Chris Kotulak

Bruce Swihart Retiring As Fonner Park CEO; Chris Kotulak Named Successor

Bruce Swihart, 67, has announced his retirement as CEO from Fonner Park effective July 31, 2019. Swihart has been employed at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., for 43 years. His father Al Swihart was the Fonner general manager from 1956 until his death in 1983. Bruce also worked as assistant general manager under longtime […]

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Nebraska’s Fonner Park Delivers A Snowy Opening Weekend Of Racing

Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., took a page from the United States Postal Service manual, when it adhered to the USPS motto of: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Heat certainly was not an issue and the only gloom present […]

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Memorializing A Racing Legend – The JVB Way

Last Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark., opened its doors to a steady flow of family and friends of John Charles “Jack” Van Berg. The reception area was filled with JVB photos, mementos and a looping video slide show. At the opposite end of the room there was a grim […]

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Former TVG host Kotulak joins Remington Park staff

Press Release Remington Park is proud to announce the addition of Chris Kotulak to its team, as preparations continue leading to the start of the 2011 Thoroughbred Season in two weeks. Kotulak will serve in a number of capacities at Remington Park, utilizing his wealth of knowledge collected from a career in racing that began […]

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Baedeker, Kotulak among 20 victims of TVG staff reduction

On-air hosts Bob Baedeker and Chris Kotulak are among about 20 employees of TVG terminated in a “restructuring” by the horse racing network owned by British-based Betfair. Employees were notified on Wednesday that their positions were being eliminated. “We are restructuring segments of company operations, including streamlining some production roles and automating some sections of […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Switching Gears

It’s that time of year again. Nearly everyone in horse racing gets Derby Fever, and the Paulick Report is no exception. The debate over Horse of the Year between Zenyatta and Blame was the No. 1 story from the time the two crossed the finish line heads apart in the Breeders’ Cup Classic until the […]

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It’s that time of year again. Turf writers, handicappers and bloggers get an extra early start on predicting who will be in the final field of 20 on that first Saturday in May. Is it premature? No doubt. Is the field set in any way? Not on your life. But part of the […]

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By Ray PaulickI recently returned from my 20th horse racing-related trip to Japan, and each visit brings with it something new and interesting that makes me want to keep coming back. I leave Japan each time with a renewed sense of hope that horse racing can once again be a sport that appeals to more […]

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