Ray Paulick

Has RCI Gone To The Dogs? California Regulators May Drop Membership

Citing a new formula determining board seats and philosophical differences over medication policy, the California Horse Racing Board will consider withdrawing its membership in the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Thursday’s regularly scheduled CHRB meeting in Pleasanton, Calif. According to the meeting package prepared for Thursday’s meeting, the CHRB has been a member of […]

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View From The Eighth Pole – Horse Racing At The Crossroads: Reform Or Die

The headline reads “The Breaking Point,” followed by the statement: “A rising toll of racetrack breakdowns has shaken public confidence and put the Thoroughbred industry at a crossroads.” The article speaks of the apparent fragility of the modern Thoroughbred and the increasing reliance on corticosteroids and other therapeutic medications in the American racehorse and whether […]

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Further Safety And Welfare Reforms Added At Santa Anita, Upcoming Del Mar Meet

Ten weeks after introducing significant reforms in California aimed at reducing racing fatalities and improving the safety and welfare of horses and riders, The Stronach Group is now requiring all entries at Santa Anita to be accompanied by a pre-race exam form, signed by a trainer’s veterinarian and stating that a horse has no known […]

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‘Hope And Optimism’: Illinois Gambling Legislation To Put Casinos, Sports Betting At Racetracks

After more than 25 years of frustration, Illinois racetracks and horsemen will soon be able to better compete with neighboring states that benefit from casino revenue, thanks to omnibus gambling legislation that passed both the House and Senate in Springfield during overtime sessions this weekend. On Saturday, the Illinois House passed Senate Bill 690 by […]

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Calder Casino May Lose Slots License

Churchill Downs Inc.’s Calder Casino in South Florida is in danger of losing its slots license after an administrative law judge ruled that the operation is not compliant with state law because of the absence of a “contiguous and connected” building from which to conduct wagering on live racing. Without compliant live racing, Calder would […]

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Belinda Stronach To Legislators: California Racing Now ‘Gold Standard’ For Safety

A wide array of state and national Thoroughbred racing and breeding representatives spoke at an informational hearing of the California Senate and Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee in the State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday. The hearing – whose subject was entitled an Overview of Equine and Human Safety and Welfare Policies and Procedures Within California’s […]

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‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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Desert Stormer At Santa Anita A Battle Of Late-Blooming Fillies

Jerry Hollendorfer’s late-blooming Danuska’s My Girl seeks her fourth consecutive win and her second straight graded stakes score as she heads Sunday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes at six furlongs on the Santa Anita main track. Entered for a maiden $62,500 claiming tag in July 2018, this 5-year-old mare by Shackleford registered a career-best […]

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Tyler Baze Hires Vic Stauffer As Agent Until 2020 Oaklawn Meet Begins

Vic Stauffer, track announcer at Oaklawn Park, which ended its first extended race meet last Saturday, has begun booking mounts for jockey Tyler Baze at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Stauffer, who has also worked as a racing official, had previously served as agent for Baze in California.  Stauffer had stints booking mounts for Joel […]

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