National Thoroughbred Racing Association

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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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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WHAT NEXT FOR MAGNA?

By Ray Paulick While Thursday’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Magna Entertainment (MEC) leaves a multitude of unanswered questions about the future of the racetracks the Frank Stronach-controlled company owns, there was a positive reaction from the investment community concerning MI Developments — another Stronach company spun off from the auto parts mothership Magna International — […]

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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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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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JOE HIRSCH REMEMBERED …

The death of Daily Racing Form’s longtime executive columnist Joe Hirsch has brought an outpouring of tributes from people throughout the Thoroughbred industry who remembered him for his dedication to the sport and to his profession, and for his friendship. “Joe Hirsch was much more than just the dean of American racing writers for […]

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FEARLESS ECLIPSE PREDICTIONS

By Ray Paulick There are many questions to be answered at tonight’s Eclipse Awards from Miami Beach, Fla. (from which I’ll be dutifully live blogging starting sometime after the 5:30 p.m. cocktail hour begins and before TVG goes on the air with its 7 p.m. coverage). Who will get the crown as 2008 Horse of […]

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PRIORITY 1: RACING’S BUSINESS MODEL

Fred Pope is one of those rare individuals in racing who does more than identify problems and complain about them; he actually spends a great deal of time working on solutions. Whether it’s the National Thoroughbred Association, an owners-driven organization he created more than a decade ago, or pushing for a “major league” of racing, […]

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GOINS WINS HIS SECOND ECLIPSE AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

NTRA PRESS RELEASEDecember 29, 2008     MATT GOINS WINS SECOND MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARD   FOR PHOTOGRAPHY     The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association announced today that Matt Goins of Lexington, Ky., has won the 2008 Media Eclipse Award for Photography for his picture “Frankie’s […]

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