horsemen’s benevolent and protective association

SHOULD THE TOC AND CTT MERGE INTO ONE ORGANIZATION?

By Ray Paulick A group of trainers in California is working to reunite two organizations–the California Thoroughbred Trainers and Thoroughbred Owners of California—created when the Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association was dissolved is the state over a decade ago. California Horsemen for Change, which organized a successful campaign to overthrow the existing officers and […]

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THREE BARNS DESTROYED, 27 CONFIRMED DEAD IN FIRE ADJACENT TO CHARLES TOWN RACES

By Ray Paulick Three privately owned barns were destroyed and a fourth barn damaged in an early Labor Day morning fire adjacent to Charles Town Races in Charles Town, W. Va., that left at least 27 horses dead. Two people were sent to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. (EDITOR’S NOTE:  AN EARLIER VERSION OF […]

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ROB WHITELEY SEARCHING FOR MASTER PLAN

Breeder and commercial consignor Rob Whiteley, like many of us, is deeply concerned about the current state and future of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. Whiteley, formerly longtime adviser to corporate raider Carl Icahn and manager of his Foxfield operation, penned the following commentary, “In Search of a Master Plan, initially published last week […]

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THE WILD WEST

By Ray PaulickThe California racing and breeding industry appears to have the stability of a bowl of Jello. Two tracks, Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, are owned by bankrupt Magna Entertainment and their future is cloudy. Hollywood Park is in the hands of a land developer that already bulldozed Bay Meadows and has […]

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THOROUGHBRED OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA TO BID ON SANTA ANITA

By Ray Paulick The Paulick Report has learned that the Thoroughbred Owners of California has submitted an “expression of interest” to buy Santa Anita Park, which is in the process of being sold as part of the bankruptcy proceedings involving the track’s current owner, Magna Entertainment. According to sources, TOC’s plans would be to form […]

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CHURCHILL AND THE ADW WARS

By Ray PaulickIs anyone really surprised to see Churchill Downs Inc. involved in yet another dispute with horsemen’s organizations over contractual terms for account wagering or advance deposit wagering? The incident in California involving TrackNet Media, the company CDI owns in partnership with Magna Entertainment, is the latest in a series of contractual and legal […]

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BANNED TRAINER: ‘SUFFOLK DONE ME DIRTY’

By Ray Paulick The tale of five horses from the Suffolk Downs backstretch that recently ended up in the kill pen of the infamous New Holland, Pa., livestock auction demonstrates the challenges the East Boston, Mass., racetrack has in enforcing its “zero-tolerance” horse welfare policy that will ban trainers or owners who sell their horses […]

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BOLD NEGOTIATIONS

The racing industry is like a three-legged stool with the horseplayers and fans, owners and breeders, and racetracks and wagering companies comprising each of the three legs. Take one away and the stool collapses. Horseplayers, as we all know, are the least organized, though some individuals from that group bet massive sums of money […]

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