The Biz

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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PARAGALLO: IF THEY WANT TO LOCK ME UP, MAYBE THEY SHOULD

In the first day of the Ernie Paragallo trial, the much-maligned owner didn’t pull too many punches. In a videotaped statement, Paragallo confessed, “I’m not denying it. If they want to lock me up, maybe they should. Whether it’s my fault or not it happened and it’s my responsibility.” We agree. Read it at The […]

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WINSTAR FARM OFFERS A FAN-TASY…BUT YOU BETTER ACT SOON

By Bradford Cummings Many sports fans have played fantasy sports of some sort. Especially with growth of the Internet, fantasy football has become king but many fans can recall at least once sitting in a friend’s basement during their teenage years with a group of like-minded pimply-faced contemporaries drafting fantasy baseball teams with nothing more […]

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KEEP URGES COLLABORATION ON VLTS

The following op-ed, written by KEEP Executive Director Patrick Neely, is a well thought out plea for a reconsideration of expanded gaming in Kentucky. Refreshing in its details, it is clear that not only does KEEP want to continue to push for expanded gaming through collaboration but is also open to other ideas to help […]

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TAKING THE FIELD

As Marty McGee says in his column about Derby future wagering, the mutuel field is the favorite in Pool 1 for the 12th time in as many years. Makes sense when you consider how rarely an early favorite even stays on the Derby Trail (can anyone say Old Fashioned?) much less wins the most prestigious […]

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