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Post Time USA Publisher Gene Stevens Dies

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. for Gene “Gino” Stevens, the longtime publisher of Post Time USA, a Florida-based tabloid best known for covering horse racing’s social scene but which also published an Eclipse Award-winning article in 2007. Mr. Stevens, 84, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., died on Friday in Miami after […]

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‘Triple Frown’: Derby Dreamers Who Woke Up Before The Preakness

As racing turns its eyes from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course, the annual speculation begins anew—will the winner of the roses pick up the Black-Eyed Susans and carry on fresh hopes of a horse breaking the Triple Crown curse? We go through this brief period of hope almost every year, because it’s virtually inconceivable that the […]

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Horse of the Year: An Increasingly Harder Puzzle to Solve?

As Eclipse Award ballots go out in the mail today, it’s awfully hard to predict which way the 2014 Horse of the Year decision might go. In one of the most wide open races in memory, half a dozen candidates can make a logical claim to this season’s top honor. Will voters side with the […]

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Team Valor nominates Ray Paulick’s Kelsey Lefever story for writing award

Team Valor International has issued an automatic nomination to Ray Paulick for the inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award, recognizing a January 16 story from the Paulick Report that exposed a Pennsylvania scam involving retired racehorses. Paulick’s story “Every One of Them Is Dead,” detailed the criminal case against Kelsey Lefever, who allegedly sold Thoroughbreds for […]

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Frank Deford, Bill Nack among judges for Team Valor writing award

Frank Deford, Bill Nack, Bill Christine and Richard Eng will serve as judges for Team Valor International’s inaugural Stanley Bergstein Writing Award. Barry Irwin, founder and chief executive officer of Team Valor International, instituted the award last fall to foster the type of writing Bergstein embodied as an influential scribe on important issues in horse […]

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NYT: Former racehorse, Finders Key, making a name in Hollywood

In the New York Times, Bill Christine tells the fascinating story of Thoroughbred gelding Finders Key, who is the lead among 14 horses playing Joey in the Steven Spielberg movie War Horse.  Last seen racing at 77-1 odds in 2002, Finders Key began his film career with a memorable role in Seabiscuit – although, like […]

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HRI – Christine: This Derby is inscrutable

Horse Race Insider Bill Christine expresses what many racing fans are probably thinking at this point: This Derby field is almost impossible to sort out. “For this Kentucky Derby, we’ll need tea leaves. Do they still sell Ouija boards? I looked up swamis in the Yellow Pages, and there were no listings. Ms. Kratchnut, go […]

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HRI – Christine: Watch out for the DMB horse

Horse Race Insider Bill Christine tells the stories of his Kentucky Derby DMB’s over the years.  DMB’s, or Derby Must Bets, are those horses you feel compelled to wager on no matter what, even if logic should be telling you otherwise.  DMB’s almost never work out, and Christine says this year… “There are two DMBs, […]

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Christine: There’s something wrong with a ballot without Asmussen

Despite acknowledging some past transgressions by trainer Steve Asmussen, Bill Christine is amazed the two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer was passed over by the Hall of Fame committee in his first year of eligibility. As he says, “a career of 5,780 wins and $173 million in purses ought to count for something.” Do you hold his […]

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HRI – Christine: Gomez shares more than an award with Woolf

Last year’s George Woolf Award winner Garret Gomez is hoping to make 2011 the year he breaks his 0-fer streak at the Derby. Of course, Calvin Borel, winner of three of the last four Derbies, stands in his way. But if Gomez never wins a Derby, he’ll have something else in common with Woolf other […]

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