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JACKSON CHALLENGES BIG BROWN’S OWNERS TO RACE

By Ray Paulick Jess Jackson, the majority owner of Curlin, is hoping to shame the owners of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown into challenging the reigning Horse of the Year in the Aug. 30 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. Jackson said if Big Brown runs against Curlin in the Woodward he will […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 28-AUG. 2

By Ray Paulick Somewhere down the road we hope Ginger Punch and Zenyatta meet. It truly will be a championship bout. On Saturday, one week after reigning female champion Ginger Punch fought through an opening to win the Go for Wand at Saratoga, Zenyatta floated like a butterfly and then stung like a […]

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POPE TO OWNERS: ‘IT’S YOUR GAME’

By Ray Paulick Fred Pope just won’t give up. For more than 16 years, since he first used advertising space in Bloodhorse magazine to publish an article entitled “Whose Game Is it?” Pope has been trying to convince Thoroughbred owners that they can control their own destiny in racing. Pope is a […]

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BIG BROWN GETS UP LATE TO WIN HASKELL

By Ray Paulick Big Brown got it done in Sunday’s $1-million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, but it wasn’t easy, as the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was in an all-out drive to get past long shot pacesetter Coal Play in the final 70 yards of the 1 1/8-mile race to win […]

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NYRA’S SPOILS OF VICTORY

There was a time when the New York Racing Association was accused of being both arrogant and complacent, when it was run like a country club by wealthy, old men, most of whom could care less about the concerns of the people who showed up to bet on the horses day after day. Many […]

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NYRA’S NATION BUILDING

Gavin Landry, the New York Racing Association’s new vice president of sales and development, borrowed a highly successful concept from the Boston Red Sox when he recently created the NYRA Nation racing fan club. Could it be the biggest thing New York lifted from Boston since the Yankees signed Babe Ruth in 1919? The early […]

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GREELY GETS 30 DAYS, SUSPENSION STAYED BY CHRB

By Ray Paulick Trainer Beau Greely received a 30-day suspension on Saturday for a positive test in a horse he trained to a first-place finish at Santa Anita Park in January, but a “stipulated agreement” with the California Horse Racing Board allows the suspension to be stayed if horses trained by the 37-year-old Kentucky […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 20-27

By Ray Paulick Saratoga opens, and so do the skies. That sums up the first several days of the upstate New York Spa’s business, which is not good news for a bankrupt organization that says it will need more bailout money from the state sometime in the next couple of months. Heavy rains […]

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EXCLUSIVE: NTRA CONFIDENTIAL

By Ray Paulick Within two weeks of the June 19 Congressional hearings that looked into Thoroughbred racing’s safety and medication issues, a small group of industry insiders met at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., to discuss potential reforms that could stave off threatened federal intervention. A confidential discussion document that came out of the Keeneland meeting […]

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HRTVG?

By Ray Paulick TVG, the horse racing channel sold earlier this year when parent Gemstar-TV Guide was purchased by the digital technology company Macrovision (MVSN) , is now being shopped around to potential buyers by Swiss-based financial services company UBS, the Paulick Report has learned. The auction of TVG gives the horse racing […]

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