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Labor And Immigration Audits: What Trainers Need To Know

When news broke earlier this year of trainer Chad Brown’s settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor, it was the size of the settlement ($1.6 million) that shocked readers as much as the list of violations. According to a news release, auditors determined Brown failed to pay H-2B visa employees the wages they were […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Time For Outside Insight?

It’s “Industry Week” in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a time when the U.S. horse racing business convenes for idea forums and other discussions. Given what’s happened this year in the sport of Thoroughbred racing, these events could carry more weight than usual. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Cedros Avenue Design District Of Solana Beach

One of the nice things about the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer race meeting is the late 2 p.m. PT post time – even later on Fridays with its 4 p.m. opener. That gives locals and visitors plenty of time in the morning to take care of business or explore the San Diego area’s many […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Mitchell Report For Racing?

Major League Baseball was going through an identity crisis in the late 1990s and early 2000s as Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds shattered home run records that had stood for decades. Attendance at Major League parks was booming and a sport that had lost some some sizzle over a players’ strike that interrupted […]

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Payroll, Drug Testing, Oversight Are Concerns As Illinois Horse Racing Heads Into New Era

With the announcement earlier this summer that expanded gaming legislation had been signed by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, many horsemen breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they thought, a state which had struggled to be competitive with neighboring Indiana and Kentucky would finally be able to hold its own. It remains unclear when and […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale: Seabiscuit Keeps Watch Over The Hall Of Fame

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale resumes Tuesday, and the Paulick Report is pleased to offer a second special print publication for the auction in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Saratoga Springs is home to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and in this edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills shares the story of the […]

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By The Numbers: Hollendorfer’s Fatality Rate On Par With National Average

Only one active Thoroughbred trainer has more lifetime starts or wins than Jerry Hollendorfer, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2011. Hollendorfer has won 7,625 races from 33,553 starts, second only to fellow Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who has 8,519 wins from 41,130 […]

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The Last Man To Ride Man o’ War Looks Back On A Lifetime With Horses

Of course it all started as a love story.  Until 1940, the Maddoxtown Colored School just north of Lexington, Ky., served a small community of a few dozen families off Huffman Mill Pike. As many as 100 people lived in the predominantly black neighborhood of Maddoxtown in the early 1900s, but over the decades, many […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale: The Story Behind The Sea Hero Statue

The Paulick Report is on the grounds at the two-day Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and is pleased to offer a special print publication for the auction. In this edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills digs into the tale of how the racehorse Sea Hero came to be the bronzed focal point […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Testing, Testing?

This week, one of the more well-known Thoroughbred horse racing consignors, Stonestreet Farm, announced the move that it would make blood testing available six months prior to auctions, specifically to catch any use of anabolic steroids and off-label use of bisphosphonates. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss that […]

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