Ray Paulick

  • Ray Paulick<br>Editor-in-Chief

    Price of Inflation

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Breeders' Cup purses have not kept pace with inflation --and neither have nomination fees/

  • MRLS Impact Continues as Breeders' Cup Nominations Fall

    The number of 2002 foals nominated to the Breeders' Cup program is down 8% from last year, largely due to mare reproductive loss syndrome, which resulted in the loss of nearly 20% of the pregnancies of Kentucky-based mares when it swept through the region in the spring of 2001.

  • Canadian Horse of the Year, Wake At Noon.

    Wake At Noon Named Canada's Horse of Year

    With no Triple Crown winner and no dominant performer in the turf or handicap divisions, the 2002 Canadian Horse of the Year title was anybody's race, with the honor going to Wake at Noon.

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    Race to the Wire

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The battle between Elusive Quality and Distorted Humor to be leading freshman sire in North America could be decided in a hearing room of the Jockey Club of England next month.

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    Rudy's Duty

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Hiring New York's former mayor is not just about getting good publicity for the racing industry. Also, remembering Laddie Dance, the auctioneer.

  • Sarava preparing for California campaign.

    Sarava Joins Baffert Stable in California

    Sarava, winner of this year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been transferred from trainer Kenny McPeek to the barn of Bob Baffert in preparation for a 2003 Southern California campaign that his owners hope will carry him to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, held during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

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    Quarantine Quandry

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Japanese officials are perplexed why owners of the best American horses are showing such little interest in the Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt.

  • Sarafan, defeating Beat Hollow in the Explosive Bid Handicap.

    Sarafan Carries American Hopes in Japan Cup

    Sarafan, America's only hope to break a 10-year drought in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), drew the number eight post position in a field of 16 international runners set to go postward Sunday in the world's richest turf race, moved to Nakayama racecourse and dropped from 12 to 11 furlongs in distance because of construction of a new grandstand at Tokyo racecourse.

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    Rebate Replay

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- 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.

  • Fusao Sekiguchi receives trophy after Fusaichi Pegasus&#39; Kentucky Derby win.

    Sekiguchi Buys Interest in Sarafan; Eyes Japan Cup

    Japanese owner and breeder Fusao Sekiguchi has bought an ownership interest from Gary Tanaka in Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) winner Sarafan, who trainer Neil Drysdale said was scheduled to depart for Tokyo on Tuesday night to contest the Nov. 24 Japan Cup (Jpn-I).

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    Can More Be Less?

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Some track officials and horsemen have begun to question the wisdom of their relationships with offshore and U.S.-based wagering companies that attract some of the game's biggest players through rebates of 10% or more on wagers.

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    Picked Apart

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i><br>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.

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    Chills and Thrills

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The competitive races at Arlington Park warmed the chilly 46,118 on hand for the Breeders' Cup races Oct. 26.

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    A Life Well Lived

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i><br>Bill Casner once said he felt like "a kid outside the candy store, looking in at horses I felt I should have had, but couldn't have."

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    Juvenile Jinx

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i><br>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?

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    This Lady is a Champ

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- If she adds the Breeders' Cup Distaff to her list of credentials, Azeri deserves consideration for Horse of the Year honors.

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    Nearly Flawless

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Remembering a mare who is destined for the Hall of Fame and looking at how the horse industry has changed.

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    The Phipps Passion

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- By popular request, here are the remarks by Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's annual awards dinner.

  • Classic winner War Emblem to stand 2003 season in Japan.

    War Emblem Headed to Japan to Stand at Stud in 2003

    Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem will head to Japan to begin stud duties in 2003 at the Shadai Stallion Station, the powerhouse operation run by the Yoshida family. Shadai recently lost three major stallions in Sunday Silence, El Condor Pasa, and End Sweep.

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    Net Gain

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- 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.

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    Tough Ticket

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- A number of the policies for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships are beginning to resemble those at other major sporting events. That's a good thing, even if it means some people will be unhappy. The Breeders' Cup should be a tough ticket.

