breeders’ cup or bust

Women in Racing: Pens Mightier Than Swords

There may be places on the racetrack where women are still outnumbered, but the press box is no longer one of them. In fact, the glass-fronted rooms usually occupying a spot near the announcers’ booth are increasingly (in some places predominately) occupied by female writers, photographers, broadcasters, and public relations agents. It wasn’t always this […]

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Women in Racing: ‘I Caused a Sensation, I Know It’

In the process of researching last week’s piece on important, early female owners from the pages of history, I came across a couple of owners who did not campaign influential horses but made international headlines nonetheless. Ada Evans Dean, an English transplant to Grafton, Mass., seems to have kept just a few horses at a […]

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Women in Racing: ‘Lovable Eccentrics’ and Other Early Pioneers

It’s not so uncommon these days to find women at the helm of a great horse’s breeding or racing career; in fact, there are now syndicates made up entirely of women. In the first part of the 20th century, of course, the picture was somewhat different. There were two ways for a woman to gain […]

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Women in Racing: The View From Here

Mid-week ahead of the Belmont Stakes, I looked up from vexing video production software and looked around the press room. Sea of dress shirts, clacking keyboards, two people debating about a baseball team. It took a few minutes, but I realized why the scene struck me as a little unusual—it appeared I was the only […]

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Paulick Report Launches Sixth Breeders’ Cup or Bust To Celebrate Women in Racing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since 2009, it’s also the time of year the Paulick Report has embarked on its annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust Fundraising drive in support of Breeders’ Cup Charities. In the past, we’ve motored cross-country, walked from Lexington to Louisville, stopped in on Thoroughbred aftercare facilities throughout the country, […]

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California Aftercare: Tranquility Farm Downsizing

When the Paulick Report visited Tranquility Farm in Tehachapi, Calif., as part of the fifth annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraising drive to benefit Breeders’ Cup Charities, we learned there was a strong possibility one of the state’s oldest and biggest Thoroughbred aftercare facilities could soon be downsized. Eclipse Award-winning writer Jay Hovdey, a member […]

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Patience and Devotion: Thoroughbred Caretakers Provide Homes for Life

During our recent Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraising trip through California, we weren’t able to share with you all of the stories we discovered and the people we met. You’ll meet two more of them here. Pam Berg and Priscilla Clark represent the many dedicated individuals across the country who devote their life’s work to […]

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Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Thoroughbreds Who Change Lives

We normally witness the power of the Thoroughbred charging down the stretch, but today we meet a group of ex-racehorses who reveal a much greater power. They’re affecting the lives of entire families. Our Breeders’ Cup or Bust tour took us to Half Moon Bay, Calif., home to the Square Peg Foundation, a place that […]

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Breeders’ Cup or Bust: The Thoroughbred as Athlete

Thoroughbreds were born to run, but that’s certainly not all they can do. Programs like CANTER California take runners off the track and teach them to use their athletic prowess in other ways. Our fifth annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraising trip turns the spotlight on these talented ex-racehorses – like the familiar one you’re […]

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Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Riding a Fine Line

Being a jockey requires courage, racing intelligence, and a specific touch – among many other qualities. It’s a hazardous job with many peaks and valleys. As part of the fifth annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust, we are turning the spotlight on both the human and equine athletes that are essential to the sport we cherish. […]

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