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THE WEEK THAT WAS…JUNE 22-28

Two years ago, Deep Impact, a two-time Horse of the Year in Japan, traveled to Paris to take on the world’s best grass runners in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Thousands of Japanese fans followed the horse to France and bet with such confidence that Deep Impact was the odds-on favorite to win what […]

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NEW ERA FOR FASIG-TIPTON

Consignors and buyers attending Fasig-Tipton yearling sales in Lexington, Ky., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in July and August may be a little disappointed if they are looking for a sudden transformation of the 110-year-old Thoroughbred auction company under the new ownership of Dubai-based Synergy Investments. The sale, announced in April, closed May 30. […]

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ARROGANT?

One of the most surprising themes in Monday’s Paulick Report article on Fasig-Tipton’s new owner, Synergy Investments of Dubai, wasn’t so much the comments about the No. 2 Thoroughbred auction house, but what was said about the market leader, the Keeneland Association.   A word that was repeated several times by consignors and buyers commenting […]

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INDUSTRY IN THE CROSSHAIRS: A PREVIEW – NTRA Marginalized; Credibility in Question

Will they or won’t they?   That’s the big question I have about a group of U.S. Congressmen who have nothing else to do (health care, foreclosure crisis, soaring gas prices, Iraq war?) but put the horse racing industry in the crosshairs during a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday entitled “Breeding Drugs and Breakdowns: The […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP ELECTION: GAME ON!

It took centuries for the people of Iraq to experience the joys of voting in a democratic election. Thoroughbred breeders only had to wait 25 years.   For over two decades since its inception in 1982 as the brainchild of the late John Gaines, Breeders’ Cup Ltd. had been run under the cloak of darkness, […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP PART II: OLD GUARD VS. NEW GUARD

The fight for control of the Breeders’ Cup began in earnest in January 2006, shortly after the organization’s board of directors ratified a change in bylaws that would end its self-perpetuating nature and give anyone who nominates a foal or stallion to the program the opportunity to vote in an annual election. The battle […]

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BREAKING: CURLIN BANNED IN NEW YORK – A PAULICK REPORT SPECIAL REPORT

A spokesman for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said Wednesday that 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin would not be allowed to race in New York until all of his owners are licensed in the state. The license for one of the partners in the Midnight Cry Stable that owns 20% of […]

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HEARING IGNORES FANS

Have you ever been to one of those business meetings where the boss calls his managers together and “wants feedback” on an idea that, it’s clear to see, he has already decided to put into play? That’s what Thursday’s Congressional hearing, entitled “Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of […]

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WHY THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR RACING

The other day I received an e-mail from a young lady, 18 years old, commenting on an article I had written for ESPN.com in the wake of Big Brown’s defeat in the Belmont Stakes. The passion with which she wrote about the sport reminded me that racing always has and always will have tremendous appeal […]

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PAULICK REPORT: THE WEEK THAT WAS

It was, to say the least, an interesting week to launch the Paulick Report. First, we had the opportunity to take a close look at the Breeders’ Cup election for its board of members and trustees in a two-part series that looked first at the history of the organization’s governance. The current battle for […]

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