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It wasn't hard to pick this winner

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
Hey, I picked a winner! In a column on June 17, I put a few bucks on Plaintiffs in the first race at NCAA Downs, and federal judge Claudia Wilken awarded the photo finish to Ed O’Bannon, et al. on Friday, bringing to conclusion a suit against the NCAA that was filed way back in 2009. I thought the players’ case had merit based on antitrust principles, and judge Wilken agreed, saying that NCAA rules on player payment for “name, image and likeness” represented restraint of trade.
 
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Durkin is the epitome of class

Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014
There’s only one way to improve on the experience of listening to Tom Durkin’s call of Rachel Alexandra’s Woodward victory:
Watch him listen to it, while he’s standing in front of an adoring crowd.
That’s what we were treated to during the National Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday.
 

Trainer needs to show respect

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Gee, it’s a good thing Steve Asmussen rehired Scott Blasi.
Otherwise, he might never have realized in time that the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the best horse he’s ever trained is on Friday and not Saturday.
 
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Trainers differ on Lasix use

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The often hotly debated Lasix question took another new twist in North American horse racing last Friday evening. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess. My guess is nowhere, but anyway, a group of 25 trainers, including some of the biggest names in the business, issued a statement advocating for a gradual phase-out of raceday medication, which essentially means Lasix.
 

Pletcher still puzzled by Palace Malice's flop

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t have much to say on Saturday.
He didn’t have much more to say on Sunday, either.
 
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Guillot knows when to be serious

Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014
There’s peeling back the onion. Then there’s hacking it in two with a razor-sharp cleaver and dumping the raw halves in boiling stew water. Owner Mike Moreno of Southern Equine Stables promises that if you take the time to wash off the dirt, then tug and pick your way through the tough, pungent layers of his trainer, Eric Guillot, it’s possible to get to the center of something sweet.
 
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Take talent over voodoo

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
The MacGuffin for “Voodoo II: Electric Juju Boogaloo” is hanging from a tree on the Oklahoma side of Union Avenue.
Same producer, same director, same cast of characters, same set. Hell, same caterer for the crew, with an updated menu.
Same plot? Spoiler alert: No.
 
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Filly's death a real tragedy

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Abby Adsit held it together.
Her filly, unfortunately, could not.
Saratoga Race Course patrons near the mouth of the horse path leading onto the track from the paddock were front and center for a bizarre, heart-wrenching scene on Wednesday.
 
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Learning from her mistakes

Monday, July 28, 2014
Sheila Rosenblum was a ballerina who went through The Royal Ballet School in London and the School of American Ballet.
She was also a model, working for agencies like Wilhelmina (think Iman and Beyonce) and Ford (think . . . well, just grab every copy of People magazine from the last 20 years).
Because of ballet, there’s one segment of modeling that she is ill-equipped for: “I could never do a foot ad,” she said with a laugh. “I have the bloody toes to prove it.”
And yet, she never really knew from bloody until she dipped one of her powerful toes into the waters of thoroughbred racing ownership.
 
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Wicked Strong keeps on giving

Sunday, July 27, 2014
There’s something perfectly Boston about how the word “wicked” has been twisted into something good. Something strong.
 
Have trophy, will travel
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Have trophy, will travel

Friday, July 25, 2014
OK, I’m trophied out.
I’ve seen Union College’s national hockey championship hardware in so many places by now that its image in my mind’s eye is beginning to transmogrify from the simple, elegant wooden piece that it is into the Travelocity gnome.
I will welcome the point at which my trophy muscles are allowed to atrophy.
But that time is not yet.
 
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Rashard Lewis is hooked on racing

Friday, July 25, 2014
The tree was gone.
In the spirit of restoration for which this spa city is famous, a new tree seemed to have arrived to take its place on Thursday.
 
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McCarthy finally gets to winner's circle

Monday, July 21, 2014
Their house is only two blocks up Wright Street, but they had to drag Anthony McCarthy Sr. to Saratoga Race Course kicking and screaming.
His son, Anthony Jr., on the other hand, couldn’t get there fast enough.
 
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Danger for jockeys shown only too clearly

Sunday, July 20, 2014
Before I could talk to Ortiz, who knew Pizarro well, Ortiz and his mount, Broad Rule, missed trampling the tumbling body of Rosario Montanez by who knows how many inches. Montanez will be in the hospital for who knows how many days to get his smashed-up face repaired, along with treatment for rib and pelvis injuries.
 

A little piece of heaven

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Man, this place just delivers.
Time and again.
 
 

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