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Thoroughbreds And Motherhood A Balancing Act For Trainer Helen Pitts

It was a typical Saturday morning for trainer Helen Pitts when she left her Finchville, Ky. home at 4:30 to make a nearly 40-minute drive to Churchill Downs after her babysitter arrived to watch her two children, Olivia (6-years-old) and Rylee (3) – a juggling act for the Maryland native, even on Mother’s Day Weekend. “The most difficult part is finding a babysitter who can […]

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Longtime Thoroughbred Owner Clifford Grum Dead at 82

Clifford J. Grum, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and prominent businessman who once served as publisher of Fortune magazine and executive vice president of its parent company, Time, Inc., has died in Lufkin, Texas, at the age of 82. Born in Davenport, Iowa, and raised in San Antonio, Mr. Grum studied at Austin College in Sherman […]

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First Winner For Star Guitar Comes At Churchill Downs

Star Guitar, the Louisiana-bred winner of 22 stakes races in the state, had his first winner as a sire Saturday night at Churchill Downs. Senor Guitar, a homebred owned by Clifford Grum and trained by Helen Pitts, swept a field of $50,000 maiden claimers by 1 1/4 lengths under Ricardo Santana, Jr. The 2-year-old out […]

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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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By Ray Paulick Spring is in the air, with temperatures topping 70 in Kentucky, and visions of Roses in the minds of many horse owners around the country. Today’s Triple Crown preps start in New York with Aqueduct’s Gotham Stakes and continue in California with last year’s 2-year-old champion, Stardom Bound, the heavy favorite in […]

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By Ray Paulick Lane’s End Farm is expected to announce that reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will enter stud at the Versailles, Ky., farm in 2009 for a live foal stud fee of $75,000, the Paulick Report has learned. Lane’s End is owned by William S. Farish, vice chairman of the Jockey Club and former ambassador to […]

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Ray Paulick will be live blogging Friday afternoon’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships card from Santa Anita beginning around 3:15 p.m. Eastern. To get the latest news on the “Filly Friday” program, including bettings odds and results, along with Ray’s observations and analysis of the ESPN2 telecast (and a scorecard on his own selections), check back frequently […]

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Ray Paulick will be live blogging Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which begin at 1:10 p.m. Eastern with the first ever running of the 1 1/2-mile Marathon.  Please note that there is a late scratch in that race: Add Heat was withdrawn from the Marathon Saturday morning because of a suspensory injury to his right […]

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