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Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Stewards Under Scrutiny For Summary Suspensions

Last week we wrote about a horse being allowed to run in the finals of the April 22 Remington Park Futurity for Quarter horses despite the horse’s owner and trainer being summarily suspended because of what stewards with the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission deemed a serious drug infraction involving another horse in the trainer’s stable. […]

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PR Special OBS April: A Snapshot Of Racing, Region By Region

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray Paulick examines the state of Thoroughbred racing and breeding across America in the first of a two-part series.  In […]

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The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby Match Game?

There could be some last-minute adjustments to the field, but in general we know which horses will line up to contest the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in a couple of weeks. Now that all of the prep races have been run, it’s time to look back and see what we’ve learned, and to […]

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Los Angeles Times’ Decision On Racing Coverage Rankles Some At Least

Do newspapers matter? The answer to that depends on whom you ask. They matter to a 90-year-old horseplayer named Mel Brooks, a Santa Anita Park regular who is also known for making a few movies over the years: “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Spaceballs,” among many others. They matter to his good friend, […]

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What’s The Deal With TCO2, Anyway?

An announcement from the Arkansas State Racing Commission in early March that it would begin randomly testing Oaklawn Park runners for elevated TCO2 was widely lauded as another step toward improved integrity in the state. The commission adopted a TCO2 threshold in February which brought its rules for allowable levels in line with national standards. […]

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The Friday Show: Purse Inflation, Derby Chaos?

In recent days we’ve learned the two richest races in horse racing plan to become even wealthier. The Pegasus World Cup has upped its purse to a whopping $16 million, and the Dubai World Cup could still top that with its desire to reclaim the title of world’s richest race. In this week’s The Friday […]

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Campbell: ‘Racetracker’ Salty Roberts Was Racing’s True Unsung Hero

Salty Roberts died a week ago, and perhaps his death did not get quite the notice his life deserved. To begin with – good or bad – he was the very definition of a “racetracker.” But more to the point, he created and founded the Race Track Chaplaincy, for which he deserved enormous credit. He […]

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New Drug Testing Protocols Making A Difference At Oaklawn Park?

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., rolls into its final week of live racing today, highlighted by the 44th annual Racing Festival of the South, a cluster of stakes races culminating with Saturday’s closing day Grade 1, $1-million Arkansas Derby, the $750,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (G2) and the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). Friday’s […]

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Three Years In, North American Association Of Racetrack Vets Maintains Critical Approach To Medication Reform

Medication reform in Thoroughbred racing has long been an alphabet soup. There’s the ARCI (Association of Racing Commissioners International), the RMTC (Racing Medication and Testing Consortium), the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners), and more recently, the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), among other organizations stirring the kettle. The past three years, one […]

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The Friday Show: Failure To Coordinate, Off-Track Woes?

The issue of not coordinating off times for major races struck again last weekend, much to the displeasure of fans and horseplayers. Plus, Twinspires bettors in California may be shut out of playing the state’s racetracks due to the lack of an agreement concerning on-track versus off-track wagers. In this edition of The Friday Show, […]

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