The Biz

UPDATED: IS REPLACING SINATRA A GOOD MOVE FOR THE BELMONT?

UPDATE: After conflicting reports from news outlets that directly quoted from Jay-Z’s ‘Empire State of Mind’, it has come to the attention of the Paulick Report that the version in question is actually the Alicia Keys version which is a huge difference in content. While she is on the original Jay-Z version, her full ‘Empire State […]

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BELMONT STAKES NOTES FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 4TH

ELMONT, N.Y. – After Belmont Stakes morning-line favorite Ice Box and stablemate Fly Down schooled in the gate and galloped this morning, Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito was asked if his late closers would be closer to the pace in Saturday’s 1½-mile race.   “It depends,” said Zito. “Obviously, Ice Box has a great […]

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MID TO OAK TREE: GO FOR PLAN B OR C

It appears that Oak Tree Racing Association will officially not be running its meet at Santa Anita this year according to a report by Larry Stewart of the Thoroughbred Times. This will be the first time since 1969 that the popular California not-for-profit will have to move its operations from the racetrack in Arcadia. […]

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UPDATED: MEYER “SANDY” FRUCHER TENDERS RESIGNATION FROM POSITION AS CHAIRMAN OF NYC OTB

On the eve of the Belmont Stakes, sources in Albany have told the Paulick Report that Meyer “Sandy” Frucher has tendered his resignation from his position as chairman of the NYC OTB. Appointed to this post in 2009 by current Governor David Paterson, Frucher previously ran the Philadelphia Stock Exchange which was sold to […]

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TOTE MALFUNCTION TURNS SIXTH AT MONMOUTH INTO NO CONTEST

PRESS RELEASE Monmouth Park’s sixth race on Saturday was run as a “no contest” after it was discovered that a tote malfunction would fail to lock wagering once the race commenced. “The horses for the sixth race were on the track for nearly half an hour,” said Bob Kulina, vice president and general […]

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ALL-SOURCES HANDLE FOR BELMONT DOWN 16.8%

PRESS RELEASE A crowd of 45,243 wagered $7,598,840 on Belmont Stakes Day races, a 15.6 percent decrease over $8,998,630 in 2009.   An additional $630,479 was wagered at Belmont on incoming simulcasts, bringing the total on-track handle to $8,229,318 compared to $9,632,241 in 2009, the record Belmont Stakes Day on-track handle for a […]

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HAYWARD VS. HAYWARD

By Bradford Cummings There must be something about the last name Hayward. While it’s officially Old English for ‘guardian’, the surnamesake of BP’s CEO and NYRA’s President has melded into something a bit more devious. Guardian of the elitist lifestyle? Guardian of tone deafness? Perhaps it’s guardian from reality? In any event, these two Haywards […]

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OAK TREE AT HOLLYWOOD PARK IN 2010? BELIEVE IT

In a blistering attack on Frank Stronach and MI Developments, the company that acquired ownership of Santa Anita Park through the bankruptcy of a second Stronach-controlled company, Magna Entertainment, Southern California racing journalist Art Wilson says Stronach should sell Santa Anita to someone who cares more about the sport that, in Wilson’s words, is a “sinking […]

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THE SIMILARITIES OF RACING AND POLITICS

Frank Girardot, writing for the Whittier Daily News in California, surmises the similarities of horse racing and politics. Past performances, connections and money all make the two endeavors closer than many of us might think. If Girardot is right, then why do racing and politics seem to butt heads all of the time? And […]

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RACHEL CONNECTIONS CONSIDERING STEPHEN FOSTER, FLEUR DE LIS, OGDEN PHIPPS OR OBEAH

The Paulick Report received the following statement from Jess Jackson, owner of Rachel Alexandra. “Rachel Alexandra’s condition continues to improve.  We were impressed with Rachel’s Memorial Day work breezing six furlongs 1:11.20 and galloping out a mile in 1:38.  Her next work is Monday, June 7. Assuming she continues to progress, we […]

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