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ALL-SOURCES HANDLE FOR BELMONT DOWN 16.8%

PRESS RELEASE A crowd of 45,243 wagered $7,598,840 on Belmont Stakes Day races, a 15.6 percent decrease over $8,998,630 in 2009.   An additional $630,479 was wagered at Belmont on incoming simulcasts, bringing the total on-track handle to $8,229,318 compared to $9,632,241 in 2009, the record Belmont Stakes Day on-track handle for a […]

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CUT! ABC BUTCHERS BELMONT RACE COVERAGE

By Ray Paulick Is it that difficult to show a race on television so that it both reflects the power and excitement of the Thoroughbred horse and yet still allows viewers to know what’s going on in the race? Apparently so, especially if you happened to be the person in charge of televising Saturday’s Belmont […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: TOUR DE TRF

By Ray Paulick Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a couple of guys trying to help out a horse industry charity hit the road and visit a bunch of racetracks to raise money and awareness for a good cause. No, I’m not talking about a new version of Breeders’ or Bust, where Brad […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC Horse Supplies

A plethora of graded stakes are slated to take place across the country over the long holiday weekend, all occurring on either Saturday, May 29, or Monday, the 31st. Saturday’s most interesting contest appears to be the Grade 1 Gamely. The 1 1/8-mile turf fixture has drawn eight starters, including 2008 champion turf female Forever […]

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OAK TREE AT HOLLYWOOD PARK IN 2010? BELIEVE IT

In a blistering attack on Frank Stronach and MI Developments, the company that acquired ownership of Santa Anita Park through the bankruptcy of a second Stronach-controlled company, Magna Entertainment, Southern California racing journalist Art Wilson says Stronach should sell Santa Anita to someone who cares more about the sport that, in Wilson’s words, is a “sinking […]

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LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: MAN O’ WAR AND AMERICAN FLAG

By Frank Mitchell Memorial Day is an appropriate time to think of the heritage of sport and courage that lies in the pedigrees of our horses. In the claimer, as well as the classic horse, lie traces of the greatest racers of past years. Lack of immediate exposure of past champions as a sire or […]

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EXERCISE RIDER DIES AT PHILADELPHIA PARK

By Ray Paulick(UPDATE: In light of a comment suggesting a 45-minute delay until an ambulance arrived with EMS personnel to treat Mario Calderon, the Paulick Report was provided the following information by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission, which is investigating the tragedy: the incident was reported at 6:35 p.m., Bensalem police arrived on the […]

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NO EGG ON MIRAHMADI’S FACE

I think it was New York horseplayer and TV personality Harvey Pack who said, “Hardly is now a man alive who paid the mortgage at 3-to-5.” I’m not sure if TVG commentator Frank Mirahmadi had rent or mortgage payments due this week, but he was “all in” on 2-5 favorite Developing Story in the fourth […]

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THE SIMILARITIES OF RACING AND POLITICS

Frank Girardot, writing for the Whittier Daily News in California, surmises the similarities of horse racing and politics. Past performances, connections and money all make the two endeavors closer than many of us might think. If Girardot is right, then why do racing and politics seem to butt heads all of the time? And […]

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RACHEL CONNECTIONS CONSIDERING STEPHEN FOSTER, FLEUR DE LIS, OGDEN PHIPPS OR OBEAH

The Paulick Report received the following statement from Jess Jackson, owner of Rachel Alexandra. “Rachel Alexandra’s condition continues to improve.  We were impressed with Rachel’s Memorial Day work breezing six furlongs 1:11.20 and galloping out a mile in 1:38.  Her next work is Monday, June 7. Assuming she continues to progress, we […]

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