Synthetic surfaces

WHY DOES RACING HATE US OLD MEN?

After 48 hours of being told horse racing needs newer and younger and more female fans, Ray Paulick is mad as hell and he isn’t going to take it anymore. He wants to know, among other things: Why does racing hate us old men? Ray’s gavel to snooze button coverage of the 32nd Asian Racing […]

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KONNICHIWA…THE PAULICK REPORT GOES TO TOKYO

By Ray Paulick I knew I wasn’t in Kentucky anymore when I went out for an early morning walk and came across a group of about 20 people standing at a nearby intersection. It was only a two-lane road, and there wasn’t a car in sight in any direction, yet everyone stood patiently for what […]

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PAULICK’S SATURDAY PICKS: A BIG DAY FOR THE EUROS

By Ray Paulick Top to bottom, this may not be the most talented group of Breeders’ Cup horses that’s ever been assembled, but it’s the biggest handicapping challenge I can ever recall, especially considering new races like the Marathon, Turf Sprint, Dirt Mile and Juvenile Turf. As mentioned yesterday, the Breeders’ Cup Web site has […]

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MEASURING BREEDERS’ CUP SUCCESS

By Ray Paulick There are many ways to look at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships from a business and sporting standpoint, and not all examinations are going to lead to the same destination. The most important question is whether or not the 2008 Breeders’ Cup was a success or failure. Was the decision to […]

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A MATTER OF PRINCIPLE

The following opinion piece on the Breeders’ Cup and the suggestion fans consider skipping the Friday “Ladies Day” program and that Jess Jackson run Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup Turf was submitted to the Paulick Report by a longtime California racing fan and an omnipresent online contributor who goes by the pseudonym  Indulto. His guest editorials […]

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: A $200 MILLION CUP?

By Ray Paulick Under normal circumstances, handle on the 2008 Breeders’ Cup World Championships would blow past all previous betting records. But the economic crisis gripping the United States and many other countries is anything but normal. This year’s World Championships take place over two days at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24-25 and […]

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MAGNA’S STOCK DIVES

By Ray Paulick Shares in Magna Entertainment (MECA), the debt-ridden racetrack operating company controlled by Frank Stronach, plunged by 56% in Tuesday’s trading on the NASDAQ exchange. Closing at $1.75 per share (down from $4.00) under extremely heavy trading (more than 30 times higher than the daily average), MECA was NASDAQ’s biggest percentage loser […]

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COLONEL JOHN: NO SYNTHETIC HORSE

By Ray Paulick Turns out that wasn’t an illusion earlier this year when Colonel John seemed to catch another gear just as the wire was approaching in the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby. The rest of the field looked to be in deep water and the muscular bay son of Tiznow was skipping along on […]

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SANTA ANITA’S SYNTHETIC SAGA

By Ray Paulick The installation of the new Pro-Ride synthetic surface that began at Santa Anita Park in mid-July is “ahead of schedule,” according to Ron Charles, the track’s president and chief operating officer of Magna Entertainment. Santa Anita is hosting the 2008 and 2009 Breeders’ Cup world championships during the Oak Tree Racing […]

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HATS OFF TO DEL MAR OPENER

Del Mar racetrack on opening day is a little like that restaurant Yogi Berra used to talk about: “No one goes there anymore; it’s too crowded,” he has often been quoted as saying. There were 43,459 on-hand Wednesday, the largest opening in the track’s history and the second-largest crowd ever behind the 44,181 who […]

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