Thoroughbred Business

BRADLEY WEISBORD NAMED TO KEY POST WITH BANKRUPT ZAYAT STABLES

This rumor, making the rounds for a few weeks, was confirmed in a press release and reported today at Bloodhorse.com: Bradley Weisbord, son of the bloodstock investor/adviser and Thoroughbred Daily News publisher Barry Weisbord, has been named finance and stallion general manager for Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy recently after […]

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RACING’S VALUE: WHERE’S THE BEEF?

Barry Irwin, the founder and CEO of Team Valor International, has made no secret of his opposition to the racing industry’s reliance on revenue from slot machines or other casino games. The following piece not only cautions pro-slots advocates about the threat of a Trojan horse strategy by gaming companies but suggests racing would […]

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ZAYAT AND THE ‘TALE OF TWO BANKS’

By Ray PaulickThe Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed yesterday by Zayat Stables stems from a “tale of two banks,” owner Ahmed Zayat contends, both of them named Fifth Third. The first, a “good bank,” was the one based in Lexington, Ky., that sought business in the Thoroughbred industry and worked with its clients. The second, the […]

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COULD GEORGIA BE ON OUR MINDS?

In an attempt to increase their state coffers, Georgia officials are looking at Augusta as a likely site for a new track. “…given the fact the state is going to be looking at billion dollar deficits now through 2013, it doesn’t surprise me there are groups looking to generate new revenues,” said Mayor of […]

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BRITISH JOCKS TO BE PAID APPEARANCE FEES

There has been much talk about how to widen racing’s audience in the United States. Quite frankly, there should be more discussion of it on these and other pages. To me, it’s the single most critical step after a state gets slot machines. As Ray has said in the past, slots are a necessary band-aid. […]

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PAULICK REPORT POLL: BETTER DAYS AHEAD?

By Ray Paulick Perhaps it’s more hope than optimism, but the second annual poll of Paulick Report readers looking ahead to the new year suggests a belief that the Thoroughbred industry may have better days ahead—or at least may have hit bottom in 2009. When we first asked readers in late 2008 if the new […]

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MISSING: COMMON SENSE

By Ray PaulickAn article here last week on how probable North American 2-year-old male champion Lookin at Lucky was overlooked at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale because his radiographs were less than perfect brought an interesting response from a former California-based trainer now plying his trade in the bloodstock world of Argentina. If you didn’t see […]

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DUCHOSSOIS VS. CARROLL: NO LOVE OVER NASCAR

The partnership between former Turfway Park owner Jerry Carroll and Arlington Park boss Dick Duchossois always seemed like a strange one. Okay, they literally see eye to eye, since they share a similar physical stature, and both men were among the earliest proponents in horseracing for tracks to get slot machines or full-scale casinos. But […]

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A PROMISING START VS. A GRAND FINALE

By Ray Paulick I was feeling pretty good about Santa Anita’s opening day program on Saturday, the day after Christmas. There was a lot to like about this 75th anniversary of Thoroughbred racing at Southern California’s Great Race Place: two Grade 1 races, full fields, a curtain call by Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta, the […]

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JANUARY MADNESS

By Ray Paulick I guess this is what you call serendipity. Only a few minutes after I scraped a couple of high school kids off the hardwood of the YMCA basketball court in Lexington (okay, so maybe they were sixth graders), I received the following email from Elisabeth Jensen at the Race for Education, the […]

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