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RACHEL ALEXANDRA ARRIVES AT MONMOUTH

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was back in Oceanport, N.J., setting foot in the Monmouth Park barn area around 9:00 a.m. after shipping to the Shore from Saratoga.  The champion filly will headline this Saturday’s card at Monmouth Park when she heads postward in the $400,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes. “She shipped just […]

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RACHEL ALEXANDRA WALTZES TO VICTORY

By Ray Paulick After two disappointing defeats earlier this year, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra scored a romping victory over four overmatched opponents in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Regular rider Calvin Borel never used the whip on the 4-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly, who sat second, […]

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RACHEL WON’T RUN IN APPLE BLOSSOM

According to Gary West of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Steve Asmussen has confirmed that 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will not run in the April 9th Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs Arkansas. Read it at West Points UPDATE: The following statement from Jess Jackson was just sent to the Paulick Report […]

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MARCH FOOLS

By Ray Paulick  What’s that old expression often repeated in the legal world: He who represents himself has a fool for a client? I think a similar statement can be said of some horse owners: He who makes decisions on where and when his horses should run has a fool for a trainer. That […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: A ‘GIANT’ WEEKEND

By Ray Paulick Todd Pletcher isn’t the only who had a big weekend last week, winning three American Graded Stakes races for 3-year-olds on Feb. 20: the Grade 2 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park with Eskendereya, the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds with Discreetly Mine, and the Grade 3 El […]

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CALLING JACKSON’S BLUFF

By Ray Paulick Jess Jackson could have waited until Friday night at 9 o’clock or so to send out a press release anouncing his regrets for not pointing Rachel Alexandra to the April 3 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park. Oaklawn owner Charles Cella had proposed increasing the Apple Blossom’s purse to $5 million if Jackson’s […]

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RACHEL ALEXANDRA POINTING TO MARCH 13 NEW ORLEANS LADIES

PRESS RELEASE Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will make her 4-year-old debut in the March 13 New Orleans Ladies, assuming she continues to progress as expected, owner Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Stables confirmed Thursday. The $200,000 New Orleans Ladies is for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: JUVENILE HALL

  By Ray Paulick With the Experimental Free Handicap released today, it seems the appropriate time to take a look at the 2-year-old winners of 2009 American Graded Stakes. There are a few trends among the 33 individual 2-year-old AGS winners that jumped off the data pages compiled by the Paulick Report. Among them: homebreds […]

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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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