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‘Enough Horse Deaths’: LA Times Editorial Board Urges Santa Anita To Call Off Rest Of Meet

In a piece published Wednesday, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times called for Santa Anita Park to cut short the current meet, in light of the 26 equine fatalities that have occurred in the last five months, the last three of which occurred in a span of nine days. The Times gives Santa […]

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Frank Stronach Publishes Open Letter, To Offer ‘Different Ideas’ For Racing’s Future

Frank Stronach, currently embroiled in a lawsuit against daughter Belinda over her management of The Stronach Group – the privately owned company Frank Stronach founded – said he will make a statement “about the future of horse racing in California” during a public appearance on Tuesday at a hotel near Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, […]

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Author Jane Smiley: ‘I Do Not Know Whether Racing Can Be Saved’

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and horse owner/breeder Jane Smiley is among those sharing opinions publicly in the wake of Santa Anita’s closure due to 21 fatalities at the meet. Smiley, who penned the books A Year at the Races and Horse Heaven, writes in a Los Angeles Times piece that she’s no longer a fan. “Like […]

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Los Angeles Times’ Decision On Racing Coverage Rankles Some At Least

Do newspapers matter? The answer to that depends on whom you ask. They matter to a 90-year-old horseplayer named Mel Brooks, a Santa Anita Park regular who is also known for making a few movies over the years: “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Spaceballs,” among many others. They matter to his good friend, […]

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59 Years After Swaps, Art Sherman Has Another Derby Horse

There’s a lot of buzz around California Chrome this year, and rightly so. He’s fast, flashy, and the crowds love him. In the Santa Anita Derby, where he will face other top three year-old colts Hoppertunity and Candy Boy, he is favored to win. He is a Cal-bred and trains at Los Alamitos – an […]

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The Paulick Report was saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of California owner Tom Braly, who owned multiple graded stakes-winning filly Evening Jewel in the name of the Braly Family Trust. In fact, in Braly’s seven-year battle against cancer—first leukemia and later head and neck cancer—he said horses like Evening Jewel kept him going […]

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By Ray PaulickThe news just keeps getting worse for print publications and horse racing journalists who work for them. During the same week the company that owns  the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun declared bankruptcy, my old employer, the Bloodhorse, initiated its third round of job cuts in the past year and […]

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Saratoga typically dominates the racing scene in late July and August, so it was good news for Del Mar that the West Coast track had its opening a week earlier than the Spa this year, putting it in the national spotlight at least for a few days. And a very good debut  it was, […]

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The two full-time horse racing writers at the Los Angeles Times, Larry Stewart and Bob Mieszerski, were among the 150 editorial employees of the struggling paper to be terminated on Monday. Times publisher David Hiller also was axed, the paper reported on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Times has the fourth-largest circulation among daily papers in […]

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