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  • charmaine’s mia confounds the cognoscenti at the sales to become a graded stakes winner
    Not many daughters of the faintly remembered stallion Chati (by Terrible Tiger, by Amerigo, by Nearco) ever found themselves in …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on January 19, 2021 8:08 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By PHBA Stallion Seasons Auction: The Optimists Club
    For the last three years as the calendar pages turned from December to January, the Paulick Report took the pulse of its readers, asking how they felt about the future health of the Thoroughbred industry: Were they optimistic or pessimistic? In January 2019, 43% expressed optimism. In January 2020, that...
    via Paulick Report Features on January 15, 2021 9:08 am
  • Campbell: New Mexico Racing Is At A Critical Crossroads In The Face Of Another COVID-19 Shutdown
    The author submitted the following open letter to the New Mexico Racing Commission to be read at its regularly-scheduled meeting on Jan. 14. The letter originally appeared on HorseRacing.net and is reprinted here with permission. Since early last year, New Mexico has by order of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, closed...
    via Paulick Report Features on January 14, 2021 5:53 pm
  • Taking Stock: The Widener Influence in Capo Kane
    Two years ago at Keeneland January, a short yearling colt by Street Sense from Twirl Me, by Hard Spun, exchanged hands for $35,000. He’d been sold in-utero by Godolphin for $30,000 at Keeneland November in 2017 and was foaled the following year in Bakersfield, California, at Jason Tackitt’s Rising Star...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on January 14, 2021 3:43 pm
  • Driving Jonathan Sheppard
    It was 2008. Jonathan Sheppard was in yet another chapter of his storied career and The Blood-Horse magazine wanted a feature story. Steeplechase Times still existed, and I still wrote freelance articles for other racing publications....
    via This is Horse Racing on January 14, 2021 9:42 am
  • Making Claims: Joe Nevills’ Five Fearless Predictions For The Bloodstock Market In 2021
    In “Making Claims,” Paulick Report bloodstock editor Joe Nevills shares his opinions on the Thoroughbred industry from the breeding and sales arenas to the racing world and beyond. Making predictions at the beginning of 2020 meant starting with certainty and taking a wild detour after COVID-19 changed the world. Assuming...
    via Paulick Report Features on January 13, 2021 1:11 pm
  • WORLD-CLASS HORSE RACES TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN WINTER 2021
    Throughout 2020, horse racing around the globe was, for the most part, able to operate without fans in attendance.  The same is true so far in 2021.  For example, although British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has locked down the nation until at least mid-February due to a spike in coronavirus...
    via Horse Racing Business on January 13, 2021 6:00 am
  • KEEP: A Legislative Fix For HHR Is About Keeping The Status Quo, Not Expanding Gaming
    The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky's equine economic advocate, released the following statement on the importance of legislation to maintain historical horse racing in Kentucky on Tuesday: Kentucky's signature equine industry has a simple request for state legislators in 2021: maintain the status quo and protect local jobs and...
    via Paulick Report Features on January 12, 2021 6:59 pm
  • life is good echoes the promise of the new year
    The name of the winner of the 2021 Sham Stakes might as well be the year’s motto: Life is Good. …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on January 12, 2021 8:12 am
  • January News: On This Race Day in 1852; and Remembering Louisiana Champion Lecomte
    On this day in New Orleans in January 1852, racing was cancelled on account of—snow? Mild winters in New Orleans mean that few days, if any, fall below freezing in a given winter, thus snowfall is a rarity. While nineteenth-century race days were often rescheduled due to rainfall and the...
    via Turf History Times on January 11, 2021 7:39 pm
  • charlatan and the chestnut tide are rising
    Chestnut coats are not the most common color in the Thoroughbred. Bay, and then dark bay or brown, far outnumber the red-headed wunderkind of the breed, and yet for some reason, there are a considerable number of very high-class racers who are chestnuts. Man o’ War, as well as Triple...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on January 8, 2021 8:19 pm
  • Leading North American Breeders For 2020: A Different Take
    Last week, The Jockey Club released its list of leading North American Thoroughbred breeders for 2020, proclaiming Calumet Farm as the top breeder for the second year in a row. Sure enough, the historic Lexington, Ky., farm owned since 2012 by reclusive billionaire Brad Kelley was atop the list of...
