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Ritvo: Economic Study To Determine Future Home Of Preakness

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, owner of Pimlico and Laurel Park in Maryland, said results from the second phase of a Maryland Stadium Authority market and economic study will determine the future of the Preakness Stakes. The first phase of the study, completed in February 2017, put a cost estimate of […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Preakness Edition, Sports Betting’s Impact?

This week’s Supreme Court decision on sports gambling clearly has the horse racing industry buzzing about its potential impact. In this week’s Friday Show from Baltimore, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss that issue and hear from others in the industry with their takes on what it might mean for Thoroughbred racing. Plus, of course, […]

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Dutrow To Racing Community: If Given A Second Chance, I Won’t Let You Down

Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Rick Dutrow has written an open letter to members of the Thoroughbred community, communicating his hope that the New York State Gaming Commission will reconsider the 10-year suspension he received in 2011 for an accumulation of rules violations from the regulatory board’s predecessor, the New York State Racing and Wagering […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Who Wins From Sports Betting?

We woke up in a different world today. Yesterday, outside of the state of Nevada, the only legal “sports” betting in the United States was on horse racing. Today, or more realistically in the coming months and years, Americans will be able to bet on baseball, basketball, football and hockey, among other sports. They’ll be […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Kentucky Derby Takeaways?

There were several storylines heading into last Saturday’s 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. The one that prevailed was Justify’s demolition of the 136-year-old Curse of Apollo, that a horse failing to start at 2 hadn’t won the Derby since 1882. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what […]

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Foreman: ‘Spirit Of Cooperation’ In Mid-Atlantic Led To Revival Of MATCH Series

The Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series, which had a five-year run from 1997-2001, returns to the racing landscape in 2018. The MATCH Series kicks off on Preakness weekend at Pimlico racecourse in Baltimore, with the Skipat Stakes (for filly and mare sprinters) and Jim McKay Turf Sprint (3 and up, turf sprinters) contested on next Friday’s […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Clean Start Puts Justify In The History Books

It was always about the break. Trainer Bob Baffert has seen how a bad break can cause the best horse in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby to lose. It happened in 2010 with Lookin At Lucky, who had the misfortune of drawing the inside post in a field of 20, then leaving the starting gate […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA’s Loyalty Program: Who’s The Kentucky Derby Winner?

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby will provide lasting memories to at least one group of people connected to the winner and maybe many more. All week, we’ve been asking connections and others to recall their favorite Derby memory to this point. In this edition of The Friday Show hosted by Scott Jagow and […]

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‘Scalded’ Pitino Will Watch His Kentucky Oaks Runner Coach Rocks From Gulfstream Park

It is possible that no owner’s absence has ever prompted a greater stir, or caused more fans to revisit roiling emotions, than Rick Pitino’s decision to boycott the 144th running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Pitino has told his trainer, Dale Romans, friends, and his partners in Coach Rocks, a filly with a puncher’s […]

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PR Special Kentucky Derby Edition: Chasing Deer, Derby Longshots?

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special Kentucky Derby week print publication, available here and at the Kentucky Derby Trainer’s Dinner. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray Paulick analyzes the depth and quality of this year’s field. Chelsea Hackbarth tells the story of Bolt d’Oro’s upbringing, part of which included roping […]

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