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Summer Of Survival: Saratoga Businesses Brace For Horse Racing Season Without Fans

Nothing can be more disturbing for a real estate agent than the sound of silence. At a time of year when veteran realtor Scott Varley is accustomed to receiving a steady stream of inquiries about lodging in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., he has far too much unrented space as the prospect of a summer race meet […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: So Much To Look Forward To

Finally, some clarity. Having a Belmont Stakes at the shortened distance of 1 1/8 miles to kick off horse racing’s Triple Crown on June 20 may not be what most people want, but it’s what they get. As Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert put it, “I just feel fortunate that they’re even going to […]

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Ask Ray: Deleted Comments, Dark Tapeta And Missing Fractions

“Why do you delete my comments for speaking the truth? What is your problem with the truth?” So asks a Paulick Report reader in the latest installment of Ask Ray. Publisher Ray Paulick politely explains that the website’s commenting policy expressly forbids name calling that uses words like “criminal,” “crook” or “fraud.” Unfortunately, he then […]

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Commentary: Horse Racing’s Chance Of A Lifetime

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the greatest advantage for horse racing above all other sports in the U.S.:  interstate online wagering. Other sports do not have a similarly significant advantage as horse racing does with this platform to generate revenue from the gambling dollar. Hence, with virtually all other sports either just starting […]

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Ask Ray: Workout Designations, DRF Mystery, Arizona ADW And Edgar Prado

In the latest installment of Ask Ray, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick answers questions from readers on several topics, and it’s apparent from his responses that he’s a little edgy after being in isolation since mid-March. A question about why California workouts are almost all designated as “handily” while the rest of the country’s workouts […]

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Lamoreaux: The Verdict Is In – Secretariat Vs. Citation

After all these years, it was finally going to be decided — the biggest question that shedrows across America have been debating since one Revolutionary farmer said to his neighbor, “I’ll bet my horse can beat yours!” Right there on national television, before an event-starved nation full of pandemic fear, a tiny computer chip was […]

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How A Cancelled Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Changed The Bloodstock Industry’s Playing Field

Fasig-Tipton’s decision to consolidate its 2020 select yearling sales into a single Kentucky auction and forego trade in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., due to the COVID-19 pandemic is historic, but it’s not wholly unprecedented. In fact, this summer’s re-shuffled auction schedule connects the circle for one of the bloodstock industry’s most seismic flashpoints. The Fasig-Tipton yearling […]

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Commentary: Racing Has A New Set Of Wagering Customers, But Now What?

Some of you might have read the USA Today Network story about horse racing this week. The piece highlighted some pretty impressive statistics related to the broadcast and marketing of the limited racing calendar we’ve all been experiencing. One quote caught my eye: “NYRA chief revenue officer Tony Allevato said it had signed up seven […]

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COVID-19 Update: Talks And Proposals But No Resumption Of Racing In Kentucky, California Or New York

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thoroughbred racing remains on hold in three of the most important circuits in the United States, and despite discussions between track and government officials there is no agreement for a start-up date to resume the sport – even without spectactors on-site – in California, Kentucky or New York. On […]

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