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Dr. Larry Bramlage of Rood & Riddle
‘Beaten Down By The PR Machine’: Bramlage On The Best Prescription For Racing

Dr. Larry Bramlage, renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in Thoroughbred racehorses, said the time has come for those in the racing business to stop expecting the public to see things the same way horsemen do. Speaking at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital’s annual client education seminar this week, Bramlage was one of a panel of speakers […]

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The Friday Show: Horsemen Helping Horsemen In Court?

Funds exist in many areas of society to help people defend themselves in court. The latest such legal defense fund has been created for horse racing trainers and owners in light of a federal case in Pennsylvania. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the reasons behind the fund, the broader […]

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It’s Back: Fourth Annual Derby Dollars Contest, Presented By STATS Race Lens And 123BET.com

It’s time once again to sharpen your handicapping skills and identify the leading contenders on the road to the Triple Crown! STATS Race Lens, a data-rich product from equibase.com that brings clarity to your handicapping, and 123bet.com, home to the daily competitive 123racing Pick6 wager, are teaming with the Paulick Report to bring you for a […]

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Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association
Legal Defense Fund Created By National HBPA Supporting Indicted Penn National Trainer

A recently formed non-profit association affiliated with the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is helping fund the legal defense of trainer Murray Rojas, who has been charged with multiple counts of wire fraud and criminal conspiracy in a long-running federal investigation of horsemen and racing officials at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa. Articles […]

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The Friday Show: Population Problems, Early Derby Standouts?

It’s no secret that foal crops have been diminishing for several years. Despite recent contraction in the U.S. racing industry, the shortage of Thoroughbreds appears to be on display in important races coast to coast. In this week’s Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue of field sizes, racehorse ownership, and the […]

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Ken Ramsey and son, Jeff lead in Sandbar after winning their 400th race at Churchill Downs
Ramsey To Downsize Operation: ‘It’s Kind Of Gotten Out Of Control’

Ken Ramsey, the winningest owner in Kentucky history and an accomplished breeder, has begun the process of dramatically downsizing his Thoroughbred operation with the intention of reducing his stock by more than 50 percent. Ken and his wife, Sarah, have 630 horses as part of a massive racing and breeding operation centered at Ramsey Farm […]

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Trainer Marcus Vitali
Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position

Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban Philadelphia racetrack on Saturday. Vitali, who was denied stalls and whose entries were banned at Gulfstream Park and other tracks owned by […]

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Whitham Thoroughbreds' McCraken drew a large crowd to the Tampa Bay Downs winner's circle after his victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes
Whitham, Wilkes Enjoying The Ride With Top 3-Year-Old McCraken

February is a very good time to have an ascending 3-year-old colt on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Janis Whitham and Ian Wilkes, the respective owner-breeder and trainer of Saturday’s G3 Sam F. Davis winner McCraken, are enjoying the ride. “We’re all excited,” Wilkes said in the blush of the Ghostzapper colt’s […]

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Willieverwin (left) is pictured after his Nov. 23 win. The horse on the right raced as Tough to the Bone on Dec. 22 and won by 11 1/4 lengths
Mistaken Identity? Louisiana Officials Investigating 11 1/4-Length Winner At Delta Downs

Louisiana State Racing Commission officials are investigating whether two horses from the barn of Eduardo Ramirez ran in each other’s name at Delta Downs in December and January. “There is an active investigation going on at Delta Downs regarding the question of two horses and a couple of different races,” said Charles A. Gardiner III, […]

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‘They Just Want To Ride’: Small Changes In Scale Of Weights Have Big Impact On Jockeys’ Health

Somewhere in a corner of the jockeys’ room at Santa Anita Park hangs an old set of forgotten silks. Veteran rider Mike Smith thinks they’re only about 20 years old, but when a few other jockeys found them and tried them on, the silks didn’t fit. “I think society in general is different and we […]

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