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Paddy O’Prado overpowers field in Dixie Stakes

In his first start since the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Paddy O’Prado went from last to first and would not be denied in the stretch in the Grade 2, $200,000 Jagermeister Dixie Stakes on the Pimlico Turf Saturday. Under Kent Desormeaux, Paddy O’Prado went seven wide turning for home, but he made up any lost ground […]

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Calvin leads list of jocks without Derby mounts

One of the results of a wild road to the Kentucky Derby has been several of America’s top jockeys currently without mounts. This list includes Calvin Borel who has won three of the last four Kentucky Derby and top jocks Kent Desormeaux, Mike Smith, Edgar Prado, Ramon Dominguez and Garrett Gomez.

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Agent Sellitto to represent jockey Prado

According to Claire Novak in her piece at the Blood-Horse, jockey agent Mike Sellitto has taken the book of Edgar Prado in New York and will represent the rider while simultaneously managing Kent Desormeaux’s book at the upcoming Keeneland meet. “We’ve been friends for a long time, he’s a Hall of Fame jockey, and he […]

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Desormeaux, Leparoux suspended for Clark Handicap stretch run

Jockeys Kent Desormeaux and Julien Leparoux were both given three-day suspensions for their involvement in the rough stretch run of the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs Friday.

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Ladies’ Classic: An Update on All Contenders

PRESS RELEASE An update on the contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (post time 7:30 pm Friday, November 5th): Acoma The Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic contender Acoma walked the shedrow Monday after working Sunday in preparation for the upcoming 1 1/8m event. Trainer David Carroll said the 5yo daughter of Empire Maker […]

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REAL QUIET: Remembering ‘The Fish’

By Ray Paulick One morning in the spring of 1997 I was in the Churchill Downs grandstand to watch Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm post an important workout for trainer Bob Baffert prior to the Belmont Stakes, when another Baffert horse came breezing by with a long, fluid stride, looking like a million […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: A ‘MOTT’ MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

By Ray Paulick Nineteen eighty-four was a big year for trainer Bill Mott. In the space of eight days in April he won the first and second Grade 1 races of his career, taking the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park with John Franks’ Heatherten and the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland with William Lucas’ […]

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DESORMEAUX’S DEFENSE

One of the debates after the Kentucky Derby has been Kent Desormeaux’s ride on Paddy O’Prado. While no one questions the run before the last 100 feet, it was the very end of the race that caused some concern with some suggesting he may have let up at the end thinking second place was locked. […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: A SYNTHETIC WORLD CUP

By Ray Paulick Michael Dickinson’s interest in racing surfaces first took root in the mid-1970s when he spent two summers at Ballydoyle in Ireland, working with his mentor, the late Vincent O’Brien, the legendary Irish trainer. “He started the all-weather gallops,” Dickinson said of O’Brien. “Before that, everyone (in Europe) trained on grass or […]

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EQUIBASE ANNOUNCES FINAL NORTH AMERICAN EARNINGS LEADERS FOR 2009

Press Release For the first time, female Thoroughbreds occupy the top two spots on the list of leading North American earners in 2009, according to final statistics released today by Equibase Company LLC, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information. Zenyatta earned $3,330,000 in 2009 to become the fourth filly or mare, and the […]

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