Paulick Derby Index

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Adjusting the Crown

We’ll know a lot more about the leading Kentucky Derby contenders next week than we do today, with a pair of important Grade 2 prep races, the Risen Star at Fair Grounds on Saturday and the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. This past holiday weekend’s results knocked beaten San Vicente favorite […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Heading Straight for the Derby Route

Once upon a time the Hutcheson Stakes was the kickoff to the 3-year-old season for classic winners. Spectacular Bid scored an impressive victory in the Hutcheson for his first start of 1979 for trainer Bud Delp in early February, then rolled through the Fountain of Youth, Florida Derby, Flamingo and Blue Grass en route to […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Welcome to the Trail

New York, Florida and California each offered one shot Saturday for Kentucky Derby hopefuls to pick up all-important graded stakes earnings.  In New York, a horse that was already on many Paulick Derby Index lists significantly improved his chances of making it to the Derby starting gate, but in California and Florida, new faces emerged. […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Can Hansen Overcome the Juvenile ‘Jinx’?

People refer to it as a “jinx,” but I’m not sure that’s really the case any more. I think it’s more of an established pattern. Since the creation of the Breeders’ Cup in 1984, as just about every serious horse racing fan knows, only one horse that’s won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile went on to […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Can Zito Recapture the Magic?

There was a time, not so long ago it seems, that New York native Nick Zito could have been elected Mayor of Louisville, Governor of Kentucky, or King of the Kentucky Derby. The Hall of Fame trainer won the Derby two times in his first three tries – with Strike the Gold in 1991 and […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Diminishing Experience for Derby Fields

Oh, the old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,Ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be.The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,Many long years ago. That childhood song is one that comes to mind when, at a reader’s suggestion, I started looking into the […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: What Is Conventional Anymore?

It isn’t fair to say Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In has become the favorite by default to win this year’s Kentucky Derby. While it’s true that so many other highly regarded 3-year-olds have either fallen by the wayside or failed to perform up to expectations in key prep races, Dialed In has been a legitimate contender […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Some Fast and Furious Action

Finally, some fast and furious action on the road to Churchill Downs and the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Sunday’s Florida Derby helped answer some questions, and this weekend’s bi-coastal duo of prep races, the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in New York and Santa Anita Derby in Southern California, will sharpen the picture that much more. Newly […]

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Chamberlain does his best Doris Day

Turf Paradise track announcer and Paulick Derby Index voter Michael Chamberlain did his best Doris Day when singing Que Sera Sera to the finish line to honor the screen legend’s 88th birthday in Sunday’s fifth race at the Phoenix, Ariz., track. No word on whether Chamberlain was wearing heels or one of Day’s signature dresses […]

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