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Zulu Alpha Gets Through At The Rail For Pegasus World Cup Turf Upset

Michael Hui’s Zulu Alpha had a bit of a rough trip early on but maintained his position at the rail, using it to as a springboard to victory in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational at odds of 11-1. The 7-year-old gelded son of Street Cry, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, defeated European mare […]

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Maker Seeking Fourth McKnight Stakes Win With Four Of Twelve In The Field

Trainer Mike Maker smiled then laughed heartily at the suggestion that if he continued his recent domination of the W.L. McKnight (G3) the 1 ½ miles turf race it could be renamed in his honor. “I hope so, but there is only one way for that to happen,” he said. “So I hope it’s a […]

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‘All About Taking A Shot’: Hui, Maker Aim High With Zulu Alpha In Pegasus World Cup

Rather than have Zulu Alpha try for a repeat win in the W.L. McKnight (G3) on Jan. 25, owner Michael Hui is opting for a far bigger prize later that afternoon at Gulfstream Park, the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy. Hui said that when trainer Mike Maker laid out […]

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Six-Time Connally Winning Trainer Mike Maker Enters Four In 2020 Edition

The second graded stakes of the Houston Racing Festival is the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup, to be run at the distance of one and one-half miles. A field of 12, including four turf specialists from the barn of Mike Maker, will be run as the ninth race of next Sunday’s matinee […]

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Turfway Park: Holiday Meet Sees Boost To 10-Horse Average Field Size

Turfway Park closed out its 16-day holiday meet December 31, 2019, the track’s first race meet as a property of Churchill Downs Incorporated. With purses virtually twice those of the previous holiday meet, average field size jumped from 8.6 in 2018 to 10.2.  The entry box expanded under interest from trainers new to Turfway, including […]

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Ramseys Hoping For Third Success In Newly Graded Kitten’s Joy At Gulfstream

When Gulfstream Park added the Kitten’s Joy to its stakes lineup seven years ago, Ken and Sarah Ramsey were fitting first winners of the race named for their multi-millionaire homebred grass champion and six-time leading turf sire. The $100,000 Kitten’s Joy for newly turned 3-year-olds sprinting 7 ½ furlongs on the grass returns to Gulfstream […]

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Longshot A Freud Of Mama Kicks Clear In NYSS Fifth Avenue

William Butler’s longshot A Freud of Mama ran down two competitors, including stablemate and pacesetter Time Limit, in deep stretch and surged home a 1 ½-length winner of the $500,000 New York Stallion Stakes Series Fifth Avenue for state-sired juvenile fillies on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack. The 35th running of the Fifth Avenue, along with […]

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Turfway Holiday Meet In The Mix As Churchill Trainers, Jockeys Make Winter Plans

The 2019 racing season at Churchill Downs is entering the final stretch and several local jockeys and trainers have firmed up their winter plans with many staying in Kentucky the month of December to run at Turfway Park. “It’s very exciting with the enhanced purses at Turfway,” trainer Mike Maker said. “It should make for some very good racing up […]

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Honor Roll Presented By New York Thoroughbred Breeding And Development Fund: Mike Maker’s Brigade For Stallion Stakes Series

Trainer Mike Maker has had major success with New York-breds racing in open company: International Star swept the three open graded stakes for 3-year-olds in 2015 at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La.; and earlier this year, he took the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby at Turfway Park in Kentucky with Somelikeithotbrown. On Dec. 14-15, Maker […]

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PR Special Keeneland November Sale: A Deeper Dive On Radiographs

The marathon Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale is about to start its engine, and the Paulick Report is there with the first of two editions of the PR Special. In this issue, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills examines the perceived selectivity of the buying bench when imperfect radiographs are bought into a young prospect’s assessment, and what can […]

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