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HRTVG?

By Ray Paulick TVG, the horse racing channel sold earlier this year when parent Gemstar-TV Guide was purchased by the digital technology company Macrovision (MVSN) , is now being shopped around to potential buyers by Swiss-based financial services company UBS, the Paulick Report has learned. The auction of TVG gives the horse racing […]

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DEAR JOHN…AN OPEN LETTER TO JOHN BRUNETTI

Dear John, Are you nuts? I mean, seriously, how do you want your legacy to read? John J. Brunetti, the savior of Hialeah Park, the man who fought the establishment for years after buying the South Florida track in 1977, resisted the temptation to sell the historic grande dame of racing to developers, and […]

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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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