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An American In Newmarket: Young Breeder Has His Eye On Competitive Market

Ed Harper, stud director for Whitsbury Manor Stud in southwest England, prides himself on being what Americans call “hungry.” Harper is the third in his family to manage the farm, which stands out on England’s breeding landscape. Most stallions are held by large conglomerates like Shadwell, Coolmore, and Godolphin. Although Whitsbury Manor is a large […]

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An American In Newmarket: Galloping Yearlings And The Veterinary Perspective

As Dr. Mike Shepherd, managing partner at Rossdales, strides down a gravel path at Tattersalls going warp speed, he is struck by how similar Thoroughbred yearling auctions are from a veterinarian’s point of view. At Newmarket’s premier October Sale, he is constantly checking his notes, his catalogue, the online repository, and his phone before dashing […]

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An American In Newmarket: In The Shadow Of A Castle, Highclere Yearlings Prepare To Shine At Sale

Flipping through the catalogue for Tattersalls’ premier October Sale of yearlings is a slightly different experience than browsing offerings at an American sale. The horses’ catalogue pages are different, with greater space dedicated to female family, but the consignor index also has a few more line items. While commercial consignors – those that offer client […]

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Janney Responds To Pennsylvania Commissioner: ‘There Were Indeed Regulators Asleep On The Job’

Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, has responded to a letter from Russell C. Redding – Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture and chairman of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission – in which Redding said Janney’s critical remarks at the Jockey Club Round Table in August spread “misinformation” and were “irresponsible.” “I stand […]

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An American In Newmarket: Yearling Sales Across The Pond

The Paulick Report is pleased to introduce a series taking American readers behind the scenes of a yearling sale at Tattersalls in Newmarket, Suffolk, England.  Although many elements of a yearling sale remain the same regardless of location, a few differences do stick out. There’s the aesthetic: horses are housed in open barns with no […]

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Parx Trainers Subpoenaed By Racing Commission For Financial, Veterinary, Phone Records

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has begun issuing subpoenas seeking financial, veterinary and telephone records from licensed Thoroughbred trainers at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa. Jason Klouser, director of enforcement for the commission, did not provide any specifics as to the recipients, the number of subpoenas that have been issued or the purpose. “I […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Pattison Canadian International: Pegasus Redux?

There were quite a few skeptics last year when the Stronach Group unveiled a new $12 million race for which owners would each put up $1 million to fund the purse. But the Pegasus World Cup filled and the first running highlighted the rise of Arrogate on the world scene and was the swan song […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Obstruction In Oklahoma?

I don’t like it when people try to make a fool out of me. I do a good enough job of that without any help. But that’s what the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission staff apparently was trying to do last week when I inquired about the status of the investigation into the wrong horse running […]

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Indiana Grand Diaries: Far More Than A Fraction

Several racetracks around the country have started fractional ownership clubs, which offer people shares of a racehorse at a low, fixed cost without the liability of full ownership. The idea is to give fans a taste of the ownership experience. Indiana Grand launched a new fractional ownership group this year called Grand Gesture Stable, and […]

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Former United Tote Employee Charged With Extortion; Allegedly Stole Social Security Numbers

A Kentucky man who formerly worked for Churchill Downs Inc.’s bet processing company, United Tote, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on extortion charges. Ethan C. Fey has been charged in United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville with one count of Hobbs Act extortion and one count […]

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