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GILL CENTER OF CONTROVERSY AGAIN

By Ray Paulick If only Michael Gill had kept his word in 2006 when he said he was getting out of horse racing after being leading owner in North America by money and races won for three consecutive years. A lot of people would be happier and a number of horses might still be alive. […]

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UNION-TRIBUNE STANDS UP FOR DEL MAR

An editorial in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune lauds Del Mar’s dedication to its synthetic track despite Santa Anita’s likely return to dirt. They touted studies from California’s equine medical director and the Equibase Company that show the benefits of synthetic track in regards to horse fatalities. Click here for the rest of the editorial from […]

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GILL: ‘WHAT HAVE I DONE THAT’S SO WRONG?”

By Ray Paulick “I’ve been doing this since 1979, and I just can’t get a fair shake.” So says Michael Gill, North America’s leading owner by money and races won on four different occasions who finds himself in a familiar position–at the center of controversy, after Penn National jockeys voted Saturday night not to ride […]

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IS DUBAI THE NEXT ‘WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIP’ LOCALE?

In an article from the UK’s The Guardian, Greg Wood looks at the future of racing in Dubai and despite a recent financial problem for the Middle Eastern country, poses the idea that the Sheikh’s newest Meydan race course could be the site of a new world championship. He makes the claim that American racing […]

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PENN NATIONAL TO PATERSON: WHERE’S THE LOVE?

It’s been a hectic couple of days over at Penn National. Of course, the Michael Gill incident broken here on the Paulick Report has taken on a national spotlight within our industry. And now, on a completely unrelated note, the same company has written a strongly worded letter to New York Governor David Paterson. CEO […]

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MAGGI TO MIKE: ‘PLEASE GET OUT OF RACING’

Maggi Moss knows the claiming game and has shown a strong competitive desire to succeed in the Thoroughbred business. Those are two traits she shares with Michael Gill. Moss won 211 races in 2006, more than any other owner that year, the first woman to do so in more than half a century. She’s won […]

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JON WHITE’S ALL-TIME ECLIPSE BALLOT

As we run up to the 2009 Eclipse Awards, Jon White of HRTV gives us a very interesting perspective on the ballot process. What if we awarded all-time Eclipse winners in each category? White’s ballot has a nice mix of new and old, respecting the recent accomplishments of Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra while ultimately siding […]

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ENG: ROOTING FOR MEC TO SUCCEED

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Richard Eng chimed in on the recent Magna deal reached with creditors to maintain control of Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields and XpressBet. Despite such flops like the Horse Wizard slot machine, ultimately he makes a strong pitch for us to root for MEC to succeed ‘because way […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: STUDYING IN THE SADDLE

By Ray Paulick Over 20 years ago, during a trip to Japan to ride Pay the Butler in the Japan Cup and participate in the World Super Jockeys competition, jockey Chris McCarron was asked to speak at the Japan Racing Association’s jockey school, where teenagers with professional riding aspirations are taught about the sport, […]

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NYC OTB RESPONDS TO ASSEMBLYWOMAN MARKEY’S OBJECTION

New York, NY – January 15, 2010 – Yesterday afternoon the office of Assemblywoman Margaret Markey issued a news release commenting on the plan to reinvent NYC OTB.  There are several important issues of fact that must be clarified as we move forward in a productive dialogue on the issue of NYC OTB’s future:   […]

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