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RACHEL TO RETURN TO MONMOUTH IN LADY’S SECRET

The following press release was sent to the Paulick Report by Jess Jackson announcing that Rachel Alexandra will be running in this year’s Lady’s Secret at Monmouth Park: Rachel Alexandra, who electrified Monmouth Park with her victory in last season’s Haskell Invitational (G1) en route to being named America’s Horse of the Year 2009, will […]

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NAIFY OUT AS TOC CHAIR; PEGRAM TOPS BALLOTING IN BOARD ELECTION

By Ray Paulick Apparently, throwing incumbents out of office isn’t limited to state and national politics. Earlier this year, members of the California Thoroughbred Trainers voted to replace their existing board of directors with a new group, and former CTT president Jim Cassidy was one of those who found himself on the outside looking […]

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HAYWARD: WE ARE PUZZLED AND DISAPPOINTED THAT RACHEL ALEXANDRA…IS PASSING UP THE GRADE I RUFFIAN

NYRA is not pleased with the decision of Jess Jackson to run Rachel Alexandra in the non-graded Lady’s Secret at Monmouth Park over Saratoga’s Grade I Ruffian this summer. Having allocated a stall to last year’s HOY, Hayward and company clearly feel burned. “We are puzzled and disappointed that Rachel Alexandra, who performed so […]

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ENG: BE PATIENT FRANK

Richard Eng of the Las Vegas Review-Journal believes that Frank Stronach has it all wrong in his approach to secure more racing dates. Citing the past failures of deregulation in Florida, Eng makes a strong case as to why we must stay with current policy. Instead, he suggests that Stronach just be patient. Hollywood […]

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OAK TREE FOUNDER ROBBINS: THAT’S WHY THE PRESIDENT AT SANTA ANITA (RON CHARLES) QUIT, WHEN HE HEARD (STRONACH WAS DEFINITELY GOING TO GET RID OF US

Dr. Jack Robbins, one of Oak Tree’s three founders, has made an assertion that former Santa Anita president Ron Charles resigned after hearing that Frank Stronach was going to get rid of Oak Tree. While there is no confirmation from Charles that this was his true motivation, it’s an interesting wrinkle in the entire Santa […]

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MALL SLOTS

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Silkworth has ruled against a public referendum to block slots at Anne Arundel Mall. As a result of this ruling, Cordish Cos. can continue to pursue slots at their Hanover shopping center. Alan Rifkin, the attorney for two groups opposed to slots at the mall, said he […]

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PA LAWMAKERS TO ‘REDIRECT’ 17% OF RACE HORSE DEVELOPMENT FUND; CERTAIN PURSES TO TAKE 10% HIT

In an effort to balance the 2009-10 budget, Pennsylvania state lawmakers have decided to redirect 17% of the Race Horse Development Fund into the general fund. This will cause a 10% cut in purses at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. But despite these unfortunate cuts, executive director of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association Kim […]

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PA HORSE RACING COMMISSION TO BEGIN MILKSHAKE TESTING

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has issued guidelines for TCO2 testing procedures to prevent trainers from using what are commonly referred to as ‘milkshakes’ to improve the performance of their horses. Below is the official press release: The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission will begin testing thoroughbred race horses for total carbon dioxide, or TCO2, […]

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STRONACH AGREES TO HOST OAK TREE MEETING IN 2010

At approximately 4:15 EDT during the California Horse Racing Board meeting at Hollywood Park on Tuesday, Frank Stronach agreed to allow the Oak Tree Racing Association to hold its 2010 live meeting at Santa Anita Park under the lease conditions that existed in a contract previously voided when MI Developments took ownership of Santa Anita and […]

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OAK TREE BOARD MEMBER: WE CAN CONCENTRATE ON GOING TO DEL MAR AND WORKING OUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THEM

After Frank Stronach of MI Developments and owner of Santa Anita made it clear he would allow Oak Tree to run in 2010 but was uncertain of any future meets, the Oak Tree Racing Association has started to look for other options. Board member John Barr is pushing for Del Mar. “Mr. Stronach does […]

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