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Rusty Arnold On Pending Suspension: ‘The System Has Failed Me’

George R. “Rusty” Arnold II is a proud man. A third-generation Kentucky horseman, he’s trained Thoroughbreds for more than 40 years, saddled 16 Grade 1 winners and ranks 38th on the Equibase list of all-time leading trainers by money won, with over $64 million in total earnings. Arnold, 62, is the first to admit he […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: ‘The Saratoga Of The South’

They don’t write races at 1 1/16 miles and a few jumps. If they did, Vino Rosso might have gotten the money and 10 Kentucky Derby points in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Officially, the Curlin colt got just two Derby points while winding up third, beaten 1 ¼ […]

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Former United Tote Employee Gets 15-Month Jail Sentence For Extortion Attempt

Ethan C. Fey, a longtime former employee of Churchill Downs and its United Tote subsidiary, on Jan. 25 was sentenced to 15 months in jail in United States District Court in Louisville, Ky. In October, Fey pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act extortion and one count of possession of unauthorized devices. According to […]

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Texas Case Reveals Tricky ‘Business’ Of Horse Slaughter Rescue

Sonny Ellen of Bryan, Texas, is 82, a bail bondsman by trade for nearly a half century, and a lifelong horse owner. Two weeks ago, Ellen said he was blindsided when he got a call from Mindy Willis, his trainer at Sam Houston Race Park, saying track management told her Ellen had been banned for […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Weighty Issues On The Derby Trail?

Kiaran McLaughlin sat in the Gulfstream Park parade ring late Saturday afternoon, soaking in the success of the previous half-hour. Godolphin Racing’s Avery Island had made a successful 2018 debut at Aqueduct, winning the Grade 3 Withers by two lengths. Victory gave the son of Street Sense 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky […]

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Justice Appointees To West Virginia Racing Commission Move To Kill Charles Town Classic

When Jim Justice made his successful run for governor of West Virginia in 2016, he often remarked how a major horse race could help bring tourism to the state. Just over a year later, however, two of Justice’s appointees to the three-member state racing commission are driving a stake into the heart of West Virginia’s […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Breeders’ Cup Derby?

Should the Breeders’ Cup expand again? That’s a question the organization’s board of directors is expected to ponder at an upcoming meeting, when a proposal to add a “Breeders’ Cup Derby” for 3-year-olds and push the Breeders’ Cup Classic to a separate date in December will be discussed. Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup president and CEO, […]

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Trainers, Agents Beware: Telephone Con Artist Is At It Again

Trainers and bloodstock agents in California, New York and states in the Midwest are being targeted by a telephone con artist who falsely claims to represent a wealthy international businessman interested in retaining them to buy horses on his behalf. The scam is almost identical to the one reported in the Paulick Report in August […]

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Pennsylvania Judge Issues Stay Of Suspensions Prompted By Failure To Comply With Subpoenas

A Pennsylvania judge has issued a stay of eight license suspensions of owners and trainers ordered by the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission for failure to supply records in subpoenas triggered by an anonymous complaint about alleged hidden ownership and program trainers at state racetracks. Petitioners in the case were owner-trainers Marcos Zulueta, Juan Carlos […]

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Sorry, Wrong Number: Turf Paradise Ending Telephone Wagering

Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., is pulling the plug on telephone wagering less than three years after the outdated service went into effect. A statement on the Turf Paradise website said: “Effective January 9, 2018, all Phone Betting Accounts for Arizona residents will no longer be active. This includes phone betting accounts with TVG, Twin Spires, Xpressbet […]

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