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High Anxiety in California

Can’t blame horsemen in California for having a little high anxiety. Bay Meadows Land Company bought Hollywood Park from Churchill Downs in 2005. The owner is a development company, not a racing company, and it has been public knowledge for the better part of these last eight years that the Track of Lakes and Flowers […]

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Santa Anita meet may air on TVG

Santa Anita’s upcoming fall meet, which for the first time occupies the dates previously held by the Oak Tree Racing Association, could be aired on TVG, unlike the Santa Anita Park winter-spring meet that is shown exclusively on HRTV – the network of Santa Anita’s owner, The Stronach Group.  The Blood-Horse reports that California Horse […]

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Hooray for Hollywood?

Hollywood Park made it clear during the most recent California Horse Racing Board meeting that they wanted to race at least into 2012 despite intentions to bulldoze the property for a large-scale commercial and residential build-out. But because the property owners refuse to provide any more than a six month notice on development, race dates […]

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Eng: Carlino’s comments a strong example of a self-fulfilling prophecy

Richard Eng is not happy with recent comments by David Israel of the CHRB when he referred to the average age of on-track customers as “deceased”. This commentary was certainly not Israel’s most articulate moment. But even more so, Eng takes umbrage with Peter Carlino of Penn National when he said, “There aren’t sufficient numbers […]

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: At approximately 4:15 EDT during the California Horse Racing Board meeting at Hollywood Park on Tuesday, Frank Stronach agreed to allow the Oak Tree Racing Association to hold its 2010 live meeting at Santa Anita Park under the lease conditions that existed in a contract previously voided when MI Developments took ownership of Santa […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: IS THAT A THREAT?

By Ray Paulick David Israel, the vice chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, didn’t pull any punches when he addressed Dennis Mills, head of Santa Anita Park’s “new” owner, MI Developments, at the CHRB’s regularly schedule meeting last month. Israel blasted Mills for voiding a longstanding lease with the Oak Tree Racing […]

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By Ray PaulickResponding to complaints from racing secretaries that horses were being claimed in California races and immediately shipped out of state – often to tracks with purses enriched with slot machine revenue — the California Horse Racing Board in 2005 amended its rules to prohibit any claimed horse from racing outside of the state […]

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