Ray Paulick

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    Industry Pitch

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Good things happened to the horse industry in Washington the same year it spent more on lobbying.

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    Pinhook of the Year

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Delta Downs appreciated by 1,300% in value in two years--thanks to slot machines.

  • Kurofune, impressed with this victory in the Japan Cup Dirt.

    Japan Cup Dirt Winner Kurofune Retired With Tendon Injury

    Kurofune, the Kentucky-bred son of French Deputy who captured the second running of the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) in spectacular fashion last month, has been retired to stud after suffering a tendon injury to his right foreleg. The gray 3-year-old colt will join his sire, who was purchased from Three Chimneys Farm one year ago, at the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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    Turf History

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Older horses have more opportunities to win a grade I race on turf than they do on dirt in the U.S.

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    Full Accounting

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Account wagering can only move forward in California with approval from the organization that represents owners.

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    Taking the Fall

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The expansion of gambling in the U.S., though it may have slowed in recent years, has not run its course.

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    Imagine

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- A single act of doing what's right for racing could start a new spirit of cooperation within the industry.

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    Top of the Game

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Just two of the 45 yearlings bought in North America for seven figures in 1999 have won a grade/group I stakes to date.

  • American-bred Kurofune romps home first in the Japan Cup Dirt.

    Kurofune Romps to Victory in Japan Cup Dirt; Lido Palace Eighth

    American-bred Kurofune showed on Saturday why some Japanese racing fans are calling him a "superhorse," as the 3-year-old gray colt by French Deputy galloped to an impressive seven-length victory in the second running of the $2-million Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) at Tokyo race course.

  • Timboroa, shown winning the Turf Classic, is one of four American horses seeking victory in the Japan Cup.

    U.S. Tries to End 10-Year Drought in Japan Cup; ESPN News Showing Race

    There are many questions going into Sunday's 21st running of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), whose nearly $4-million purse makes it one of the world's richest races. But first and foremost on the minds of many American racing fans is whether or not the four-horse U.S. contingent can break a 10-year victory drought in the 2,400 meter turf race.

  • Trainer Robert Frankel, in Japan with Lido Palace.

    Post Positions Set for Japan Cup and Japan Cup Dirt

    Trainer Robert Frankel would rather be in Kentucky, sending Lido Palace out against reigning Horse of the Year Tiznow in the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. But with Tiznow retired to stud, the Hall of Fame conditioner is content to be in Tokyo, Japan, taking a shot at the $2-million purse in the second running of the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) on Saturday.

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    Dollars and Sense

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- To avoid any confusion, the easiest way to compile all sire and leaders lists would be to count North American earnings only, though that seems unfair to horses and individuals who take on international challenges. But a North American-only system is flawed, too.

  • Lido Palace, winning the Whitney, is among the American horses contesting the Japan Cup.

    Seven Americans to Contest Japan Cup Races

    The United States will have a strong contingent of seven horses at this year's Japan Cup (Jpn-I) and Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) invitational races at Tokyo racecourse next Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25, including horses trained by Hall of Fame conditioners Jonathan Sheppard, Neil Drysdale, Richard Mandella, and Robert Frankel.

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    Oversupply or Underdemand?

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Just as the size of Kentucky's foal crop was peaking, purses at the state's racetracks began to decline.

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    California's Challenge

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Account wagering has to do more than move on- or off-track bets into California homes.

  • Tempera finishes ahead of stablemate Imperial Gesture in the Breeders&#39; Cup Juvenile Fillies.&lt;p&gt;

    Juvenile Fillies Story: The Harty Girls

    It was only a matter of time. Not just for the Maktoum family's Godolphin operation, which proved to be a dominating presence at the 2001 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, but for Eoin Harty, a fifth-generation Irish horseman who left the Bob Baffert racing stable two years ago to train Godolphin's string of 2-year-olds in the United States

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    Big City, Big Show

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- New Yorkers made Belmont Park come alive in a way unique to America's greatest city.

  • You, winning the Frizette.

    Louisiana University Watching 'You' With Great Interest

    While many of the dams of Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championship contenders are owned by famous breeders who have carefully developed their broodmare bands over decades, the dam of Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) favorite You is owned by a financially strapped university in Louisiana that is ready to cash in on her success.

  • Juvenile Filllies: Bella Bellucci Liable to Improve

    There is no question that You has proven the most so far among the nine entries in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). But the beauty of handicapping 2-year-old races is that some young horses improve by leaps and bounds in a matter of a few weeks, while others who matured may already have reached their best form.

