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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: IS THAT A THREAT?

By Ray Paulick David Israel, the vice chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, didn’t pull any punches when he addressed Dennis Mills, head of Santa Anita Park’s “new” owner, MI Developments, at the CHRB’s regularly schedule meeting last month. Israel blasted Mills for voiding a longstanding lease with the Oak Tree Racing […]

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A HOLLYWOOD PARK SHOWDOWN BREWING

Next week, the CHRB will hold its monthly meeting at Hollywood Park and Frank Stronach will be the main event. Stronach will be discussing his future business model for racing and whether or not the future of Santa Anita will include an autumn meeting of the Oak Tree Racing Association. It’s also expected that […]

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MID SAYS NEED FOR NEW TRACK SURFACE PART OF REASON FOR NO OAK TREE MEET

After the news that Oak Tree would need to look for a new location to run its meets for 2010/2011, MID CEO Dennis Mills explains that part of the reason for this is a desire to change surfaces. “The biggest challenge that exists in California is the racing surface (at Santa Anita). That is […]

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STAY OF SUSPENSION FOR MULLINS NOT TO BE EXTENDED

According to Matt Hegarty of the Daily Racing Form, a California judge ruled that he would not extend a stay of a suspension issued by the CHRB to trainer Jeff Mullins. This action sends him back to the sidelines after five days back in action. Read it at the Daily Racing Form Then come […]

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OAK MAR?

After Frank Stronach voided the contract between Oak Tree and Santa Anita, the historic not-for-profit is rumored to consider Del Mar for its future meets. The CHRB will look at this matter on Thursday at Golden Gate Fields. There is also speculation that a move Oak Tree to Del Mar would renew talks of […]

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‘WE’RE NOT STRONG-ARMING ANYONE’

When someone says it isn’t about the money, you know to put a hand on your wallet. And when your girlfriend says it’s not you, it’s me, it’s probably you. So it is understandable that one might be left a bit skeptical after MI Developments CEO Dennis Mills insisted “we’re not strong-arming anyone.” Clearly the […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: BACK TO THE FUTURE IN CALIFORNIA?

By Ray Paulick A little over 15 years ago, the California Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association was replaced by the Thoroughbred Owners of California as the organization that negotiates with racetracks on important matters like purse and simulcast agreements and represents owners in the Golden State before the California Horse Racing Board, the state legislature, […]

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ZAYAT CLEARED BY CHRB

Investigators with the California Horse Racing Board said they will take no action at this time against owner Ahmed Zayat, who in documents related to his Zayat Stables’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing said he loaned more than $600,000 to convicted bookmakers Michael and Jeffrey Jelinsky and other family members. The New York Times first reported […]

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SANTA ANITA LIKELY TO RETURN TO DIRT FOLLOWING 2009-10 MEETING

By Ray PaulickOn an afternoon when heavy rains forced Santa Anita Park management to cancel a special holiday program, track president Ron Charles said the all-weather surface currently in place will be removed at the end of the 2009-’10 and strongly hinted the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack would return to dirt for its main track surface. […]

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PRIORITY NO. 1: HORSES OR HORSEPLAYERS?

By Ray Paulick Southern California-based trainer Bob Hess crystallized the often toxic debate over synthetic tracks as well as anyone I’ve talked with on the subject: “My horses are happy on it, and they’re lasting a lot longer,” said Hess, a 44-year-old, second generation horseman and a graduate of Stanford University. “My clients are getting […]

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