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PAULICK REPORT 2009: THE YEAR THAT WAS

By Bradford Cummings It is amazing what a difference a year makes at the Paulick Report. Traffic has more than doubled, debate is livelier than ever and Ray has pledged to stop talking about jet lag. (I’ll believe it when I see it…or don’t see it) We made a cross-country trip to the Breeders’ Cup […]

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AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS brought to you by Keeneland: BREEDING ABOUT MORE THAN MONEY?

  By Ray Paulick Voting for the Eclipse Awards will begin in just over a month, and the biggest debate and perhaps most hotly disputed division will be for Horse of the Year, where early- and mid-season leader Rachel Alexandra and undefeated Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta will vie for the most votes from members […]

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ECLIPSED VOTING PROCESS

By Ray Paulick Last week I wrote that if I had a vote in the Eclipse Awards, I’d cast my Horse of the Year ballot for unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Zenyatta. Well, I don’t have a vote, and I have no one to blame but myself. A little more than seven years ago, […]

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EQUIBASE GETS IT RIGHT

What’s this? Happy horseplayers? Why the racetracks must be giving money away. EIther that, or someone has paid attention to the needs of these long-suffering, often forgotten supporters of the game. In this case, it’s the latter, and the group paying attention to horseplayers was Equibase, the racing industry’s data base owned in tandem by […]

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EQUIBASE TAKES STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION

By Ray Paulick UPDATED FRIDAY, SEPT 4: Readers of the Paulick Report started sending us e-mails Wednesday night telling us about Equibase’s new policy regarding historic charts (going back to 1999) being made available at no charge to registered users at equibase.com. We also learned from readers that Brisnet.com was offering the […]

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EQUIBASE: RACING’S TOLL BOOTH

By Ray Paulick It’s not that much of a stretch to say that Equibase is one of the Thoroughbred industry’s biggest success stories of the last 20 years. It can also be said that it’s one of the industry’s biggest disappointments. Created in 1990 to end the century-old monopoly Daily Racing Form held on the […]

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EQUIBASE STRIKES OUT

By Ray Paulick Equibase has been a financial success in the 19 years since it was created by the Jockey Club and member tracks of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America. As a reader pointed out in a comment to yesterday’s Paulick Report article on Thoroughbred racing’s official database, Equibase paid out $3.6 million […]

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U.S. WAGERING NOSEDIVES BY 17% IN JUNE

By Ray Paulick Pari-mutuel wagering on U.S. races nosedived in June, dropping by almost 17% compared with June of 2008, according to statistics released by Equibase. Purses fell by more than 10% in June. The number of U.S. race days fell by less than 6% for the month, compared with June 2008. The […]

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U.S. HANDLE FALLS IN MAY; YEAR-END COULD BE LOWEST SINCE ’96

By Ray Paulick Betting on American Thoroughbred racing continued its downward slide in May, dropping 8.26%, from $1.5 million in 2008 to just under $1.4 billion in 2009. There were 31 fewer U.S. racing days this May compared with May 2008, a number that is expected to fall even farther as tracks like Hollywood Park […]

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CALENDAR QUIRK ADDS TO MARCH U.S. WAGERING DECLINES

By Ray PaulickWagering on U.S. races fell by nearly 14% in March, in comparison to the same month in 2008, as the slowdown in the economy and problems in the racing industry continue to negatively impact the economic indicators of the business. The numbers for March may look worse than they actually are because of […]

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