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KEENELAND DAY THREE: DOWNWARD TREND CONTINUES

(from Keeneland publicity department) My White Corvette, dam of 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Stardom Bound, brought top price of $825,000 on Wednesday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale. Barry Weisbord signed the ticket, on behalf of celebrity chef Bobby Flay, for the 10-year-old mare by Tarr Road. My White Corvette […]

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ASIAN CONFERENCE: JRA EXPECTED TO LICENSE FOREIGN OWNERS

By Ray Paulick The world’s biggest purses have never been available to racehorse owners from around the globe, but that all may be changing soon when the Japan Racing Association makes an anticipated announcement later this month that it will begin licensing foreign owners  as early as 2009. News of the JRA’s expected policy change […]

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LIVE BLOGGING KENTUCKY TASK FORCE MEETING

Ray Paulick will be live blogging the meeting of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s Task Force on the Future of Horse Racing at 1 p.m. Eastern today. The Task Force meeting takes place at Keeneland. Following is the agenda:   Opening remarks from Task Force chairman Tracy Famer   Discussion regarding Proper Staffing and Funding Levels of […]

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ADW DISPUTE: A LINE IN THE SAND

By Ray Paulick The dispute that’s prevented out-of-state horseplayers from betting on Hollywood Park races through account wagering or advance deposit wagering (ADW) companies is about money, of course. Isn’t it always? The same issues shut down account wagering on Churchill Downs, Calder Race Course and other tracks earlier this year. No one who’s […]

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RAY PAULICK’S MONDAY UPDATES FROM KEENELAND SALE

By Ray Paulick The final numbers from Monday’s opening session of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale were not pretty, and the bad news is that it might get worse before it gets any better in an environment stung by turbulent stock exchanges around the world, high-profile bankruptcies in the financial markets and […]

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MAGNA SHARE SPIKE ON EVE OF MARYLAND SLOTS VOTE

By Ray Paulick UPDATED TUESDAY EVENING:  Stock prices soared Monday in Magna Entertainment, the racetrack company that operates Laurel Park and Pimlico in Maryland, where voters are deciding today on an amendment to allow 15,000 slot machines at five locations in the state. The share price jumped by 92%, from $1.82 at […]

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Breeders’ Cup Notes – Wednesday

News and notes on all 14 world championship races from Santa Anita Park, courtesy of the Breeders’ Cup notes team. Flash Notes (all pre-entrants) Friday’s World Championships Races Filly & Mare Sprint Juvenile Fillies Turf Juvenile Fillies Filly & Mare Turf Ladies’ Classic Saturday’s World Championships Races Marathon Turf Sprint Dirt Mile […]

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Breeders’ Cup Notes – Thursday

News and notes on all 14 world championship races from Santa Anita Park, courtesy of the Breeders’ Cup notes team. Flash Notes (all pre-entrants) Friday’s World Championships Races Filly & Mare Sprint Juvenile Fillies Turf Juvenile Fillies Filly & Mare Turf Ladies’ Classic Saturday’s World Championships Races Marathon Turf Sprint Dirt Mile […]

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FORMER GOV TO MONITOR NEW NTRA SAFETY ALLIANCE

By Ray Paulick The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced a series of sweeping safety and integrity reforms and the hiring of a former governor and Bush administration official during a press conference in New York this morning. The reforms, organized under the banner of the newly created NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, touch on a wide range of issues […]

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O CANADA! BREEDERS’ CUP STRIKES TV DEAL WITH TSN

This press release from the Breeders’ Cup is very good news for racing fans in Canada, where ESPN is not available. The TSN network, Canada’s sports leaders, will televise nine hours of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships next Friday and Saturday from California. — Ray Paulick TSN TO AIR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2008 BREEDERS’ […]

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