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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Kentucky Derby Storylines?

With only 37 days to go before the first Saturday in May, the countdown is on for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss this year’s unique storylines and the racing results that have generated what looks to be a wide open […]

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Stronach Group Reforms: Questions In California And A View From The Mid-Atlantic

As the hours tick down to Thursday’s meeting of the California Horse Racing Board – the first since Santa Anita was forced to cancel racing indefinitely following a rash of fatal breakdowns – everyone is wondering how The Stronach Group will propose to move forward with the reforms announced by Belinda Stronach March 14. A […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale: Expanding F-T’s Global Reach

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print edition that will be available in South Florida at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale, and of course, it’s also available here. In this edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills introduces readers to Ramiro Restrepo, whose family ties to the Thoroughbred industry stretch back five generations […]

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Bisphosphonates: What We Know About Off-Label Use, And What One Drug Company Is Doing About It

A little more than a year ago, top surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage stood up in Rood and Riddle’s annual Client Education Seminar and issued a warning to attendees about a new group of drugs called bisphosphonates. Bramlage worried the drug was being misused, and that misuse was putting racehorses at serious, long-term risk of injury […]

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Jeff Blea, DVM, On The Santa Anita Crisis, Medication And Racing’s Survival

As a veterinarian practicing at Santa Anita, the last few months have been the most difficult of my career.  I’ve experienced grief for the horses who have been euthanized, and frustration with the spike in racing and training injuries.  The survivability of the sport in my state is on the line. But this crisis is […]

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From The Brink Of Death, Needles Became Florida’s Racing Hero, Inspiration For Breeding Industry

Stallion farms around the world have graveyards to honor the horses that built and sustained their operations. The heart and hooves of Needles rest on the property of Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co., instead of his home farm, because he belonged to the entire state of Florida. Needles set plenty of the milestones that future Florida-breds […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Take Action Now On Bisphosphonates Use

“I’ve been Tildrened.” That’s what a consignor of 2-year-olds said recently to a leading owner about a horse he purchased at a yearling sale with the intention of putting it in training and re-selling it as a prospective racehorse this spring. He was referring to the potentially negative side-effects from a drug called Tildren, one […]

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EPO: What We Know, And What We Don’t, About The Blood-Doping Threat

When Lance Armstrong confessed in 2013 to taking Epogen to boost production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, horse racing fans began looking behind every tree for the boogeyman called erythropoietin, or EPO. Many had long suspected EPO had risen to prominence in horse racing in the 1990s alongside anabolic steroids, and news that one of […]

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The Friday Show: A Game-Changer For The Horse Racing Industry?

The owner of Santa Anita Park announced a list of unprecedented reform measures Thursday, in the wake of the 22nd equine fatality at the current meet. According to its proposal for Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, the Stronach Group’s “house rules” would create new restrictions on the use of therapeutic medications and riding crops, […]

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Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted

“I just like to be there when the charge begins, whether the horses emerge from the starting gate, walk up to a tape as they used to when I was a boy, or come bursting out of a clump of trees at Auteuil steeplechase course in Paris.” Ah, the good old days half a century […]

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