Tom Pedulla

Misuse Of The Whip Can Leave A Welt On The Sport

“I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that.” United States Supreme Court Justice […]

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Ralph Ziadie Denied License Renewal In Florida; Baxter Takes Over Stable

Georgina Baxter has won three races, with two seconds and two third-place finishes from 16 starts since taking over the Ralph Ziadie stable in early July. Ziadie, a leading trainer in South Florida in recent years, was denied a renewal of his license by the state’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Weekend Play At Saratoga: A Test-ing Trifecta

The Paulick Report in conjunction with NYRA Bets is pleased to bring back Weekend Play at Saratoga, our weekly handicapping feature for the Spa’s summer meet. Each week, one of our editors will focus on a single wager – could be a Pick 4, Pick 5, exacta, tri or whatever else they might fancy. With […]

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Del Mar Odyssey: Hello, Goodbye

The second of seven weeks of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer meeting is in the books and here’s a quick review of some of the activities from the perspective of someone who’s been coming to the seaside oval for 40 years. Everybody Loves A Parade Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify made his final public […]

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Del Mar Odyssey: Notes From Opening Week

The first of seven weeks of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer meeting is in the books and here’s a quick review of some of the activities from the perspective of someone who’s been coming to the seaside oval for 40 years. Safety First Opening day – and all of opening week for that matter […]

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Two-Time Royal Ascot Winner, ‘Amazing Filly’ Lady Aurelia Retired

Cartier Award winner Lady Aurelia, who during her 3-year-old season traveled from her Kentucky base to England’s Royal Ascot to beat older males in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes, has been retired. Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet, which bred the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy and raced her in partnership with George Bolton and Peter Leidel, […]

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Del Mar Odyssey: 40 Years And Counting

All roads lead to Del Mar. Well, at least for me they do. Nothing against Saratoga, which has the best race meeting in North America in a historic setting in upstate New York, but Del Mar has been a rite of summer for me for the last 40 years. It began in 1979, the year […]

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Golden Gate Fields Sues California Horse Racing Board Over Licensing Condition

The Pacific Racing Association, which operates Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif., for The Stronach Group, has filed a lawsuit against the California Horse Racing Board in an effort to negate a law the CHRB says requires racetracks to contract with OTB facilities for simulcasting. At its last meeting, the CHRB approved Pacific Racing’s license […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Lasix Debate Shouldn’t Impede Progress Over Racing’s Integrity, Structure

The vast majority of Thoroughbred horsemen in the United States and Canada have convinced themselves that racing as we know it would not survive without every horse in their care getting an injection of the anti-bleeding diuretic furosemide (better known as Lasix) four hours before competition. I don’t blame them. Most trainers today have never […]

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Commentary: Why Delay License Revocation In Pennsylvania Harness Racing Case?

According to a ruling on the United State Trotting Association website (“Possession of Hypodermic Needles, Syringes and/or Injectable and/or Other Drugs”), Standardbred trainer Clayton Faurot Jr. was in possession of several improperly marked syringes and four injectable bottles when his vehicle was searched June 12 on the backstretch at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. At […]

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