The Biz

INAUGURAL DOWNS AFTER DARK ATTRACTS 28,011

By Bradford Cummings Whether you are for slots at racetracks or not, it is clear that the path to salvation for the racing industry will not ride on gaming alone. Long term, the industry will grow based on the ability of its leaders to think outside of the box and utilize some much-needed creativity. […]

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KENTUCKY’S HORSE INDUSTRY CALLS FOR ACTION ON SLOTS

By Ray PaulickThere may not have been anyone at Wednesday’s press conference at Churchill Downs who understands horse racing’s need for slot machines or alternative forms of gambling better than Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Woolley didn’t hesitate when I asked him how slot machines have turned around […]

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IF A DRUNK FALLS IN THE INFIELD AND NO ONE’S THERE TO SEE HIM…

By Bradford Cummings Imagine a Christmas where Walmart was not allowed to run $10 DVD player sales out of fear someone would be trampled. How about attending a Poison concert at Madison Square Garden unplugged due to concern of noise pollution? Or what if Major League Baseball used nerf balls so errant objects wouldn’t hurt […]

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PARAGALLO TRYING TO PULL FAST ONE IN DELAWARE?

By Ray Paulick UPDATED FRIDAY, 3 P.M. The two horses mentioned in the story below have been scratched. Click here for details. Two horses that previously raced for the Paraneck Stable managed by Ernie Paragallo, who was recently charged with 22 criminal counts of animal cruelty at his Center Brook Farm in upstate New York, […]

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JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE SCRATCHED FROM KENTUCKY OAKS

Justwhistledixie has been scratched from today’s Kentucky Oaks because of a stone bruise in a foot. The daughter of Dixie Union was the 5-2 second choice on the morning line.

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REVENGE: LAMENESS IN LEFT FRONT ANKLE

By Ray Paulick I Want Revenge, the Kentucky Derby morning line favorite, was scratched because of some lameness detected in his left front ankle that showed up on the morning of the race, trainer Jeff Mullins said during a press conference at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Mullins said a “touch of heat” was detected in the […]

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FRIESAN FIRE SOLID FAVORITE

Friesan Fire will likely go postward as the solid favorite in the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby, based on odds at 3 p.m. Saturday, just over three hours before the 19 3-year-olds take to the Churchill Downs surface for the mile and a quarter event. The son of A.P. Indy comes off a 7 […]

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EXPECT DERBY TRACK CONDITION TO BE UPGRADED

By Ray PaulickChurchill Downs maintenance crews used the two hours between the Humana Distaff and the Kentucky Derby to attempt to squeeze as much moisture out of the surface as possible. Following the Distaff, the ninth race of the day  run at 3:58 p.m., a special device was used to cut open up the […]

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IS PARIS GOOD FOR THE DERBY?

By Bradford Cummings Last week, we received some “feedback” on the picture of Paris Hilton that was run on the Paulick Report. Divided almost completely down gender lines, our readers either thought we were modern day heroes or seemed content to categorize us as barbarians still incapable of envisioning a world for women outside of […]

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WANT TO SELL RACEDAY TO SPORTS FANS? LOOK TO DUBAI

By Brad Cummings Since the inception of the Paulick Report, I have stayed under the radar. Outside of the Eclipse Awards live blog and a few small ghostwriting opportunities, I have been the behind the scenes guy on a publication I am very proud to be associated with.   And this is for […]

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