west point thoroughbreds

GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: RACING PARTNERSHIP ‘TEES IT UP’

By Ray Paulick Terry Finley has been in the business of evaluating young racing prospects that he hopes are on the ascension for his West Point Thoroughbreds partnership operation. He’s now doing the same thing in a different sport, women’s professional golf. Finley recently struck a two-year sponsorship deal with aspiring LPGA player Whitney […]

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OBS AUCTION’S SILVER LINING

By Ray Paulick The good news at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales company’s February select sale of 2-year-olds in training is that Thoroughbred racing continues to hold a fascination with people who have worked hard, enjoyed a certain measure of success, and want to live out a longtime dream to have their own racing stable. […]

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CULLEN: SALES BAN ONLY THE BEGINNING

By Ray PaulickKnow and Trust is a 2-year-old filly owned by some former clients of bloodstock agent Jim Cullen and trained by Cullen’s childhood friend and college roommate William Denzik Jr. The filly’s name is something of an inside joke: “know and trust” is an expression Cullen often used when communicating with his clients. […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST: HORSING AROUND IN OKLAHOMA

By Ray Paulick Please click here to donate to Breeders’ Cup Charities benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and V Foundation for Cancer Research. Give a minimum of one penny per mile and you will be eligible for a drawing to win one of 10 Breeders’ Cup caps to be signed by the winning jockeys […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: OWNING THE ECLIPSE

  By Ray Paulick Eclipse Award voters seem to have developed multiple personalities over the years when it comes to their annual selection of the outstanding owner of Thoroughbred racehorses in North America. How else can you explain that the award goes to a one-horse stable some years (Dot-Sam Stable, owner of John Henry in […]

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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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LOOKING A GIFT BAG IN THE MOUTH

Though a leading Thoroughbred owner said “it didn’t pass the smell test,” there was nothing fishy about a Breeders’ Cup board member getting a potentially huge publicity boost when the Breeders’ Cup placed a free ownership interest in some of his horses in 125 “gift bags”  distributed to prominent celebrities and athletes attending Wednesday night’s […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 13-20

Saratoga typically dominates the racing scene in late July and August, so it was good news for Del Mar that the West Coast track had its opening a week earlier than the Spa this year, putting it in the national spotlight at least for a few days. And a very good debut  it was, […]

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