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CALENDAR QUIRK ADDS TO MARCH U.S. WAGERING DECLINES

By Ray PaulickWagering on U.S. races fell by nearly 14% in March, in comparison to the same month in 2008, as the slowdown in the economy and problems in the racing industry continue to negatively impact the economic indicators of the business. The numbers for March may look worse than they actually are because of […]

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VAN DRIVER: PARANECK HORSES WERE ‘WALKING SKELETONS’

By Ray PaulickThere is no disputing that a number of under-nourished and lice infested horses bred and formerly raced by Paraneck Stables were rescued from a kill pen at a New York livestock auction last month, but there are conflicting statements on the path those horses took to get there. The issue first came […]

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‘PIONEER,’ ‘REVENGE’ AND MUSKET MAN FIRE BIG IN DERBY PREPS

By Ray Paulick Zayat Stables’ Pioneerof the Nile made an early run for the lead down the backstretch of the Santa Anita Derby, took over from frontrunner Feisty Suances at the top of the stretch, then held off Chocolate Candy by a length to give trainer Bob Baffert his fifth victory in the West Coast’s leading […]

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MULLINS NO STRANGER TO CONTROVERSY

By Ray Paulick The investigation by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board into possible violations by Jeff Mullins in the detention barn prior to the running of Saturday’s Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct is the latest in a string of controversies involving banned medications by the California-based trainer. Gato Go Win was scratched […]

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OAKLAWN AND THE VALUE OF KINDNESS

By Ray Paulick Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella has always been something of a contrarian, so it should really not be that big a surprise that his Hot Springs, Ark., track’s business is running contrary to national trends this year. Attendance and handle are down at most tracks, with overall betting in the United […]

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LIVE BLOG: PAULICK OFF TO THE RACES

By Ray Paulick With four big Kentucky Derby preps on the card today, I just had to get off the couch and go where the horses are and do a real live blog of those races. The big question was where: Tampa Bay Downs to see if General Quarters is for real; Fair Grounds, where […]

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KY GIVES CUP BACKUP PLAN

By Ray Paulick Legislation approved by the Kentucky state Senate on Friday would pave the way for the Breeders’ Cup to make an emergency return to Churchill Downs this year in the event complications with Magna Entertainment’s bankruptcy prevent the Oak Tree Racing Association from hosting the two-day championships this fall at Santa Anita Park […]

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PDI by AmWest Entertainment: FASHIONED GOES UP IN FIRE

We all knew a shakeup was about to occur. Rarely if ever, do the consensus horses at the top of the field continue to impress throughout the Derby prep season and this year has officially proven to be no different. Despite leaving the third-place finisher behind by eight lengths, it is hard to ignore the […]

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EDWIN ANTHONY’S PEDIGREE REPORT: QUALITY ROAD

The following is the second in a series of articles written by Edwin Anthony examining the pedigrees of leading contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Last week’s inaugural article in the series looked at Friesan Fire, who on Saturday romped to victory in the Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds. This week, he takes a look […]

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INSTANT RACING HELPS OAKLAWN STAY TRUE TO MISSION

By Ray Paulick The old cliché about necessity being the mother of invention helps tell the story of the significant turnaround that Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., has engineered in the last decade. In the mid-1990s, when neighboring states approved casino wagering, Oaklawn lost 40% of its handle. Charles Cella, whose family owns […]

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