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STUD FEE CHANGE FOR CURLIN

Edited Press Release The 2010 stud fee for two-time Horse of the Year CURLIN, who stands at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, has been reduced to $40,000 stands and nurses. In a statement released today, majority owner Jess Jackson discussed the decision: “We are delighted […]

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PENN NATIONAL REQUESTS INVESTIGATION INTO MICHAEL GILL

Below is a letter from Christopher McErlean, VP of Racing at Penn National Gaming, requesting an investigation into the recent Michael Gill controversy. Citing their concern for the well-being of the jockeys and horses, we believe Penn National should be commended for their stance on this matter. Click here for a PDF of the letter […]

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GIVING ZIADIE PLENTY OF ‘LAURELS’

There’s no doubt that Kirk Ziadie had unprecedented success in his time at Calder. He won leading trainer four times and produced great results for his horses. So great that he was suspected of drug violations and eventually racked up 13 instances altogether regarding illegal enhancements for his stable and he was eventually forced to […]

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GILL’S GANG OF MISFITS

By Ray Paulick It was no dream team that Michael Gill assembled to run his racing operation in Pennsylvania over the past year, at both his farm in Oxford, Pa., and at Penn National race course near the state capital of Harrisburg. In fact, the cast of felons and rule breakers working for Gill has […]

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WILL AQUEDUCT SLOTS PLANS LEAVE OUT RACING?

In Jeff Scott’s column today in The Saratogian, he tackles the recent selection of the Aqueduct Entertainment Group to install VLT’s at the Queens racetrack. There are still hoops to jump through, perhaps most daunting is the $100 million licensing fee AEG must pay, but Scott brings up another valid point. In all of the […]

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GILL THREATENS TO SUE THE PAULICK REPORT

By Ray Paulick Wednesday was our third day of the continuing saga of Michael Gill, the controversial mortgage broker/horse owner from New Hampshire. We first broke the story on Monday about an incident that took place at Penn National racetrack last weekend when jockeys voted not to ride in future races where the field included […]

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FLASHBACK TO JAN 2: GOV PATERSON SAYS HE’LL ENDORSE A BID NEXT WEEK ON AQUEDUCT SLOTS

At the beginning of this year, New York Governor Paterson pledged to name a company to handle the installation of VLTs at Aqueduct by the following week. We applauded his leadership and made the case he was trying to curry favor from the horse industry as he faced a severely uphill battle to win reelection […]

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DAMON THAYER: DRUNK WITH POWER?

By Ray Paulick I’ve known Damon Thayer going on 20 years, and I don’t think he’s a bad person. But I’ve seen how good people can be intoxicated with power, and am convinced that is what is going on with the former racing industry executive who is now a Kentucky state senator from Scott County […]

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STATE SENATE TO CONDUCT HEARING ON NYRA

Ruh roh! Senator Craig M. Johnson, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, announced he will be holding a hearing on NYRA’s finances and how they used the taxpayer-funded bailout. “NYRA’s threat to cancel the Belmont Stakes and greatly damage our local economy certainly raises questions about how they have spent […]

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CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN FOR CHANGE DOMINATE CTT ELECTION

By Ray PaulickTrainers in Northern and Southern California have elected a new board of directors to California Thoroughbred Trainers after the sitting board agreed to resign en masse when confronted by possible decertification last year by a new organization, California Horsemen for Change, started by one-time California Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association leader Darrell Vienna. […]

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