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Judge Rules Dickinson Lawsuit Against Keeneland Can Proceed

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by Keeneland Association to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Michael W. Dickinson Inc., stemming from Dickinson’s attempt to collect $395,874.18 (plus interest) from Keeneland in a breach of contract judgment against Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, a limited liability company co-owned by a subsidiary of Keeneland. Martin […]

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Florida Ruling Means Dozens Of Drug Positives Likely To Be Dismissed

Dozens of administrative complaints for medication violations in Florida are likely to be dismissed after the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering issued an order accepting the recommendations of an administrative law judge who found that serum sample collection procedures qualified as “unadopted rules” and that no action could be taken against licensees based on positive tests […]

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Photo of jockey Roman Chapa, already facing allegations of using a buzzer in 2015, seen winning the Pan Zareta Stakes in 2014
The Friday Show: Shocking Results, Weighing History?

Jockey Roman Chapa is already facing a lengthy suspension at least, plus felony charges for alleged use of an electrical device in a race in Texas, but in this edition of The Friday Show, we ask how far could this possibly go? A new photo of Chapa has surfaced that may shed light on further […]

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Bill White, Florida HBPA president
Commentary: FHBPA Stakes Series A Backward Step For Florida Breeders And Owners

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association was patting itself on the back 10 days ago for a 2017 spring-summer stakes schedule it negotiated with Gulfstream Park that included 30 added-money races worth $4,750,000. In a press release, the Florida HBPA said the organization’s leadership “has decided the time is now to make a commitment […]

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Mike "Pup" McMullen, new head starter for the New York Racing Association
McMullen A ‘Natural’ To Continue Gentle Approach As NYRA’s New Starter

Mike McMullen joined the racing scene in 1987 as a tall, lanky teenager who possessed a heavyweight’s hands and a puppy dog’s demeanor as he tagged along behind Jim, his older brother. He quickly became known as “Pup,” a moniker he cannot shake, even after recently being named head starter for the New York Racing […]

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Hip 127, a colt by Orb, was one of five horses to sell for $1 million or more at the OBS March Sale
The Friday Show: A Numbers Game, Hole In The Derby Trail?

It was a record-setting week at OBS March, with the 2-year-olds in training sale hitting all-time marks for gross and average, plus selling more than five horses at $1 million or more. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the current state of the auction marketplace. Are new […]

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Turf Paradise racetrack in Phoenix, Ariz.
Is Arizona HBPA Selectively Enforcing Bylaws For Board Election?

John Campo III is an attorney in Phoenix who breeds and races Thoroughbreds at Turf Paradise. He’s seen the quality of racing and purses deteriorate there, and thinks the board of directors for the Arizona Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association could use some fresh blood as tit prepares to negotiate a new contract with track owner […]

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Jocson training for the 2010 Lady Legends race
‘You Don’t Want To End Up Like Me’: Former Jockey Suffering From Chronic Head Trauma Denied Financial Assistance

In late 2015, a feature published on the Paulick Report detailed the story of retired jockey Gwen Jocson, who was diagnosed with neurological damage as a result of numerous head injuries suffered during her riding career. Jocson’s story came just as mainstream media (and Hollywood) were facing the ugly reality that a degenerative brain disorder […]

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PR Special OBS March: Farriers And Biosecurity, Orb And Constellation

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Ocala Breeders’ Sale Co.’s March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. In this edition of the PR Special, Denise Steffanus examines how a farrier shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to biosecurity.  In the Stallion […]

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Gomez won back-to-back Eclipse Awards in 2008-09
For His Strength, Record, Garrett Gomez Deserves Hall Of Fame

If Garrett Gomez had cancer, he’d already be in the Hall of Fame. But because he suffered from addiction, a disease most people don’t understand and one that many refuse to even acknowledge, a majority of Hall of Fame voters since 2011 have been weighing the two-time Eclipse Award-winning rider’s perceived moral weakness instead of […]

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