Paulick Report Staff

CRUNCH TIME FOR CUP PLANNING

By Ray Paulick Nominators to the Breeders’ Cup program and the Members and Trustees they elected in June have spoken loudly and clearly, and the 13-person board of Directors has five new members from the six positions that were voted on last week. Only one of six incumbents up for re-election managed to retain his […]

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DELAWARE SWITCHES ON TOE GRABS: DO THEY KEEP HORSES FROM STUMBLING?

By Ray PaulickCiting an unusual number of horses that stumbled at the start of their races, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission recently approved an emergency regulation regarding toe grabs on front shoes, increasing the maximum allowed in dirt races from two to four millimeters. The adoption of rules earlier this year (by the Delaware commission […]

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RACHEL HEADED TO THE HASKELL

Jess Jackson announced that Rachel Alexandra will start next in the $1-million Haskell Invitational Handicap at 1 1/8 miles against colts on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. The Medaglia d’Oro filly, who’s won the Kentucky Oaks, Preakness Stakes and Mother Goose in her last three starts, tries to become only the second […]

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CALIFORNIA TO OUT-OF-STATE OWNERS: IOU

By Ray PaulickOh, the joys of sending a horse to race in California. Some owners with horses participating in last year’s Breeders’ Cup on the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita Park believed running on that track was a crapshoot if it was their horse’s first time on synthetics. Obviously, it worked out for some (Raven’s […]

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HEY, STATES…TAKE A HIKE!

The burden of state regulators on horse racing is something many people merely shrug their shoulders over as if it’s a necessary evil. But imagine a sport without those onerous racing boards and commissions playing “big brother” in just about area of the business. Barry Irwin, the head of Team Valor racing partnerships and a longtime commentator […]

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ASMUSSEN SUSPENDED SIX MONTHS; GRANTED STAY

By Ray Paulick Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen has been suspended six months and fined $1,500 by Lone Star Park stewards representing the Texas Racing Commission for the case involving a maiden winner at the Grand Prairie track in May 2008 that subsequently tested positive for a metabolite of lidocaine, a Class 2 drug under […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm – AFTER DOWNS AFTER DARK

By Bradford Cummings As the state of Kentucky continues to spit in the eye of the Thoroughbred industry, it is essential the power brokers and decision makers capitalize on the few openings available to improve our product and bring racing to the casual fan. And quite frankly, until this summer there seemed to be little […]

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SAY WHAT? STATE REGULATORS ARE HERE TO STAY

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, took exception to horse owner Barry Irwin’s guest commentary published here last week (Hey, states…take a hike!) that suggested racing would be better off if it managed to get states out of the regulatory business and allow the industry to police itself. The former executive […]

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CHUTZPAH AWARD WINNERS DON AND MIRA BALL

By Ray PaulickThe Paulick Report is giving its first annual Chutzpah Award to Don and Mira Ball of Donamire Farm near Lexington, Ky. The Balls, well, they have the balls to be hosting a fundraising reception at their farm July 28, one week from tonight, “honoring Kentucky’s Senate Republican Caucus and benefiting the Republican Party […]

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DISCOUNT HELPS PACE BREEDERS’ CUP NOMINATIONS BEFORE AUG. 1 EARLY DEADLINE

By Ray Paulick A new early-bird online nomination discount for the Breeders’ Cup program has proven to be a popular option for breeders who are looking to nominate their foals in time to have them listed as Breeders’ Cup eligible in November sale catalogues and get a $100 reduction off the regular $500 nomination fee. […]

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