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    Magna Skeptics

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- If the investment community is unclear about the direction Magna Entertainment is heading, it isn't alone. People in racing also are wondering exactly what chairman Frank Stronach has in mind for the company that has either acquired or has agreements to purchase racetracks in nine states and in one province of Canada.

  • Magna Skeptics

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- If the investment community is unclear about the direction Magna Entertainment is heading, it isn't alone. People in racing also are wondering exactly what chairman Frank Stronach has in mind for the company that has either acquired or has agreements to purchase racetracks in nine states and in one province of Canada.

  • Magna Skeptics

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- If the investment community is unclear about the direction Magna Entertainment is heading, it isn't alone. People in racing also are wondering exactly what chairman Frank Stronach has in mind for the company that has either acquired or has agreements to purchase racetracks in nine states and in one province of Canada.

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    Sunday Silenced

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Sunday Silence, who died in Japan Monday at age 16, saved Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm from bankruptcy in the late 1980s.

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    Sunday Silenced

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Sunday Silence, who died in Japan Monday at age 16, saved Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm from bankruptcy in the late 1980s.

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    Stuck Market

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- What has happened to the top of the yearling market, the sector that outpaced all others during the boom years of the late 1990s and into the first year of the new millennium?

  • $250,000 Unbridled's Song Filly Tops Opening Session of CTBA Sale

    Gross receipts and average price were down for the first of two nights of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association's Del Mar yearling sale on Sunday, but the median increased marginally and the session boasted the highest-priced yearling sold by the CTBA in more than a decade.

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    Life's A Beach

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- At Del Mar, promotions and activities such as concerts, "family fun club," trackside educational programs, handicapping seminars, and even a day-care facility in association with the local YMCA have helped the track increase business.

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    Rebate Debate

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- Rebate shops have been on the scene several years now, and it appears there has been limited success in slowing down their ability to recruit and retain some of horse racing's biggest gamblers.

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    Pendulum Swing

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- In a reversal of form, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky had the greatest momentum and Keeneland sustained a downturn during the 2002 summer yearling sales.

  • War Emblem Won't Contest Haskell Invitational

    One of the immediate effects the passing of Prince Ahmed Salman will have on racing was the decision by Richard Mulhall and Bob Baffert, respective manager and trainer for the prince's The Thoroughbred Corp., to pull Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner War Emblem out of the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 4

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    Global Influence

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- The late Howard Battle will be missed, not only at the many racetracks where he worked and by the many younger officials he mentored. His reach extended around the racing world.

  • Chiselling Gives Toussaud Fourth Graded Stakes Winner

    Chiselling, whose career got off to a slow start when he lost his first three races, overcame a tardy break to win the Lexington Stakes (gr. IIIT) by a nose for owner-breeder Juddmonte Farms and Hall of Famers Jerry Bailey and Bobby Frankel.

  • Sky Jack holds off Momentum to win the Hollywood Gold Cup.

    Sky Jack, Pincay Win Gold Cup Thriller Over Momentum

    Sky Jack joined some elite company on Sunday when the 6-year-old gelding by Jaklin Klugman became the fifth California-bred to win the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). Sky Jack won the 1 1/4-mile fixture under 55-year-old Laffit Pincay Jr. after a stretch-long duel with Momentum, finally prevailing by a nose.

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    Betting on Television

    <i>By Ray Paulick </i> -- Personal experience confirms that people would rather bet on races they can watch on television.

  • Honeymoon in Jersey: War Emblem to Haskell

    It looks like trainer Bob Baffert and fiancee Jill Moss will be honeymooning on the Jersey Shore Aug. 4, watching Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner War Emblem run in the $1-million Haskell Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.

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    Trickle Down Economics

    <i> By Ray Paulick </i> -- At Woodbine, the model for merging slot revenues with racing, purses need to be increased for maiden and allowance races to the highest levels possible.

  • Baffert: War Emblem Is 'Crying Out for a Race'

    "If he could talk, he'd say 'run me,'" trainer Bob Baffert said of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner War Emblem after the colt worked a half-mile in :48 under Dana Barnes on Tuesday morning at Santa Anita.

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    Full Plate

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