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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 20-27

By Ray Paulick Saratoga opens, and so do the skies. That sums up the first several days of the upstate New York Spa’s business, which is not good news for a bankrupt organization that says it will need more bailout money from the state sometime in the next couple of months. Heavy rains […]

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A MAJOR MINOR

By Ray Paulick Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Wealthy individual who was extremely successful in other businesses and has a passion for Thoroughbred racing and breeding wants to buy a racetrack and incorporate his unique ideas to help bring the sport back to its glory days. That description could easily […]

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POLITICKING FOR BREEDERS’ CUP BOARD AT WARP SPEED

  Phone lines in Central Kentucky have been burning up among the nearly 50 incumbent and newly elected members and trustees of the Breeders’ Cup, who will be responsible for electing seven individuals to the 14 member operating board of directors in Lexington, Ky., on Friday. Five members of the board — Antony Beck, current […]

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LATTA LATEST TO LEAVE MAGNA MANAGEMENT POSITION

Brant Latta, a veteran racetrack executive who has been with Magna Entertainment for nearly 10 years, most recently as senior vice president of operations, has left the company, he told the Paulick Report on Monday. Prior to his last position, to which he was promoted in October 2006, Latta was the senior manager of […]

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WHY SANTA ANITA STAYED SYNTHETIC

After all the problems Santa Anita experienced with its Cushion Track synthetic surface this past season, why did track management decide not to go back to a conventional dirt track and instead commit to installing a synthetic surface manufactured by the Australian company Pro-Ride? Aside from the fact the California Horse Racing Board has mandated […]

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CUP ELECTION ANALYSIS: COALITIONS RULE

The startling election results for the Breeders’ Cup board of members and trustees conducted among nominators to the program teaches us one thing about this relatively new process: no single farm or entity can stack the board with its own candidates. That is driven home by the fact that Robert Clay of Three Chimneys […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP ELECTION: GAME ON!

It took centuries for the people of Iraq to experience the joys of voting in a democratic election. Thoroughbred breeders only had to wait 25 years.   For over two decades since its inception in 1982 as the brainchild of the late John Gaines, Breeders’ Cup Ltd. had been run under the cloak of darkness, […]

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