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Zenyatta Does it Again; Wins in Heart-Stopping Fashion

By Scott Jagow Zenyatta rarely makes it easy on her fans.  The champion mare once again waited until the final strides Saturday to pass a game rival and take the Grade 1, $250,000 Lady’s Secret at Hollywood Park.  The victory improved Zenyatta’s career record to 19 for 19 and set her up for a shot at ending her perfect career with a […]

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AND STILL UNDEFEATED!

Zenyatta extended her unbeaten streak to 18 as she beat Rinterval by a head in the Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar. Read it at the San Diego Union-Tribune MIKE SMITH (Zenyatta) — “Oh, she was looking good today. This was Zenyatta. I wanted everyone to see her and she showed up. I think […]

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COLUMNIST: WHILE ZENYATTA IS TERRIFIC, I’M NOT SO SURE SHE’S EVEN THE BEST FILLY OR MARE

In this morning’s San Diego Union-Tribune, Nick Canepa wants us to stop for a minute and think things through before proclaiming Zenyatta as the greatest of all time as jockey Mike Smith did after last weekend’s Hirsch. He’s not even convinced that Z is the best filly or mare in history. “I refuse to say […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: NOT AN EASY CLUB TO JOIN

By Ray Paulick In this week’s American Graded Stakes standings brought to you by Keeneland, we’ll take a quick mid-season look at the Grade 1 stakes winners. There have been 38 G1 races run in the United States thus far this year, won by 33 different horses, the only repeat winners being Zenyatta, with three, […]

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ZEVENTEEN!

By Ray Paulick Zenyatta made number 17 one of her most suspenseful victories ever, getting up in the final few strides to pass a stubborn St. Trinians and win the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap by a half-length at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Under Mike Smith and carrying top impost of 129 pounds, the undefeated, […]

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HOW DOES ZENYATTA’S 17-IN-A-ROW COMPARE TO OTHER WINNING STREAKS?

By Ray Paulick They all get beat, or so the saying goes. Eclipse never did though. In fact, the English colt retired in 1771 with a perfect record of 19-for-19 because there was no competition left to take him on. You know the saying: “Eclipse first, the rest nowhere.” Colin was undefeated, too, winning 15 […]

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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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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you Breeders’ Cup: SYNTHETIC TRACKS? NO MOSS

By Ray Paulick Jerry Moss has been living a dream since moving to California from his native New York in 1960. In 1962, with trumpeter and band leader Herb Alpert, he formed A&M Records and over the next quarter century produced music for a diverse group of recording artists ranging from The Carpenters, Joan Baez, […]

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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

By Ray Paulick What do jockey Martin Pedroza and quarterback Brett Favre have in common? Critics in horse racing and the National Football League say they both did a little favor to help a couple of friends set records in their respective sports. Favre was lambasted in 2002 when it appeared he “took a dive” […]

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LIVE BLOGGING FILLY FRIDAY

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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