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MACHO WOMAN! RACHEL TAKES THE WOODWARD

By Ray Paulick Rachel Alexandra won Saturday’s $750,000 Woodward by a diminishing head over Macho Again, making history by becoming the first filly or mare to win the historic Grade 1 race, run over 1 1/8 miles at Saratoga. Jess Jackson and Harold McCormick’s 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro kept her perfect 2009 record intact, winning […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland – A KASE FOR KIARAN

By Ray Paulick The leading trainer of American Graded Stakes winners through Aug. 9 is not last year’s Eclipse Award winner Steve Asmussen, the runaway leader in the earnings category that is typically used to rank trainers (Asmussen-trained horses have earned $13.7 million so far this year, $5.7 million more than his closest pursuer). Neither […]

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ASMUSSEN NABS WEST VIRGINIA DERBY, JIM DANDY

By Ray Paulick Saturday was a huge afternoon for trainer Steve Asmussen as he won both major races for 3-year-olds, taking the $500,000 Jim Dandy by 2 1/4 lengths  with Stonestreet Stables and Gulf Coast Farms’ Kensei only a few minutes after Zayat Stables’ Soul Warrior got up in the final strides to win the […]

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RACHEL ANNIHILATES ‘EM

By Ray Paulick Rachel Alexandra absolutely destroyed her  male opposition in Sunday’s $1,250,000 Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park, coming from just off the pace of Munnings, taking command on the turn for home, and romping home to a six-length victory for Calvin Borel, who is now a perfect-eight for eight on the Medaglia […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC HORSE SUPPLIES

(UPDATED) If you can’t get to the track this weekend, there will be plenty of outstanding races to watch on television both Saturday and Sunday, headlined by a pair of important races for 3-year-olds: Saturday’s West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park and Sunday’s Haskell Invitational. The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, with its $1,250,000 purse, is […]

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ASMUSSEN SUSPENDED SIX MONTHS; GRANTED STAY

By Ray Paulick Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen has been suspended six months and fined $1,500 by Lone Star Park stewards representing the Texas Racing Commission for the case involving a maiden winner at the Grand Prairie track in May 2008 that subsequently tested positive for a metabolite of lidocaine, a Class 2 drug under […]

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RACHEL: ‘AMAZING’ … ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ … ‘MAGNIFICENT’

Maryland Jockey Club Press Office Notes RACHEL ALEXANDRA – At 6 a.m. Sunday, just under 12 hours after her impressive victory in the Preakness, Rachel Alexandra left Pimlico for the return trip to trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Asmussen said the filly owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and […]

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TEXAS ATTORNEY NOT READY FOR ASMUSSEN CASE

By Ray Paulick I’m wondering if Mark Fenner, general counsel for the Texas Racing Commission, owns a hungry dog. Fenner used just about every excuse in the book except “the dog ate my homework” when he asked racing commission steward Dennis Sidener on Friday to postpone next Tuesday’s hearing regarding a nine-month-old medication charge against Eclipse […]

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FEARLESS ECLIPSE PREDICTIONS

By Ray Paulick There are many questions to be answered at tonight’s Eclipse Awards from Miami Beach, Fla. (from which I’ll be dutifully live blogging starting sometime after the 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour begins and before TVG goes on the air with its 7 p.m. coverage). Who will get the crown as 2008 Horse of […]

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