breeders’ cup classic

CALLING JACKSON’S BLUFF

By Ray Paulick Jess Jackson could have waited until Friday night at 9 o’clock or so to send out a press release anouncing his regrets for not pointing Rachel Alexandra to the April 3 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park. Oaklawn owner Charles Cella had proposed increasing the Apple Blossom’s purse to $5 million if Jackson’s […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by THE BREEDERS’ CUP: CHANGE CAN DO US GOOD

  We are pleased to introduce a new weekly feature today, the Paulick Report Forum brought to you by Breeders’ Cup. Every Wednesday, we’ll talk with a Thoroughbred industry player about the game we all love, trying to get a better understanding of where we’ve been and where we may be headed. One thing I’ve […]

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COULD THERE BE MORE RACING LEFT FOR ZENYATTA?

Due to three recorded workouts in the last six weeks, there is speculation that Breeders’ Cup Classic champion and Horse of the Year finalist Zenyatta may not be retiring after all. Asked for an answer as to why she is still working out in trainer John Shirreffs barn, Shirreffs told the Daily Racing Form, “That […]

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HANDS DOWN, IT’S ZENYATTA

While Ray is traveling back from Osaka (hopefully we won’t have to hear too much about jet lag once he returns to the United States), he wanted to reignite the debate over Horse of the Year. The following piece was submitted by Jeff Shapes, a marketing communications consultant, freelance writer and horse racing enthusiast, not […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland – IT’S A.P. INDY’S WORLD…

  By Ray Paulick In the sale ring, on the racetrack and in the breeding shed, A.P. Indy has been a star. The son of Seattle Slew topped the 1990 Keeneland July yearling sale when he sold for $2.9 million. He was the champion 3-year-old and Horse of the Year in 1992, his victories including […]

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ALEX BROWN: DON’T MAKE QUALITY ROAD A POSTER CHILD

Much has been written and said about the incident at the starting gate before the Breeders’ Cup Classic involving Quality Road, who was eventually scratched from the race after he refused to load. Alex Brown, an exercise rider for trainer Steve Asmussen, publisher of the Alex Brown Racing website, and a leader of the anti-slaughter […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: BREEDING ABOUT MORE THAN MONEY?

  By Ray Paulick Voting for the Eclipse Awards will begin in just over a month, and the biggest debate and perhaps most hotly disputed division will be for Horse of the Year, where early- and mid-season leader Rachel Alexandra and undefeated Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta will vie for the most votes from members […]

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JAPANE$E JACKPOT

By Ray Paulick One or two million dollars just doesn’t get you what it used to. Was it that long ago that felonious financier Robert Brennan shook up racing’s Triple Crown with a $2-million bonus linking victories in three stakes at the now-defunct Garden State Park in New Jersey with a win in the Kentucky […]

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STRONACH’S EINSTEIN PURCHASE: BRILLIANT!

By Ray Paulick UPDATED (EIGHTH AND NINTH PARAGRAPH) There are a lot of things Frank Stronach does that I don’t like, most of them involving the structure of his public companies and how he has run Magna Entertainment into bankruptcy and many of the company’s racetracks into the ground. But when word got out that Stronach was […]

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Breeders’ Cup Notes – Wednesday

News and notes on all 14 world championship races from Santa Anita Park, courtesy of the Breeders’ Cup notes team. Flash Notes (all pre-entrants) Friday’s World Championships Races Filly & Mare Sprint Juvenile Fillies Turf Juvenile Fillies Filly & Mare Turf Ladies’ Classic Saturday’s World Championships Races Marathon Turf Sprint Dirt Mile […]

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