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UPDATE ON INJURED JOCKEY GIBBS

By Ray Paulick Injured jockey Craig Gibbs remains unconscious and in intensive care at the Hershey Medical Center, four days after a serious racing accident at Penn National in Pennsylvania. Agent Vern Rings said the 22-year-old Gibbs has developed a “slight” lung infection, according to doctors treating the Maryland-born rider, but that other aspects of […]

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NJ’S ‘SHAMELESS SHORTSIGHTEDNESS’

Stan Bergstein of the Daily Racing Form calls the situation in New Jersey a racing disaster and ‘the clearest demonstration yet of how powerless American racing is in a political environment dominated by casinos.’ He believes New Jersey has gone this way is not one horseman or horsewoman serves on the governor’s appointed commission to […]

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GRAND JURY CASE AGAINST DARREL DELAHOUSSAYE

The investigation that led to the grand jury indictment and arrest of trainer Darrel Delahoussaye began at Penn National last October when an employee of Michael Gill’s Elk Creek Ranch was observed attempting to make an unauthorized entry into the track’s stable area on the night a Gill-owned horse was scheduled to race there. A […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: WHY NO HALL FOR HOLLENDORFER?

By Ray Paulick No Thoroughbred trainer will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., when ceremonies are held at the Fasig-Tipton sale pavilion on the morning of Aug. 13. Under new voting procedures this year, the top four vote getters among nominees in four categories—contemporary male horse, […]

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HARBINGER ZOOMS TO THE TOP IN WORLD RANKINGS

After an impressive 11-length victory in the King George this past weekend, Harbinger zooms to the top of the World Thoroughbred Rankings with Sussex Stakes winner Canford Cliffs and top American older male horse Quality Road rounding out the top three. See the top ten list below and click on the graph to see the […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: BIG SKY, SMALL TRACK

By Bradford Cummings As owners, breeders, industry employees and media or racing fans, we spend the vast majority of our time concentrating on the headline tracks and top names in the sport. We talk about Triple Crown season, the opening of Saratoga, Del Mar, Oak Tree, or Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup, filling in the […]

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Q & A WITH LOUIS CELLA ON INSTANT RACING

Q & A with Louis Cella, vice president of Oaklawn Park, which developed Instant Racing machines in 2000 to combat a 40% decline in revenue from live racing and simulcasting at the Hot Springs, Ark., track after neighboring states added casinos or slot machines. Q: Why have so few states added Instant Racing to their […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, FOLKS

By Ray Paulick Everyone, it seems, is a critic. In last week’s Paulick Report Forum, Dennis Mills, CEO of MI Developments, talked about the outreach program he recently launched at www.racingfuture.com, where he is soliciting the public to offer their ideas for the future of the sport. The ideas will be judged, and the “best […]

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ONE CRAZY, GLORIOUS DAY

By Ray PaulickFor some (but obviously not very many), Del Mar’s opening day is the proverbial “place that’s so crowded nobody goes there anymore.” For the second consecutive year, the track where the turf meets the surf set an all-time attendance record, with 45,309 mostly beautiful people taking planes, trains and limousines to be seen, […]

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NJ HORSEMAN: THE WHOLE INDUSTRY IN NEW JERSEY WILL BE GONE

After New Jersey Governor Christie’s report on the state of gaming in the Garden State, the local horse industry was left with a feeling of betrayal. “The whole industry in New Jersey will be gone, including Perretti Farms,” said Anthony Perretti, GM of Perretti Farms, the state’s largest breeding farm. “The governor and his team […]

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