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Who Needs A Rollercoaster Ride When You’ve Got Horse Racing?

Things I learned during this topsy turvy summer of racing:  Young Guys Rule: Flavien Prat, 25, won his second consecutive Del Mar summer riding title (he tied with Rafael Bejarano in 2016) and the native of France has established himself as the West Coast leader. Jose Ortiz, 23, a native of Puerto Rico, defeated his […]

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Remington Park, Paulick Report Team For ‘Let Your Heart Race Trip Giveaway’ To Oklahoma Derby

Remington Park and the Paulick Report are joining forces for the “Let Your Heart Race Trip Giveaway” sweepstakes to give one lucky fan and a guest the opportunity to win a trip to the Oklahoma City racetrack for this year’s $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 24. To be run for the 29th time, the Grade […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1.1M Carryover: Anti Rabbit Stew-ards?

In top older horse Gun Runner’s last start in the Whitney Stakes, owner Ron Paolucci entered 62-1 longshot Cautious Giant to push the pace and try to set things up for his Loooch Stables mate, War Story. It didn’t work. Gun Runner romped by 5 1/4, War Story was off the board, and Cautious Giant […]

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‘A Cop And A Cowboy’: Assistant Trainer Reflects On Luck, Love Of Horses, And Career

For six weeks every summer, Saratoga horsemen live to the rhythm of workouts, races, dinners, meetings, and the beat of Caroline Street. The return to Belmont is always a change of pace. The summer is over, and the barn is a little quieter. When Gary Contessa moves his stable back to Long Island this year […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1M Carryover: Thinking ‘Absolute’?

A judge’s recent decision in Kentucky could have far-reaching consequences for horse racing, depending on what happens next. The case involves a medication overage appealed by trainer Graham Motion, and at stake is the long-standing trainer responsibility rule that maintains trainers have “absolute” accountability over what happens in their stables. Is it unconstitutional? In this […]

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‘Holy Cow!’ The Improbable Tale of 1994 Travers Winner Holy Bull

  It was Aug. 20, 1994, a Saratoga day to remember. There was a small field for the 125th running of the Travers Stakes that included Holy Bull, the fan favorite and eventual Horse of the Year, and Concern, who would go on to win that year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Bull set a blistering […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Breeders’ Stakes At Woodbine: Black Eyes And Foal Crops?

The Thoroughbred racing industry faces some difficult forces, from the recent federal trial in Pennsylvania to negative perceptions about the game’s integrity. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss some strong words from the chairman of The Jockey Club. Plus, unless cooperation in the sport increases, the dwindling foal […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Declining Foal Crops Loom Large For Racing

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2018 North American foal crop of 21,500, down from 22,500 in 2017. That’s a year-to-year drop of 4.4 percent. It will be the smallest North American foal crop since 1966, according to the Jockey Club Fact Book (from which all of the following statistics are derived). Of greater concern […]

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Segs4Vets Reaches Out To Horse Racing To Assist Disabled Riders

Anne Von Rosen has a new ride, but she’d rather it be on a horse. Her legs paralyzed in a March 11, 2014, spill at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., Von Rosen was in Del Mar, Calif., last week to receive a retrofitted Segway personal transporter from the parent company of Segs4Vets, an all-volunteer, non-profit […]

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Janney On ‘Disgraceful And Sad’ Pennsylvania Events: ‘It Gives All Of Racing A Black Eye’

Following are closing remarks by Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, at Sunday’s Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. My sense is that we are at a crossroads. There are many signs of hope, progress and accomplishment. We are taking steps to make our […]

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