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THE WEEK THAT WAS: AUG. 3-9

By Ray Paulick It was a week of good news all around: Big Brown comes back from his Belmont debacle with a victory in the Haskell, Curlin plots his next move (in the Woodward), the select yearling sales at Saratoga held their own, and the movement to ban steroids gained momentum thanks to the Breeders’ […]

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HALL OF ZERO

By Ray Paulick Last Monday was the National Museum of Racing’s big day, when induction ceremonies were held for the newest members of the racing Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees included trainer Carl Nafzger, jockey Edgar Prado, and a full complement of horses. A number of previous Hall of Fame inductees […]

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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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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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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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DEAR JOHN…AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BRUNETTI

Dear John, Are you nuts? I mean, seriously, how do you want your legacy to read? John J. Brunetti, the savior of Hialeah Park, the man who fought the establishment for years after buying the South Florida track in 1977, resisted the temptation to sell the historic grande dame of racing to developers, and […]

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A MAJOR MINOR

By Ray Paulick Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Wealthy individual who was extremely successful in other businesses and has a passion for Thoroughbred racing and breeding wants to buy a racetrack and incorporate his unique ideas to help bring the sport back to its glory days. That description could easily […]

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LOOKING A GIFT BAG IN THE MOUTH

Though a leading Thoroughbred owner said “it didn’t pass the smell test,” there was nothing fishy about a Breeders’ Cup board member getting a potentially huge publicity boost when the Breeders’ Cup placed a free ownership interest in some of his horses in 125 “gift bags”  distributed to prominent celebrities and athletes attending Wednesday night’s […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 13-20

Saratoga typically dominates the racing scene in late July and August, so it was good news for Del Mar that the West Coast track had its opening a week earlier than the Spa this year, putting it in the national spotlight at least for a few days. And a very good debut  it was, […]

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GUEST EDITORIAL: HORSEPLAYERS LOCK HORNS WITH OWNERS’ GROUP

(The Paulick Report was contacted by the recently formed Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) with a response to our recent article on the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Group and its approach to negotiations with account wagering or advance deposit wagering companies (ADWs). The following commentary does not reflect the views of the Paulick Report but is […]

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