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Jockey for a Cause fund-raiser planned for night of Del Mar meet opener

A star-studded party has been scheduled to raise funds for two charities that help disabled jockeys and others involved in horse racing. The inaugural “Jockey for a Cause” charity event will take place July 18 at 6 p.m. (PDT) at the DeHaven Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, following opening day races at Del Mar Thoroughbred […]

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The “Unsung Heroes” of horse racing

In concert with their recent “40 Under 40” and “Women of Influence” lists, the Thoroughbred Times has now released a list of 20 “Unsung Heroes” in the horse racing industry. The list includes Alex Brown, Blue Grass Farms Charities’ Mary Lee-Butte, PDJF’s Nancy LaSala, Race For Education’s Elisabeth Jensen and Santa Anita paddock guard John […]

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Good News Friday sponsored by Liberation Farm: Year Two for Our Eleventh-Hour Idea

Around this time last year, Brad Cummings and I tried to get a group of people together to bus up to Chicago and support a fund-raiser for Michael Straight, who suffered a crippling injury in a racing accident at Arlington Park. Our effort failed, but as we became more familiar with the plight of dozens […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: ONE YEAR OF GOOD NEWS!

By Bradford Cummings When I first started working with Ray on the Paulick Report, we both were prepared for this upstart publication to not last through the fall of 2008 especially after the market fell so drastically. There’s nothing like launching a new web business a month before the largest recession in 25-50 years.   […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: DRIVING FOR JOCKEYS

  By Bradford Cummings Just four and a half years ago I was working as a barista at a Starbucks in Louisville, Ky., trying to get a break after an acting career cut short and yet just a few days ago I had the pleasure of finishing a 13-day, 7-“city” tour with who I believe […]

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By Ray Paulick When a jockey goes down in a race, there’s no one that shows more concern than a fellow rider, even if it’s been 45 years since that fellow rider has been on a horse’s back. I witnessed that concern Thursday afternoon at Hawthorne, when a horse named Loose Lips got cut off […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: ONE DAY AT A TIME MICHAEL

By Ray Paulick Every kid should be so lucky to have parents like Sandy and Beth Straight. “They are very inspirational people,” said Nancy LaSala, executive director of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The Straights are parents of 23-year-old twin sons, Michael and Matthew, who were living out their dream together as […]

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By Ray Paulick Permanently disabled jockeys got a huge boost today with the announcement that the William Stamps Farish Fund has pledged $1 million to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, the organization currently assisting 60 former riders who have been seriously injured in racing accidents.   The president of the Farish Fund is William S. Farish, […]

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    Do you know an individual or organization who you think we should consider for an upcoming “Good News Friday” feature? Then please e-mail [email protected] with the name of the individual or organization and a brief description of why you think they should be featured. Additionally, we’d like to thank Rob Whiteley and Liberation […]

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