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Arrogate (Unbridled's Song) and jockey Mike Smith win the Travers (Gr I) at Saratoga Racecourse
Prince’s Patience Pays Off With ‘Rambunctious’ Arrogate

“He was a little rambunctious,” trainer Bob Baffert said of his record-setting Travers victor Arrogate, thinking back to when the horse first arrived in his barn last year. Bred by Clearsky Farm, Arrogate made it onto Baffert’s short list at the 2014 Keeneland September Yearling sale, where the veteran is aided by Donato Lanni. Baffert […]

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Paulick Report 8/26 News Minute Presented By NYRA Bets

The Paulick Report (www.paulickreport.com) sends out its headlines newsletter every weekday morning at 9 a.m ET (10 a.m. weekends), but the news doesn’t stop after you’ve had your morning coffee. Each weekday at mid-day, the Paulick Report brings you a video News Minute to let you know what’s happening around the Thoroughbred racing world: news […]

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A certain horse with the initials CC has foiled Ray Paulick yet again
The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Eating Chrome, Next Stop Supreme Court?

Some bold predictions were made on last week’s Friday Show concerning the biggest races of the week. First order of business on this week’s show, revisit those and see who might need to eat some crow (or Chrome in this case). Not to be deterred by past results, Scott and Ray also tackle this weekend’s […]

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On the left, is a blow-up image from Del Mar's website, showing a sliver of space between the nose of Navy Hymn  (top) and the line used to determine finish order. The blown-up image on the right is what stewards and placing judges viewed.
Close Call: Distorted Online Photo Raised Questions About Del Mar Dead Heat

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.” Honest Abe may have been right – even though I haven’t actually read that warning from him anywhere but on the Internet. Take, for example, photo finishes posted on the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club website. More specifically, look at the photo finish of Sunday’s […]

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Indiana Grand Diaries: What’s Driving New Interest In Racing, Breeding Programs?

Over the weekend, three horseplayers earned spots in the National Handicapping Championship with Indiana Grand’s first ever qualifier for the NHC. It’s another step of many by the Centaur Gaming-owned racetrack to invest in the racing product. The efforts have had far-reaching effects, with horsemen and owners from other states and regions shipping in for […]

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Jamgotchian Takes Challenge Of ‘Claiming Jail’ Rules To U.S. Supreme Court

Jerry Jamgotchian is nothing if not persistent. The California-based Thoroughbred owner has fought a five-year battle over Kentucky regulations that prohibit a claimed horse from racing out of state until the meet during which the horse was claimed comes to an end. Jamgotchian challenged the so-called “claiming jail” or “jail time” rule in Franklin Circuit […]

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Trust, But Verify: Fact-Checking A Few Of Racing’s Stump Speeches

There’s a disturbing similarity these days between sitting in public meetings and forums on various horse racing topics, and watching coverage of the presidential election: everyone has a stump speech, and they don’t seem to get tired of hearing themselves talk. We touched on this somewhat with our tongue-in-cheek regulatory meeting bingo card published last […]

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California Chrome and Dortmund battle to the wire in the San Diego Handicap
The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: A Classic ‘Classic,’ Information Underload?

Songbird makes a bid for 10 consecutive victories this weekend as she puts her unblemished record on the line in Saturday’s Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Will she survive the “graveyard of champions” a second time? The same day on the West Coast, three of the nation’s top horses will do battle in the Pacific Classic […]

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From Hong Kong to Louisiana: Integrity Matters

“We wanted to have the highest integrity of the racing product.” – From Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table presentation by Hong Kong Jockey Club CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges. Adherence to that goal of having the highest possible integrity is one reason the Hong Kong Jockey Club has grown, as Engelbrecht-Bresges said, “from a regional racing organization to […]

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Humphrey Sees Racing As Central Churchill Downs Product In New Role As Chairman

Watts Humphrey Jr. is a third-generation owner and breeder who was recently named as the replacement to Robert L. Evans as board chairman of Churchill Downs Inc. Humphrey raises horses at his 1,000-acre Shawnee Farm near Harrodsburg, Ky., and his racing operation focuses primarily on homebreds. Individually or in partnership, Humphrey is the breeder or […]

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