D.G. Van Clief

Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation Designed To Catch Industry Employees In Need

This week marked the tenth anniversary of the day that permanently changed the life of jockey Michael Straight. On Aug. 26, 2009, Straight was riding in the eighth race at Arlington Park when his mount, Im No Gentleman, clipped heels with another horse and fell, throwing Straight to the ground and causing serious head and […]

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Colonial Downs Owners Aim To Open 10 Off-Track Betting Facilities

The new owners of Colonial Downs in Virginia plan to re-open the racing facility in 2019 with financial backing from historical horse racing machines, according to The Breeze. The long-term plan is to operate the maximum-allowed 10 off-track betting facilities across the state, including taking over the four currently in existence, though Virginia Racing Commission officials […]

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Colonial Downs Denied 2016 Racing; Property Considered For Golf Course

The Virginia Racing Commission voted today to deny the application submitted by Colonial Downs to hold nationally recognized Thoroughbred races in 2016. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the decision was made because “commissioners said the track displayed callous disregard for the industry when it surrendered its unlimited license last fall to run horse racing in […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PARANOIA

By Ray Paulick “I’m often credited with the motto, ‘Only the paranoid survive.’ I have no idea when I first said this, but the fact remains that, when it comes to business, I believe in the value of paranoia.” – Andrew Groves, founder and former chairman, Intel Corporation. “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean […]

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DID STAKES ROW CAUSE HUGHES TO LEAVE BC BOARD?

By Ray PaulickB. Wayne Hughes has stepped down from the Breeders’ Cup board of directors less than three weeks after the board was involved in the controversial decision to suspend and later reinstate the 2009 stakes supplement program. A self-made billionaire who founded and chairs Public Storage company, Hughes, 75, is a prominent West […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP PART II: OLD GUARD VS. NEW GUARD

The fight for control of the Breeders’ Cup began in earnest in January 2006, shortly after the organization’s board of directors ratified a change in bylaws that would end its self-perpetuating nature and give anyone who nominates a foal or stallion to the program the opportunity to vote in an annual election. The battle […]

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