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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A Murky Merger, Out Of The Preakness Fog

Ever since the Supreme Court struck down a federal law prohibiting states from instituting sports betting, major players in the gambling industry have been moving at light speed. In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the latest domino to fall, involving a horse racing online wagering site and a […]

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A ‘BatCam’ Helped Save The Day For NBC’s Coverage Of Foggy Preakness

Rob Hyland has covered major events for NBC Sports, from college and professional football to Olympic track and field and figure skating, but the network’s lead producer for horse racing had never seen a challenge like last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at foggy Pimlico in Baltimore, Md. “For the first time in my career,” Hyland said, […]

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Remembering Bill Nack…And ‘The Quarter Horse Guys’ Who Have Dominated The Triple Crown

It was only fitting that in the aftermath of Bob Baffert’s Preakness victory with Justify, it was left to his longtime rival D. Wayne Lukas, to put things in perspective. After Lukas’ longshot colt Bravazo nearly caught Justify with a late rush out of the Pimlico fog, the senior statesman of California’s backside said this: […]

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The Mid-Atlantic’s Long Legacy Of Horsemanship

Although Kentucky is known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” a quick trip east to Maryland or Virginia provides excellent reminders that it doesn’t hold a monopoly on the title. In fact, you might say Kentucky wouldn’t have gotten to be “Kentucky” without the particular brand of horsemen who got a start in the […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Midlantic: The Evolution Of A Racing Region

We are once again pleased to offer an exclusive print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, kicking off today at 2 p..m. In this edition of the PR Special, features editor Natalie Voss talks with some of the men and women who have helped build a legacy […]

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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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