The Biz

ONE STEP CLOSER…

At the risk of jinxing the nearly decade-long process, the New York Daily News reports that the New York VLT process is one step closer to becoming reality. Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson signed off on the deal with Genting New York. The next step is for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to sign off […]

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ENG: I SENSE THAT RACING FANS OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA MIGHT APPRECIATE ZENYATTA BUT DON’T FULLY RESPECT HER

Richard Eng of the Las Vegas Review-Journal makes the case that while Zenyatta has won 17 races in a row and is most likely going for 18 this weekend, she has yet to fully earn the respect of race fans outside of California. And that the buzz over her streak in the Hirsch has been […]

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EDITORIAL: DON’T SUBSIDIZE HORSE RACING IN NEW JERSEY

There is little question that racing is in trouble in New Jersey after many believe Governor Christie’s report threw the industry under the bus in favor of Atlantic City casinos. The New Jersey Star-Ledger editorial board attempted to put another nail in the coffin with their most recent opinion piece. They argue that subsidies […]

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LETTER TO THAYER: KENTUCKY IS KILLING THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG

The Paulick Report recently received a letter that was sent to KY Senator Damon Thayer office from a breeder who asked that their name not be used. The letter describes how dramatically the absence of revenue from alternative forms of game is hurting the breeding industry in Kentucky to the point that they are leaving […]

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OWNER WITT EJECTED FROM PENN NATIONAL

By Ray Paulick Owner Henry S. Witt Jr., whose name surfaced in the Paulick Report in late March in connection with a Darrel Delahoussaye-trained horse formerly owned by Michael Gill, has been ejected from Penn National after an alleged discovery of injectables by investigators with the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission on Thursday. The ejection […]

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HORSE OWNER, MOVIEMAKER MANKIEWICZ DEAD

From Del Mar’s Aug. 1 stable notes Screenwriter and longtime horse owner Tom Mankiewicz, son of legendary film producer Joseph Mankiewicz, died Saturday after losing a battle with cancer. He was 68. Trainer John Sadler was Mankiewicz’ trainer for several years and said this morning, “I was devastated to hear the news this morning. […]

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RIDING A WAVE OF MOMENTUM

After being one of the bright spots of the 2009 sales season, the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale looks to continue that wave of momentum with this year’s offering. A newly renovated sale pavilion, aggressively recruited horses and buyers and series of special events have given executives with Fasig-Tipton reason to hope for the best. […]

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ESKENDEREYA TO STAND AT TAYLOR MADE

PRESS RELEASE Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Farm and Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables are proud to announce that leading 2011 sire prospect Eskendereya will stand at Taylor Made Stallions beginning 2011. “Eskendereya was widely considered to be the best of his generation. He has the highest Beyer speed rating (109) and best Rag […]

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RACING INTO THE FUTURE

Dennis Mills, the former Canadian politician and CEO of Frank Stronach’s racetrack-owning company, MI Developments, had no idea what kind of response to expect when he launched a website, www.RacingFuture.com, to bolster his candidacy for a seat on the Breeders’ Cup board of members and trustees. His effort to win election to the Breeders’ Cup […]

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BAFFERT ON TRAVERS: I HATE TO SAY NO AND I HATE TO SAY YES, I’VE BEEN KNOWN TO CHANGE MY MIND

Trainer Bob Baffert appears to be undecided at best when it comes to the immediate future for Lookin At Lucky. Pointing out that his number one focus is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, there does not seem to be a sense of urgency to run last year’s two-year-old champion in the Travers. Do you think he’ll […]

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