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GUEST COMMENTARY: PLETCHER’S TRIPLE CROWN TROUBLES

Todd Pletcher is almost a cinch to be elected into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame as soon as he becomes eligible for nomination on the ballot. The one-time D. Wayne Lukas assistant has won four Eclipse Awards as outstanding trainer in North America (2003-2007), set records for earnings by a North American […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: TV RATINGS ARE UP, IS RACING?

Do you know an individual or organization who you think we should consider for an upcoming “Good News Friday” feature? Then please e-mail [email protected] with the name of the individual or organization and a brief description of why you think they should be featured. Additionally, we’d like to thank Rob Whiteley and Liberation […]

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SLOW NEWS DAY: PAULICK LIVE BLOGGING BELMONT TELECONFERENCE

By Ray Paulick I don’t expect Jess Jackson to surprise us and call in with the Rachel Alexandra announcement the racing world has been breathlessly waiting for (you know, will she or won’t she?), but one never knows. Chip Woolley might give us some thoughts about potential jockeys for Mine That Birdor or even talk […]

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NO RACHEL IN THE BELMONT

Statement by Jess Jackson on behalf of Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick “Rachel Alexandra is an incredible thoroughbred who has proven to be the best three year old in racing today. We are elated by all the attention her wins in the Oaks and Preakness has garnered the sport. The many letters and emails […]

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RACHEL: ‘AMAZING’ … ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ … ‘MAGNIFICENT’

Maryland Jockey Club Press Office Notes RACHEL ALEXANDRA – At 6 a.m. Sunday, just under 12 hours after her impressive victory in the Preakness, Rachel Alexandra left Pimlico for the return trip to trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Asmussen said the filly owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and […]

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DEEP PREAKNESS THOUGHTS BY PAULICK

By Ray Paulick One thing about horseracing, there’s no shortage of people willing to offer free advice or to share their opinion. After all, at its core, that’s what the game is all about; if you’re an owner, you’re willing to prove that your horse is faster than the next person’s, and if you’re a horseplayer […]

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PASCARELLA: RACING HAS COMMERCIAL APPEAL

By Ray Paulick To hear Carl Pascarella tell it, you’d think corporate marketers would have lined up from Louisville, Ky., all the way to New York’s Madison Avenue to bid on the Triple Crown sponsorship that Visa USA dropped in 1995 after a 10-year run. The relationship between the Triple Crown and Visa ended the […]

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IAVARONE DEATH THREAT

By Ray Paulick   In the nine hours of Breeders’ Cup telecasts last Friday and Saturday, the strangest segment by far came during a brief interview between comedic sportscaster Kenny Mayne and Michael Iavarone, president of the IEAH stable that owns a majority of Big Brown, when Iavarone said he and members of his family […]

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IAVARONE DEATH THREAT: IT’S NEWS TO NYRA

By Ray Paulick The head of security for the New York Racing Association told the Paulick Report Tuesday that no security resources were used to protect IEAH president Michael Iavarone on Belmont Stakes Day, June 7, the day Iavarone said he had been the subject of a “serious death threat.” Iavarone said in an interview […]

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A ‘GENUINE’ PLACE IN HISTORY

By Ray Paulick In the winter and spring of 1980, as a relatively new racing fan living in Southern California I was confident that I had discovered the certain winner of that year’s Kentucky Derby: a colt named Rumbo, who had a few mental quirks but possessed a powerful stretch run. Rumbo finished second in […]

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