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‘Unethical Practices Being Conducted With Relative Impunity’: Leaked Report Targets Horse Auction Integrity In Great Britain

An investigation report leaked to the Racing Post revealed that a pattern of unscrupulous, potentially criminal, practices are regularly being conducted by a small group of participants in the British horse auction industry, emboldened in a segment of the business lacking serious regulation. The report, commissioned by the British Horseracing Authority, pointed out glaring weaknesses […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Search For A ‘Lebron James’ Yearling

Like all good Louisvillians, Josh Stevens was taught how to celebrate the first Saturday in May. There are parties to be held, heaping piles of delicious food, light-hearted wagering pools between family and friends, and any number of smartly coordinated dresses and bow ties befitting the occasion. Every year Stevens would join his family around […]

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Trainers, Agents Beware: Telephone Con Artist Is At It Again

Trainers and bloodstock agents in California, New York and states in the Midwest are being targeted by a telephone con artist who falsely claims to represent a wealthy international businessman interested in retaining them to buy horses on his behalf. The scam is almost identical to the one reported in the Paulick Report in August […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: The Colors That Make A Good Horse

At age 63, Mike Ryan might be having his best year yet. The bloodstock agent not only co-bred the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming with 30-year business partner Gerry Dilger, but he also picked out the Preakness winner Cloud Computing from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. At the Breeders’ Cup this fall, Ryan’s yearling […]

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Shopping For A Deal At Bergdorf: Things I Learned From The Saratoga Select Sale

Competition for the sale topper at last week’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of select yearlings was fierce. Although Whisper Hill Farm owner Mandy Pope emerged the victor, signing a ticket for $1.45 million for a filly by Medaglia d’Oro, the sister to multiple graded stakes horse Overheard was clearly at the top of the list for […]

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Trainers, Agents Targeted In Scam Invoking Name Of Indian Businessman, Horseman

Thoroughbred trainers and bloodstock agents in North America and Europe have been receiving telephone calls from a scam artist purporting to be a representative of a major businessman and stud farm owner from India who said he wants to enlist their assistance in buying horses at upcoming sales. The caller, who has been using a […]

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