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Updated COVID-19 Fallout: Aqueduct, Laurel Suspends Racing; Gulfstream Friday Card Called Off; California Has ‘Stay At Home’ Mandate; Jockeys Taking Time Off; Trainers, TVG Personnel Go Into ‘Self Quarantine’

Like many other days since COVID-19, or coronavirus, was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, a series of events rocked the horse racing world from coast to coast on Thursday. Among them: – The New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct, effective immediately, after a backstretch worker based at […]

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O’Brien: ‘Very Possible’ That Magic Wand Could Try Dirt In $20 Million Saudi Cup

After finishing second for the second year in a row in the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational, Coolmore’s world-traveling Magic Wand could be ready to try the dirt. According to, trainer Aidan O’Brien is considering the 5-year-old daughter of Galileo for next month’s $20 million Saudi Cup, to be contested over nine furlongs […]

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O’Brien Selects Pegasus Turf For ‘Very Consistent’ Magic Wand

Coolmore’s Magic Wand was invited to both the Pegasus World Cup and the Pegasus Turf by The Stronach Group, but trainer Aidan O’Brien told that the 5-year-old mare will target the $1 million turf race rather than the $3 million dirt contest. The daughter of Galileo ran second in last year’s edition of the Pegasus […]

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Odyssey Of ‘Genuine’ Magic Wand Continues In Hong Kong Cup

Even some of the incredibly well-traveled fillies and mares who have visited the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races over the years are comparative hermits when considering the odyssey of G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Cup contender Magic Wand. Names on the meeting’s roll of honor such as Alexander Goldrun – three times a runner and once […]

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Magical Ruled Out Of Breeders’ Cup With Temperature Spike; Top Mare Retired

Coolmore’s Magical, intended for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, did not make the trip to the United States this morning after spiking a fever, reports The top-class mare, a four-time Group 1-winning daughter of Galileo, will instead be retired to begin her career as a broodmare. “Magical spiked a slight temperature this […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Powered By DRF Formulator: Stars And Storylines

As Santa Anita Park prepares to welcome competitors from across the country and the world for the 36th running of horse racing’s World Championships, the Paulick Report is pleased to announce the return of the Breeders’ Cup News Minute, For the next week and a half, we’ll bring you daily updates on all the preparations […]

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Nearly 190 Horses, 47 From Overseas, Pre-Entered For Breeders’ Cup At Santa Anita

Led by Whitney (G1) winner McKinzie, Travers Stakes (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Code of Honor, standout filly Midnight Bisou, multiple Grade 1-winning turf star Bricks and Mortar, and Qipco Champions Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 188 horses, including 47 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most […]

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O’Brien On Breeders’ Cup Contingent: Magical, Anthony Van Dyck Top Probables

QIPCO Champion Stakes victress Magical is likely to make the trip to Southern California for this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, trainer Aidan O’Brien told Magical was the runner-up in last year’s thrilling edition of the Turf behind top-class Enable. “Magical will be entered in the Turf, along with Anthony Van Dyck, but she is […]

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‘Ultimate Racehorse’ Magical Turns In Winning Effort In British Champion Stakes

Aidan O’Brien described Magical as “the ultimate racehorse” following a smooth performance to justify even-money favoritism in the G1 QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot. Just 13 days on from a fifth-placed effort in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Magical, a four-year-old daughter of Galileo, traveled powerfully throughout today’s 10-furlong contest and ran on strongly […]

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