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INAUGURAL OAK TREE AT HOLLYWOOD PARK MEET WILL BEGIN SEPT. 30

PRESS RELEASE ZENYATTA SCHEDULED TO RETURN IN $250,000 LADY’S SECRET ON OCT. 2 Prior to its autumn season, which commences with a night card on Thursday, Nov. 4, Hollywood Park will play host for the first time to Oak Tree. The 42nd season will begin on Sept. 30 and continue through Oct. 31. […]

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STUCK IN COMMITTEE

After much discussion, it appears that AB2414 is still stuck in committee in California. The bill, originally intended to lure the Breeders’ Cup to Santa Anita on a more permanent basis, was expanded to include an increase in takeout and allowances for exchange wagering. While the current legislative session is scheduled to end on […]

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LET’S MAKE A DEAL: EXCHANGE WAGERING DELAYED UNTIL 2012

After much opposition to AB2414, a bill aimed to attract the Breeders’ Cup permanently to Santa Anita, increase takeout on exotic wagering and legalize exchange betting, has been replaced with a compromise bill. In the new bill, the implementation of exchange wagering has been delayed to 2012, allowing tracks and the California Horse Racing Board […]

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THE LOOSEST TRIFECTAS IN RACING…

By Ray Paulick In what passed for “debate” in California over industry efforts to advance legislation raising takeout on bets involving two or more horses (2% on exactas, 3% on trifectas and superfectas), racing executives pointed to the fact that California has enjoyed a competitive advantage over other states because it has had a lower […]

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WILLIAMS TO TEAM WITH EX-UK HOOPS STAR RICHIE FARMER FOR MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT IN FRANKFORT

Speculation has been going on for months that Kentucky Senate President David Williams and ex-UK basketball star Richie Farmer would be the Republican “dream team” for governor and lieutenant governor in 2011. The two are set to make an announcement tomorrow in Frankfort at 11 am. While the reason for the press conference has […]

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NAHILL TO BAFFERT: DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has not been quiet about his contempt for the synthetic surface at Del Mar racetrack. He clearly believes the surface is too slow and shares the belief with many others that Del Mar should go back to dirt. Jeff Nahill of the North County Times thinks he has […]

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NYRA FEATURES RACING CARTOON ‘TOP OF THE STRETCH’ IN PROGRAM

The New York Racing Association has shown some love for cartoonist John Daly’s ‘Top of the Stretch’ racing cartoon by including his work in their summer program. To learn more about the cartoon, click here for the article in today’s Saratogian. Neema Ghazi, NYRA’s Director of Marketing, generously supplied the Paulick Report a copy of […]

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BOREL LOSES MINE THAT BIRD MOUNT TO MARAGH IN WOODWARD

After working Mine That Bird for the last two weeks with Rajiv Maragh, D. Wayne Lukas made the move to switch the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner from Calvin Borel to Maragh for Saturday’s Woodward Stakes. Will this make a difference in the result for Mine That Bird who hasn’t won since his unexpected victory […]

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CHARLES TOWN TABLE GAMES DEEMED A SUCCESS SO FAR

A month and a half after table games were introduced by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, officials are deeming the change a success. Not only have more people been playing slot machines and other casino games, but racing handle has increased by 15-20%. “We thought that would be the case because there’s a […]

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SINGING THE DEL MAR BLUES?

After winning at a 23% clip last year, trainer Jeff Mullins has become anything but a regular visitor to Del Mar’s winner’s circle having not won a single race during the 2010 summer meet. While some of it is the lack of racing luck, Jeff Nahill surmises that the main reason for Mullins’ troubles this […]

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