Ray’s Paddock

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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MAGNA EXECS: BEEN NICE, BUT PUT ME ON ICE

It’s almost impossible to keep track of the comings and goings of executives at Magna Entertainment, the racetrack spinoff created in 2000 from Frank Stronach’s highly successful auto parts company, Magna International. Magna Entertainment owns numerous racetracks, including Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Pimlico and Laurel Park […]

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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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