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JACKSON: NO ‘PLASTIC’ MEANS NO BREEDERS’ CUP FOR RACHEL

By Ray PaulickJess Jackson, the principal owner of star filly Rachel Alexandra, said during a New York Racing Association media teleconference on Wednesday afternoon he has no intention of ever running the Kentucky Oaks and Preakness winner on “plastic,” or synthetic racetracks, and ruled out any chance she would compete in this year’s Breeders’ Cup […]

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT?

Following the 2008 Breeders’ Cup, where European horses had their best results ever, the Paulick Report Daily Poll questioned readers about why the European runners fared so well. Was it the recent California ban on anabolic steroids, leveling the playing field for international runners who have never raced on the medication? Was it the synthetic […]

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FEARLESS ECLIPSE PREDICTIONS

By Ray Paulick There are many questions to be answered at tonight’s Eclipse Awards from Miami Beach, Fla. (from which I’ll be dutifully live blogging starting sometime after the 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour begins and before TVG goes on the air with its 7 p.m. coverage). Who will get the crown as 2008 Horse of […]

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YOU’VE GOT OPINIONS!

By Ray Paulick “It’s hard to get half the people in this industry to agree on what day it is,” a Central Kentucky breeder said to me a couple of weeks ago, shortly after the Breeders’ Cup announced suspension of the stakes supplement program for 2009. “I can’t believe 83% of the people voting in […]

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WHY DOES RACING HATE US OLD MEN?

After 48 hours of being told horse racing needs newer and younger and more female fans, Ray Paulick is mad as hell and he isn’t going to take it anymore. He wants to know, among other things: Why does racing hate us old men? Ray’s gavel to snooze button coverage of the 32nd Asian Racing […]

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KONNICHIWA…THE PAULICK REPORT GOES TO TOKYO

By Ray Paulick I knew I wasn’t in Kentucky anymore when I went out for an early morning walk and came across a group of about 20 people standing at a nearby intersection. It was only a two-lane road, and there wasn’t a car in sight in any direction, yet everyone stood patiently for what […]

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PAULICK’S SATURDAY PICKS: A BIG DAY FOR THE EUROS

By Ray Paulick Top to bottom, this may not be the most talented group of Breeders’ Cup horses that’s ever been assembled, but it’s the biggest handicapping challenge I can ever recall, especially considering new races like the Marathon, Turf Sprint, Dirt Mile and Juvenile Turf. As mentioned yesterday, the Breeders’ Cup Web site has […]

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MEASURING BREEDERS’ CUP SUCCESS

By Ray Paulick There are many ways to look at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships from a business and sporting standpoint, and not all examinations are going to lead to the same destination. The most important question is whether or not the 2008 Breeders’ Cup was a success or failure. Was the decision to […]

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A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE

The following opinion piece on the Breeders’ Cup and the suggestion fans consider skipping the Friday “Ladies Day” program and that Jess Jackson run Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup Turf was submitted to the Paulick Report by a longtime California racing fan and an omnipresent online contributor who goes by the pseudonym  Indulto. His guest editorials […]

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: A $200 MILLION CUP?

By Ray Paulick Under normal circumstances, handle on the 2008 Breeders’ Cup World Championships would blow past all previous betting records. But the economic crisis gripping the United States and many other countries is anything but normal. This year’s World Championships take place over two days at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24-25 and […]

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