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KEENELAND SALE PROJECTION: LOWEST TOTAL SINCE 1998

By Ray Paulick When the sub-prime loan crisis led to a global financial meltdown at this time last year, many stock market investors lost 10 years of gains with their investment portfolios. That’s where the yearling market is headed, based on projections by the Paulick Report showing how the Keeneland September yearling sale is going […]

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KEEP: WILLIAMS’ ATTACKS CEMENT INDUSTRY UNITY

KEEP just released an editorial in response to KY State Senator David Williams’ criticism of the Thoroughbred industry’s desire for alternative gaming in Kentucky. Are you moved by this editorial? Where do you stand on the slots issue and have any of the recent editorials changed your mind one way or the other? The Paulick […]

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OLDER CAN BE BETTER

Commercial breeder Rob Whiteley addresses the issue of older broodmares and the bias that some yearling buyers have against foals out of aged mares in a piece that originally ran in the Thoroughbred Daily News. As always, we appreciate TDN’s Sue Finley giving us permission  to re-publish Whiteley’s article as the Keeneland September yearling sale […]

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DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN?

By Ray Paulick “The best business in the horse industry right now is silks manufacturing,” someone said to me Tuesday afternoon as officials were tallying up the final numbers from the two select sessions of the 14-day Keeneland September yearling sale. “There are a lot of breeders out there who don’t have racing silks but […]

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MEDICATION MUCKS MULES

By Ray Paulick If Francis the Talking Mule of movie fame were still around, he might tell us what on earth happened at the Los Angeles County fair race meeting at Fairplex Park on Thursday. All I know is that the following press release that arrived in my inbox from the California Horse Racing Board […]

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TWINK THROWS STINK OVER AI BAN

By Ray Paulick Renowned but controversial equine fertility expert W.R. “Twink” Allen lambasted the Thoroughbred breeding industry’s decision-makers for their continued failure to even discuss possible approval of artificial insemination (AI) or embryo transfer (ET) for the breed, moves he said would be beneficial from a practical, economic and equine health standpoint. “I’m sick to […]

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KEY KENTUCKY SENATE ELECTION IN HOME STRETCH

By Ray PaulickKentucky Democratic Rep. Robin Webb, who supported legislation to install video lottery terminals or slot machines at Kentucky racetracks earlier this year, is in the home stretch of her Senate campaign against Republican slots opponent, Dr. Jack Ditty, in a special election for the 18th Senate district to replace Charlie Borders, who is […]

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EQUIBASE: RACING’S TOLL BOOTH

By Ray Paulick It’s not that much of a stretch to say that Equibase is one of the Thoroughbred industry’s biggest success stories of the last 20 years. It can also be said that it’s one of the industry’s biggest disappointments. Created in 1990 to end the century-old monopoly Daily Racing Form held on the […]

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HORSEMAN’S GUIDE TO PROTESTING

When horse people are told about demonstrations, they probably think about a salesman or company rep showing them how the newest product or gadget works in order for them to improve their business. But in the proud history of the United States, a different kind of demonstration has been a key part of protest movements […]

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PAULICK REPORT CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY

By Ray Paulick There have been very few dull moments since the Paulick Report was launched one year ago today, June 16, 2008. I guess that’s one of the benefits for a journalist covering an industry in turmoil. Where to begin? We’ve posted 418 of our own stories, most of them written by me, […]

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