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Investigative Reporting a Positive Force for Change in Racing Industry

The following was presented by Ray Paulick at the 40th annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz., during a panel entitled “Muckraking Journalism as a Positive Force – the Second Annual Presentation of the Stan Bergstein Writing Award.” Anyone who’s watched 60 Minutes over the years understands the power of investigative reporting. If […]

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Drape: Trainer Organizations Deny Doping Problem

After assurances to Congress from the head of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association that lawmakers are attempting to “address a problem that does not exist” with federal legislation to regulate medication, the horse racing industry went through a turbulent 24 hours following a hearing of a House of Representatives panel on Thursday. Shortly […]

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NY Times: Vote No to Casino Amendment

In a piece published on Thursday, The New York Times’ editorial board urged readers to vote down the proposed constitutional amendment to allow casinos in the state.  The opinion piece cited the risk of increased crime rates, deterioration of surrounding communities, and the strong possibility that the casinos will deliver on politicians’ promises that they will […]

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Drape: Saratoga’s Dark Day Has Life of Its Own

Tuesday is the only day of the week when there’s no racing at Saratoga, but as Joe Drape writes in the New York Times, the track’s activity doesn’t stop, and it can hardly be considered a day off for many: “Grooms splashed sponges into buckets, and steam floated off sweaty horses, transforming the bathing area […]

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‘The Ironman of Racing:’ Russell Baze Profiled by NY Times

The New York Times spent time earlier this year in Northern California, interviewing leading rider Russell Baze. Dubbing him ‘Lou Gehrig on a saddle’, writer Barry Bearak and photographer/videographer Chang W. Lee followed Baze from the early morning hours through “just another day at the office” as the Hall of Fame jockey rode at Golden […]

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New York Times’ ‘The Rail Blog’ To Meet Its Demise?

A recent report on Capital suggests that amid discussions about cuts to blog content, the New York Times has elected to shut down “most, if not all sports blogs.” This would include The Rail Blog, a horse racing blog which includes features on a variety of aspects of the sport from Times writers and outside […]

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Drape: No Shame in Animal Kingdom’s Defeat at Ascot

Animal Kingdom came and saw Royal Ascot, but he did not conquer it. “Not that there was any shame in that,” writes the New York Times’ Joe Drape, who is in England for the venerable race course’s 302nd meeting.  Sure, there was disappointment on the faces of the connections, including Team Valor’s Barry Irwin and […]

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460 career starts: ‘Proper nutrition’ kept ‘war horse’ Standardbred sound

It’s not uncommon in harness racing for Standardbreds to have career starts in the triple digits.  But even by that standard, Tattler’s Jet is an “outrageous” horse. As the New York Times profiles, the 14-year-old is scheduled to make the final start of his career Thursday night at Monticello Raceway.  Tattler’s Jet has won 120 […]

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Rebuttal: NY Times paints veterinary practice with one brush

(The following commentary was submitted by Saratoga Springs, N.Y., resident John G. Veitch, a Thoroughbred owner and electronics instructor at The State University of New York (SUNY) Adirondack. Mr. Veitch, not to be confused with Hall of Fame trainer and racing official John Veitch – to whom he is related – has been around horses […]

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New York Times video: A look at laboratory drug testing

In a video released on Sept. 22 in conjunction with the New York Times’ latest piece on veterinarians in horse racing, the turf writer Joe Drape and a production crew visited the HFL Sport Science laboratory in Lexington, Ky., to learn more about drug testing and the ongoing efforts being made to detect prohibited medications. […]

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