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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Belmont Index: Hearts, Minds (and Bets)

For fans of racing who are also bettors, the Belmont with a Triple Crown on the line is a trap race. Most followers of the sport would love to see a Triple Crown champion for the first time in 34 years, but does it make sense to put your money where your heart is? From […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Belmont Index: Who Wants to Spoil the Party?

At this point, we have a pretty good idea of which brave souls will line up against I’ll Have Another in the Belmont Stakes, attempting to prolong the Triple Crown dry spell. If all the possible starters go, it appears the Belmont will have a field of 11 – about average for recent years and […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Belmont Index: Thrills, Mysteries Await in New York

After the Kentucky Derby, I, like many others, had doubts about whether I’ll Have Another would pull it off in Baltimore.  Did he just happen to get the best trip in the Derby and a little beginner’s luck with his rookie jockey?  Could he really run down Bodemeister again, going shorter and with a less […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Preakness Index: What Bodes Well in Baltimore?

An instant after I’ll Have Another crossed the finish line to win the Kentucky Derby, the first scream I heard was:  “Bodemeister will win the Preakness!” In the following days, that proclamation was also echoed by many perfectly sober people.  This prevailing opinion seemed to be more about Bodemeister’s front-running, near-miss spectacle in Louisville than […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Preakness Index: Will He Have Another in Baltimore?

One horse made the race, and ‘another’ horse won it. That about sums up a Kentucky Derby in which Bodemeister scorched the Churchill Downs track for nine and a half furlongs, leaving his frontrunning rivals wobbly-legged through the final quarter mile.  Only I’ll Have Another, who got a perfect ride from Derby rookie Mario Gutierrez, […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: The Final Countdown

The good news for fans of horse racing is that the post position draw didn’t royally upend one of the top choices in this deep rendition of the Kentucky Derby.  Hansen supporters breathed a huge sigh of relief when their 50-50 shot at drawing the dreaded rail post went in their favor, and the 14 […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Derby Brain Games

When you think about it, there really is no sporting event like the Kentucky Derby.  I’m not talking about its history or the pageantry or the tear-jerking of “My Old Kentucky Home.” I mean, literally, what other game changes its concept so dramatically for one singular event?  The Super Bowl is always played between two […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Loud and Clear

This time last year, there was already quite a bit of griping in racing publications about the quality of the 2011 3-year-old crop.  In fact, just about every year recently, the Derby contenders – as a group – have gotten a good dose of negative ink.  This year, however, the colts pointing toward the Kentucky […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: East, West or in Between?

Last year, the winning path to the Kentucky Derby was a short drive down I-71 from Florence, Ky., to Louisville.  Animal Kingdom’s victory in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park propelled him to Churchill Downs glory on the first Saturday in May.  If recent history is any indication, this year’s winner may come […]

Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: The Plot Thickens

Heading into Saturday’s Florida Derby, it seemed the entire racing industry was expecting something special from Union Rags.  It appeared certain the son of Dixie Union would improve off of his visually impressive Fountain of Youth victory and solidify his status as the horse to beat in Louisville.  What we got was something less definitive.  […]