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Big Yellow Taxi

By Ray Paulick -- To most people, it looked like a big, old school bus. But to Dave Mahan and his partners in Sackatoga Stable, along with the four dozen or so family and friends who accompanied them to the Kentucky Derby, it was a "yellow stretch limousine."

Family Ties

By Ray Paulick -- There wasn't a hotter trainer in the country than Larry Barrera for a brief time in the late spring of 1980. Larry, the son of Hall of Fame conditioner Laz Barrera, was just 20 years old when he saddled three stakes winners at Hollywood Park over a five-day period.

Rebate Replay

By Ray Paulick -- A number of readers took exception to comments made in this space last week concerning account-wagering operators that attract customers by offering rebates of 10% or higher.

Picked Apart

By Ray Paulick
The confidence of horseplayers has been shaken, and that is a very serious matter for racetracks, owners, breeders, and anyone else with a financial stake in this business.

Juvenile Jinx

By Ray Paulick
Has it really been 18 years since Chief's Crown came storming down the Hollywood Park stretch to defeat Tank's Prospect and Spend a Buck in the first Breeders' Cup race ever run?

Net Gain

By Ray Paulick -- The Sept. 9 announcement that the Berkshire Hathaway company NetJets has signed a multi-year agreement to sponsor the Breeders' Cup Mile is just the latest forward step involving the rebranded World Thoroughbred Championships since the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. starting doing business together under one roof in a marriage that appears to be working.

Full Plate

by Ray Paulick -- The story of TJ's Lucky Moon is a fairy tale -- and one for the little guys.

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