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EQUIBASE ANNOUNCES FINAL NORTH AMERICAN EARNINGS LEADERS FOR 2009

Press Release For the first time, female Thoroughbreds occupy the top two spots on the list of leading North American earners in 2009, according to final statistics released today by Equibase Company LLC, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database for racing information. Zenyatta earned $3,330,000 in 2009 to become the fourth filly or mare, and the […]

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PATERSON: I’LL BE FORCED TO MAKE MY OWN CHOICE

New York Governor David Paterson declared his intent to take matters into his own hands by naming a vendor for the racino conversion at Aqueduct. Whether he’s hearing the desperation call from NYRA as a real warning sign of bad things to come or cozying up to a constituency he needs desperately on his […]

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: NO MORE BAILOUTS FOR NYRA

You can only prod a hungry bear so many times before it begins to rip off your limbs and that seems to be what’s happening within the NY Daily News editorial staff in regards to the recent NYRA news. Saying “the long decline in popularity of equine competition and the gambling that supports it […]

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BOSTON HERALD: ONCE THAT SLOT MACHINE GENIE IS OUT OF THE BOTTLE, IT’S OUT FOR GOOD!

Perhaps learning from the mistakes of other states, the Boston Herald is calling for a common sense approach to bringing slot machines to Massachusetts. Bordering states are either taking advantage of slots or have them coming over the horizon, so the editorial staff of the Herald ask leaders draw up a compact that includes tracks, […]

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FARISH TO RECEIVE ECLIPSE AWARD OF MERIT

 NTRA PRESS RELEASE       December 29, 2009       The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association today announced that William S. Farish, owner of Lane’s End Farm and a pre-eminent industry leader of multiple organizations and causes, will be honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit […]

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KY SLOTS BILL HEADED FOR A STALEMATE?

In what can’t be an uplifting article for industry folks in Kentucky, Greg Hall of the Courier-Journal writes that slots moving through the legislature is a 50-1 shot in 2010. Instead, Hall seems to conclude the only real chance to get slots done in Kentucky is through a constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Damon Thayer, […]

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NO KENTUCKY HOME FOR DEWEYCHEATUMNHOWE

True, we don’t cover much Standardbred racing on the Paulick Report but when Alan Leavitt of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and prominent Standardbred breeder makes the following comment, we feel called to bring it to your attention. “This is a sad day for Kentucky, which likes to call itself the Horse Capital of […]

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NYRA, GET LOST?

An editorial in today’s New York Daily News does not exactly take a cautious viewpoint on NYRA’s recent stonewalling on an audit request. The unnamed writer says that “Gov. Paterson and the Legislature cannot succumb to such extortion tactics. They should tell NYRA to get lost.” We’re not privy to the inner workings of […]

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REVERSAL FOR NYRA? SEEKS TRUCE WITH COMPTROLLER

In what is a smart move by NYRA, the New York organization will announce their decision to allow Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to audit their books. According to the Times-Union, officials familiar with talks over the past two days said NYRA is easing its stance, and will at least provide documnetation sought in the subpoenas, if […]

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SLOTS AT THE MALL…REALLY?

The Baltimore Sun, after running an online editorial supporting the Arundel Mills slots parlor, has come out this morning and officially spoken in favor of the idea. Simply stated, “Anyone who wants to help the horse racing industry — or keep taxes low in Anne Arundel County — should oppose the petition to block slots […]

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