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SANTA ANITA TO RETURN TO DIRT

Frank Stronach seemed to finally score a win with California horsemen when he announced that Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface would be replaced with dirt for its winter-spring meet starting December 26. Estimated costs are between $5-$6 million to perform the renovation. Due to concerns about the existing Pro-Ride surface, Larry Stewart of the Thoroughbred […]

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SADLER ON MI DEVELOPMENTS: WE NEED A BETTER PLAN THAN ‘WE HOPE IT DOESN’T RAIN’

Members of the CHRB and those who attended were clearly frustrated by today’s meeting that featured a presentation from an MI Development team. Chairman Keith Brackpool went as far as to describe MID’s request for confidentiality as “in the dog ate my homework category”. The primary concerns of the CHRB include racing dates, a home […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

Two surefire signs of spring—Oaklawn Park’s Racing Festival of the South and Keeneland’s opening day–kick off the weekend stakes action Friday afternoon, and while the Fantasy at Oaklawn and Transylvania at Keeneland are well worth watching, it’s the big Kentucky Derby preps that will get most of the attention one day later. Those two Grade […]

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THE CASE FOR A CALI CUP

By Ray Paulick The Breeders’ Cup, like many mature businesses in faltering industries, has hit a flat spot, and the people who run it are faced with a difficult question: whether to continue on the same course and expect little to no growth, or to make bold, transformative decisions designed to enhance its standing as […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

All eyes will be on last year’s champion fillies, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, as they both make their 2010 debuts on Saturday. While the Steve Asmussen-trained Rachel Alexandra is set to race in the ungraded New Orleans Ladies Stakes at the Fair Grounds (approx. post time 6:15 e.t.), Zenyatta has her sights set on […]

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STRONACH SAYS SANTA ANITA WON’T GO BACK TO DIRT UNLESS…

In a complete surprise to most, Magna Entertainment boss Frank Stronach has announced he plans to keep the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita Park despite recent problems with draining the track that have caused numerous cancellations. Stranger than the decision perhaps is the reason behind the decision. Throughout the bankruptcy process of Magna Entertainment, […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by KEENELAND: A PARADE OF CHALK

  By Ray Paulick With Santa Anita running extra American Graded Stakes last weekend due to the cancellations the previous week because of drainage problems with the Pro-Ride synthetic track, there were 13 AGS races run over the three-day President’s Day weekend. One stakes, the Southwest at Oaklawn, was lost on President’s Day because of […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by THE BREEDERS’ CUP: CHANGE CAN DO US GOOD

  We are pleased to introduce a new weekly feature today, the Paulick Report Forum brought to you by Breeders’ Cup. Every Wednesday, we’ll talk with a Thoroughbred industry player about the game we all love, trying to get a better understanding of where we’ve been and where we may be headed. One thing I’ve […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

With the Sunshine Millions series taking place on Saturday at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita, graded stakes racing is light this weekend, but there are still a couple of interesting contests in the works. On Saturday, Sam Houston Race Park will host the G3 John B. Connally Turf Handicap. The only graded […]

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SANTA ANITA LIKELY TO RETURN TO DIRT FOLLOWING 2009-10 MEETING

By Ray PaulickOn an afternoon when heavy rains forced Santa Anita Park management to cancel a special holiday program, track president Ron Charles said the all-weather surface currently in place will be removed at the end of the 2009-’10 and strongly hinted the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack would return to dirt for its main track surface. […]

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