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COULD SARATOGA NOT BE THE ‘AUGUST PLACE TO BE’?

In a report from The Saratogian, Paul Post acknowledges that thinking the unthinkable in this economy is a simple reality. Due to NYRA’s recent problems, Post gives credence to the idea that Saratoga could possibly not run this year. Charles Hayward indicates NYRA can get through Saratoga, but goes on to say that if […]

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NJ GOV STRIKES DEAL TO INCREASE PURSES AT MONMOUTH

Recently elected Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has put together a solution that will increase Monmouth’s purses to an average of $1 million a day while cutting weekly race dates from five to three. “Only weeks ago, we were wondering if the end of horse racing in New Jersey was upon us,” said […]

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WHAT’S UP WITH AQUEDUCT? INVESTIGATORS FINDING PROBLEMS IN PROBE

Since embattled Governor David Paterson named Aqueduct Entertainment Group the vendor for Aqueduct’s proposed VLTs, there has been nothing but controversy swirling around his decision. And while nothing specific has been released, it appears the probe from state investigators into AEG is only making matters worse. “It’s becoming clearer and clearer that there’s a problem […]

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COULD NEW MONMOUTH STRUCTURE BE MORE BAD NEWS FOR NYRA?

As Michael Veitch of The Saratogian says, Monmouth’s new purse structure implemented by Governor Chris Christie may prove to be the biggest challenge to New York racing in a long time. The push to reduce race days but increase average daily purses to $1 million will force NYRA to compete with the New Jersey track […]

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KILL PEN OWNER TESTIFIES TO TAKING PARAGALLO’S HORSES

As the Paragallo case continues to be tried, the case against the New York owner continues to mount. Donald Nickerson, who buys horses and has them transported to a slaughterhouse in Canada, admitted to taking some of Paragallo’s horses up north. He described the condition of horses as weighing 800-900 pounds although “they had […]

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SANAN INDICATES BC LEANING TOWARDS PERMANENT HOST SITE

According to Tom LaMarra at the Blood-Horse, Satish Sanan discussed the possibility of a permanent host site for the Breeders’ Cup on the satellite radio show ‘At the Races with Steve Byk’. Suggesting that Santa Anita Park will change surfaces, Sanan explained the Southern California track has everything needed to become the permanent site. However, […]

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FARISH ‘DISAPPOINTED’ WITH COMMENTS; SANAN EXPRESSES REGRET

The following statement was emailed to the Paulick Report today regarding the comments yesterday from board member Satish Sanan. Statement from Breeders’ Cup Chairman, Bill Farish The Breeders’ Cup board is extremely disappointed with recent statements from board member Satish Sanan with regard to host sites and those views in no way reflect the official position of […]

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ERNIE PARAGALLO TO TESTIFY IN CRUELTY TRIAL

New York owner Ernie Paragallo, whose Center Brook Farm allegedly engaged in severe abuse of its horses, will take the stand today in his own trial. According to Paul Post, he is facing up to two years in jail and $35,000 in fines after being indicted on 35 counts of animal cruelty. Setting the […]

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DRAFT DREW?

Jennie Rees of the Courier-Journal makes the case to bring Drew Brees, Super Bowl Champion and MVP for the New Orleans Saints, to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby. She rightly states that he would be a perfect grand marshall for the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Pegasus Parade and smart addition for the Barnstable Brown party. Owning […]

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LIEBMAN TO CA TRAINERS: GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

In a column he apparently started writing a month ago, Dan Liebman of the Blood-Horse throws down the panic gauntlet. After several weeks of patience, Liebman is calling on all California trainers with aspiring 3-year-olds to ‘GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN’. Perhaps trying to get a free plane ticket to New Mexico, he […]

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