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Gone Too Soon: Remembering Luke Kruytbosch

Sunday, July 14, marked the fifth anniversary of the passing of Luke Kruytbosch, the track announcer at Churchill Downs and Turf Paradise. In a recent blog post, fellow track announcer and longtime friend of Kruytbosch’s, Jason Beem, recalls some fond memories of Luke, and how much the sport lost with the talented Kruytbosch’s passing. Read […]

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NTWAB announces 2012 award winners

The National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association will honor Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning jockey Mario Gutierrez and his agent, Ivan Puhich, recently retired Churchill Downs track superintendent Raymond “Butch” Lehr, and two-time Eclipse Award recipient Bill Mooney at its annual awards dinner on Oct. 31 in Pasadena, Calif. Gutierrez, 25, and Puhich, an agent since […]

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Broadcasters to join turf writers

After 51 years, the National Turf Writers Association will be changing its name to National Turf Writers and Broadcasters. At Horse Race Insider, Bill Christine looks at the ramifications of broadcasters joining the team.

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FARISH TO RECEIVE ECLIPSE AWARD OF MERIT

 NTRA PRESS RELEASE       December 29, 2009       The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association today announced that William S. Farish, owner of Lane’s End Farm and a pre-eminent industry leader of multiple organizations and causes, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit […]

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KOEHLER, FOUNDER OF THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FOUNDATION, TO RECEIVE SPECIAL ECLIPSE AWARD

NTRA PRESS RELEASE December 30, 2009                                 The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association today announced that the Monique Koehler, whose tireless work saving retired racehorses through Thoroughbred retirement programs, will be honored with the 2009 Special Eclipse Award. The Special Eclipse Award, honors outstanding individual achievements […]

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HORSE OF THE YEAR DEBATE IS GOOD

Now that guest writer Jeff Shapes has convinced Paulick Report readers that Zenyatta deserves not just Horse of the Year but Horse of the Decade honors, we thought we would interject another voice on the Horse of the Year debate. This one is from Aron Wellman, a 32-year-old California attorney who joined Barry Irwin’s crew […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: BREEDING ABOUT MORE THAN MONEY?

  By Ray Paulick Voting for the Eclipse Awards will begin in just over a month, and the biggest debate and perhaps most hotly disputed division will be for Horse of the Year, where early- and mid-season leader Rachel Alexandra and undefeated Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta will vie for the most votes from members […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: OWNING THE ECLIPSE

  By Ray Paulick Eclipse Award voters seem to have developed multiple personalities over the years when it comes to their annual selection of the outstanding owner of Thoroughbred racehorses in North America. How else can you explain that the award goes to a one-horse stable some years (Dot-Sam Stable, owner of John Henry in […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland – BREEDING CONCERN FOR ECLIPSE AWARDS

By Ray Paulick I make no apologies for my dissent with Eclipse Award voting results in the outstanding breeder category on at least three different occasions in the years since the vote was taken away from a six-member committee and given to the larger group of voters that determine the other Eclipse Award […]

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ICE FEVER

By Ray Paulick Random notes while waiting for the ice to melt … The devastating snow and ice storm that hit Kentucky earlier this week has created serious economic hardships on Thoroughbred farms, many of which are without electricity and have suffered major damage, just as the foaling season is hitting full swing and the […]

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