Ray Paulick

Vaccarezza Raising Funds To Help Fellow South Florida Horsemen

South Florida horseman and restaurateur Carlo Vaccarezza has supported a number of different causes in recent years, holding fund-raisers for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, flood victims in Houston, Texas, and families of mass shooting victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Now, Vaccarezza is raising money for fellow horsemen in South […]

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‘These Horses Still Have To Go Out And Train’: Baffert Works Top Derby Prospect Authentic

While officials with Santa Anita Park are working with the Los Angeles County board of supervisors and the health department in hopes of reopening the Arcadia track for live racing, trainer Bob Baffert said all he can do is take a wait and see approach with his roster of candidates for the Grade 1 Kentucky […]

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Oaklawn Officials Tighten Protocols, Support Talamo Continuing To Ride

The show will go on at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark., though track owner Louis Cella said he is prepared to shut down if ordered to by state or federal officials. Oaklawn has rolled out increasingly restrictive protocols since the the highly contagious coronavirus, or COVID-19, was classified a pandemic March 11 by the World […]

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Updated COVID-19 Fallout: Aqueduct, Laurel Suspends Racing; Gulfstream Friday Card Called Off; California Has ‘Stay At Home’ Mandate; Jockeys Taking Time Off; Trainers, TVG Personnel Go Into ‘Self Quarantine’

Like many other days since COVID-19, or coronavirus, was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, a series of events rocked the horse racing world from coast to coast on Thursday. Among them: – The New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct, effective immediately, after a backstretch worker based at […]

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COVID-19: British Horseracing Authority Suspends Racing, Effective Wednesday

The British Horseracing Authority announced that all horse racing in Britain will be suspended, effective Wednesday, March 18. On Monday night, The Jockey Club announced that The Randox Health Grand National at Aintree has been cancelled due to coronavirus. Two race meetings are scheduled to take place behind closed doors at Wetherby and Taunton on […]

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Florida Trainer Alfredo Lichoa Among Five Charged By Feds In Money-Laundering Scheme

A money-laundering investigation conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York – the same agency that charged trainers Jason Servis, Jorge Navarro and 27 others in an illegal racehorse doping scheme  last week – has led to the arrest of five men, including Venezuela native Alfredo Lichoa, a longtime Central Florida […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Does Weight Matter Any More In Horse Racing?

The recent passing of longtime racing official Thomas E. (Tommy) Trotter served as a reminder of what being a racing secretary at a major track in the golden age of horse racing was like, when one of the primary components of the job was compiling weight assignments for horses nominated to handicaps. The idea for […]

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CHRB’s New Medication Cutoff Rule Catches California Horsemen By Surprise

New medication rules are going into effect in California tightening what already are the strictest drug regulations in North American horse racing. The California Horse Racing Board in January voted to approve and send out for public comment an amendment redefining cutoff time for many medications – including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories – to midnight on the […]

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Veteran Investigator, Delaware Commission Executive John Wayne Passes Suddenly

John Wayne was considered by many of his peers to be the “dean” of racing regulators in North America. He worked at 28 different racetracks over 15 years as an investigator with the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), spent nearly a decade in management at Atlantic City Race Course in New Jersey and the last […]

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