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RACHEL V. ZENYATTA: THEATRE OF THE ABSURD

Lexington advertising executive Fred Pope has come up with an intriguing proposal for a race between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, one that would help explain how racing’s business model for simulcasting is broken and needs fixing. Will any one listen or act on the suggestion? –Ray Paulick By Fred A. Pope In an […]

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

There are some big races at Saratoga, Arlington Park and Del Mar this weekend, highlighted by Commentator’s bid for a third consecutive Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on Saturday, the International Festival of Racing the same afternoon featuring the trio of Grade 1 races–the Secretariat Stakes, Beverly D. and Arlington Million–and unbeaten Zenyatta’s bid for […]

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JACKSON ON THE BELDAME: ‘ONE RACE AT A TIME’

Jess Jackson issued the following statement in the wake of TVG and BetFair’s agreement to add $400,000 to the purse of the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park Oct. 3 if unbeaten champion Zenyatta and 3-year-old filly sensation Rachel Alexandra both are in the starting line-up for the 1 1/8-mile dirt race at the New York […]

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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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COLLUSION, AN ONLINE FIRESTORM, AND SURRENDER

By Ray Paulick For those of you who decided to disconnect from the racing world on Sunday, let me just say that we had a little situation here. Actually, it wasn’t so little. Collusion between the co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and the owner of runner-up Pioneerof the Nile to keep […]

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STARDOM BOUND SIDELINED; OUT OF KENTUCKY OAKS

TVG reports that Stardom Bound will not go in the Kentucky Oaks following her third-place finish in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. The Ashland was her first loss since finishing second as a maiden in the Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar last August. She had won five consecutive Grade 1 races prior to the Ashland, […]

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WANT TO SELL RACEDAY TO SPORTS FANS? LOOK TO DUBAI

By Brad Cummings Since the inception of the Paulick Report, I have stayed under the radar. Outside of the Eclipse Awards live blog and a few small ghostwriting opportunities, I have been the behind the scenes guy on a publication I am very proud to be associated with.   And this is for […]

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CHURCHILL AND THE ADW WARS

By Ray PaulickIs anyone really surprised to see Churchill Downs Inc. involved in yet another dispute with horsemen’s organizations over contractual terms for account wagering or advance deposit wagering? The incident in California involving TrackNet Media, the company CDI owns in partnership with Magna Entertainment, is the latest in a series of contractual and legal […]

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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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LIVE BLOG: MR. PAULICK GOES TO THE ECLIPSE AWARDS

Hank Aaron hits number 715…Secretariat wins the Belmont by 31 lengths…Brett Favre starts 269 games in a row at QB…and now Ray Paulick liveblogs from the Eclipse Awards without a computer! That’s right, Ray will be entering the pantheon of the unlikely as he attempts to bring you the Paulick Report reader unprecedented coverage of […]

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