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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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SUPER SALVAGE?

This year’s Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver has a less than stellar go of things since his perfect trip on the first Saturday in May. Coming up short and never a major factor in either the Preakness or Haskell, the Maria’s Mon colt was just another horse in this year’s Travers draw and was made […]

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RACHEL VS. LIFE AT TEN

This Sunday will mark Rachel Alexandra’s return to Saratoga after last year’s narrow victory in the Woodward against older males. While the Personal Ensign is limited to fillies and mares, the competition may actually be steeper as last year’s Horse of the Year will face off against a red hot Life At Ten. On top […]

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CALIFORNIA: PUTTING THE CART AHEAD OF THE HORSE

By Ray Paulick The California Horse Racing Board’s process of licensing betting exchanges in California will be lengthy, so I am very skeptical why the amendment to Assembly Bill 2414—authorizing exchange wagering–was furtively inserted as the clock was ticking down to midnight on the 2010 legislative session, which ends Aug. 31. Exchange betting is a […]

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