Industry Organizations

DEEP PREAKNESS THOUGHTS BY PAULICK

By Ray Paulick One thing about horseracing, there’s no shortage of people willing to offer free advice or to share their opinion. After all, at its core, that’s what the game is all about; if you’re an owner, you’re willing to prove that your horse is faster than the next person’s, and if you’re a horseplayer […]

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A NEW SUNRISE ON CUP TRANSPARENCY?

By Ray Paulick The Breeders’ Cup has begun to let the sun shine on the annual election process that determines who ultimately sits on the organization’s board of directors. For the first time this year, the Breeders’ Cup has decided to publish a roster of eligible voters and their available number of votes; complete results of its […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY: THE RACE FOR EDUCATION

By Ray Paulick “I have to say ‘no’ to 500 families each year, and it breaks my heart,” says Elisabeth Jensen, president and executive director of the Race for Education scholarship program. “I hate saying ‘no.’” Jensen is hoping she can say “yes” to an increasing number of deserving and needy students in years to […]

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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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AAEP’S KUMBAYA PAPER

By Ray Paulick Whenever I think about horse racing’s crazy-quilt regulatory system that has ruling bodies in 38 different states, I recall the time an official at some racetrack asked Hall of Famer Bill Mott to show his trainer’s license before entering a restricted area. Mott reached into his Wrangler’s and pulled out what appeared […]

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WHO’S MINDING THE RULINGS?

By Ray Paulick It may not be searchable, completely accurate or as comprehensive as it could be, but the Association of Racing Commissioners International has put together a web site that includes publication of recent rulings from various racing commissions and stewards throughout North America. It’s the kind of thing the Daily Racing Form did […]

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ICE FEVER

By Ray Paulick Random notes while waiting for the ice to melt … The devastating snow and ice storm that hit Kentucky earlier this week has created serious economic hardships on Thoroughbred farms, many of which are without electricity and have suffered major damage, just as the foaling season is hitting full swing and the […]

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BLUM: TIME TO SPEAK UP

The Breeders’ Cup board of directors meets Wednesday, and they’ve got a lot to talk about. The organization that hosts the two-day world championships is facing difficult financial challenges caused by a steep reduction in stud fees that contribute toward a significant portion of the Breeders’ Cup annual operating budget. Foal nominations also are expected […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP: TRANSPARENCY AND DEMOCRACY?

By Ray Paulick President Barack Obama, on his first full day in office, called for higher standards in transparency and accountability for his administration. While there already have been some bumps on that road, our new president’s demands are in line with a broader movement toward greater transparency, accountability and openness, not only in government […]

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