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COVID-19: In Shadow Of Twin Spires, Ministry’s Commitment To Neighborhood Children Continues

The big news in the Thoroughbred racing world on Tuesday was the decision by Churchill Downs Inc. to change the date of the Kentucky Derby from the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in September. The worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has wreaked havoc on virtually every aspect of our daily […]

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No Kentucky Derby In May? It Won’t Be First Time Racing Has Coped With Major Interruption

In keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Churchill Downs confirmed this week the Kentucky Derby will not take place on the first Saturday in May, but will shift to the first weekend in September. Mike Ricci, communications director for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Maryland was also […]

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California Foundation For Children, Ex-Racehorses Turns COVID-19 Home Time Into Video Project

With most kids out of school indefinitely due to the coronavirus, there’s a need to keep them occupied. The Square Peg Foundation, which employs ex-racehorses as therapy animals for children on the autism spectrum, has come up with a novel way to engage them. “We got the idea to have participants help us produce 1 […]

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PR Special OBS March Sale: Which Horses Have Taught You Most About Life?

Whatever the 2-year-old auction season of 2020 is going to be, it all starts at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March Sale Of 2-Year-Olds In Training, and the Paulick Report’s presence is there with the PR Special newsletter. In this edition, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills examines the career trajectory of E Z’s Gentleman, a Grade 1 […]

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Owner Gary West: Maximum Security To Undergo Thorough Medical Examination, New Round Of Drug Tests

The following statement was provided by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Gary West, who bred and co-owns Maximum Security, Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old male of 2019 whose victory in the world’s richest race, the $20-million Saudi Cup, was followed nine days later by a federal indictment alleging illegal doping by trainer Jason Servis and others. After […]

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Commentary: Indictments Show Horse Racing’s Existing Regulatory System Is Not Working

It came as no surprise and, in fact, it was expected that in the wake of the recent arrests by the FBI the long line of individuals and organizations entrenched in their defense of the status quo would come forward with the usual litany of nonsensical assertions and rationalizations. I work with several of these […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Maryland Jockey Club: Fallout From Federal Indictments?

The U.S. horse racing industry was jolted this week with the federal indictments of 28 people allegedly involved in more than one scheme to illegally dope racehorses. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what led to the federal investigation and arrests, what’s likely to happen next and what […]

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Federal Indictment Highlights Tangled Web Woven By Illegal Drug Makers

There’s a lot to unpack from Monday’s bombshell indictment of 27 people connected with alleged equine doping rings, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation may not be done with the case yet. When the charges were announced by the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, officials said the investigation […]

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Irwin: States, Nearly All Horse Racing Institutions Lack Will To Clean Up Sport

Monday’s initiative to go after cheaters in horse racing starkly portrays the dilemma our industry faces. The initiative taken by the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was a victory for jurisprudence and a failure of every state in America, its regulators, racing boards, investigators, Thoroughbred racetracks and rank-and-file members of racing who […]

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