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  • legend of galileo continues to grow … and grow
    This is not another article exclaiming that racers by the legendary Galileo (by Sadler’s Wells) won all the Group 1 stakes over the weekend. Indeed, from 10 G1s on Saturday and Sunday, they won “only” four of those: marvelous Magical (Irish Champion), Search for a Song (Irish St. Leger), Mogul...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 26, 2020 12:36 pm
  • The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Historical Setback In Kentucky?
    The shockwaves felt on Thursday when the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the claim that certain historical horse racing (HHR) machines constitute pari-mutuel wagering were felt all the way from the state capitol in Frankfort to financial markets on Wall Street. In the immediate aftermath of the ruling –...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 25, 2020 9:00 am
  • September 24, 2020
    A few evenings ago, as we head toward fall and the sun sets earlier, I took the iPad for a walk to the back of the farm. The weather was mild, the horses were contented and lazy, and I asked … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on September 24, 2020 6:33 pm
  • Taking Stock: Keeneland Numbers Are Troubling
    With a pandemic that’s led to the loss of 200,000 lives, the loss of jobs, and overall economic instability that’s affected most people except for the super wealthy that are heavily invested in the stock market, no one expected the Keeneland September yearling sale to be anything but down by...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on September 24, 2020 4:49 pm
  • View From The Eighth Pole: The Skunk In Arizona Racing
    “You don't get in a pissing match with a skunk.” Those words were first conveyed to me in the mid-1970s when I was dealing with a political operative in Washington, D.C., who wasn't happy with something written by a newspaper columnist nationally syndicated by the company for which I was...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 23, 2020 4:20 pm
  • AN INTRIGUING STANDARDBRED-TO-THOROUGHBRED RACING TRANSITION
    Two of the most renowned racehorse trainers of all time are Bob Baffert and Wayne Lukas.  Both started out running quarter horses and then transitioned to Thoroughbreds, where each had immediate and lasting success.  Now an eminent name from Standardbred racing is aiming to make his mark in Thoroughbred racing....
    via Horse Racing Business on September 23, 2020 6:00 am
  • It’s Time For USTA To Support The Horseracing Integrity And Safety Act
    We've reached a critical stage in the debate over pending federal legislation that would bring sweeping and needed change to the way horse racing operates in America. The current bill, now called the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, is supported by hundreds of legislators, horse owners and breeders across the...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 21, 2020 10:49 am
  • The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Bloodstock Markets In The Year Of The Pandemic
    Bloodstock editor Joe Nevills joins publisher Ray Paulick on this week's edition of the Friday Show to talk about the state of the Thoroughbred market after completion of the recent Selected Yearlings Showcase at Fasig-Tipton and the early stages of the marathon September Yearling Sale at Keeneland. Like many industries,...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 17, 2020 10:13 pm
  • September 16, 2020
    Meet the two new girls, Mystery Trip and Gold Round. They’re as sweet as they are beautiful. See how Patch and Stormy Liberal are taking to sharing a paddock together, how The Pizza Man and Work All Week are settling … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on September 16, 2020 8:41 pm
  • PR Special Keeneland September: The Best Of Book 2
    CLICK HERE TO READ THIS EDITION OF THE PR SPECIAL The Keeneland September Yearling Sale has rolled into Book 2, and the Paulick Report is back with another issue of the PR Special newsletter. This time around, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills counts down the 20 greatest graduates from Keeneland September's...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 16, 2020 9:01 am
  • WEALTHIEST AMERICAN RACEHORSE OWNERS IN 2020
    The annual Forbes 400 for 2020 is out and it includes at least five billionaires who are prominent racehorse owners. Two of them are part owners of recent Kentucky Derby winners. The wealthiest racehorse owner/breeder (with farms in Ireland and the United States) at number 96 on the Forbes 400...
    via Horse Racing Business on September 16, 2020 6:00 am
  • People Love Jackpot Bets, Maybe.
