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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: The End Of Thoroughbred Times

This year’s Keeneland September sale marked four years since the employees of the Thoroughbred Times woke up one Saturday morning to learn the publication (and their jobs) had vanished overnight. A letter delivered to employees via FedEx advised them parent company Bow Tie Publications had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and shut down operations of […]

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Simon, Burch, Baffert Added To Old Friends Board Of Directors

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. At a meeting held in December of 2015, current members voted to add Jeffrey Burch, Senior VP of NTRA Advantage, to the board. In a meeting held June 15, 2016, the board added two additional members: […]

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Daily Racing Form Names Simon Editorial Director

Advancing its two-prong mission to move beyond the “Horseplayer’s Bible” while accelerating its transformative “Digital First” agenda, Daily Racing Form announces the creation of a new position of Editorial Director, appointing Mark Simon to lead DRF’s editorial operation reporting to John Hartig, CEO of Sports Information Group / Daily Racing Form LLC. Mark Simon joined […]

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Simon: What Nicholson’s Eclipse speech really said was, ‘we had better get our act together’

A recent editorial by the Daily Racing Form’s Mark Simon praised Nick Nicholson’s Eclipse Award acceptance speech, which encouraged ceremony attendees to start working together to improve the industry. Nicholson’s origins are in politics, but once he moved into the racing industry, his storied career included time as the executive director of the Jockey Club […]

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Mark Simon: Thoroughbred Times owner Norman Ridker testimony ‘wrong, incomplete or misleading’

Mark Simon, former editor of the now-bankrupt Thoroughbred Times magazine, accused the publication’s owner Norman Ridker of giving “wrong, incomplete or or misleading” statements about the company while under oath during an Oct. 16 bankruptcy hearing in Lexington, Ky. In an email to the National Thoroughbred Writers and Broadcasters, many of whose members had not […]

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Simon: ‘Painful end of a terrific publication’

No one thought it would end like this, because no one wanted it to end, like this or any other way. But when Thoroughbred Times was closed on Friday, our owner filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, it marked a painful end (at least for now) of a terrific publication. I know this because I was the […]

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Thoroughbred Times in bankruptcy, ceases operations

Twenty-seven full-time employees of Thoroughbred Times in Lexington, Ky., were notified Saturday morning they are without jobs after the company owned by Norman Ridker filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations, effective immediately. The magazine, which was launched 27 years ago this week, recently switched from a weekly format to twice monthly. It also […]

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Simon: Owners have vested interest in banning race day meds

In a new editorial, Thoroughbred Times editor Mark Simon writes that it’s about time someone stepped forward to protect “the business” of Thoroughbred racing, and that would be the owners of Thoroughbred racehorses.  Simon equates the move to rid racing of race day medication to every other sport where fans have said they don’t want […]

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Late Scratch Puts Mo Spotlight on Derby Policy

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for thee past week, you’re well aware that Todd Pletcher and Mike Repole decided to scratch Uncle Mo after the Derby field was drawn. This kept West Coast hopeful Sway Away out of the field of 20 and has drawn the ire of critics including the Thoroughbred Times’ […]

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PART TWO: STOP THE PRESSES!

By Ray Paulick (Second of a two-part series; click here for part one) In response to falling advertising revenue over the last two years, both the Thoroughbred Times and Blood-Horse magazine have made significant cuts in their staffing and editorial coverage of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry. Both publishing companies have put […]

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