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VET ON PARAGALLO CASE: ALL OF THE HORSES HAD LICE

Veterinarian Dr. Jerry Bilinski testified that nearly all Thoroughbreds on Ernie Paragallo’s farm were malnourished to emaciation and were living in an environment infested with parasites. Read it at The Daily Mail Then come back to the Paulick Report and let us know what you think – Bradford Cummings

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LUCK-Y TO HAVE HOFFMAN

A-List actor Dustin Hoffman has been signed on to play Ace Bernstein, an autodidact caught up in gambling on the racing circuit, in the upcoming David Milch HBO series Luck. Having a star as big as Hoffman gives the new series instant new buzz and a greater likelihood it will be picked up beyond […]

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STRONACH SAYS SANTA ANITA WON’T GO BACK TO DIRT UNLESS…

In a complete surprise to most, Magna Entertainment boss Frank Stronach has announced he plans to keep the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita Park despite recent problems with draining the track that have caused numerous cancellations. Stranger than the decision perhaps is the reason behind the decision. Throughout the bankruptcy process of Magna Entertainment, […]

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LANZMAN ON IEAH: I HATE THEM MORE THAN I LOVE THE HORSE

There’s no secret that the aftermath of I Want Revenge’s last second Derby scratch has been anything but smooth for David Lanzman and IEAH Stables. What’s shocking is the abject level of hatred being tossed around and the clear and total dysfunction of this partnership. We could recap it further but the quote above […]

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NY ASSEMBLYMAN ON NYRA: THEY’RE RUNNING AN UNPROFITABLE BUSINESS MAKING EXORBITANT SALARIES

In an article from TIna Moore of the New York Daily News, NYRA got blasted by Assemblyman Gary Pretlow for having excessive salaries. NYRA would counter that in order to bring top people to their organization, they must pay salaries in line with other equivalent companies. What say you? Read it at the New York […]

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WEST: ESKENDEREYA ‘ALREADY THERE’

After an exciting weekend of racing, Gary West offers a strong analysis of where we are on the Derby Trail so far. Above all, it’s hard to argue with his assessment that Eskendereya’s Fountain of Youth performance puts him on the very short list of elite contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Read it at […]

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ZAYAT: I AM A VICTIM OF VERY BAD PEOPLE

In perhaps the most extensive piece written about the Zayat bankruptcy, especially in a non-industry publication, writer Hugh Morley gets up close and personal with the controversial owner. Among other things, Zayat insists that he wants to pay the Fifth Third bank but not on the backs of depressed value for his assets (horses). […]

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POLL FINDS MINIMAL APPROVAL, MAJOR CONFUSION OVER AQUEDUCT VLT DEAL

Sometimes polls lie, but when they are as lopsided as the recent Siena poll on the Aqueduct racino ‘situation’, it’s hard to ignore the results. Only 3% called the contract ‘fair and appropriate’, a third of the voters felt it was ‘politically motivated’ and 64% didn’t have enough information. While that is a large unknown, […]

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TRIAL TIME FOR PARAGALLO

According to Frank Angst at the Thoroughbred Times, alleged animal abuser Ernie Paragallo’s long awaited trial is to begin today. Facing a maximum of 35 years in jail and a $35,000 fine, the former New York horse owner has waived a jury trial and will plead his case directly to the judge. Read it at […]

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WHERE SHOULD WE PUT THE BLAME FOR CALIFORNIA’S INCREASED FATALITIES?

In an article from The San Diego Union-Tribune, recently released data shows that the last two years of racing have produced the most fatalities of any two-year period in California racing history. However, equine medical director Rick Arthur contends this is due to the increased number of starts at Golden Gate after the closing of […]

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