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PAULICK DERBY INDEX brought to you by Vinery LTD: DELAYS HURTING THE TRAIL

By Ray Paulick Is it just me, or is this year’s Triple Crown trail looking more and more like a Winter Olympics short-track speedskating race, with lots of false starts, problems with the racing surface, unpredictable results, and a narrow focus on two principals from the East and West.   In short-track it was Apolo […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: PUTTING THE FANTASY BACK IN RACING

By Bradford Cummings One of the historic criticisms of horse racing is its inability to adapt to changing times. Whether it was the unconscionable decision to not grab a television share in the 1950s or our relatively late arrival to the Internet dance, this industry has seldom been accused of having significant vision.   […]

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

  Kentucky Derby preps are in full swing across the country with more than a few contenders from the 2007 foal crop hoping to emerge as stars. Gulfstream Park will present two graded stakes for 3-year-olds, the Hutcheson, at seven furlongs, and the 1 1/8-mile Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth, both Grade 2. In the Hutcheson, […]

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NY ASSEMBLYMAN ON NYRA: THEY’RE RUNNING AN UNPROFITABLE BUSINESS MAKING EXORBITANT SALARIES

In an article from TIna Moore of the New York Daily News, NYRA got blasted by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow for having excessive salaries. NYRA would counter that in order to bring top people to their organization, they must pay salaries in line with other equivalent companies. What say you? Read it at the New York […]

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WEST: ESKENDEREYA ‘ALREADY THERE’

After an exciting weekend of racing, Gary West offers a strong analysis of where we are on the Derby Trail so far. Above all, it’s hard to argue with his assessment that Eskendereya’s Fountain of Youth performance puts him on the very short list of elite contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read it at […]

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ZAYAT: I AM A VICTIM OF VERY BAD PEOPLE

In perhaps the most extensive piece written about the Zayat bankruptcy, especially in a non-industry publication, writer Hugh Morley gets up close and personal with the controversial owner. Among other things, Zayat insists that he wants to pay the Fifth Third bank but not on the backs of depressed value for his assets (horses). […]

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POLL FINDS MINIMAL APPROVAL, MAJOR CONFUSION OVER AQUEDUCT VLT DEAL

Sometimes polls lie, but when they are as lopsided as the recent Siena poll on the Aqueduct racino ‘situation’, it’s hard to ignore the results. Only 3% called the contract ‘fair and appropriate’, a third of the voters felt it was ‘politically motivated’ and 64% didn’t have enough information. While that is a large unknown, […]

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ARIZONA RACING FROM INTEGRITY?

By Ray Paulick It’s a common belief that the court system gives a racetrack owner private property rights to exclude anyone it chooses from its premises. That doesn’t seem to be the case, however, particularly when the individual being excluded holds a state license to practice his profession on racetrack grounds. Just last […]

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TRIAL TIME FOR PARAGALLO

According to Frank Angst at the Thoroughbred Times, alleged animal abuser Ernie Paragallo’s long awaited trial is to begin today. Facing a maximum of 35 years in jail and a $35,000 fine, the former New York horse owner has waived a jury trial and will plead his case directly to the judge. Read it at […]

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HOW INDUSTRY SALARIES STACK UP

By Ray PaulickIt was a sure thing that New York politicians would complain about the annual compensations paid to New York Racing Association president Charlie Hayward and chief operating officer Hal Handel, who reportedly are paid $460,000 and $440,000 per year, respectively. And true to form, Democratic Assemblyman Gary Pretlow chimed in with the following […]

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