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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Conflicts Of Interest?

The Paulick Report published a disturbing commentary this week from Pennsylvania attorney Alan Pincus regarding potential cover-ups of positive drug tests in that state’s harness racing business. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the implications and broader impact of those developments. Plus, who will win the 159th running […]

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Match Series At Monmouth: Division Leader Page McKenney Still Going Strong At 8

Trainer Mary Eppler has stopped being surprised by Page McKenney’s accomplishments, having come to accept the tough-as-nails gelding for what he is. “He’s just a special horse,” she said. “There’s not much else you need to say about him.” Fresh off a victory in the Grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park on May 26, the 8-year-old Page McKenney […]

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Chublicious, Chalon Score MATCH Points At Monmouth

Brittlyn Stable’s venerable New Jersey-bred Chublicious and Lael Stable’s Chalon took top honors in two MATCH Series events at Monmouth Park June 17. Chublicious, a grade III winner last year, captured the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (3-Year-Olds and Up Sprint—Dirt Division), while Chalon, who is multiple graded stakes-placed, won the $75,000 Regret Stakes (Filly and […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Controversy And Celebration

The 150th Belmont Stakes is in the books, and it provided a rare outcome with Justify becoming only the 13th horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. But of course it did not come without controversy. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the running of the […]

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Laurel Park’s Summer Meet Opens June 1, Offers $1 Million In Stakes Purses

A stakes program that includes 13 races worth $1 million in purses will be part of Laurel Park’s 40-day summer meet set to open Friday, June 1. Live racing will be conducted Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, July 22 before adding Thursdays starting July 26 and continuing through closing day, Sunday, Aug. 19. Racing shifts to the Maryland […]

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‘He Can Do Anything You Ask Of Him’: Page McKenney Carries On In Salvator Mile

When trainer Mary Eppler claimed Page McKenney for $16,000 in 2013 for owners Adam Staple and Jalin Stable she barely gave it a second thought. There was really no reason to think twice about a horse who had been 1-for-13 in his career to that point. Nearly $1.8 million in earnings later, Page McKenney now […]

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MATCH Series Moves To Monmouth Park Following Rainy Relaunch At Pimlico

The widely acclaimed MATCH Series returned after 16 years with a splash at Pimlico Race Course–in more ways than one–and the enthusiasm shown by the participants was a positive sign for the Series as it moves to Monmouth Park May 26. Steady rain over the May 18-19 Preakness Stakes weekend proved a challenge as numerous […]

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Girls Know Best Proves Deserving Favorite In The Very One

Co-owned by trainer Eddie Kenneally and Brian Chenvert, the former $40,000 claimer Girls Know Best proved a deserving even-money favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 The Very One Stakes at Pimlico. The contest was taken off the turf and run over the sloppy main track, and after tracking the pace the 4-year-old Posse filly crossed the wire […]

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Switzerland Gives Santana, Asmussen Fifth Stakes Win On Preakness Weekend In Maryland Sprint

Giving the jockey/trainer duo of Ricardo Santana and Steve Asmussen their fifth win of the Preakness Stakes weekend, Woodford Racing’s Switzerland followed a similar pattern in laying just off the pace and striding clear in the lane to win the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint by 3 1/2 lengths. The 4-year-old son of Speightstown covered six […]

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Vertical Oak Gets The Best Of Skipat Rivals

J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Vertical Oak made short work of her four rivals in Friday’s $100,000 Skipat Stakes, one of five races in the Filly & Mare Sprint-Dirt Division of the MATCH Series. The 4-year-old daughter of Giant Oak, favored at 6-5, settled just off the hip of the frontrunner around the turn, stayed […]

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