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Racing Without Lasix: Christophe Clement Leads Nation By 2019 Wins

In 2019, according to records maintained by The Jockey Club, out of the 272,553 U.S. starts, only 10,065 were made by horses that were not administered Lasix. That equates to only 3.7 percent. The number of starters without Lasix is virtually unchanged from 2018 when 10,148 horses started without the race-day medication. Lasix is the […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Maryland Jockey Club: New Developments In Neighboring States

This week could turn out to be an important turning point for the horse racing industry in the Mid-Atlantic region. The question is, which way is the arrow pointing? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the latest developments in the neighboring states of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Watch The […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Irrational Exuberance Of Ahmed Zayat

For many, a horse racing stable is a business. As most Thoroughbred owners know, however, it’s not a business that anyone should count on being profitable. A quick look at the math: In 2018, according to The Jockey Club Fact Book, 46,144 starters competed for about $1.1 billion in purses. The average earnings per starter […]

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Commentary – Horse Racing: We Gonna Have A Sport Or Not?

Sport is characterized by a challenging dichotomy that threatens its very existence as a viable enterprise worthy of both participation and widespread appreciation. Athletes are drawn to sport in the main by those with a passion for contests and games of skill. It is this ardor shown on the courts, courses and battlefields that in […]

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‘Time For Talk Is Done’: Congress Hears Debate Over Horseracing Integrity Act

The future of horse racing will be in jeopardy if Congress doesn’t pass the Horseracing Integrity Act. The future of horse racing will be in jeopardy if Congress does pass the Horseracing Integrity Act. Those were the mixed messages heard by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: No Horse Racing Commission, No Transparency In Florida

It didn’t take long for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. to find the winner’s circle after being reinstated at Gulfstream Park by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track’s owner, The Stronach Group, which reportedly handed the Venezuela native a six-month suspension in November for having unlabeled medication in his barn. Granpollo Stable’s Gran Greyfrost won a low-level […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Calling All Champions

Every January, the Thoroughbred industry honors its best from the previous year by bestowing awards in various categories. The ceremony for the 49th Eclipse Awards takes place next week at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. In this edition of The Friday Show, Paulick Report editor-in-chief Scott Jagow and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills reveal their votes […]

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When It Comes To Lasix And Federal Legislation, Horse Racing Has Been Here Before

As a new year begins, some racing jurisdictions will begin considering or implementing a furosemide (Lasix) phaseout. In December, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a partial phaseout starting for 2-year-olds of 2020. Earlier last year, The Stronach Group and the New York Racing Association, together with Churchill Downs Inc., Los Alamitos, and […]

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PR Special Keeneland January Sale: Quality Road And His Research Grants

The 2020 auction season kicks off at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, and the Paulick Report is once again part of the proceedings with the PR Special. In this issue, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills writes about how the meteoric rise of Lane’s End stallion Quality Road has been a multi-million dollar windfall for the […]

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