Ray Paulick

Stronach Takes Family Feud Public; Wants Santa Anita Put In Trust

A standing room only crowd of over 200 people turned out on Tuesday evening in Arcadia, Calif., to hear Frank Stronach discuss his vision for the future of California racing while bitterly complaining about the way his daughter, Belinda Stronach, has performed as chairman of The Stronach Group – the family-owned company he founded that […]

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Frank Stronach Publishes Open Letter, To Offer ‘Different Ideas’ For Racing’s Future

Frank Stronach, currently embroiled in a lawsuit against daughter Belinda over her management of The Stronach Group – the privately owned company Frank Stronach founded – said he will make a statement “about the future of horse racing in California” during a public appearance on Tuesday at a hotel near Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, […]

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Oaklawn Stewards Suspend David Cohen 60 Days, Say He Deliberately Whipped Rival Jockey

David Cohen, battling for the leading jockey title with Ricardo Santana Jr. at Oaklawn Park, has been suspended 60 days by stewards at the Hot Springs, Ark., racetrack for a different kind of fight. A stewards ruling posted Thursday on the Association of Racing Commissioners International website alleges that Cohen “deliberately” whipped fellow jockey Edgar […]

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Paco Lopez Suspended 60 Racing Days For ‘Continuous Careless Riding’

Jockey Paco Lopez has been suspended 60 racing days for what Gulfstream Park steward Stephen DiMauro called “continuous careless riding” in Sunday’s 11th race at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track aboard Itsmyluckycharm for trainer Edward J. Plesa Jr. Itsmyluckycharm finished first by 1 1/2 lengths as the even-money favorite in the 7 1/2-furlong turf contest […]

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Forward Thinking Moved Cummings To Create Horse Racing Lottery Game

I first met Brad Cummings in the spring of 2008, shortly before the launch of the Paulick Report. He had no publishing experience and knew nothing about horse racing. Naturally, I hired him. Cummings was the Sancho Panza to my Don Quixote as we dreamed the impossible dream of a fallen horseracing writer/editor trying to […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: Staying The Course At Santa Anita

(Editor’s note: On Monday afternoon, the California Horse Racing Board announced that Friday’s special meeting has been cancelled and that discussions about Santa Anita were being moved to the regularly scheduled CHRB meeting on April 18. The following was published prior to the cancellation of the meeting.) The California Horse Racing Board meets this Friday for […]

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California Senator Calls For Suspension Of Races At Santa Anita; CHRB Mulls Reallocation Of Dates

U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has called for the suspension of Thoroughbred horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., until an investigation has determined the “cause or causes” of 23 equine fatalities since the current winter meet began on Dec. 26. In an April 2 letter to California Horse Racing Board chairman Chuck […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Take Action Now On Bisphosphonates Use

“I’ve been Tildrened.” That’s what a consignor of 2-year-olds said recently to a leading owner about a horse he purchased at a yearling sale with the intention of putting it in training and re-selling it as a prospective racehorse this spring. He was referring to the potentially negative side-effects from a drug called Tildren, one […]

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Impasse With Horsemen Over Lasix Ban Delays Resumption Of Racing At Santa Anita

Racing at Santa Anita will not resume on March 22 as previously announced after officials with The Stronach Group – owners of the Arcadia, Calif., track – were unable to reach an agreement on a ban of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix with the Thoroughbred Owners of California. A ban on race-day Lasix, or furosemide, was […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Regulatory Fairness Left At Starting Gate In Minnesota

In her written decision recommending dismissal of any sanctions against the owner and trainer of a horse testing positive for minuscule levels of methamphetamine at Monmouth Park in 2017, Administrative Law Judge Susan M. Scarola said New Jersey Racing Commission steward Stephen Pagano testified in the case that he had never heard of a meth […]

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