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Racing Royalty: The Story Of Horseman And Steward Don Le Vine

Over an excruciating and tension-filled 21 minutes and 57 seconds on the first Saturday in May, many Americans learned of the work performed by stewards at racetracks. In that time, the three stewards at Churchill Downs reluctantly made history by disqualifying the first-place finisher in the 145th Kentucky Derby and awarded the victory — meaningful […]

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Scott Lake Saddles 6,000th Career Winner Monday At Parx

When I’m the Talent came home a winner in the 5th race Monday afternoon at Parx Racing, the victory gave trainer Scott Lake the 6,000th win of what has become an historic career. In doing so, he became just the 6th trainer in thoroughbred racing history to reach that milestone. “The wins have certainly come […]

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Blackjack! Ex-Philly Park GM torches Atlantic City for $15 million

Don Johnson, who said he’s a former Philadelphia Park GM and current CEO of Heritage Development LLC, a Wyoming-based company that develops computer assisted wagering on horse races, has reportedly won $15 million in the last six months playing blackjack at several casinos in Atlantic City, N.J. All I can say to Kentucky Senate President […]

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Scott Lake reaches 5,000

Today at Laurel Park, Scott Lake became the sixth trainer in history to reach 5,000 wins when Communicator took a $5,000 claiming race by four lengths with jockey Malcolm Franklin on board. “We are really proud of what the barn has accomplished,” said Lake. We owe it to all the owners, horses and my help. […]

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“What is Par X?” cried a Pennsylvania horseplayer. It’s actually Parx and while it has been the namesake of the attached casino, Philadelphia Park has now permanently taken on this moniker. But as Dick Jerardi reports, with a new name comes some state of the art renovations, many of them with racing in mind. […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: REMEMBERING MARIO

By Ray Paulick By most accounts, jockey Richard Migliore was a lucky man when he walked away from the job he loved earlier this week after 30 years in the saddle. The Mig, one of those rare individuals in our sport that everyone had something good to say about, was forced to end his career […]

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By Ray Paulick What does the departure of Churchill Downs Inc.’s four racetracks—Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Fair Grounds, and Calder—from membership in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association mean for that organization’s future? From a budget standpoint, not much, according to published reports. The $375,000 in dues from the CDI tracks represents just 3.75% of […]

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By Ray Paulick Last December, when the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association stripped three Pennsylvania stakes of their graded status (after the races had been run) because the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission failed to comply to drug-testing protocol established by the TOBA, I wrote that the Pennsylvania commission’s incompetence was regulation at its worst. […]

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By Ray Paulick The situation involving owner Michael Gill in Pennsylvania gets more confusing all the time. Gill is the Eclipse Award-winning owner whose horses have been banned from racing at Penn National but are allowed to run at Philadelphia Park. The action taken against Gill by the management of Penn National came after jockeys […]

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