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View From The Eighth Pole: With Doping Scandal, Racing Itself Will Be On Trial

Innocent until proven guilty. That mantra is at the heart of the American criminal justice system, whether we’re talking about someone holding a smoking gun while standing over a dead body or a Thoroughbred trainer caught on an FBI wiretap talking about “pumping and pumping and fuming every f—ing horse (that) runs today.” So there […]

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Foal Patrol Providing Quarantine Boredom Buster And Education In One Cute Package

As horse racing fans begin a new week of quarantine, and as the weekend that was meant to open Keeneland has come and gone quietly, many of us are growing more desperate to see live images of Thoroughbreds on our screens. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has us covered. The Museum’s […]

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19 Defendants Enter Not Guilty Pleas in Doping Scandal; Government Outlines ‘Voluminous’ Evidence

Thoroughbred trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro were among 19 defendants in a Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing doping scandal who pleaded not guilty on federal charges in an arraignment and initial pre-trial conference conducted telephonically on Thursday by District Court Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil in the Southern District of New York. The defendants – trainers, […]

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‘We’re In Survival Mode’: Economic Impact Of COVID-19 Already Hitting Racing Hard

Although it feels like months or years since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, it has been just 18 days since the first racetracks announced they would host racing without spectators and just 16 days since the first racing cancellations. Still, barely two weeks into what experts expect will be a […]

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Nebraska Tracks Offer Short-Term Help For Laid Off Employees, But Face Long-Term Challenges From COVID-19

Though they are a necessary part of the social distancing measures recommended to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, the mandated limits on gatherings and the ensuing closures of racetracks and OTBs around the country has left many of the racing industry’s seasonal and hourly employees without their source of income for the foreseeable future. The financial […]

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For ‘Big Jim,’ A Simple Act Of Kindness Capped Off Lifelong Affair With Horse Racing

Editor’s Note: With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Paulick Report asked our readers for stories of the hope and resilience that run through the Thoroughbred industry, demonstrating that we are all part of one community. The following was submitted by Michael Serio, a Baltimore school teacher whose family has been engaged in the […]

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E Z’s Gentleman Called Into A New Service Helping Veterans With Remount Foundation

Underperforming stallions move to regional markets with regularity once the breeding season ends, but few stand to make the kind of impact on society that E Z’s Gentleman could upon moving to Colorado. The 15-year-old son of Yankee Gentleman will remain in service as a stallion, but he’ll also serve as a fundraiser and rallying […]

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‘Not Just Upset But Mad’: Last-Minute Dubai World Cup Cancellation Frustrates Horsemen

The news of the Dubai World Cup cancellation, announced less than a week before the $12 million race scheduled for March 28, was exceptionally frustrating for the horsemen who’d traveled thousands of miles to the UAE with their ready-to-run top-level horses. Even in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the last-minute decision left the […]

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Gorajec: New Jersey’s Official Testing Lab Admits Error, But Questions Remain

This is one of those instances where it’s better late than never. Recently, I wrote a piece about the unfairness of trainer Glenn Thompson’s ongoing disciplinary travails for Horse Racing Reform called, “New Jersey drug finding: Bad regulation and poor judgment equals injustice for Monmouth Park trainer.” In brief, a horse of Mr. Thompson’s that […]

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