The Biz

DUCHOSSOIS GOBBLES UP CHURCHILL SHARES

By Ray Paulick Richard Duchossois, who became the largest shareholder in Churchill Downs Inc. when his wholly owned Arlington Park racetrack was merged with Churchill in September 2000, has been steadily adding to his holdings over the last 10 months. In September alone, the Chicago industrialist has purchased 17,296 shares of CDI. As part of […]

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BET ON THE FUTURE OF THE PAULICK REPORT

Dear Colleague, This week we’re kicking off our seven-day Public Broadasting System knock-off quarterly fundraising drive. Like PBS, we depend on viewers like you for the majority of our operational support to allow us to maintain and enhance the Thoroughbred industry’s premiere independent voice. Fortunately for you, we will be deviating from the PBS […]

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TOP TEN REASONS TO SUPPORT THE PAULICK REPORT

Yesterday, we made a general appeal as to why we think the Paulick Report is worth supporting financially. We keep checking our backs for a team of PBS lawyers but so far they haven’t seemed to notice our blatant fundraiser knock-off! As a service to our prospective donors, we thought it would be neighborly […]

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TOP TEN REASONS TO NOT SUPPORT THE PAULICK REPORT

It seems we have outrun the PBS lawyers, but with our Top Tens being unveiled we have little doubt that David Letterman’s folks will have us on speed dial in no time at all. For those of you glass half full types, yesterday’s “Top Ten Reasons to Support the Paulick Report” was like a […]

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TOBA TO GIVE AWARD TO…TOBA?

(Note to readers: To quote funnyman Dave Barry, I swear I am not making this up. The following press release from the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association announces that the TOBA is giving itself an Industry Service Award for the work of the Sales Integrity Task Force that it formed in 2004. We sincerely […]

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PFFT! MCNAIRS VANISH

By Ray Paulick The Labor Day announcement that Stonerside Stables has been sold by Robert and Janice McNair to Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed is troubling news – not over concerns that the sheikh’s Darley operation may become a dominating force in American racing and breeding but because of the symbolism of McNair’s departure from active […]

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BREAKING: CURLIN TO JC GOLD CUP

Curlin will be remaining in New York for his next start, the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park Sept. 27. Following is the press release from Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Farms,  majority owner of the reigning Horse of the Year. — Ray Paulick   Curlin Loves New York Following win in […]

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ROID RAGE

By Ray Paulick The definition of the term “illegal” has always been a bit fuzzy in the horse racing world, especially among trainers. Several years ago I asked a very prominent horseman point blank if he was giving the blood-doping agent EPO to his horses as racing’s rumor mill had it. His response was […]

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‘WE ARE STRUGGLING TO ADAPT’

Alan Foreman, CEO of the Thoroughbred Horesemen’s Association, laid it on the line in discussing the industry’s real and perceived problems regarding medication and drug testing at Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Foreman identifies the problems facing the Thoroughbred industry relative to medication and testing and also provides a roadmap for […]

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LOST IN THE FOG…A HORSE OF A LIFETIME

John Corey wrote the following piece about how he came to meet the late Harry Aleo and produce a documentary film about Lost in the Fog, Aleo’s champion sprinter of 2005 who had a glorious racing career before he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer in August 2006. He died the following month The documentary, […]

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