    via Paulick Report Features on January 8, 2021 3:32 pm
  • Strides by IV Hendrix: Harrods Creek takes to the hills
    Eighteen and a half couple, voices in full cry. Foxhunter math for 37 hounds galloping in pursuit of their fox....
    via This is Horse Racing on January 8, 2021 12:59 pm
  • OVERLOOKED ATHLETES TURN INTO STARS
    When quarterbacks Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills and Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns led their teams to places in the 2020/2021 National Football League playoffs, it reminded me again about how exceptional athletes, human or equine, are often overlooked early-on by talent evaluators with a reputation for expertise....
    via Horse Racing Business on January 6, 2021 6:00 am
  • 1,000-mile Challenge
    Every year the goal stays the same. Get in better shape, put in 100 miles a month and make it 1,200 (or more) for the year....
    via This is Horse Racing on January 4, 2021 10:40 am
  • Cool Songs 2020
    The website title says horse racing so you should expect some horse racing in this spot. This is not it. OK, here’s a little . . . the Eclipse Awards voting choices for 2020 were difficult, maddening and kind of weak at the same time. Here’s to better stuff in...
    via This is Horse Racing on January 3, 2021 1:48 pm
  • Looking ahead to the New Year
    Happy New Year to anyone reading this. I’m not a big new years resolution person in general. Mostly cause I probably never really hit them when I set them. But I do believe in manifesting things in my life so I may as well put some things down on internet...
    via Jason Beem on January 1, 2021 10:08 pm
  • New Year's Resolutions
    Happy New Year’s.  By the Numbers. A personal By the Numbers....
    via This is Horse Racing on January 1, 2021 6:33 pm
  • Fletcher Jones’s Unusual Racing Legacy
    Warmed by the fireplace, or perhaps by sipping yet another glass of a Santa Ynez vineyard’s rich and full-bodied red, I was contemplating the new year and how it needs to be better than the fiasco that was 2020. The wine, by the way, was issued by a label called...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on December 31, 2020 4:22 pm
  • TIHR Top Stories of 2020
    What more needs to be said or written about 2020? A year that we can’t wait to move past certainly produced its share of things we’ll never forget....
    via This is Horse Racing on December 30, 2020 2:07 pm
  • Why Do Rebates Work?
    I remember back in my mid-twenties, an associate and I had a good idea (well, more accurately we thought it was a good idea) during the dot com phase. We brought this amazing idea to a finance person at a brokerage where we learned pretty quickly we lacked a big,...
    via Pull the Pocket on December 30, 2020 1:45 pm
  • A YEAR OF DISRUPTION
    Like most enterprises in 2020, horse racing was severely disrupted as the result of Covid-19, which begin to drastically affect the United States in March.  But not all of the disruptions were caused by the pandemic. Covid-Related Disruptions The racing calendar was radically altered when the Kentucky Derby was moved...
    via Horse Racing Business on December 30, 2020 5:00 am
  • racing offers some rays of joy and optimism after a year of trials
    The holiday season is a time of hope, and this year is especially so, as governments and people around the …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on December 28, 2020 7:24 pm
  • December 25, 2020
    From as many of the horses on the main farm as I could get into it, here’s video greeting card withing you a happy holiday season. Here are a few of those who participated. Nicanor Amazombie new resident Tom’s Ready … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on December 25, 2020 9:01 am
  • RACING TRADITION AT THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY
    This week I received an email from Highclere Thoroughbred Racing suggesting that participating in one of its partnerships would be a “perfect Christmas present.”  Highclere Castle, the namesake of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing and Highclere Stud, is the site of the fictitious Downton Abbey, the immensely popular British historical drama series...
    via Horse Racing Business on December 23, 2020 7:00 am