida Derby, it seemed the entire racing industry was expecting something special from Union Rags.  It appeared certain the son of Dixie Union would improve off of his visually impressive Fountain of Youth victory and solidify his status as the horse to beat in Louisville.  What we got was something less definitive.  […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: It’s Crunch Time

It’s not that every race for 3-year-olds thus far in 2012 has been meaningless, but we are about to find out over the next three weeks who the real contenders are for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. It begins this Saturday at Gulfstream Park with the Grade 1 Florida Derby, followed by Sunday’s […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: The Earnings Chase

For some owners and trainers with their eyes on the Kentucky Derby, the prep races that lie ahead will determine whether or not their horses make it into the Churchill Downs starting gate on that first Saturday in May.  A number of hopefuls are low on earnings in graded stakes, and connections are picking their […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Staying Healthy, Moving Forward

I don’t mean to contradict what the great Vince Lombardi was quoted (or misquoted) as saying during his time as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, but when it comes to prep races for the Kentucky Derby, winning not only isn’t everything, it isn’t the only thing, either. Sure, it’s nice to have a […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Hansen Impresses

OK, I’ll admit it. I was wrong to jump off the Hansen bandwagon so quickly after he lost for the first time in the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes in January, when he sped off to an early lead going a one-turn mile at Gulfstream Park and was trounced by Algorithms, a Bernardini colt making […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Union Rags a Compelling Story

Journalists are supposed to be impartial, whether it’s politics or horse racing, so when someone at Gulfstream Park handed me a “Union Rags” button to wear last Sunday, I furtively slipped it into my pocket rather than wear it on my lapel. I was at the track to watch all of the 3-year-olds in the […]

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