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View From The Eighth Pole: Lessons From The Past About Toothless Tigers And Herding Cats

Twenty-five years ago, Brian McGrath was introduced during a luncheon at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan as horse racing’s first “commissioner.” Well, maybe not the commissioner for all of horse racing – just for the racetracks who were members of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, which had hired him. McGrath had no juice with regulatory bodies, […]

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Establishing a Talent-Based Authority in Racing

(Editor’s Note: For more than 20 years, Lexington advertising executive Fred Pope has advocated a business model for horse racing that collectively puts the owners of the best horses in a position of authority through the creation of a “major league” for the sport. The recent PETA allegations and complaints filed with federal, state and […]

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Fred Pope is one of those rare individuals in racing who does more than identify problems and complain about them; he actually spends a great deal of time working on solutions. Whether it’s the National Thoroughbred Association, an owners-driven organization he created more than a decade ago, or pushing for a “major league” of racing, […]

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By Ray Paulick The Labor Day announcement that Stonerside Stables has been sold by Robert and Janice McNair to Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed is troubling news – not over concerns that the sheikh’s Darley operation may become a dominating force in American racing and breeding but because of the symbolism of McNair’s departure from active […]

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