Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

SLAUGHTER GOES UNDERGROUND

The following guest commentary by Alex Brown (www.alexbrownracing.com) discusses the recent implementation by some racetracks of a zero tolerance policy for horse slaughter and the unintended consequences those programs may have.. — Ray Paulick  By Alex Brown  Recently some racetracks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region have adopted a zero-tolerance policy for horse […]

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SANTA ANITA’S SYNTHETIC SAGA

By Ray Paulick The installation of the new Pro-Ride synthetic surface that began at Santa Anita Park in mid-July is “ahead of schedule,” according to Ron Charles, the track’s president and chief operating officer of Magna Entertainment. Santa Anita is hosting the 2008 and 2009 Breeders’ Cup world championships during the Oak Tree Racing […]

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DEAR JOHN…AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BRUNETTI

Dear John, Are you nuts? I mean, seriously, how do you want your legacy to read? John J. Brunetti, the savior of Hialeah Park, the man who fought the establishment for years after buying the South Florida track in 1977, resisted the temptation to sell the historic grande dame of racing to developers, and […]

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A MAJOR MINOR

By Ray Paulick Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Wealthy individual who was extremely successful in other businesses and has a passion for Thoroughbred racing and breeding wants to buy a racetrack and incorporate his unique ideas to help bring the sport back to its glory days. That description could easily […]

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IT’S OFFICIAL: CALDER SIMULCAST, SLOTS DEAL DONE

Churchill Downs Inc. and the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association came to terms on a 2008 purse contract for Calder Race Course and on a contract for slot machines whenever the gambling machines begin operations at the Miami-area track.     The agreement means simulcast will once again be available on Calder’s races, effective this Thursday. The agreement […]

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THOROUGHBRED TIMES RIP OFF

I felt a little angst when a friend called Monday night to say that “someone at the Thoroughbred Times is reading the Paulick Report, because they ripped off your story about past-posting on a race from Philadelphia Park and didn’t give you any credit.”   I was in the middle of a dinner celebrating my […]

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CORRECTION: PAULICK REPORT EATS CROW ON A.P. INDY

While striving to be the independent and timely voice for the Thoroughbred industry, the Paulick Report reserves the right to eat crow on occasion when we publish incorrect information. The story published under the headline THOROUGHBRED TIMES RIPOFF suggested incorrectly, based on third-party information, that the fertility of the Lane’s End stallion A.P. Indy was […]

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VINERY SACKS ASMUSSEN

Tommy Simon’s Vinery Stable has moved 21 horses from the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen, not long after an allegation of a positive test for traces of the therapeutic anesthetic  lidocaine from an Asmussen-trained  horse that won a maiden race at Lone Star Park in Texas May 10. Tom Ludt, general manager of Vinery, […]

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POLITICKING FOR BREEDERS’ CUP BOARD AT WARP SPEED

  Phone lines in Central Kentucky have been burning up among the nearly 50 incumbent and newly elected members and trustees of the Breeders’ Cup, who will be responsible for electing seven individuals to the 14 member operating board of directors in Lexington, Ky., on Friday. Five members of the board — Antony Beck, current […]

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ANOTHER SILLY SPAT OVER ‘HORSE CAPITAL’ CLAIM

ABC.net in Australia is carrying the blow-by-blow report of a battle royal between two small towns north of Sydney — Scone and Tamworth — both of which are claiming to be the “horse capital of Australia.” Apparently, Tamworth is calling itself the island nation’s “horse capital” because of a AUS$30-million equestrian center recently completed. […]

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