Inside the Paulick Report: Mary Makes Four-ney

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A month ago, the Paulick Report proudly announced its latest full-time hire in former NPR radio host Scott Jagow, who decided to drop his promising career in Los Angeles for the horse racing industry. We still don’t know if there was something in the water he was drinking, but really, what other explanation could there be for that move?

In all seriousness, we couldn’t be happier to move Scott from weekend editor to a full-time position, but that left a hole on Saturdays and Sundays (when Ray needs his beauty sleep). We tried to get his dog Spud to take the spot but he had conflicts with his schedule (the weekend graded stakes hit during dinner and naptime) and so we were in a mad scramble to find a replacement.


That’s when we received an email from Mary Forney, who was letting us know that she was a victim of staff downsizing at the Thoroughbred Owners of California. After a half-second of thought, we decided to offer Mary the weekend editor job and to the benefit of the Paulick Report and our audience, she accepted immediately. We look forward to having someone of Mary’s caliber and experience joining the Paulick Report (finally someone of repute will have a say here) and hope to see her role evolve as we continue to grow.

About Mary Forney

Mary Forney has been involved in the business of Thoroughbred horse racing for more than 25 years, including positions with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the California HBPA, Santa Anita Racetrack, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California. She currently writes and publishes a blog dedicated to showcasing California Thoroughbred racing.  A magna cum laude graduate of California State University Los Angeles, she holds a BA in Sociology with an Emphasis in Law and Society. In 2006, Mary was named “Outstanding Woman in Thoroughbred Horse Racing” by the California State Assembly.  She serves on the boards of California’s Winners’ Foundation and the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation.

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  • Bill Downes

    Mary is a great person and an excellent addition to the PR!

  • http://yahoo roger

    Welcome aboard Mary….no doubt the downsizing at TOC was the direct result of CA Boycott over takeout hike…. doesn’t the TOC gets funding from the takeout and wagering is down over $150 million since SB 1072 became law January 1st.

    Ray….enjoy your weekends but please…..don’t TWITTER us to blindness on the Community page:)

  • Coach K

    Excellent move to the front position again by the Paulick Report. This could turn into a romp with the addition of Mary to the team!

  • Larry

    Yes Roger, you are responsible for poor Mary losing her job. You should be proud of yourself.

  • rwwupl

    Great move. Mary Forney would be a great addition anywhere. Mary is a friend to all.

    Best, Roger Way

  • http://yahoo roger

    Larry-
    Mary just upgraded her employment joining the Paulick Report.

    Jack Owens (TOC) is the person that owes Mary an apology….not a CA Boycotter.

  • BizQuick

    Mary Forney is a great addition. She’ll dress up the place compared to you Frat Boys!!

  • One More Turn

    Mary has been a huge plus for TOC . Wherever their budget problems started, they have lost their trump card. No continuity of staff in an organization whose Board turns over frequently…nothing of benefit will be accomplished there. Might as well decertify and start over with one organization with a NEWLY elected Board of Directors, representing both owners and trainers. The cost savings will be huge, and California will have one horsemans group like all of the other states do.

  • Watcher

    Well done, Ray. Excellent choice.

    But one question: does Mary get time off for competing in her marathons?

  • Jerry Jamgotchian

    RAY:

    MARY FORNEY REFUSED TO VIOLATE THE LAW AND WAS REMOVED BY THE CORRUPT (AND SOON TO BE DECERTIFIED) TOC BOD.

    SHE IS A VERY HONEST AND COMPASSIONATE LADY WHO DESERVES MUCH BETTER THAT SHE GOT WHILE WORKING AT THE TOC…(THIEVES/OUTLAWS/CRIMINALS)

    I’M HAPPY THAT SHE WILL BE YOUR WEEKEND EDITOR AND KNOW THAT SHE WILL DO AN EXCELLENT JOB.

    SHE’S A GOOD HIRE………

    JERRY JAM

  • Shuvee

    OK, now watch Mary hit the Belmont Tri (just like Scott did at the Derby immediately after his hire)!

    Congrats to Mary and The Paulick Report! Finally, some class to go with the sass! (only kidding, guys.)

  • http://pullthepocket.blogspot.com/ PTP

    Good luck Mary. Glad to see you doing what you like to do!

    PTP

  • Jane

    Wonderful news – Mary is a very knowledgeable and sharp person and will do a great job. Good hire!!

  • MH

    Unlike others who use Mary’s story to push their platform, I’ll just say that she is one of, if not THE, most universally-liked person in So Cal racing and should be a great addition to the Paulick Report.

  • Mary Forney

    Thank you so much for all the nice comments. I am humbled and very flattered. It’s an honor to join the Paulick Report!

  • Don Reed

    I have GOT to read these things more carefully.

    Here I thought Spud was Ray’s pet; with an honorary pedigree like that, doubt could not be tolerated. Off I went with the piggy bank to bet on all of Spud’s inspirations.

    This is why we’re dining on Alpo tonight.

    (When Spud got wind of this, he shipped us some Spam, but we turned our noses up at the Fed Ex guy standing on the front porch & back it went.)

    Now, of course, the explanation has surfaced. Scott is the proud owner of the 2nd worst handicapper in the U.S. of A.

    But Mary Fornay coming to the PR restores the creative balance; we’re back with caviar on the menu, so to speak.

    Mary, good luck! I’ve enjoyed reading your site originating from CA; now, fortunately, it continues.

    Merging your creativity & skills with this heretofore woebegone ramble of madcap journalists can not fail but to have an uplifting effect on their cumulative morale & grooming habits.

    Improvements Abound!

  • Mark Couto

    Mary is a lovely, articulate, knowledgeably and insightful person.
    Will look forward to hearing more from her

  • http://www.yakutisenterprises.com Tat

    This is great news. I’ve known Mary since 1981 when the CTBA had a staff of about 45 people! We all worked under the same roof there on Colorado Place in Arcadia. Mary is a great addition to your team!

  • WILLIAM L. ANTON

    Mary is one of the greatest gals I have ever met.  She is the epitome of a fine lady.  Her work with the TOC was/is always above reproach.  In my books she is an asset to any organization or persons life that she touches.  Paulick is very lucky to have her in his corner.

  • WILLIAM L. ANTON

    Mary is one of the greatest gals I have ever met.  She is the epitome of a fine lady.  Her work with the TOC was/is always above reproach.  In my books she is an asset to any organization or persons life that she touches.  Paulick is very lucky to have her in his corner.

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