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TALK WITH MOTT: NYRA TO HOST LIVE WEB CHAT WITH BELMONT-WINNING TRAINER

PRESS RELEASE Bill Mott, trainer of 2010 Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer, will participate in a live web chat Friday, June 11, at 8:00 p.m. EDT on nyra.com.   Drosselmeyer’s victory was the first in a Triple Crown race for the Hall of Fame trainer, who has won 19 individual training titles at Belmont […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: A ‘MOTT’ MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

By Ray Paulick Nineteen eighty-four was a big year for trainer Bill Mott. In the space of eight days in April he won the first and second Grade 1 races of his career, taking the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park with John Franks’ Heatherten and the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland with William Lucas’ […]

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DROSSELMEYER UPSETS 142ND BELMONT STAKES

By Ray Paulick Drosselmeyer, who failed to get into the Kentucky Derby field because he lacked enough earnings in Graded stakes, got up in deep stretch under jockey Mike Smith to win Saturday’s 142nd Belmont Stakes by three quarters of a length over Fly Down, with front-running First Dude third. The win, accomplished in a […]

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RACHEL LOSES BY A HEAD

In a shortened La Troienne field, Rachel Alexandra lost for the second time in as many races, this time to the Bill Mott-trained Unrivaled Belle by a head. Previously, last year’s Horse of the Year lost to Zardana in the New Orleans Ladies who finished fourth in this field of six. UPDATE: CLICK HERE FOR […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

  Kentucky Derby preps are in full swing across the country with more than a few contenders from the 2007 foal crop hoping to emerge as stars. Gulfstream Park will present two graded stakes for 3-year-olds, the Hutcheson, at seven furlongs, and the 1 1/8-mile Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, both Grade 2. In the Hutcheson, […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

With the Sunshine Millions series taking place on Saturday at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita, graded stakes racing is light this weekend, but there are still a couple of interesting contests in the works. On Saturday, Sam Houston Race Park will host the G3 John B. Connally Turf Handicap. The only graded […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: BREEDERS’ CUP WRAP UP

By Ray Paulick There is no question who the biggest star was at the 26th Breeders’ Cup world championships, held at Santa Anita Park Nov. 6-7. It was Zenyatta, who thrust herself squarely into the Horse of the Year debate by becoming the first filly or mare to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic while putting […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: MCLAUGHLIN ON TOP

By Ray PaulickWhen Eye of Taurus and Bluegrass Princess swept the Pin Oak Valley View Stakes last week at Keeneland for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, it vaulted the New York-based native of Kentucky to the lead among trainers of American Graded Stakes winners for 2009. The wins represented the 12th and 13th individual American Graded […]

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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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AAEP’S KUMBAYA PAPER

By Ray Paulick Whenever I think about horse racing’s crazy-quilt regulatory system that has ruling bodies in 38 different states, I recall the time an official at some racetrack asked Hall of Famer Bill Mott to show his trainer’s license before entering a restricted area. Mott reached into his Wrangler’s and pulled out what appeared […]

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