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ESPN documentary on rescued Thoroughbred wins Media Eclipse Award

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced today that ESPN’s news-magazine show E:60 has won the 2012 Media Eclipse Award in the Television-Features programming category for “Notinrwildestdremz”, the story of a rescued and neglected Thoroughbred filly who makes a dramatic recovery to become a […]

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DRF: An ode to turf writing great Charles Hatton

The Daily Racing Form’s Ryan Goldberg has a wonderful piece on Charles Hatton, who wrote for the Form during horse racing’s “golden age.”  Hatton’s writing was filled with allusions to history and literature and “two-dollar words,” as Bill Nack put it.  Hatton was truly a unique chronicler of the sport.  He died in 1975, two […]

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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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Ask Ray: Secretariat and the Travers

It’s the week of the Grade 1 Travers, also known as the Midsummer Derby, a mile and a quarter fixture at the Saratoga race course in upstate New York that many breeders rank ahead of the Triple Crown finale Belmont Stakes in importance as a stallion-making competition. A quick scan of its roster of winners […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: A Year of Quotables

Since the Breeders’ Cup Forum debuted in February 2010, we’ve had the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues with many of horse racing’s most prominent participants – both on and off the track. Trainers, breeders, owners, jockeys and industry professionals have shared their thoughts and helped us better understand the sport and business of […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Grandpa Joe and Secretariat

Most of us have heard about how the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.  This is the story of how a movie about a horse, the great Triple Crown champion Secretariat, lifted the spirits of a dying man, one who has been a longtime fan of Big Red of […]

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Paulick Report Forum brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: A Nack for Secretariat

By Ray Paulick William Nack launched his award-winning turf writing career at Newsday on Long Island, N.Y., the same year Secretariat first stepped onto the racetrack–in 1972–but he’d been a fan of the sport since his childhood and worked as a groom at Arlington Park during high school. After getting reassigned from politics to horse […]

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Good News Friday sponsored by Liberation Farm: Secretariat Is a Success

Riva Ridge was omitted from the movie. Lucien Laurin was not nearly as eccentric as he was written. Pancho Martin was not nearly as over-the-top. Ogden Phipps never made a hard offer for Secretariat after his 2-year-old season. When and where the jockeys were wearing silks was not consistent with reality. The script leads the […]

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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by VINERY LTD: LET THE POLLS BEGIN

It’s that time of year again. Turf writers, handicappers and bloggers get an extra early start on predicting who will be in the final field of 20 on that first Saturday in May. Is it premature? No doubt. Is the field set in any way? Not on your life. But part of the […]

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