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‘Rough And Gruff’ Swinebroad Left His Mark On Keeneland Auctions

When George Swinebroad died in 1975, the headline in the Lexington Herald-Leader shouted “Sales Will Never Be The Same.” After nearly four decades presiding over Thoroughbred sales, many as Keeneland’s director of auctions, the bold type largely addressed the void his absence would leave on the sale company and the industry at large. The headline […]

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PR Special Keeneland September: George Swinebroad, Auctioneering Legend

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets under way on Monday in Lexington, Ky., and the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction for racing prospects runs daily through Sept. 23, with the exception of Friday, Sept. 14. That dark day follows a four-day Book 1 under the sale’s company new format. A reminder that the Book 1 sessions will begin at  1 p.m., two […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Gambling On The Future?

In recent years, racetracks across the country have pursued supplemental revenue sources in various forms — slot machines, casino gaming, historical racing and now sports betting. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the backstory and latest developments with historical racing and share their thoughts on where sports […]

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Police Shoot Gun-Wielding Man Before Rap Concert At Del Mar

San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies shot a man who allegedly fired a gun outside of the grandstand admission gate at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., early Sunday evening as the day’s 10th race was being run and shortly before a rap concert was to begin. According to an eyewitness, deputies had just broken up […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Business Is Good?

The betting handle came pouring in for last weekend’s Travers Day at Saratoga, despite a lack of superstar power, namely this year’s Triple Crown winner. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the reasons behind recent record or near record handle days like the Travers and the Pacific Classic. […]

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‘Rescuing A Horse From A Rescue’: NTWO Voices Concerns About Louisiana ‘Non-Profit’

The following article was first published at NTWO.org, and has been reprinted with the permission of Victoria Keith and the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization. This piece serves as a follow-up to ‘Chicken Houses And Horse Rescue: A Complicated Tale,’ which was published on the Paulick Report in early April 2018. Most horse rescues and individuals […]

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Del Mar Odyssey: Into the Home Stretch

Peter Miller has virtually wrapped up his third summer training title at Del Mar, which enters its final week of racing on Wednesday. Miller is clicking at 30 percent, saddling 28 winners from 92 starts. That puts him 12 ahead of Doug O’Neill, who came back down to earth after winning four races opening day […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: All About The Future

The theme of this week’s Friday Show is peering into the future. Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick start by discussing both the actual future host sites of the Breeders’ Cup and the potential hosts. Then, it’s onto the newly announced Breeders’ Cup future wager. It wasn’t so successful the first time around. Will it work […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Horseplayers Deserve Better From Stewards And Regulators

My phone started blowing up Sunday afternoon, shortly after the fourth race at Gulfstream Park was run. There were calls, emails, text messages and Twitter comments imploring me to watch jockey Tony Maragh on a horse named Musical Heart. The 3-year-old gelding by Maclean’s Music, owned by Joseph Bucci and trained by Aubrey Maragh, finished […]

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Heavenly Prize, Justify, And The Changing Tides Of Hall Of Fame Inductions

This year’s induction ceremony to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was focused on historical figures in the sport, and a lone modern inductee in top filly Heavenly Prize. Racing fans and insiders reacted with surprise that there was just one inductee from a ballot of four horses, three jockeys, and three […]

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