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IT’S (??????): PAULICK LIVE BLOGS THE 2009 ECLIPSE AWARDS

By Ray Paulick The big question on my mind has nothing to do with Rachel Alexandra or Zenyatta as the luminaries start to arrive at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., and TVG begins its four hours of coverage of the 39th annual Eclipse Awards recognizing Thoroughbred racing’s champions of 2009. […]

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VOTE TOTALS FOR ECLIPSE AWARD WINNERS

The following information was provided by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, detailing the 2009 Eclipse Award winners and vote totals (first place votes only). The first order of business for the NTRA should be to investigate who voted for Icon Project as the older female champion over Zenyatta. That person should not be eligible for […]

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BESHEAR BETS ON BUDGET

In a rather bold move, Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky produced a budget that assumes $780 million in revenue from expanded gaming. The problem? Gaming is not yet legal in Kentucky. Beshear stated Kentucky would need to find an additional $850 million in cuts during the next two fiscal years, compared to about $78 […]

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OPINION: WHY IS ABUSE OF HORSES TOLERATED?

“Can you imagine the fuss if there was systematic whipping of dogs?” That is the premise of this column by Paul Carpenter in The Morning Call this morning. Where do you stand on the issue of whipping? Do you support the new padded whip and do you believe it’s as effective as hoped? Click here […]

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PRIORITY NO. 1: HORSES OR HORSEPLAYERS?

By Ray Paulick Southern California-based trainer Bob Hess crystallized the often toxic debate over synthetic tracks as well as anyone I’ve talked with on the subject: “My horses are happy on it, and they’re lasting a lot longer,” said Hess, a 44-year-old, second generation horseman and a graduate of Stanford University. “My clients are getting […]

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LENTESCORE! BARBARO’S BROTHER BREAKS TURF MAIDEN AT GULFSTREAM

For all you Barbaro fans, we wanted to give you the opportunity to cheer on the next full brother of Barbaro after he broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park today. Under the guidance of John Velazquez, Lentenor won by an impressive 3 1/2 lengths. Click here for the Blood-Horse story Then come back to […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY brought to you by Liberation Farm: ONLINE DATING FOR YOUR MARE?

By Bradford Cummings When your life is on the line, no doctor of any credibility would even think twice about you seeking a second opinion on his diagnosis. So when thousands, sometimes millions of dollars are in the balance, wouldn’t it be nice to consult a second opinion without upsetting your highly paid […]

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COURIER-JOURNAL: INSTANT RACING HARDLY A BREAKTHROUGH

Earlier this week, Kentucky’s attorney general Jack Conway ruled that with some tweaking of existing statutes Instant Racing could be an option for Kentucky’s race tracks. Louisville’s paper the Courier-Journal weighs in on the possible addendum, and while they believe it might help, the editorial board is hardly buying into the idea this would be […]

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BOSSERT: GIVE RACING BACK TO THE TRACKS

In a very descriptive article, Jerry Bossert has some choice words for the NYCOTB controversy. Instead of mucking it up with our writing, I’ll let the words speak for themselves. “New York City Off Track Betting, the nasty parasite that some say sucks the blood out of horse racing…” “Imagine if you ran […]

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NYCOTB TESTIMONY BEFORE VARIOUS NY STATE COMMITTEES

Below is the entire text of the speech given by Sandy Frucher, Chairman of the NYCOTB. Read the text and then let us know what you think. Oral Testimony before the New York State Assembly Committees on Racing & Wagering  and Corporations, Authorities & Commissions   and   the […]

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