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IEAH investor Tagliaferri sued for fraud

The somewhat mysterious money man behind International Equine Acquisitions Holdings has been sued in federal court by a wealthy software company founder for alleged fraud in connection with the investment of $60 million in what were described as high-risk companies, including almost $20 million in IEAH, and for allegedly participating in “illicit or potentially illegal […]

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING ANNOUNCES JOE HIRSCH MEDIA ROLL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

PRESS RELEASE Turf writers Steven Crist, Charles Hatton, William Nack, and Walter “Red” Smith have been named the inaugural selections to the National Museum of Racing’s Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor. The honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 1 at Belmont Park, the day before the Joe Hirsch Turf […]

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SUPER SALVAGE?

This year’s Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver has a less than stellar go of things since his perfect trip on the first Saturday in May. Coming up short and never a major factor in either the Preakness or Haskell, the Maria’s Mon colt was just another horse in this year’s Travers draw and was made […]

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SPORTSWRITER VIC ZIEGEL PASSES AWAY

Much-loved sportswriter and editor Vic Ziegel, who covered everything from Muhammad Ali to the New York Mets, died of lung cancer this morning. He twice won Red Smith awards for Kentucky Derby coverage and was an avid horse racing fan. Below are two tribute columns from the New York Times and New York Daily News. […]

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FREE OUR STATS!

By Ray Paulick Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on June 2, the same day New York jockey Richard Migliore said he would never ride again because of injuries sustained in a racing accident. Griffey and Migliore were stars in their sports, and both men were highly respected by their peers. […]

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BRITISH JOCKS TO BE PAID APPEARANCE FEES

There has been much talk about how to widen racing’s audience in the United States. Quite frankly, there should be more discussion of it on these and other pages. To me, it’s the single most critical step after a state gets slot machines. As Ray has said in the past, slots are a necessary band-aid. […]

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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

By Ray Paulick What do jockey Martin Pedroza and quarterback Brett Favre have in common? Critics in horse racing and the National Football League say they both did a little favor to help a couple of friends set records in their respective sports. Favre was lambasted in 2002 when it appeared he “took a dive” […]

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PULLING BACK THE DRAPE-S ON THE DECADE

New York Times sports writer Joe Drape takes a look at the highlights and low-lights of racing during the ‘aughts’. From the successes of Azeri, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta to the lows of Barbaro’s breakdown and Big Brown’s chemical enhancements, to some of the Triple Crown near misses, it was a mixed bag of a […]

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HANDS DOWN, IT’S ZENYATTA

While Ray is traveling back from Osaka (hopefully we won’t have to hear too much about jet lag once he returns to the United States), he wanted to reignite the debate over Horse of the Year. The following piece was submitted by Jeff Shapes, a marketing communications consultant, freelance writer and horse racing enthusiast, not […]

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WALDROP AND THE NTRA: AN ARMY OF ONE?

By Ray Paulick Alex Waldrop is a good soldier who reminds me of Hiroo Onoda, the World War II legend who in 1944 was sent to Lubang island in the Philippines and told by his Japanese superiors to wage guerrilla warfare against the allied forces and to never give up. Along with a few others […]

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