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Inside The North American Racing Academy: Crashing And Burning

Good horsemen agree that you don’t truly become a rider until you’ve fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it’s not “if” that first (or next) fall … Continue reading

The Friday Show: One Tough Ticket Or Ray’s Couch?

For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, The Jockey Club is expected to reveal today that it has completed a purchase of the venerable racing publication, the … Continue reading

Big Problems: Future Seems Bleak For Racing In Texas

I’m not the only one who let my imagination run wild in 1987 when the Texas legislature authorized a state-wide referendum to bring pari-mutuel racing back to the Lone Star state. After all, this was Texas, where you are supposed … Continue reading

New Company Links Mobile Games With Pari-Mutuel Pools

Former Breeders’ Cup and Stronach Group CEO Greg Avioli has teamed up with founder David Marshall and formed a California-based company that uses mobile games to introduce pari-mutuel wagering to an entirely new demographic. With direct ties to the … Continue reading

States Should Follow California’s Crackdown On ‘Program Trainers’

The California Horse Racing Board took an important step last week to try and clean up the scourge of the “program” or “paper” trainer. By definition, a program trainer is the person whose name is listed on the official track … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Mergers, Acquisitions, And Rail Positions

It was an eventful week in the horse racing industry, specifically with respect to how it is covered on television. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick delve into the Betfair-Stronach deal merging the two … Continue reading

Giving Back: Racing Industry Comes Together For Horse-Crazy Girls

When Jim Mulvihill, director of media and industry relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, went through his mail at his Lexington office in late January, he had a somewhat atypical letter waiting for him. “Dear Sir or Madam,” it … Continue reading

TVG And HRTV Merger: What Does It Mean?

The operational merger announced Wednesday between Betfair subsidiary TVG and The Stronach Group’s HRTV left many questions unanswered about the future direction of the two North American horse racing networks. The deal has Betfair paying $25 million for HRTV initially and additional … Continue reading

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Returns: It’s Free To Play, Sign Up Now!

The Derby Dollars Contest is back! For the second consecutive year, West Point Thoroughbreds, the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships, and, home to the daily competitive 123racing Pick6 wager, are teaming up with the Paulick Report to bring horse … Continue reading

Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets In Louisiana Dermorphin Cases

“I should have been a vet.” That’s what Louisiana trainer Anthony Agilar said in 2012 when he received a three-year suspension from the Louisiana State Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for the powerful painkiller dermorphin (a.k.a. … Continue reading