Ray’s Paddock

WHY SANTA ANITA STAYED SYNTHETIC

After all the problems Santa Anita experienced with its Cushion Track synthetic surface this past season, why did track management decide not to go back to a conventional dirt track and instead commit to installing a synthetic surface manufactured by the Australian company Pro-Ride? Aside from the fact the California Horse Racing Board has mandated […]

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FIRST-TIME OFFENDER?

The wise guys are out in force: “Knock me over with a feather,” they are saying in response to the latest news about Rick “No Show” Dutrow, who will be handed a 15-day suspension from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, which also will redistribute the $20,000 second-place purse won by Salute the Count in the […]

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ASMUSSEN, DUTROW POSITIVES: LIDOCAINE, CLENBUTEROL EXPLAINED

Lidocaine and clenbuterol, the drugs associated with the latest positive tests for Steve Asmussen and Rick Dutrow, are commonly used therapeutic medications with specific uses. Both also have the potential for being abused and are prohibited substances. The positive tests will be widely covered in the mainstream media because Dutrow and Asmussen are trainers […]

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RCI RULINGS: ASMUSSEN NIPS DUTROW, 74 TO 72

The Paulick Report has obtained a copy of rulings involving trainer Steve Asmussen that are in the database of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, dating from December 1990 through May 2008. There are a total of 74 rulings in the RCI report, which may not include rulings in some states that are not […]

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JACKSON: ‘I TRUST STEVE’

Jess Jackson, majority owner of reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, said he retains confidence in the 4-year-old colt’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, in the wake of a reported medication positive in Texas by another runner in Asmussen’s stable. Asmussen has been notified by the Texas Racing Commission that the post-race drug test for Timber […]

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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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