William S. Farish

BREEDERS’ CUP: TRANSPARENCY AND DEMOCRACY?

By Ray Paulick President Barack Obama, on his first full day in office, called for higher standards in transparency and accountability for his administration. While there already have been some bumps on that road, our new president’s demands are in line with a broader movement toward greater transparency, accountability and openness, not only in government […]

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SANAN PUSHING FOR BREEDERS’ CUP PLAN

By Ray Paulick Satish Sanan has never been afraid to speak his mind, whether he’s at a Thoroughbred auction, the racetrack or a corporate boardroom. Still a relative newcomer to this industry (he and wife Anne bought their first yearlings at Keeneland in 1997 for his family’s Padua Stables), Sanan has been a proponent of […]

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JOCKEY CLUB: A BREED APART FROM THE AQHA

By Ray Paulick One of the first projects that landed on my desk when I joined the Thoroughbred Times as managing editor in 1988 was a feature story on the Jockey Club, the organization historically entrusted with registering Thoroughbreds and being the keeper of the Stud Book. The article was accompanied by a lengthy mail-in […]

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BREEDERS AND CUP CLASH OVER STAKES PROGRAM

By Ray Paulick Last week’s decision by the Breeders’ Cup board of directors to suspend the program that put $6 million in purse enhancements into stakes races around the country in 2008 has brought an angry outcry from breeders who nominate their foals and stallions to the Breeders’ Cup in part because of the incentive […]

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COURT VISION, COCOA BEACH HOLLYWOOD TURF FESTIVAL WINNERS

  By Ray Paulick When IEAH Stables bought an interest in 2007 Remsen Stakes winner Court Vision from WinStar Farm earlier this year, the son of Gulch had the look of a Derby horse. He eventually lived up to that billing, though his Grade 1 Derby victory came not on the dirt at Churchill Downs […]

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NO SALE IN CURLIN MINORITY INTEREST

By Ray Paulick A Franklin County, Kentucky, Circuit Court judge has ruled against a proposed sale of a 20% interest in Horse of the Year Curlin to majority owner Jess Jackson for $4 million. The ruling by Judge Roger Crittenden came in a hearing on Monday involving the 20% owned by disbarred attorneys Shirley Cunningham and […]

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MADELEINE PICKENS: A PLAN FOR ALL HORSES

By Ray Paulick“How do you corral 30,000 horses, having taken them off the range where they lived, and just say ‘night night’?” asked Madeleine Pickens, the animal-loving wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens and better known in Thoroughbred racing circles as the former Madeleine Paulson, who with her late husband, Allen Paulson, developed one of […]

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CURLIN TO LANE’S END?

By Ray Paulick Lane’s End Farm is expected to announce that reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will enter stud at the Versailles, Ky., farm in 2009 for a live foal stud fee of $75,000, the Paulick Report has learned. Lane’s End is owned by William S. Farish, vice chairman of the Jockey Club and former ambassador to […]

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CURLIN STUD DEAL AN UNUSUAL ONE

By Ray Paulick The retirement of reigning Horse of the Year Curlin to Lane’s End Farm may be one of the more unusual stallion contracts with which the Versailles, Ky., farm’s owner, William S. Farish, has been involved. Farish said as much in an interview with the Paulick Report, although he would not go […]

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POLITICKING FOR BREEDERS’ CUP BOARD AT WARP SPEED

  Phone lines in Central Kentucky have been burning up among the nearly 50 incumbent and newly elected members and trustees of the Breeders’ Cup, who will be responsible for electing seven individuals to the 14 member operating board of directors in Lexington, Ky., on Friday. Five members of the board — Antony Beck, current […]

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