Lenny Shulman

Lenny Shulman is features editor of The Blood-Horse magazine and author of Ride of Their Lives.

Articles by: Lenny Shulman

Secretariat Festival Includes Film Casting Call

The Secretariat Festival at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds Sat., Sept. 26 has extra-added importance this year, as producers of the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures film Secretariat will be picking one of the horses to star in the lead role in the movie.

Rusty Hendrickson, lead wrangler for the film, has all ready selected four horses for the title role, but left one slot vacant for a horse

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Belmont Contender Dunkirk to Undergo Fracture Repair

Dunkirk, who ran a gutsy, front-running second in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, came out of the race with a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone and will undergo surgery June 9 at the brand new Ruffian Equine Medical Center

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NBC Plans Week-Long Derby Coverage

NBC Universal is planning a full-court press when it comes to handling the 135th Kentucky Derby, with all-week coverage featured in a variety of programming and platforms.

The race itself will be part of a three-hour show from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. EST Saturday, May 2 airing on the NBC network, but Derby segments can be seen on the Today show. The show will air live from Churchill Downs Friday,

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Trainers Voice Santa Anita Surface Concerns

About 40 Southern California-based trainers met with Pro-Ride head Ian Pearse Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park to voice their concerns over the condition of Santa Anita’s synthetic racing surface, which Pearse installed a year ago.

Unlike meeting

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Animal Planet to Air ‘Jockeys’ TV Series

“Jockeys,” a TV series billed as a ‘docu-soap,’ will premiere on the Animal Planet channel Feb. 6 with a pair of 30-minute episodes. The program is a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of seven jockeys at work and home. Featured are riders Aaro

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Funny Cide Arrives at the Kentucky Horse Park

Funny Cide was officially welcomed to his new home at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Hall of Champions Dec. 5, becoming the second Kentucky Derby winner and champion to take up residence there in just over a month.

Like his immediate predecessor at

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Alysheba Arrives at Kentucky Horse Park

Hundreds of racing fans packed the Hall of Champions pavilion at the Kentucky Horse Park Oct. 31 to officially welcome back to Kentucky “America’s Horse,” Alysheba.

At 1:15 p.m., a long Sallee horse van pulled up in back of the pavilion, an

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Owner Turns Down $7.7 Million Bid on Yearling

Owner Michael Paulson said he bought back Azeri’s first yearling in the hopes of retaining a portion of the A.P. Indy colt to race. Paulson bought back the yearling for $7.7 million during the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sal

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Synthetic Surfaces: Special Report

Perhaps no other sport is as bound to tradition as racing Thoroughbreds. From the sheer length of its history, to the grand old venues in which it takes place, to the top-hatted and red-suited bugler calling the horses to post, racing loves its

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New Barbaro Film in the Works

Apparently, there is no end to the nation’s appetite for all things Barbaro. At least, Universal Pictures hopes there isn’t. The Hollywood studio has acquired the screen rights to “Gone Like the Wind,” an article written about the 2006 Kentucky

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Final TV Ratings for Belmont Slide 12%

Final national ratings for ABC’s telecast of the June 9 Belmont Stakes from New York showed a 12% percent decline in viewership from 2006. The two-hour program, which aired from 5-7 p.m. EDT, registered a 2.9 rating and an 8 share. Each rating poin

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Trainer, Jockey Suing Disney Over “Ruffian” Movie

Trainer Frank Whiteley Jr., jockey Jacinto Vasquez, and Thoroughbred Legends LLC have filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries, ABC and ESPN, over “Ruffian,” a television movie that is scheduled

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Preakness National TV Ratings Dip 9%

Final national television ratings for NBC’s coverage of the May 19 Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md., dipped 9% from year-ago figures. The 2007 Preakness telecast drew a 4.9 national rating and a 13 share. Each rating

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NBC National Derby Ratings Rise 5% for Race Segment

The race portion of NBC Sports’ coverage of the 133rd Kentucky Derby  May 5 brought in 13.8 million viewers, according to national ratings results released by the network Tuesday. The one-hour segment (5:41-6:42 p.m. ET) of NBC’s two hours

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Barbaro Documentary Will Air on NBC After Derby

“Barbaro: A Nation’s Horse” has finally found a home. NBC Sports has announced that the one-hour documentary focusing on the life of last year’s Kentucky Derby winner will air on the NBC network Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. ET. That will be 90

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