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LIVE BLOGGING BREEDERS’ CUP SATURDAY

Ray Paulick will be live blogging Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which begin at 1:10 p.m. Eastern with the first ever running of the 1 1/2-mile Marathon.  Please note that there is a late scratch in that race: Add Heat was withdrawn from the Marathon Saturday morning because of a suspensory injury to his right […]

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MEASURING BREEDERS’ CUP SUCCESS

By Ray Paulick There are many ways to look at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships from a business and sporting standpoint, and not all examinations are going to lead to the same destination. The most important question is whether or not the 2008 Breeders’ Cup was a success or failure. Was the decision to […]

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LIVE BLOGGING BIG BROWN RETIREMENT TELECONFERENCE

Ray Paulick will be live blogging the teleconference featuring trainer Rick Dutrow and IEAH president Michael Iavarone as they discuss the foot injury that ended  Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown’s racing career earlier today. The teleconference, organized by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. UPDATE: Only Michael Iavarone will […]

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LIVE BLOGGING JACKSON ON CURLIN’S CUP FUTURE

Ray Paulick will be live blogging today’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference with Jess Jackson, majority owner of Horse of the Year Curlin, during which Jackson will announce a decision regarding Curlin’s pre-entry for the Breeders’ Cup. Pre-entry deadline is noon today (local time), and the list of pre-entered horses will be announced on Thursday. […]

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LIVE BLOGGING BREEDERS’ CUP PRE-ENTRY TELECONFERENCE

At 1 p.m. Eastern Ray Paulick will be live blogging today’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference focusing on the 25th Breeders’ Cup from the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24-25, pre-entries for which were announced earlier. Click here to get the list of pre-entries. Scheduled guests on the conference […]

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LIVE BLOGGING KENTUCKY’S RACING TASK FORCE ON INTEGRITY

Ray Paulick is live blogging the Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing’s subcommittee on integrity of racing and pari-mutuel activities from the offices of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Monday afternoon, beginning at 1 p.m. Edward (Ned) Bonnie, a member of the racing commission, is chairing the meeting, which is called to […]

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KENTUCKY RACING: AN INTEGRITY TASK FARCE?

By Ray Paulick People are making and cancelling bets on horses after races have begun. Let me repeat that: PEOPLE ARE MAKING AND CANCELLING BETS ON HORSES AFTER RACES HAVE BEGUN. Does anyone have a problem with that? Apparently, several members appointed to a subcommittee on integrity that is part of a Task Force on […]

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INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION POSITIONS ON SLAUGHTER

By Ray Paulick (UPDATED OCT. 10 TO REFLECT NEW POLICY FROM MAGNA ENTERTAINMENT) When the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives held a markup hearing on Sept. 17 to discuss H.B. 6598, the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2008 that would ban slaughter and criminalize the transportation of horses for the purpose […]

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EMINENT DOMAIN FOR HIALEAH PARK?

By Ray Paulick While the racing industry has been a clear loser in the demise of South Florida’s Hialeah Park, the city of Hialeah may have been dealt the greatest setback after the dormant track held its last race on May 22, 2001. It turns out, however, that city officials may be in part […]

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NTRA: DROP IN HANDLE ACCELERATES IN THIRD QUARTER

The following press release from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association is not good news, though not entirely unexpected. Handle in the third quarter (July-September) fell by almost 10%. The decline is not surprising, but it virtually confirms something I wrote the other  day saying that U.S. handle for 2008 will be at its lowest […]

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