Ray Paulick

Golden Gate Rejoins Stronach 5; All Turf Races Carded This Week

Friday’s Stronach 5 will feature five turf races from Laurel Park, Golden Gate Fields and Gulfstream Park with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, industry-low 12-percent takeout, and mandatory payout. Friday’s Stronach 5 begins with two turf races from Laurel – one a $35,000 allowance optional claimer and the other a $40,000 maiden claimer for 3-year-olds and […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Taco Tuesday At The Brig

Tuesday’s post position draw for Del Mar’s premier race for older horses, the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, to be run for the 29th time this Saturday, was held at The Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar restaurant. The back patio of The Brig, perched at the top of the hill at the corner of Villa de […]

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UPDATED: Transfers OK’d For Trey Wood Horses Entered In All American Futurity Trials

The New Mexico Racing Commission will permit horses from the barn of suspended Quarter Horse trainer S. Trey Wood to be transferred to other trainers, allowing the horses to run in the Aug. 16-17 trials for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Wood already had 31 horses entered in the All American Futurity trials […]

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Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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Attorney: Suspended Monmouth Trainer Victim Of Retaliation By Ex-Employee

The attorney for suspended trainer Aparna Battula is demanding a correction to a New Jersey Racing Commission stewards ruling to reflect the trainer’s contention that a cache of hypodermic needles, syringes and vials of injectables investigators found on premises she occupied at Monmouth Park was planted by a disgruntled former employee. The ruling, issued Aug. […]

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Danuska’s My Girl Upsets Anonymity In Del Mar’s Rancho Bernardo Handicap

Danuska’s My Girl darted to the lead leaving the gate under jockey Geovanni Franco and led all the way to win the featured Grade 3, $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap Sunday at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club meeting in Del Mar, Calif. For the second year in a row, Anonymity finished second in the 6 1/2-furlong […]

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Monmouth Park Trainer Suspended After Discovery Of 30 Hypodermic Needles And Syringes, 80 Vials Of Injectables

Trainer Aparna D. Battula has been summarily suspended by stewards at Monmouth Park in New Jersey after she was determined to be in possession of 30 hypodermic needles and syringes and more than 80 vials of injectable substances. The ruling, issued on Friday by the New Jersey Racing Commission after an Aug. 3-4 hearing, said […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Cedros Avenue Design District Of Solana Beach

One of the nice things about the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer race meeting is the late 2 p.m. PT post time – even later on Fridays with its 4 p.m. opener. That gives locals and visitors plenty of time in the morning to take care of business or explore the San Diego area’s many […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Mitchell Report For Racing?

Major League Baseball was going through an identity crisis in the late 1990s and early 2000s as Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds shattered home run records that had stood for decades. Attendance at Major League parks was booming and a sport that had lost some some sizzle over a players’ strike that interrupted […]

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By The Numbers: Hollendorfer’s Fatality Rate On Par With National Average

Only one active Thoroughbred trainer has more lifetime starts or wins than Jerry Hollendorfer, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2011. Hollendorfer has won 7,625 races from 33,553 starts, second only to fellow Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who has 8,519 wins from 41,130 […]

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