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TOP DERBY CONTENDERS ‘LUCKY’ AND ‘SIDNEY’ ARRIVE AT CHURCHILL

PRESS RELEASE Two 3-year-old Thoroughbreds considered major contenders for the 136th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) were among a group of Derby hopefuls that arrived on Tuesday, April 13 at Churchill Downs.   Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s reigning 2-year-old champion and Rebel Stakes […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by Vinery LTD: DELAYS HURTING THE TRAIL

By Ray Paulick Is it just me, or is this year’s Triple Crown trail looking more and more like a Winter Olympics short-track speedskating race, with lots of false starts, problems with the racing surface, unpredictable results, and a narrow focus on two principals from the East and West.   In short-track it was Apolo […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by Vinery LTD: BANKING ON SOME UPSIDE

The saga of Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables and the Fifth Third Bank that sued the stable took an interesting turn over the weekend when Eskendereya ran away and hid from nine rivals in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Just as Fifth Third was pushing for the authority to take over and […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by VINERY LTD: THE PAULICK JINX?

  Back when magazines mattered, there used to be this thing called the “Sports Illustrated cover jinx.” I’m starting to worry that it might be replaced by the Ray Paulick “Paulick Derby Index jinx.” When we launched the 2010 edition of the Derby Index two weeks ago, my top choice three months out from the […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by VINERY LTD: LET THE POLLS BEGIN

It’s that time of year again. Turf writers, handicappers and bloggers get an extra early start on predicting who will be in the final field of 20 on that first Saturday in May. Is it premature? No doubt. Is the field set in any way? Not on your life. But part of the […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC HORSE SUPPLIES

UPDATE: Santa Anita has cancelled its Saturday racing program due to heavy rain and ongoing drainage problems with its main track Pro-Ride surface. On Saturday, Santa Anita’s 10-race program will feature five stakes races, including the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and a pair of Grade 2s, the Strub and the Robert B. Lewis. The Las […]

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