Ray Paulick

‘Time For Talk Is Done’: Congress Hears Debate Over Horseracing Integrity Act

The future of horse racing will be in jeopardy if Congress doesn’t pass the Horseracing Integrity Act. The future of horse racing will be in jeopardy if Congress does pass the Horseracing Integrity Act. Those were the mixed messages heard by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on […]

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‘Ball Is In Monarch’s Court’: Arizona Horseplayers Shut Out Of Major Signals In Simulcast Dispute

Horseplayers in Arizona have been unable to wager on several major tracks since Friday when the Arizona Racing Commission ordered simulcast signals distributed by Monarch Content Management, LLC a subsidiary of The Stronach Group, to be cut off to all tracks, OTBs and ADW customers in the state. The decision came one day before the […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: No Horse Racing Commission, No Transparency In Florida

It didn’t take long for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. to find the winner’s circle after being reinstated at Gulfstream Park by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track’s owner, The Stronach Group, which reportedly handed the Venezuela native a six-month suspension in November for having unlabeled medication in his barn. Granpollo Stable’s Gran Greyfrost won a low-level […]

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Champion Good Magic’s First Foal, A ‘Gorgeous’ Filly, Born In Canada

Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms announced today that longtime client Josham Farms and Yvonne Schwabe’s mare, Decor, foaled champion Good Magic’s first foal. By Declaration of War and out of stakes winner and multiple stakes producer Classic Neel, Decor is a half sister to graded stakes winner and Grade 1 performer Conquest Tsunami, from the family of […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Practice What You Preach On Equine Safety

The first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held at Keeneland racetrack in October 2006 and brought together a respected group of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys veterinarians, racetrack officials and regulators. The summit was arranged months after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro sustained a severe injury in the Preakness that eventually took his life. […]

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Sweet 16: Charlie Marquez Rides First Winner At Laurel Park

Racing first off the claim for trainer Phil Schoenthal’s Kingdom Bloodstock, Inc., Sierra Leona rallied from mid-pack for a three-quarter-length triumph Thursday at Laurel Park in Laurel, Md., to give jockey Charlie Marquez his first professional win. It was the eighth mount for the 16-year-old Marquez, who debuted Jan. 1 at Laurel, finishing fourth on […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: American Exceptionalism In The Graded Stakes Process

In December 2018, I suggested the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee lacked common sense when it came time to assigning designations to the best races in this country. Nothing has changed in the last 12 months to convince me otherwise. I wrote then that the committee – armed with reams of […]

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‘We’re First’: California Horse Racing On Track To Have ‘Most Restrictive Whip Rule In North America’

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday adopted North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the riding crop during racing and training, limiting jockeys to no more than six strikes during a race and no more than two in succession without giving their mount a chance to respond. Under the new rule, all strikes […]

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New York Horsemen Express Concern Over Planned Closing Of Aqueduct For Winter Training

The New York Racing Association is defending a decision to end winter training at Aqueduct racetrack, effective Jan. 1, in the face of opposition from a group of horsemen who have signed a petition expressing concerns for safety during the afternoon races at the Ozone Park, N.Y., racetrack. The petition, addressed to Dr. Scott Palmer, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Making Jockeys Part Of The Solution

Javier Castellano was mad. Not fighting with Calvin Borel mad, but the Hall of Fame jockey was mad enough as he recalled a story from a few years ago that bothers him to this day. Castellano had been sitting quietly while a panel of jockeys and racetrack executives exchanged ideas about how the two groups […]

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