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Illinois Racing Board Backs Down, Includes Arlington Park In 2020 Live Racing Dates

The Illinois Racing Board backed down from what turned out to be empty threats to deny live racing dates to Arlington Park in 2020 after the track’s parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., said it would not seek a casino license at the suburban Chicago racetrack. One week after kicking the can down the road and […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: California Governor’s Actions Tell Different Story Than His Words

Racing in California faces an uncertain future, based on stinging comments about the sport made by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the New York Times this week.  Newsom, a Democrat elected in a landslide last November, expressed his unhappiness with the spike in fatalities at Santa Anita earlier this year along with the regulatory oversight provided […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Racing’s Future In Illinois, Stud Limits?

In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick tackle several topics. They begin with a discussion of the latest developments in Illinois, where horsemen are at odds with Churchill Downs Inc. for its decision not to seek a casino license for Arlington Park. The discussion then moves to The Jockey Club, […]

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When Horses Fly: The Beginnings Of Air Travel In The Racing World

There are 20 horses cataloged for this year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale that were born overseas and arrived stateside by airplane, and considerably more of the auction’s 4,644 entries will travel through the sky to destinations in different states and different hemispheres after selling to far-flung buyers. When stacked against van and rail travel, which […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Sting Left On Illinois Racing By Churchill Downs Inc.

You’ve probably heard the fable of the scorpion and the frog. A scorpion wants to cross a stream but needs help getting from one side to the other. He sees a frog and tells him of his desire, asking if he can ride across the stream on the frog’s back. The frog says, “Why should […]

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Jason Beem’s Racing Life Has Seen Highs, Lows, And A Twitter Joke That Went Viral

You may know Jason Beem as the part-time announcer at Monmouth Park, or from the recently-ended Colonial Downs meet. Or, you may know him for his weekly racing podcast, broadcast first from BetAmerica and now by TwinSpires. Or possibly you’ve read his debut novel Southbound which he’s currently converting into a movie script. But it’s […]

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PR Special Keeneland September Sale: Questions About Video Endoscopies?

The Paulick Report is back at it for Book 2 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, with the fourth edition of its special print publication for the bellwether sale. This edition of the PR Special focuses on another hot topic on the sales grounds: the push for video endoscopy to become part of the repository […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: California Conflicts?

The U.S. horse racing industry is dealing with yet another controversy this year after the New York Times story about 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify’s positive drug test following the Santa Anita Derby. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the details of the situation, answer questions people likely […]

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How The First Horse Van Shocked The Public And British Bookmakers

The thresholds of Keeneland’s property will be tread upon by an endless stream of horse vans during the two weeks and change of its September Yearling Sale, effortlessly bringing horses in from around the country and redistributing them to destinations around the world. It’s easy to take for granted a van hauling several horses at […]

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PR Special Keeneland September Sale: Let’s Hear It From The Breeding Industry

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale rolls on, and the Paulick Report is on the grounds with another special print publication for the auction. In this edition of the PR Special, The Jockey Club’s proposed limitation of mares bred by a stallion during a season has been one of the hottest topics on the sales grounds, […]

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