Ray’s Paddock

In The Hot Seat: Succession Plans Seldom In Play For CEO Job At NYRA

Being the head of the New York Racing Association is a lot like managing a Major League Baseball team: you seldom leave on your own terms. Chris Kay’s sudden departure on Wednesday marks the latest exit by a NYRA executive that didn’t feature a gold watch retirement ceremony. If published reports are accurate that Kay […]

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Uruguayans’ Passion For Racing On Full Display On Ramirez Day

I spent a few days in Montevideo, Uruguay, earlier this month to see the G1 Gran Premio José Pedro Ramírez, contested at the historic Hipódromo de Maroñas.  Held each year on Jan. 6, the Ramírez is Uruguay’s most famous horse race in a country that truly appreciates the horse and horse racing. Uruguay is small, […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Indiana Racing & Breeding: How Do You Decide?

The first wave of major events in horse racing for 2019 takes place next week at Gulfstream Park, with the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the annual Eclipse Awards, honoring the best in racing over the past year. It’s also an annual struggle for Eclipse voters to determine certain categories based on a very thin […]

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‘I Want To Save The World’: Love Her Or Hate Her, Papp Is Determined To Change Horse Racing For The Better

Veterinarian Dr. Kate Papp is one of those people whose brain is always on overdrive, as if it has its own direct infusion of caffeine. She sometimes has to gulp for air mid-sentence because although she speaks fast, it isn’t fast enough to get one thought out before another one breaks through. She frequently wakes […]

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Waldrop: Online Betting On Horse Racing Still Legal Despite Justice Department Reversal On Wire Act

Legal online wagering on horse racing will not be directly affected by a new U.S. government Department of Justice opinion on the Wire Act but could have an indirect impact on the willingness of banks and credit card companies to allow horseplayers to fund their advance deposit wagering accounts. The opinion from the Justice Department’s […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA Stallion Auction: Fun With Futures

The Road to the Kentucky Derby is starting to heat up. This week, a well-known Derby futures expert unveiled his odds for a pool of nearly 300 horses, 20 of which will wind up in the starting gates on the first Saturday in May. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and […]

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Artificial Insemination, Embryo Transfer At Heart Of Jockey Club’s Revocation Of Stud Book Privileges To California Breeder

On Jan. 4, The Jockey Club announced it has permanently revoked all stud book privileges of owner/breeder Nadine Anderson based upon its determination she “knowingly misrepresented and/or aided in the misrepresentation of the eligibility for registration of foals and other information.” The organization also announced two registration certificates were revoked in connection with Anderson’s actions […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Castleton’s Prowess Touched Three Breeds

Many subjects of our Kentucky Farm Time Capsule series thus far have seen their development mirror that of Lexington as the top Thoroughbred nursery in the country. The oldest Thoroughbred farms may sometimes trace their roots to a family homestead in the late 1700s, maybe to use as pastureland for cows, and then make the […]

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PR Special Keeneland January: Yes, This TIme

Book 2 of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale gets underway Wednesday at 10 a.m., and the Paulick Report once again offers a print publication online and on the sales grounds. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss takes the Kentucky Farm Time Capsule back in time through the history of Castleton […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Hertz’s Influence Felt Beyond Stoner Creek’s Paddocks

The debate over John D. Hertz’s greatest impact on the Thoroughbred industry typically falls on one of two sides. On one hand, the master of Stoner Creek Stud in Paris, Ky., campaigned a pair of Kentucky Derby winners: Reigh Count and homebred Triple Crown winner Count Fleet, both of which became stallions of note. The […]

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