Alan Marzelli

Good News Friday sponsored by Liberation Farm: A New Day for Equibase

Equibase, the Thoroughbred industry’s official database, recently announced that Keeneland president Nick Nicholson was elected chairman of the board, and will replace recently retired Jockey Club president Alan Marzelli at the end of the year. That’s good news, as far as I am concerned. Marzelli was successful in growing the business side of both Equibase […]

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FREE OUR STATS!

By Ray Paulick Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on June 2, the same day New York jockey Richard Migliore said he would never ride again because of injuries sustained in a racing accident. Griffey and Migliore were stars in their sports, and both men were highly respected by their peers. […]

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EQUIBASE: RACING’S TOLL BOOTH

By Ray Paulick It’s not that much of a stretch to say that Equibase is one of the Thoroughbred industry’s biggest success stories of the last 20 years. It can also be said that it’s one of the industry’s biggest disappointments. Created in 1990 to end the century-old monopoly Daily Racing Form held on the […]

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EQUIBASE STRIKES OUT

By Ray Paulick Equibase has been a financial success in the 19 years since it was created by the Jockey Club and member tracks of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America. As a reader pointed out in a comment to yesterday’s Paulick Report article on Thoroughbred racing’s official database, Equibase paid out $3.6 million […]

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WALDROP AND THE NTRA: AN ARMY OF ONE?

By Ray Paulick Alex Waldrop is a good soldier who reminds me of Hiroo Onoda, the World War II legend who in 1944 was sent to Lubang island in the Philippines and told by his Japanese superiors to wage guerrilla warfare against the allied forces and to never give up. Along with a few others […]

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THE JOCKEY CLUB’S GROWING (AND PROFITABLE) FAMILY

By Ray Paulick Will a bet-processing tote division be the newest sibling in the Jockey Club’s family of companies? That’s the word I’m hearing from a variety of sources within the industry who say the not-for-profit breed registry is itching to get into the tote business with a new, for-profit subsidiary along the lines of […]

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JOCKEY CLUB: A BREED APART FROM THE AQHA

By Ray Paulick One of the first projects that landed on my desk when I joined the Thoroughbred Times as managing editor in 1988 was a feature story on the Jockey Club, the organization historically entrusted with registering Thoroughbreds and being the keeper of the Stud Book. The article was accompanied by a lengthy mail-in […]

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JOCKEY CLUB: ALL ABOUT CONTROL

By Ray Paulick One of the staples of the Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, to be held this Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is a report on the activities of the Jockey Club, whose primary responsibility to the industry is registering Thoroughbreds and approving the names horses are given. Of course, […]

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INDUSTRY IN THE CROSSHAIRS: A PREVIEW – NTRA Marginalized; Credibility in Question

Will they or won’t they?   That’s the big question I have about a group of U.S. Congressmen who have nothing else to do (health care, foreclosure crisis, soaring gas prices, Iraq war?) but put the horse racing industry in the crosshairs during a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday entitled “Breeding Drugs and Breakdowns: The […]

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RAY PAULICK LIVE FROM CAPITOL HILL

The Paulick Report will be blogging live from Thursday’s hearing on horse racing from Washington, D.C. 9:45…The guests begin to assemble for the hearing on “Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: the State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred,” and Christian Fjeld, staff counsel for the subcommitee on commerce, trade and consumer protection, […]

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