    One of life's many mysteries on gambling twitter is the Jackpot Bet.  Oftentimes people like @shottakingtime, echoed by others, will post a jackpot bet pool (not a mandatory) where $15,000 or $20,000 was bet into it. The resulting discussion revolves around the statement, "who the hell are these people." I...
    via Pull the Pocket on September 15, 2020 3:10 pm
  • Kentucky Downs Race Raises Questions on Entry DQs
    I believe a stewards’ ruling on a recent race at Kentucky Downs failed to follow the state policies in place on disqualifications when an entry is involved, although chief steward Barbara Borden believes the rule gives them latitude on such matters. As it turns out, even when given that latitude—which...
    via Keeping Pace on September 15, 2020 2:50 pm
  • Saratoga and Del Mar Meets: What the Numbers Tell Us
    (published on pastthewire.com, September 14, 2020)          The Saratoga and Del Mar summer meets traditionally mark a bright spot on racing’s long annual calendar. The summer boutique meets have for decades attracted horses and fans from around the country, drawn by high purses, good racing and the vacation atmosphere. So,...
    via The Business of Racing on September 14, 2020 11:47 am
  • PR Special Keeneland September: Keeping Calm With Cordell Anderson
    CLICK HERE TO READ THIS EDITION OF THE PR SPECIAL Book 1 continues on at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and the Paulick Report has the reading material you need in the the latest issue of the PR Special. Today, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills interviews Cordell Anderson, the man whose...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 14, 2020 9:50 am
  • authentic’s kentucky derby victory makes peter blum the happiest breeder in america
    In the normal scheme of Peter Blum’s breeding program, he’s quite as likely to be planning progeny of a female …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 14, 2020 9:50 am
  • PR Special Keeneland September: How Canadian Consignors Are Navigating Uncertain Times
    CLICK HERE TO READ THIS EDITION OF THE PR SPECIAL It's opening day of the bellwether Keeneland September Yearling Sale, and the Paulick Report has the insight and analysis you need in today's edition of the PR Special newsletter. In this edition, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills checks in with Canadian-based...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 13, 2020 10:08 am
  • PR Special Keeneland September: What Equine Lending Can Tell Us About The State Of The Marketplace
    CLICK HERE TO READ THIS EDITION OF THE PR SPECIAL In a whirlwind month for the auction season, the industry's attention now turns to Keeneland for the marathon September Yearling Sale, and the Paulick Report has what you need to read in the preview edition of the PR Special. In...
    via Paulick Report Features on September 12, 2020 10:01 am
  • win win win adds an exclamation point to the kentucky stud career of the sunday silence stallion hat trick
    In the Forego Stakes at Saratoga, Win Win Win became the seventh Grade 1 or Group 1 winner for his …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on September 11, 2020 6:48 pm
  • Taking Stock: Nyquist Off the Grade l Mark
    Spendthrift purchased the breeding rights to Authentic before the Grade l Santa Anita Derby, and the $9 million kicker it agreed to pay Authentic’s former ownership group for winning the Gl Kentucky Derby is indicative of the premium that’s placed on a stallion prospect with North America’s most prestigious Classic...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on September 10, 2020 3:59 pm
  • September 9, 2020
    Derby week is over, and so is the limited run of Derby week tours at the Georgetown farm. The horses on the front of the farm have let us know how much they’ve enjoyed their week of meeting, greeting, getting … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on September 9, 2020 6:47 pm
  • Op/Ed: Owning Horses and ‘Buying’ a Dream
    Sam Hoskins, an owner, breeder, syndicate manager and ROA board member, gives us his view of how the reduced prize-money will impact racing in Britain From where we were back in the spring, to get racing back on was an incredible achievement and obviously everyone understood then that prize-money was...
    via TDN Op/Ed on September 9, 2020 1:10 pm
  • ECONOMICS OF THE AMERICAN JOCKEY CLUB 140-MARE LIMIT by ROBERT L. LOSEY, PH.D.
    On May 7, 2020, the Jockey Club issued a rule limiting stallions under its jurisdiction born after 2019 to breeding a maximum of 140 mares annually in North America.  The limits placed on mares bred for stallions born 2020 and later put them at a financial disadvantage relative to stallions...
    via Horse Racing Business on September 9, 2020 6:00 am
  • FACTS AND THOUGHTS ABOUT THE 2020 KENTUCKY DERBY
    A few weeks after Tiz the Law’s impressive victory in the 2020 Travers, the daily Saratoga racing show on Fox Sports showed a video of a post-Travers workout by the colt.  On-air personality and former jockey Richard Migliore commented that he thought Tiz the Law was not as energetic and...
    via Horse Racing Business on September 6, 2020 3:01 pm
  • Necker Island, Harbut and Daniels, and Black Owners in Thoroughbred Racing
    Several years ago while researching a story, I called a handful of trainers and asked if they had any clients who were Black. The story was about the history of African-American people in horse racing and I wanted to get their thoughts for it. These trainers had big stables: dozens,...
    via Brooklyn Backstretch on September 5, 2020 1:23 pm