Ray Paulick

View From The Eighth Pole: Horse Racing Should Heed Lessons From California

The metrics of the horse racing business have changed. There was a time, when I first got involved in the game in the 1970s, that attendance and wagering were the key numbers in defining success and failure of a race meeting. Off-track betting facilities, full-card simulcasting and advance deposit wagering gutted on-track business and made […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Arlington’s Future, Sophomore Class?

The announcement this week from Churchill Downs Incorporated, owner of Arlington Park, that it would not seek a casino license for the racetrack under a new gaming law, rocked the Illinois horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the decision and the potential ramifications going forward. […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Did Someone Say Beer?

There are roughly 150 breweries in San Diego County, according to the San Diego Tourism Authority (click here for the list), making it one of the hoppingest beer meccas in America. I have not visited them all … yet. The most famous of these is almost certainly Ballast Point, founded by former UCLA student Jack […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Spotlight On Super Trainers

At last week’s Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing, The Jockey Club announced a further reduction in the annual foal crop. More of the best horses seem to falling into the hands of fewer trainers who are dominating the sport, making it difficult for smaller and mid-sized stables to compete at the top level. […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Taco Tuesday At The Brig

Tuesday’s post position draw for Del Mar’s premier race for older horses, the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, to be run for the 29th time this Saturday, was held at The Brigantine Seafood and Oyster Bar restaurant. The back patio of The Brig, perched at the top of the hill at the corner of Villa de […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Time For Outside Insight?

It’s “Industry Week” in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a time when the U.S. horse racing business convenes for idea forums and other discussions. Given what’s happened this year in the sport of Thoroughbred racing, these events could carry more weight than usual. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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Ray’s Best Bets Presented By Del Mar: Cedros Avenue Design District Of Solana Beach

One of the nice things about the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer race meeting is the late 2 p.m. PT post time – even later on Fridays with its 4 p.m. opener. That gives locals and visitors plenty of time in the morning to take care of business or explore the San Diego area’s many […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Mitchell Report For Racing?

Major League Baseball was going through an identity crisis in the late 1990s and early 2000s as Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds shattered home run records that had stood for decades. Attendance at Major League parks was booming and a sport that had lost some some sizzle over a players’ strike that interrupted […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Testing, Testing?

This week, one of the more well-known Thoroughbred horse racing consignors, Stonestreet Farm, announced the move that it would make blood testing available six months prior to auctions, specifically to catch any use of anabolic steroids and off-label use of bisphosphonates. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss that […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Who’s In Charge?

For the horse racing industry, there’s been no respite from protests and media scrutiny in 2019. Things went to another level this week with a vote in Los Angeles on Thoroughbred racing in California. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what the racing industry should do — if […]

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