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‘A Step In The Right Direction’: Kentucky Governor Signs Law Adding Sanctions For Those Convicted Of Cruelty To Horses

A new law signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin this week is being heralded as a “step in the right direction” toward improving the state’s laws on animal cruelty. HB 200, which was passed unanimously by both the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate, will allow courts to order a person convicted of animal cruelty […]

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Kentucky Equine Welfare Bill Inspired By Mercer County Case Passes House

A measure introduced into the Kentucky legislature in response to the apparent abandonment of 43 horses in Mercer County last year, HB 200 would allow courts to order persons convicted of equine cruelty to pay restitution for the horses’ care. It also terminates the convicted individual’s ownership interest in the horses involved. According to horse.com, […]

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The Friday Show: Wild And Crazy Predictions For 2017

If there’s one thing predictable about the business of horse racing, it’s that it’s unpredictable. But in this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick look into their crystal balls to come up with some things that might possibly happen in 2017 (read: never in a million years). Enjoy this holiday edition […]

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When A Handshake Just Doesn’t Cover It

As the calendar year begins winding down, Keeneland is wrapping its final days of its November breeding stock sale, and many owners are turning an eye toward next breeding season with the help of bloodstock agents and trainers. When owners make arrangements for breedings or purchases at public auction houses, their expectations and terms with […]

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Paulick Report 11/16 News Minute Presented By Delta Downs Jackpot

The Paulick Report sends out its headlines newsletter every weekday morning at 9 a.m ET (10 a.m. weekends), but the news doesn’t stop after you’ve had your morning coffee. Each weekday afternoon, the Paulick Report brings you a video News Minute to let you know what’s happening around the Thoroughbred racing world: news we think […]

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Borell Expose Earns Margaret Ransom 2016 Stan Bergstein Writing Award

Margaret Ransom has won the Stan Bergstein Writing Award for a story that revealed dire conditions for more than 40 horses at a Kentucky farm that led to animal cruelty charges against Chuck and Maria Borell. Ransom’s story on USRacing.com prompted aid from outside horsemen and equine retirement groups and an investigation from the Kentucky […]

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KY Legislators Express Concern About Making Animal Cruelty A Felony

Kentucky legislators let it be known that they have reservations about passing stronger penalties for animal cruelty despite of the recent case involving 43 neglected and abandoned horses found on a Mercer County farm. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that lawmakers on the Subcommittee on Horse Farming heard from E.S. “Rusty” Ford, equine programs manager for the state Department […]

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Court Rules Borells Have No Claim To Mercer County Horses, Animals Released For Adoption

Charles and Maria Borell no longer have legal claim to the 43 horses found abandoned at a Mercer County, Ky. farm they leased, according to a circuit court ruling this week. Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler ruled that 36 of the abandoned horses can now be adopted out to permanent homes, ending a […]

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Inspired By Borell Case, Volunteers Launch Non-Profit For Horses Seized In Neglect Investigations

In the wake of a large-scale animal neglect case centering on Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Maria Borell and her father Charles, Fox Hill Farm announced the formation of a new non-profit to help Kentucky horses from neglect situations. In a statement released on the stable’s Facebook page, Fox Hill racing assistant Victoria Keith wrote The Equine Sanctuary […]

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Charles Borell Enters Alford Plea; Will Serve Two Years Probation In Animal Neglect Case

Charles Borell was back in Mercer County Circuit Court Thursday morning, where he entered a guilty plea in the Mercer County animal cruelty case. WKYT reports that Borell appeared before a judge and entered an Alford plea – which means that he doesn’t admit to committing the crime, but “concedes there was enough evidence to convict him in […]

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