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View From The Eighth Pole: Churchill/Keeneland Gaming Partnership A Poorly Conceived Venture

Kentucky Downs had just concluded a record meet, one that saw more than $8.6 million in purse money paid out to owners over five days of racing exclusively over the European-style turf course. Pari-mutuel handle skyrocketed to more than $6 million per day, up by 34 percent over last year’s total (which was 34 percent […]

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Handel: We Need To End Slaughter Of American Equines

Throughout history, horses have worked alongside us as companions and partners in work, war and sport; they are living symbols of our nation’s spirit. We have the honor and duty to protect them, which is why I am imploring my colleagues in the horse racing industry to contact their federal representatives in Congress and urge […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Mounting Frustrations?

Things haven’t exactly been going smoothly in recent days when it comes to process at the races. A case of mistaken identity led to a mare running in a gelding’s place (and winning). A tote freeze-up allowed wagering to continue after the gates opened. One photo finish was misinterpreted; another was called a dead heat […]

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Commentary: USTA Lacks Understanding Of Federal Bill

The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) recently issued a statement expressing its opposition to the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 (officially known as H.R. 2651). The bill would lead to the creation of a private, independent horseracing anti-doping authority responsible for developing and administering a nation-wide anti-doping program for horse racing. In short, the USTA […]

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Penny And Secretariat: Dignity, Staying Power, Character And Charm

On the afternoon of May 15, 1972, Americans were glued to their television sets as another assassination attempt played out.  This time it was Alabama Gov. George Wallace, campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, who was the target not far from the race track in Laurel, Md. As Americans who had endured the tragic year […]

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Racing Integrity’s Newest Threat: Human Designer Drugs?

It’s no secret the challenge of post-race drug testing has always been keeping regulators one step ahead of those who use illegal drugs or illegally manipulate medication. But with the advent of Internet sales and bitcoin, one laboratory director fears his job, and that of racing commissions everywhere, is about to get a lot more […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1.4M Carryover: Where’s The Hammer?

It’s been a wild ride lately for the seedier side of horse racing. A video that surfaced on the Internet revealed talk of “juice” and bookies. A serial violator of medication rules had his suspension reduced. And some connections trying to hide syringes had the book thrown at them. Where is the consistency in enforcement? […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: Commercial Breeding Pioneer

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Keeneland Association in Lexington, Ky., during the annual September Yearling Sale, which runs through Sept. 23. In this edition of the PR Special, Eclipse Award-winning writer Natalie Voss continues her “Kentucky Farm Time Capsule” […]

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Voss: What Songbird’s Vet Reports Might Reveal About Racehorse Injuries

When Fox Hill Farm announced the retirement of champion Songbird Aug. 31, owner Rick Porter made the somewhat unconventional decision to post part of the filly’s veterinary reports on Facebook to help fans understand the reasons for her departure. Those reports, from the office of Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: Candy Ride’s Argentinian Connection

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Keeneland Association in Lexington, Ky., during the annual September Yearling Sale, which runs through Sept. 23. In this edition of the PR Special – the third of four during the September sale – Frank […]

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