  • Anson Gambles on Japanese Invitation for Sign of Fire

    The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships aren't the only races being run this Saturday. Just ask Ron Anson, who with wife Susie owns a 4-year-old colt named Sign of Fire, scheduled to run at Tokyo Racecourse on Saturday in the $750,000 Musashino Stakes (Jpn-III).

  • Simulcasting in Northern California May Expand

    Recent legislation passed in California and signed by Gov. Gray Davis will allow Northern California racetracks and county fairs to expand simulcasting if the number of live racing dates is reduced. The new law also allows additional simulcasting if live racing is interrupted because of power failures that have plagued the state in recent years.

  • Mixed Bag for California Legislation

    California Gov. Gray Davis signed legislation authorizing the California Horse Racing Board to enter into an interstate compact for owners license but vetoed a bill that would have permitted racetracks and owners to lower takeout on betting handle.

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    All Together Now

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- What we may have by year's end are as many as a half-dozen proposals for medication.

  • Unbridled: 'A Wonderful Privilege to Be Around'

    Dr. Douglar Byars, respected surgeon at the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee equine hospital near Lexington, spoke with <i>The Blood-Horse </i>about the unsuccessful efforts to save Claiborne Farm stallion Unbridled, calling the 1990 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner "the most extraordinary, patient horse I've ever been around."

  • Mare Haven Loses Appeal Over Breeders' Cup Stallion Nominations

    Breeders' Cup Ltd. has denied an appeal from Mare Haven Farm concerning the 2000 breeding season eligibility of the farm's stallions that were advertised as "Breeders' Cup nominated" but whose nomination fees were not paid. The decision means none of the foals of 2001 sired by Mare Haven stallions are eligible for nomination to the Breeders' Cup program.

  • Mare Haven Loses Appeal Over Breeders' Cup Stallion Nominations

    Breeders' Cup Ltd. has denied an appeal from Mare Haven Farm concerning the 2000 breeding season eligibility of the farm's stallions that were advertised as "Breeders' Cup nominated" but whose nomination fees were not paid. The decision means none of the foals of 2001 sired by Mare Haven stallions are eligible for nomination to the Breeders' Cup program.

  • Frizette winner You will probably be favored in the Juvenile Fillies.

    Juvenile Fillies Preview: Bucking History

    Trainer Bob Baffert will be trying to buck 17 years of history when he sends Habibti postward in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). A Kentucky-bred daughter of Tabasco Cat racing for Saudi Arabian Prince Ahmed Salman's The Thoroughbred Corp., Habibti will come into the World Thoroughbred Championships unbeaten but with only two starts.

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    A Common Thread

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Those who say sports and politics do not mix are either immune to reality or, quite possibly, unfamiliar with Thoroughbred racing. Can there be a stronger link between the two seemingly unrelated pastimes than there is between world leaders and the international sport of kings, queens, sheikhs, and princes?

  • MRLS Economic Impact: $336-Million

    More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky has been wiped out due to mare reproductive loss syndrome, and the economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million, according to a study commissioned by Gov. Paul Patton and conducted by the University of Louisville's Department of Equine Business.

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    Positive Aptitude

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Aptitude was a man among boys in the Gold Cup, but he'll get a sterner test in the upcoming Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Juvenile Fillies Report--10/2/2001

    Barry Irwin, the head of Team Valor, co-owner with Heiligbrodt Racing of Cashier's Dream, has already indicated the Oct. 6 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park is his filly's Breeders' Cup. In other words, the Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Service Stripe will be going all-out to win the 1 1/16-mile event as if the 2-year-old filly championship is on the line.

  • Blue Grass Winner Halory Hunter Moving to Iowa

    Halory Hunter, who won the 1998 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) for the Celtic Pride Stable of basketball coach Rick Pitino, is being moved for the 2002 breeding season from William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., to Wade and Fred Feuring's Rockin River Ranch in Winterset, Iowa.

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    The Big Squeeze

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- The challenge breeders face in the current market is reminiscent of the cycle of the 1980s.

  • Juvenile Fillies Pedigree: Cashier's Dream

    When Cashier's Dream set a 5 1/2-furlong track record at Churchill Downs while winning the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) in July, the daughter of Service Stripe had many people wondering, "Who the heck is Service Stripe?"

  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Report for Sept. 25, 2001

    The Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) on Sept. 30 was expected to be a rematch of Del Mar's Debutante Stakes (gr. I), a race won by Habibti, with Who Loves Aleyna second and Tempera third. But it looks as though Habibti will be the only one of those three contesting the one-mile Oak Leaf.

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    Bye-Bye Bullring

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Closing the curtain on racing at the Los Angeles County Fair would stir up some memories of a not-so-distant past when the Pomona bullring was a source of great entertainment and a diversion from the serious side of our sport.