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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: CONTESTING NEW YORK WITH CONTESSA

By Ray Paulick Gary Contessa, born and raised on New York’s Long Island, got his start in the horse business as a teenager working with Standardbreds at Roosevelt raceway, but switched over to Thoroughbreds while still in high school, walking hots at Aqueduct beginning in 1974. He became a groom, then worked as assistant […]

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A MONMOUTH CHANGE IN PURSES

By Ray Paulick Horsemen getting their first look at the initial condition book for the million-dollar-a-day 2010 Monmouth Park meeting might ask someone to pinch them to make sure they aren’t dreaming. The prize money is almost too good to believe (click here to view the first book, which covers racing from May 22-June 20). […]

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HASKELL INVITATIONAL TO ANCHOR RECORD $12.1 MILLION IN STAKES PURSES

PRESS RELEASE HASKELL INVITATIONAL TO ANCHOR RECORD $12.1 MILLION IN STAKES PURSES FOR 2010 MONMOUTH PARK MEET Oceanport, N.J. – With the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 1, leading the way, Monmouth Park will offer a record $12.1 million in stakes purses for the 2010 racing season, which gets underway on Saturday, May 22. […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: A MONMOUTH CHANGE IN STRATEGY

By Ray Paulick One of the most interesting and encouraging developments of the young 2010 racing season was the recent announcement in New Jersey that Monmouth Park will slash the number of racing days but increase daily average purses to $1 million—the highest ever in the United States for a regularly scheduled race meeting. A […]

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NJ GOV STRIKES DEAL TO INCREASE PURSES AT MONMOUTH

Recently elected Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has put together a solution that will increase Monmouth’s purses to an average of $1 million a day while cutting weekly race dates from five to three. “Only weeks ago, we were wondering if the end of horse racing in New Jersey was upon us,” said […]

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COULD NEW MONMOUTH STRUCTURE BE MORE BAD NEWS FOR NYRA?

As Michael Veitch of The Saratogian says, Monmouth’s new purse structure implemented by Governor Chris Christie may prove to be the biggest challenge to New York racing in a long time. The push to reduce race days but increase average daily purses to $1 million will force NYRA to compete with the New Jersey track […]

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CANDOR AND THE CUP

By Ray Paulick I was all set to name Satish Sanan the winner of the first annual John Mayer Foot in Mouth Award for comments he made on Steve Byk’s “At the Races” Sirius/XM satellite radio show last Tuesday from which he was quoted in a Bloodhorse.com article as saying Churchill Downs was the “worst” […]

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WEEKEND STAKES: WHERE TO WATCH brought to you by KBC HORSE SUPPLIES

(UPDATED) If you can’t get to the track this weekend, there will be plenty of outstanding races to watch on television both Saturday and Sunday, headlined by a pair of important races for 3-year-olds: Saturday’s West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park and Sunday’s Haskell Invitational. The Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, with its $1,250,000 purse, is […]

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RACHEL ANNIHILATES ‘EM

By Ray Paulick Rachel Alexandra absolutely destroyed her  male opposition in Sunday’s $1,250,000 Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park, coming from just off the pace of Munnings, taking command on the turn for home, and romping home to a six-length victory for Calvin Borel, who is now a perfect-eight for eight on the Medaglia […]

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MEASURING BREEDERS’ CUP SUCCESS

By Ray Paulick There are many ways to look at this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships from a business and sporting standpoint, and not all examinations are going to lead to the same destination. The most important question is whether or not the 2008 Breeders’ Cup was a success or failure. Was the decision to […]

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