Industry Reform

Weisbord: Why We Should Be ‘Mad as Hell’

In the famous scene in the movie Network, a frustrated Peter Finch urges people to go to the window, stick their heads out and yell, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” In the wake of recent events, Barry Weisbord with the Thoroughbred Daily News writes that the horse racing […]

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Baltimore Sun: The Time Has Come for a National Racing Commissioner with Broad Powers

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‘IMPROVE OR DISAPPEAR’

In a very critical piece featured on the pages of the Star-Telegram, Gary West has a moment of tough love for the Texas racing industry. After watching the races at Lone Star Park on the final day of the meet, West leads off his column ‘If that’s going to be Texas racing, why bother?’ […]

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ROB WHITELEY SEARCHING FOR MASTER PLAN

Breeder and commercial consignor Rob Whiteley, like many of us, is deeply concerned about the current state and future of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. Whiteley, formerly longtime adviser to corporate raider Carl Icahn and manager of his Foxfield operation, penned the following commentary, “In Search of a Master Plan, initially published last week […]

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THE POPE: GIVE US A CENTRALIZATION OR GIVE US…

Okay, so it’s not THAT Pope. But racing’s very own Fred Pope, a man who has never met a subject he couldn’t write a whitepaper on, has delivered some of his best work in an article and accompanying pdf with the Blood-Horse that talks about the need for a centralized authority in American racing. […]

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FARISH: TAKE THE POLITICS OUT OF SLOTS

Two months ago, the Paulick Report featured the headline REPUBLICANS VS. REPUBLICANS regarding the 527 group started by Will Farish of Lane’s End and Bill Casner of WinStar Farm. Despite both being prominent and generous donors to the Republican Party nationally and locally, they found themselves strange bedfellows with Kentucky Democrats as they helped Robin Webb […]

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RACHEL V. ZENYATTA: THEATRE OF THE ABSURD

Lexington advertising executive Fred Pope has come up with an intriguing proposal for a race between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, one that would help explain how racing’s business model for simulcasting is broken and needs fixing. Will any one listen or act on the suggestion? –Ray Paulick By Fred A. Pope In an […]

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DELAWARE SWITCHES ON TOE GRABS: DO THEY KEEP HORSES FROM STUMBLING?

By Ray PaulickCiting an unusual number of horses that stumbled at the start of their races, the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission recently approved an emergency regulation regarding toe grabs on front shoes, increasing the maximum allowed in dirt races from two to four millimeters. The adoption of rules earlier this year (by the Delaware commission […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm – AFTER DOWNS AFTER DARK

By Bradford Cummings As the state of Kentucky continues to spit in the eye of the Thoroughbred industry, it is essential the power brokers and decision makers capitalize on the few openings available to improve our product and bring racing to the casual fan. And quite frankly, until this summer there seemed to be little […]

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HORSEMAN’S GUIDE TO PROTESTING

When horse people are told about demonstrations, they probably think about a salesman or company rep showing them how the newest product or gadget works in order for them to improve their business. But in the proud history of the United States, a different kind of demonstration has been a key part of protest movements […]

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