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KEEP Redoubles Efforts to Protect Jobs in the Equine Industry

Press Release (LEXINGTON, Ky.)— In a meeting held this morning, the Kentucky Equine Education Project Board of Directors unanimously voted to redouble their efforts to protect Kentucky jobs and put our signature horse industry on a level competitive playing field.   “As we all know, our competitor states are using revenue from expanded gaming […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you Keeneland: PHIPPS AMONG BREEDER LEADERS

By Ray Paulick Anyone who has been with us at the Paulick Report since our June 2008 launch knows that I have been critical of Ogden Mills Phipps as one of the Thoroughbred industry’s leaders, or to borrow a phrase from the late John Gaines, a “self-appointed guardian of the Turf.” One […]

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KY INDUSTRY RALLY: ‘THE REVOLUTION STARTS HERE TONIGHT’

By Ray Paulick Brereton Jones, the former governor of Kentucky and the chairman of the Kentucky Equine Education Project, pulled no punches during a horse industry rally at Keeneland Wednesday night when talking about what derailed House Bill 2, legislation that would have permitted video lottery terminals at state racetracks and enhanced purses. In an […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP: TRANSPARENCY AND DEMOCRACY?

By Ray Paulick President Barack Obama, on his first full day in office, called for higher standards in transparency and accountability for his administration. While there already have been some bumps on that road, our new president’s demands are in line with a broader movement toward greater transparency, accountability and openness, not only in government […]

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MYTHICAL KY SLOTS ARMADA: 15 YEARS LATER

By Ray Paulick It’s now been 15 years since James E. (Ted) Bassett III, then the president of Keenelend, declared before a legislative committee in Kentucky’s state capitol that the commonwealth’s signature industry, Thoroughbred racing and breeding, was “not going to cave in to the hypothetical threat of a mythical armada cruising down the Ohio […]

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LIVE BLOG: MR. PAULICK GOES TO THE ECLIPSE AWARDS

Hank Aaron hits number 715…Secretariat wins the Belmont by 31 lengths…Brett Favre starts 269 games in a row at QB…and now Ray Paulick liveblogs from the Eclipse Awards without a computer! That’s right, Ray will be entering the pantheon of the unlikely as he attempts to bring you the Paulick Report reader unprecedented coverage of […]

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STUD FEES: PENDULUM SWINGS TOWARD BREEDERS

By Ray Paulick Thursday’s announcement by Walmac Farm of a “breeders stimulus plan” that allows breeders to pay 2009 stud fees from the proceeds of the sale of weanlings or yearlings is further proof that an increasing number of Kentucky’s stallion farms are recognizing mare owners as partners in their business. The steep declines in […]

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NEW KY COMMISSION IN GOOD HANDS

It’s become something of a tradition in Kentucky politics for newly elected governors to dissolve the regulatory body for horse racing and create their own racing board. It’s something Brereton Jones, Ernie Fletcher and now Steve Beshear have done. Governors in most other states are content to merely fill racing commissions with their hand-picked appointees […]

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