Paulick Derby Index

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Focus turns to Florida

I’m sure it wasn’t that much fun for trainer Todd Pletcher going 0-for-24 in the Kentucky Derby until Super Saver snapped his winless streak last year, but if you thought that ended all the talk about Derby droughts, you’re wrong. Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott is working on a 27-year oh-fer in America’s most […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: A New Factor

Could that faint sound heard coming from Todd Pletcher’s shedrow early Saturday evening have been unbeaten 2-year-old PDI #1 Uncle Mo shaking in his boots? Nah. The victory by PDI #5 The Factor in Oaklawn Park’s Grade 2 Rebel Stakes certainly was impressive, and evidence that we’ve got a new shooter in the game. But […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Revving Up for the Rebel

It’s always something of a relief to see a good horse that carries high expectations meet or exceed what people hope to see when he steps onto the racetrack. Those who do so on a regular basis are the ones who have the opportunity to achieve greatness. They are rare performers, something to be savored. […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: A Win’s A Win

This is a forward-looking statement. I think we’ll learn more about the Kentucky Derby picture this Saturday than we did last weekend. Mike Repole’s Stay Thirsty won the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday, but the accolades for his victory were not overwhelming. It was a race he needed, having not competed since […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Risen Star Coming Up Strong

Trainer Kathy Ritvo decided to send Mucho Macho Man to New Orleans for last Saturday’s Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes to see where the son of Macho Uno stood as a legitimate Triple Crown contender.  He was coming off a disappointing fourth-place finish as the favorite, beaten by the new hotshot Dialed In on Jan. […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Field Makes Its First Shift

We learned a few things from a trio of Grade 3 races in Florida and California on Saturday, were saddened to see the top-class Boys At Tosconova sidelined, and look forward to a couple of interesting horses running in Grade 2 races this weekend. Brethren strengthened his position in the Paulick Derby Index top 10 […]

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PDI #16 The Factor looking strong for San Vicente

Returning to the scene where The Factor set the six furlong record on the new Santa Anita dirt track, the Bob Baffert-trained Derby contender will contest other three-year-olds in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 20.

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Three to Watch This Week

Three-year-olds under consideration for the road to the Triple Crown got to take Super Bowl weekend off for the most part, but this weekend promises to help us all understand a bit more about the 3-year-old crop of 2011. A trio of graded stakes  on Saturday — the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis at Santa […]

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Russo: Immature Dialed In receiving big Derby buzz

Another turf writer has chimed in on the impressive perfomance by the Nick Zito-trained Dialed In who won the Holy Bull Stakes impressively with a come-from-behind victory on Sunday at Gulfstream Park. This time, Nicole Russo of The Saratogian and Paulick Derby Index voter, heaps some cautionary praise on the colt who was the least […]

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