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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Let’s Talk Some Racing!

With the annual summer meets at Saratoga and Del Mar underway, the Thoroughbred racing calendar is at its midway point. It’s been a difficult year for the horse racing industry but on the track, there have been some excellent performances and several divisions run deep this year. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott […]

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Commentary: The Problem With ‘Naming And Shaming’ In Horse Rescue

Everyone, step away from your keyboards for a moment.  If you spend any time on social media pages geared toward horse rescue, specifically rescue from the slaughter pipeline, chances are you’ve seen a comment pop up urging others to “name and shame” the person responsible for the horse’s predicament. What often happens next is the […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Where The Turf Meets The Surf

I’ve made no secret of my love for Southern California’s Del Mar racetrack. Located on fair grounds property leased from the state’s 22nd Agricultural District 20 miles north of San Diego and a few furlongs from the Pacific Ocean, it’s the only North American track whose theme song’s lyrics tells you how to get there.  […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: New And Improved Saratoga?

The annual Saratoga summer meet is underway, and there are several significant changes to this year’s meet. Among them, the meeting will be longer in duration but with shorter race weeks, and the New York Racing Association is changing the format of its Pick 6 bet. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow […]

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How The Voided Claim Of A South Dakota-Bred Saved A World Record

There are myriad stories of horses that turned the corner into national prominence after being claimed by the right connections, but in 1983 a botched claim kept the horse Win Stat on the path to becoming a graded stakes winner and world record-holder. The story of Win Stat’s failed claim started with a successful one. […]

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Lamoreaux: In Baseball And Horse Racing, It’s Time To Reexamine The Need For Early Speed

As a boy, radio hooked me on Thoroughbred racing and baseball.  Mel Allen and Red Barber with their melodic southern baseball idioms and Clem McCarthy and Ted Huesing  with their dramatic Kentucky Derby stretch calls turned both sports for me into poetic adventures. I could literally smell the hotdogs in the ballpark and revel in […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale: Broodmare Of The Year?

The Paulick Report has put together a special print publication for the Fasig-Tipton July Sale of Selected Yearlings, available here and on the sales grounds in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills looks at the race for Broodmare of the Year so far in 2019 and gives some insight into […]

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A Look Back At The FBI’s Most Wanted Race-Fixer, And The Trainer Who Tried To Catch Him

One night in 1998, longtime trainer George “Barney” Isaacs says he wore a wire and invited an armed felon into his apartment to help the FBI solve a horse racing mystery – and to get his hands on a $50,000 reward. Now, he wants his money.  In 1996, Isaacs’ near-four decade training career was all […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton July HORA Sale: A Horse Named Win Stat And His World Record

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication for the Fasig-Tipton July Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills tells the unlikely story of how a voided claim kept a South Dakota-bred named Win Stat on the path to […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A New Synthetic Era?

The North American horse racing industry is under a great deal of pressure to strengthen its protection of horses and riders and do everything it can to make races and training as safe as possible. Should that include a switch (or return in some cases) to synthetic racetrack surfaces? Scott Jagow and Joe Nevills discuss […]

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