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Breeders’ Cup or Bust Day Three: Give Us a Break

By Bradford Cummings Today will be a light day for the Paulick Report’s Breeders’ Cup or Bust walk with us only needing to walk six miles in preparation for our interview tomorrow at the state capitol building. Of course, this is just a cover up for the fact that my 32-year-old body is acting […]

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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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Good News Friday sponsored by Liberation Farm: Everyone Deserves a Third Chance

In horse racing as in life, sometimes the best stories are not necessarily about winning. A heartwarming story continued to unfold this past weekend at Arlington Park. It’s the story of Third Chance, a 2-year-old filly who has kept a longtime owner and a local Chicago celebrity from walking away from the sport he loves. […]

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Good News Friday sponsored by Liberation Farm: Getting Keen on Keeneland

There are many changes at Keeneland this year as the industry holds its breath and hopes for the best at its marquee sale. To paraphrase a famous quote, as the Keeneland September Yearling Sale goes, so does the commercial breeding  industry. In preparation for the sale that begins Sunday with one of two nighttime sessions, […]

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PA LAWMAKERS TO ‘REDIRECT’ 17% OF RACE HORSE DEVELOPMENT FUND; CERTAIN PURSES TO TAKE 10% HIT

In an effort to balance the 2009-10 budget, Pennsylvania state lawmakers have decided to redirect 17% of the Race Horse Development Fund into the general fund. This will cause a 10% cut in purses at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. But despite these unfortunate cuts, executive director of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association Kim […]

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OAK TREE BOARD MEMBER: WE CAN CONCENTRATE ON GOING TO DEL MAR AND WORKING OUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THEM

After Frank Stronach of MI Developments and owner of Santa Anita made it clear he would allow Oak Tree to run in 2010 but was uncertain of any future meets, the Oak Tree Racing Association has started to look for other options. Board member John Barr is pushing for Del Mar. “Mr. Stronach does […]

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UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN OWNERS APPEAL DQ; WANT THEIR MONEY BACK

The 59-person ownership group of Uptowncharlybrown want at minimum their money back after their horse was disqualified for losing his weight pad during this year’s Belmont Stakes. They charged that the error was the result of improper pre-assembly of the saddle by an employee of NYRA. Read more at the Courier-Journal Then come back […]

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WORKFORCE OVERTAKES QUALITY ROAD

In the most recent World Thoroughbred Rankings, Workforce has overtaken Quality Road after his win in the Investec Derby at Epsom. Making only his third appearance, he defeated his rivals by 7 lengths and set a course record. Despite his impressive Metropolitan Handicap win, Quality Road slips to number two in the rankings with […]

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ENG: BE PATIENT FRANK

Richard Eng of the Las Vegas Review-Journal believes that Frank Stronach has it all wrong in his approach to secure more racing dates. Citing the past failures of deregulation in Florida, Eng makes a strong case as to why we must stay with current policy. Instead, he suggests that Stronach just be patient. Hollywood […]

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OAK TREE FOUNDER ROBBINS: THAT’S WHY THE PRESIDENT AT SANTA ANITA (RON CHARLES) QUIT, WHEN HE HEARD (STRONACH WAS DEFINITELY GOING TO GET RID OF US

Dr. Jack Robbins, one of Oak Tree’s three founders, has made an assertion that former Santa Anita president Ron Charles resigned after hearing that Frank Stronach was going to get rid of Oak Tree. While there is no confirmation from Charles that this was his true motivation, it’s an interesting wrinkle in the entire Santa […]

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