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Finley: 21 reasons I won’t miss 2010

Bill Finley will not miss 2010 as he states in his most recent column and lists 21 reasons why. From the controversy around Michael Gill, to the Louisiana HBPA’s rigged elections,  to Frank Stronach’s treatment of Oak Tree, Finley makes the case that it’s hard to feel good about the year that passed. But Finley […]

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Moran: It was not a year that will be remembered fondly

Paul Moran in his special to ESPN.com looked back at the year that was in Thoroughbred racing and it’s safe to say he didn’t like what he saw. Calvin Borel’s fight with Javier Castellano, Life At Ten, Zenyatta getting beat by Blame and Stronach along with CDI withdrew from the NTRA are just the tip […]

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San Gorgonio Handicap renamed to honor Frankel

Recently deceased legendary trainer Bobby Frankel will be honored with a race named after him at Santa Anita. Previously known as the San Gorgonio, the racetrack has announced the Grade II race on Jan. 1 will now be called the Robert J. Frankel Memorial Handicap.

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Clevenger wins Eclipse Award for Photography

Press Release The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters announced today that Michael Clevenger of Louisville, Ky., has won the 2010 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture of the dramatic finish between Blame and Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on […]

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Duchossois to be honored by TCA

The former co-owner of Arlington Park and long-serving Board of Director Richard Duchosois has been selected as the 2010 Honored Guest of the TCA’s Annual Testimonial Dinner. The dinner will be held at Keeneland Race Course on Jan. 9.

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HRI – Zast: To cut your own salary or to give your employees raises, that is the question

In a tale of two salary changes, Vic Zast sees an interesting parallel between the actions taken by Charles Hayward at NYRA and Ron Shotts at Fair Meadows. Hayward elected to give his employees raises to keep the talent he has in the ultra competitive New York City job market. Shutts requested a 50% cut […]

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Baltimore Sun: Give the credit to Governor O’Malley

The editorial board at the Baltimore Sun gives Governor Martin O’Malley the glory for a last second deal that not only saved the entire year of racing in Maryland but also kept the Preakness Stakes from moving or not running at all in 2011. But it’s not all gumdrops and rainbows for the racing industry. […]

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Pull The Pocket: Ray Paulick is having a rough time

An item in Ray’s Paddock about California’s takeout increase has attracted some feisty responses in the comments section.  And elsewhere. Like many commentors, the Pull The Pocket blog takes issue with Ray’s argument that owners face an even higher takeout than horseplayers, and the California legislation is designed to help keep owners in the game.  PTP counters: “Horse ownership has […]

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HRI – Christine: Eclipse ballot angst

Horse Race Insider Bill Christine says his Eclipse Award ballot just arrived on his doorstep.  But unlike a Christmas present he just can’t wait to rip into, the Eclipse ballot is still unopened.  He writes: “It’s the Horse of the Year vote. It’s got me bamboozled, and I’m not alone. A lot of the voters […]

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Barich: Put the horse back in horse racing

As the Santa Anita winter-spring meet gets underway, horse racing author Bill Barich (“Laughing in the Hills”) is contemplating what’s good for the game.  He says more than ever, racing needs horse personalities like Silky Sullivan and Zenyatta: “Such noble animals remind us of a truth many tracks tend to forget as they scramble after […]

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