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Conditions on the Mercer Co farm
Borell Case Highlights Holes In Kentucky County, State Animal Cruelty Laws

As distressing details emerged this week about the condition of 43 horses at the center of an animal neglect investigation in Mercer County, Ky., concerned horse lovers had lots of questions. For many of them, the point was no longer whether Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Maria Borell or her father, Charles Borell, were responsible for the […]

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Voss: Eight Takeaways From The 2016 Welfare And Safety Of The Racehorse Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation held its seventh annual Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit on Tuesday with a packed agenda that addressed everything from the latest trends in the Equine Injury Database to jockey head injuries to whip use. While I’ll be bringing you expanded summaries of the summit’s most fascinating sessions in […]

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Z Camelot and Silver Cliff at their temporary new home, courtesy of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
Fedorka: For The Love Of The Horse

I got the text message Monday afternoon. I had known about the neglect case for quite some time, and my good friend Carrie Gilbert had been in the thick of it for months. A horse named Silver Cliff that she had rehomed for a friend was located at the farm, and was in bad shape. For […]

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Silver Cliff at Beacon Hill Farm in 2011
‘Unfathomable’: Horses In Dire Condition As Animal Neglect Investigation Drags On

The horse pictured above is named Silver Cliff. He’s a gelding by Silver Charm, born in 2002 and was nine years old when this picture was taken at Beacon Hill Farm, a Central Kentucky boarding operation owned by Charles Borell and managed by his daughter Maria. Maria Borell had just taken possession of Silver Cliff […]

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Pari-mutuel wagering on daily fantasy sports are coming to Nevada race and sports books.
Daily Fantasy Sports Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Coming To A Track Near You?

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a new form of daily fantasy sports based on the kind of pari-mutuel wagering used in horse racing, and the man who came up with the concept said he wants to bring the game to pari-mutuel racing states. The company given unanimous approval for an off-track, pari-mutuel sports […]

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Glen Berman, executive director of the Florida HBPA
After Spike In Violations, Florida HBPA Seeking ‘Fix’ Of New Medication Rules

Twenty-one of the 50 trainers with the most starts at the 2015-16 Gulfstream Park championship meeting were served with administrative complaints for medication violations since new regulations went into effect in January. The new regulations for therapeutic medications, signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June 2015, follow the drug schedule, threshold levels and withdrawal […]

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Tepin's victory at Royal Ascot this week provided one of the top moments of the racing season so far
The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

Alas, the 2016 Triple Crown season is over, and unlike last year when one horse convincingly captured all three races in a historic run, three different horses took the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. To some, that might be considered a disappointment but there are other things to consider. In this edition of The Friday […]

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A traveling, life-sized version of the People's Horse is adorned with potential names
Crowdsourcing A Racehorse? That’s A Story Worth Hearing

New journeys often begin on a path to somewhere else. In this case, the original destination was a maximum security prison in Upstate New York and the fork in the road was a racetrack. It’ll make more sense in a minute. To get to the penitentiary, Geoffrey Gray and his colleague had to drive by […]

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to reduce payments to NYRA from the video lottery terminals at the Aqueduct casino
NYRA Re-Privatization And VLT Revenue: A Deal’s A Deal

So there’s a bill awaiting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature that would re-privatize the New York Racing Association. Sorta kinda. NYRA has been under Cuomo’s control for the last four years – one year longer than he promised when he swooped in and created his own operating board to manage Belmont Park, Aqueduct and […]

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Thank You, Readers: Eight Years Strong And Still Growing

Eight years ago this week, an out-of-work horse racing journalist and a former stage actor and Starbucks barista launched a humble website that hoped to find a niche in the Thoroughbred world. From the beginning, the Paulick Report set out to accomplish two things: 1) cover as much news as possible by linking to existing […]

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