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JOE HIRSCH REMEMBERED …

The death of Daily Racing Form’s longtime executive columnist Joe Hirsch has brought an outpouring of tributes from people throughout the Thoroughbred industry who remembered him for his dedication to the sport and to his profession, and for his friendship. “Joe Hirsch was much more than just the dean of American racing writers for […]

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AZERI FAILS TO SELL …$4.4M

Azeri, the 2002 Horse of the Year whose  first foal failed to sell at the Keeneland September Sale for a record buyback price of $7.7 million, was bought back by her owner, Michael Paulson, on Monday at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale  for $4.4 million. The daughter of Jade Hunter in foal […]

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ON A COMPUTER SCREEN NEAR YOU

By Ray Paulick Amidst all the gloom and doom in American racing today (and I don’t see any need to repeat all the problems here), there are some good things going on, some positive ideas being generated and programs launched at several tracks across the country. Several of those ideas recognize the power of the […]

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GOINS WINS HIS SECOND ECLIPSE AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

NTRA PRESS RELEASEDecember 29, 2008     MATT GOINS WINS SECOND MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARD   FOR PHOTOGRAPHY     The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association announced today that Matt Goins of Lexington, Ky., has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture “Frankie’s […]

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MINUS $1 BILLION: U.S. HANDLE LOWEST SINCE 1998

By Ray Paulick Figures released today by Equibase Company confirm what the Paulick Report has been saying for months, that pari-mutuel handle on Thoroughbred racing in the United States is at its lowest level since 1998. With a 20% plunge in December wagering, year-end handle in the U.S. totalled $13,670,196,938, down more than $1 billion […]

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KENTUCKY TASK FORCE ISSUES REPORT

By Ray Paulick Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s Task Force on the Future of Racing reported its findings in a hearing in the state capitol in Frankfort on Monday. The Task Force, chaired by Tracy Farmer, vice chairman of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, made the following recommendations through various subcommittees:  INDUSTRY FINANCIAL MATTERS RECOMMENDATIONS: […]

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DELAWARE COMMISSION UPHOLDS LARRY JONES SUSPENSION

By Ray Paulick The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission has upheld a stewards ruling against trainer Larry Jones involving a test for a higher than permitted level of the bronchodilator Clenbuterol in Two Bucks Stable’s Stones River, who won a June 8 allowance race at Delaware Park. The stewards have suspended Jones seven days, fined him […]

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KEENELAND DAY THREE: DOWNWARD TREND CONTINUES

(from Keeneland publicity department) My White Corvette, dam of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Stardom Bound, brought top price of $825,000 on Wednesday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. Barry Weisbord signed the ticket, on behalf of celebrity chef Bobby Flay, for the 10-year-old mare by Tarr Road. My White Corvette […]

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ASIAN CONFERENCE: JRA EXPECTED TO LICENSE FOREIGN OWNERS

By Ray Paulick The world’s biggest purses have never been available to racehorse owners from around the globe, but that all may be changing soon when the Japan Racing Association makes an anticipated announcement later this month that it will begin licensing foreign owners  as early as 2009. News of the JRA’s expected policy change […]

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LIVE BLOGGING KENTUCKY TASK FORCE MEETING

Ray Paulick will be live blogging the meeting of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing at 1 p.m. Eastern today. The Task Force meeting takes place at Keeneland. Following is the agenda:   Opening remarks from Task Force chairman Tracy Famer   Discussion regarding Proper Staffing and Funding Levels of […]

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