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RCI RULINGS: ASMUSSEN NIPS DUTROW, 74 TO 72

The Paulick Report has obtained a copy of rulings involving trainer Steve Asmussen that are in the database of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, dating from December 1990 through May 2008. There are a total of 74 rulings in the RCI report, which may not include rulings in some states that are not […]

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JACKSON: ‘I TRUST STEVE’

Jess Jackson, majority owner of reigning Horse of the Year Curlin, said he retains confidence in the 4-year-old colt’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, in the wake of a reported medication positive in Texas by another runner in Asmussen’s stable. Asmussen has been notified by the Texas Racing Commission that the post-race drug test for Timber […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS…JUNE 22-28

Two years ago, Deep Impact, a two-time Horse of the Year in Japan, traveled to Paris to take on the world’s best grass runners in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Thousands of Japanese fans followed the horse to France and bet with such confidence that Deep Impact was the odds-on favorite to win what […]

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NEW ERA FOR FASIG-TIPTON

Consignors and buyers attending Fasig-Tipton yearling sales in Lexington, Ky., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in July and August may be a little disappointed if they are looking for a sudden transformation of the 110-year-old Thoroughbred auction company under the new ownership of Dubai-based Synergy Investments. The sale, announced in April, closed May 30. […]

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INDUSTRY IN THE CROSSHAIRS: A PREVIEW – NTRA Marginalized; Credibility in Question

Will they or won’t they?   That’s the big question I have about a group of U.S. Congressmen who have nothing else to do (health care, foreclosure crisis, soaring gas prices, Iraq war?) but put the horse racing industry in the crosshairs during a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday entitled “Breeding Drugs and Breakdowns: The […]

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WELCOME TO THE PAULICK REPORT

Welcome to the Paulick Report, your new, independent source for news, analysis and commentary on the Thoroughbred industry. Why, you might ask, does racing and breeding need an independent voice, one that is not affiliated with any of the industry’s numerous organizations and does not cater to a specific segment of the business? We […]

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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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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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BREAKING: CURLIN BANNED IN NEW YORK – A PAULICK REPORT SPECIAL REPORT

A spokesman for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said Wednesday that 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin would not be allowed to race in New York until all of his owners are licensed in the state. The license for one of the partners in the Midnight Cry Stable that owns 20% of […]

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HEARING IGNORES FANS

Have you ever been to one of those business meetings where the boss calls his managers together and “wants feedback” on an idea that, it’s clear to see, he has already decided to put into play? That’s what Thursday’s Congressional hearing, entitled “Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of […]

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