Thoroughbred Business

JOCKEY CLUB COP-OUT

By Ray Paulick A number of people expressed outrage over the recent story of the 12-year-old mare Grand Forks and the owner who tried to run her at Churchill Downs after she had been away from the races for nine years. (Click here for the details of the story.) Grand Forks had changed hands […]

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FOR THE RECORD: DARLEY’S LAWSUITS OVERFLOWETH

By Ray Paulick Wednesday’s Lexington Herald-Leader “For the Record” section includes a batch of lawsuits filed by Darley Stud Management LLC against a number of individuals or businesses for money claimed due on a contract: While it’s not that unusual to see a Thoroughbred farm, especially one that stands stallions, file suit against someone they’ve […]

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CULLEN: SALES BAN ONLY THE BEGINNING

By Ray PaulickKnow and Trust is a 2-year-old filly owned by some former clients of bloodstock agent Jim Cullen and trained by Cullen’s childhood friend and college roommate William Denzik Jr. The filly’s name is something of an inside joke: “know and trust” is an expression Cullen often used when communicating with his clients. […]

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THE VALUE OF CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

By Ray Paulick OK, so we were a little steamed at Sentient, the private jet membership company that failed to provide transportation solutions to Brad Cummings and me on the BREEDERS’ CUP OR BUST fundraising drive when we were forced to traverse ridiculously long stretches of highway between racetracks in the American west. Of […]

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THAYER CLIENT SEEKING SLOTS MONEY IN LOUISIANA

By Ray Paulick Oh, the irony. Damon Thayer, the Republican state senator in Kentucky who opposes legislation permitting slot machines that would benefit the state’s horse industry, is a former racetrack and Breeders’ Cup executive who, for now, makes his living as a Thoroughbred industry consultant. One of Thayer’s clients is the Millennium Farms […]

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A WINNER…BUT NOT AT ALL COSTS

By Ray Paulick I had always been intimidated by trainer Bobby Frankel until I had the opportunity to spend some time with him in Tokyo in 2001 when he sent Amerman Racing Stable’s Lido Palace there for the second running of the Japan Cup Dirt. With just that one horse to care for in Japan, […]

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ALEX BROWN: DON’T MAKE QUALITY ROAD A POSTER CHILD

Much has been written and said about the incident at the starting gate before the Breeders’ Cup Classic involving Quality Road, who was eventually scratched from the race after he refused to load. Alex Brown, an exercise rider for trainer Steve Asmussen, publisher of the Alex Brown Racing website, and a leader of the anti-slaughter […]

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KEEP IT SIMPLE AND THEY WILL COME

By Bradford Cummings Our society has become one of instant access and quick fixes to big problems. If you know my contact information, you can get a hold of me at any moment of the day through my “smart phone.” A football score you used to have to catch on SportsCenter or in your morning […]

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KEEP: WILLIAMS’ ATTACKS CEMENT INDUSTRY UNITY

KEEP just released an editorial in response to KY State Senator David Williams’ criticism of the Thoroughbred industry’s desire for alternative gaming in Kentucky. Are you moved by this editorial? Where do you stand on the slots issue and have any of the recent editorials changed your mind one way or the other? The Paulick […]

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KEENELAND SALE PROJECTION: LOWEST TOTAL SINCE 1998

By Ray Paulick When the sub-prime loan crisis led to a global financial meltdown at this time last year, many stock market investors lost 10 years of gains with their investment portfolios. That’s where the yearling market is headed, based on projections by the Paulick Report showing how the Keeneland September yearling sale is going […]

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