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‘Wonderful Thing’: Horsemen Appreciate Latest Oaklawn Park Purse Increase

The track where purses have been steadily rising for 11 straight years is at it again. Oaklawn is increasing all overnight purses, some as much as $6,000, retroactive to the Thursday, Feb. 14 card. Maiden special weights and open allowances are being bumped $6,000 and are now $83,000 and $87,000, respectively. Purses for all claiming […]

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Jason Barkley Prepares To Saddle First Stakes Starter At Oaklawn

Trainer Jason Barkley is scheduled to saddle his first career stakes starter (Arch Avenue) in Saturday’s $125,000 Martha Washington for 3-year-old fillies, Oaklawn’s first of three major preps for the Kentucky Oaks. Barkley, 29, has already checked off one box this year at Oaklawn, winning last Sunday’s fifth race with Strolling ($8.20). It was Barkley’s […]

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Long-Time Friends Moquett And Zito Become Winter Neighbors At Oaklawn Park

Oaklawn had 781 horses on the grounds early Thursday morning, including 20 for a newcomer with quite the resume. According to stall superintendent Beverly Fowler, the contingent for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito arrived at 1:45 a.m. (Central) Thursday and was then dispatched to the Citation barn, located directly across from horses housed for […]

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Zito Plans To ‘Give It A Shot’ At Oaklawn Park In 2019

Nick Zito has started only a handful of horses at Oaklawn, but that figures to change in 2019 after the Hall of Fame trainer said Friday afternoon that he will “probably” have 20 horses on the grounds when the scheduled 57-day meet begins Jan. 25. “We thought about this for a while,” said Zito, 70, […]

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Churchill Downs’ September Meet Kicks Off With $5.275 Million In Prize Money

Horse racing on the Kentucky circuit shifts to Churchill Downs on Friday (Sept. 14) with a 10-race program at 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) as the famed Louisville racetrack opens its sixth September Meet for an action-packed 11-date run through Sunday, Sept. 30. This year’s three-week, boutique race meeting, presented by Commonwealth Technology, will feature […]

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Old Friends: A P Valentine Euthanized Due To Colic Complications

A P Valentine, a Gr. 1 winner, was euthanized due to complications from colic on September 1 at Park Equine Hospital in Woodford County. The 20-year-old son of A.P. Indy had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, KY. Campaigned by Rick Pitino’s Ol’ Memorial Stable (formerly Celtic Pride Stables) and […]

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Across The Board With Andy Serling: Hall Of Famer Nick Zito

The latest episode of the Across the Board with Andy Serling podcast features an extended conversation with Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito from his barn at Saratoga Race Course now available for download. Just prior to kicking off the 2018 meet at Saratoga, Zito joined Serling to talk about his prolific career highlighted by multiple wins […]

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Hall Of Famer Zito Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance: ‘The Game Is Bigger Than All Of Us’

On April 25, Travis Tygart, the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), was invited by the Coalition of Horse Racing Integrity (CHRI) to Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., to speak to a group of trainers interested in learning about USADA and its prospective involvement with anti-doping efforts in Thoroughbred racing. During the meeting, […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘Sacalo’ Sings And Listens

Paulick Report is introducing a new monthly feature by Tom Pedulla, “Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care,” a behind-the-scenes look at some of the men and women who work in anonymity on the backstretch of racetracks across the country but play an integral role in the sport. Exercise rider Finley Bishop has no vision […]

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Giuseppe The Great Available To ‘Take The Shot’ In Pegasus After Allowance Score

Grade 1-placed Giuseppe the Great returned to winning form Sunday at Gulfstream Park, prevailing by a neck in the featured third race, a $50,000 entry-level allowance. The Nick Zito-trained 3-year-old colt’s six most recent starts had come in graded stakes, including a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) and second-place finishes in the Jim Dandy (G2) […]

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