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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: HIALEAH — A MORTAL LOCK

By Ray Paulick Best unintentionally funny line of the week came from John Brunetti, the owner of Hialeah Park. Discussing a conversation he had with Halsey Minor about the technology wizard’s interest in buying and reviving the shuttered South Florida racetrack, Brunetti was quoted in a trade publication as saying: “I have told […]

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MARKET CRISIS HITS THE HORSE BUSINESS

By Ray Paulick While Congress begins deliberations on the proposed economic bailout package that could cost taxpayers as much as $1 trillion, Thoroughbred owners and breeders are beginning to feel the effects of the turbulence on Wall Street and other world markets. The financial markets meltdown came smack dab in the middle of […]

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WHO OWNS KEENELAND?

By Ray Paulick In the 46 years since the Breeders’ Sales Company – a co-op established by Central Kentucky breeders — was handed over to Keeneland, the Lexington, Ky., auction house/racetrack has gross receipts of more than $13.5 billion through its sales of weanlings, yearlings, 2-year-olds in training and breeding stock. During that time, the […]

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HETTINGER: A MAN WHO LOVED HORSES

Saturday was a bad day for horses. One of their best friends in the world, John Hettinger, passed away at the age of 74. No one fought harder to end the slaughter of horses in the United States than John Hettinger. He was tireless and passionate about ending slaughter. He talked about it, wrote […]

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KEENELAND: BLOGGING MONDAY’S FIRST SESSION

By Ray Paulick The Paulick Report will be live blogging and/or providing frequent updates from Monday’s first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale from Lexington, Ky. The sale is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. EDT, but as most auction viewers know sessions do not begin on time. First, a bit of news […]

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SADLER, MULLINS ‘TAKE LEAVE’ FROM TRAINERS’ BOARD

By Ray Paulick John Sadler, the leading trainer at the recent Del Mar meeting whose barn was raided Aug. 18 by California Horse Racing Board investigators amidst allegations of multiple postive tests for anabolic steroids in horses he trains, has taken a “voluntary leave of absence” from his position as president and as a member […]

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KEENELAND DAY ONE: DUBAI ACCOUNTS FOR 27%

By Ray Paulick All the economic indicators were down at Monday’s opening session of Keeneland’s bellwether September yearling sale — to no one’s surprise. The world economy is slumping, financial markets are turbulent, the American racing industry is going through hard times and even the U.S. dollar’s recent strengthening was a case of bad […]

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INDIAN CHARLIE AUTHOR MUSSELMAN AVID READER OF PAULICK REPORT

By Ray Paulick Ed Musselman, the former Churchill Downs tour guide, groom, jockey agent and trainer who publishes the Indian Charlie newsletter that is distributed during some race meetings and Thoroughbred auctions throughout the United States, has proven to be an avid reader of the Paulick Report, which England’s Pacemaker magazine said in its September issue […]

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DAY TWO: RAY PAULICK FROM THE KEENELAND SALE PAVILION

By Ray Paulick Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed struck again Tuesday morning to purchase the first seven-figure yearling of the Keeneland September sale’s second session when he stood in the back-ring area with bloodstock adviser John Ferguson and bought an A.P. Indy filly out of the Grade 1 winning Smart Strike mare Shadow Cast for $1 […]

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‘LIVE BLOGGING’ KEENELAND’S EXPANSION FORUM

By Ray Paulick These really must be the dog days of summer! Why else would the Paulick Report decide to “live blog” tonight’s public forum at Keeneland, which will give regular folk in the community a chance to sound off on expansion plans the auction company and racetrack is planning? Keeneland […]

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