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Bloodlines Presented By Mill Ridge Farm: Kimari Builds The Legend Of Gone West, Speightstown Sire Line

The past couple of months have been uncommonly successful demonstrations of the sire talent belonging to the Ashford Stud stallion Munnings (by Speightstown), and on April 4, the horse added another stakes victory with Kimari in the Purple Martin Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The success for that 3-year-old filly comes on the heels of graded […]

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Strawbridge, Weber resign TOBA membership in protest over Graded Stakes medication ban delay

Two days ago Thoroughbred Daily News columnist and European-based bloodstock adviser Bill Oppenheim called the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee “gutless” because it delayed putting in place a new 2012 policy whose goal was to ban race-day medication for 2-year-olds competing in Graded Stakes. Oppenheim said he was resigning as a […]

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TOBA at 50: More failures than successes

I’m really proud today of the company where I spent 15 years as editor, Blood-Horse Publications. In honor of the 50-year anniversary of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the non-profit that owns Blood-Horse, the magazine could have published a puff piece about its parent.  Instead, an article co-written by Eric Mitchell and Lenny Shulman […]

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WILLMOT TOP DOG IN BREEDERS’ CUP TRUSTEES ELECTION

By Ray Paulick David Willmot, the former CEO and current chairman of Canada’s Woodbine Entertainment Group, received the most votes from stallion and foal nominators of  28 candidates running for the Breeders’ Cup board of members and trustees, it was announced by the Breeders’ Cup on Wednesday. Willmot is one of 13 individuals–four of them […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP ELECTION RESULTS: ‘NO’ TO STATUS QUO

By Ray Paulick (UPDATED: 6:30 p.m.) Three of the four incumbent Directors of the 13-member Breeders’ Cup board did not receive enough support from their fellow Members and Trustees to retain their positions in an election that culminated with an annual meeting today at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Re-elected to a two-year […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP: WHY CHANGE IS NEEDED

By Ray Paulick Some people have asked me why I think it is so important for there to be a change in leadership, starting with the 13-member board of Directors, at the Breeders’ Cup. There currently are six board seats up for election, with electronic voting currently taking place from July 1-8 among the 48-person […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS

By Ray PaulickFor those of you wondering whether I’d gone into the witness protection program following the announcement of election results for the Breeders’ Cup board of members and trustees (where 10 of those elected were recommended here in an earlier analysis), fear not. As one of my mentors in this business often reminds me, […]

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A NEW SUNRISE ON CUP TRANSPARENCY?

By Ray Paulick The Breeders’ Cup has begun to let the sun shine on the annual election process that determines who ultimately sits on the organization’s board of directors. For the first time this year, the Breeders’ Cup has decided to publish a roster of eligible voters and their available number of votes; complete results of its […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PARANOIA

By Ray Paulick “I’m often credited with the motto, ‘Only the paranoid survive.’ I have no idea when I first said this, but the fact remains that, when it comes to business, I believe in the value of paranoia.” – Andrew Groves, founder and former chairman, Intel Corporation. “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean […]

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