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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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Guest Editorial: Congressman Ed Whitfield

One of the goals of the Paulick Report since our launch last month is to further the dialogue on the many critical issues the Thoroughbred industry faces, and to hear from different voices representing diverse points of view with which we may agree or disagree. The following op-ed article was written by Congressman Ed […]

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WESTWARD HO!

The road less traveled covered more than 3,000 miles, stretching from Central Kentucky through the upper Midwest, to the Great Plains, Wild West and finally to Southern California in time for Wednesday’s opening day of the summer meeting at Del Mar. There were sights for which words cannot do justice, natural wonders that make this […]

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JACKSON SEEKS FAN INPUT ON CURLIN’S PATH

 He’s not quite Uncle Sam looking for a few good men and women to sign up for the U.S. Army, but Jess Jackson does want something from the public: their opinion. Specifically, the Paulick Report has learned that the California winemaker and Thoroughbred horseman is seeking input from both fans and horsemen in an online […]

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RACING WRITERS AXED BY LA TIMES

The two full-time horse racing writers at the Los Angeles Times, Larry Stewart and Bob Mieszerski, were among the 150 editorial employees of the struggling paper to be terminated on Monday. Times publisher David Hiller also was axed, the paper reported on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Times has the fourth-largest circulation among daily papers in […]

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ACCOUNT WAGERING DEAL STRUCK FOR DEL MAR

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, according to sources, TVG exercised its exclusivity and told the Thoroughbred Owners of California that it would not allow some of the other account-wagering companies to offer online betting on Del Mar. As a result, TwinSpires.com and XpressBet customers in certain states may only bet on Del Mar using their telephone, […]

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HATS OFF TO DEL MAR OPENER

Del Mar racetrack on opening day is a little like that restaurant Yogi Berra used to talk about: “No one goes there anymore; it’s too crowded,” he has often been quoted as saying. There were 43,459 on-hand Wednesday, the largest opening in the track’s history and the second-largest crowd ever behind the 44,181 who […]

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BREAKING: CHURCHILL CUTS JOBS, SHARE PRICE JUMPS

Churchill Downs Inc. notified a number of its Louisville, Kentucky, employees today that their services will no longer be needed, the Paulick Report has learned. The job cuts also extend to Bloodstock Research Information Services, the Lexington, Kentucky-based information and wagering company purchased by CDI a year ago. According to sources, as many as a […]

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IT’S OFFICIAL: CALDER SIMULCAST, SLOTS DEAL DONE

Churchill Downs Inc. and the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association came to terms on a 2008 purse contract for Calder Race Course and on a contract for slot machines whenever the gambling machines begin operations at the Miami-area track.     The agreement means simulcast will once again be available on Calder’s races, effective this Thursday. The agreement […]

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THOROUGHBRED TIMES RIP OFF

I felt a little angst when a friend called Monday night to say that “someone at the Thoroughbred Times is reading the Paulick Report, because they ripped off your story about past-posting on a race from Philadelphia Park and didn’t give you any credit.”   I was in the middle of a dinner celebrating my […]

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