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WHO WILL TELEVISE THE APPLE BLOSSOM?

By Ray Paulick A potential April 3 matchup at Oaklawn Park between Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and unbeaten, two-time champion Zenyatta may be the best news racing fans have heard in a long time. Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella announced the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap would have its purse bumped from $500,000 […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: GOOD TIME CHARLIE

  By Ray Paulick He is a combination of P.T. Barnum, Perle Mesta and Frank Sinatra—an innovative promoter, unmatched host and fiercely independent man. He rules over one of the last family-owned racetracks on the American landscape. He is Charles Cella, the longtime president of Oaklawn Park, and if anyone is going to lure Rachel […]

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TRACKNET MEDIA AND MIDATLANTIC COOPERATIVE REACH AGREEMENT

Press Release TrackNet Media Group, LLC (“TrackNet”) and the MidAtlantic Cooperative, L.L.C. (“MidAtlantic”) today announced that they have reached an agreement regarding the purchase by MidAtlantic members of the simulcast signals of racetracks affiliated with TrackNet.  TrackNet affiliated racetracks currently running live race meets include Fairground Racecourse, Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, Oaklawn Park, […]

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GILL: ‘WHAT HAVE I DONE THAT’S SO WRONG?”

By Ray Paulick “I’ve been doing this since 1979, and I just can’t get a fair shake.” So says Michael Gill, North America’s leading owner by money and races won on four different occasions who finds himself in a familiar position–at the center of controversy, after Penn National jockeys voted Saturday night not to ride […]

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INSTANT RACING? A-OKAY!

According to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, adding instant racing machines to Kentucky’s racetracks would only require a few regulatory tweaks by Governor Steve Beshear. For those not familiar with Instant Racing, these slot-like machines are programed with thousands of previously run races for the player to bet on. Oaklawn Park currently uses these […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm – SCRATCHING THE SURFACE

By Ray PaulickThis has been a very difficult year, not just for people in the horse industry, but in communities across the United States and throughout the world that have been adversely affected by the global economic crisis. For the international community involved in the breeding, raising and selling of Thoroughbred racehorses, the hardships […]

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WAS POLYTRACK MAJOR FACTOR IN DROP IN KEENELAND WAGERING?

By Ray PaulickWhen Keeneland initially reported total handle fell 19% for its just completed spring meeting, I was ready to declare the Polytrack racing surface as the principal reason for such a significant drop. I’ve heard from many horseplayers who have told me they’ve either cut back on their Keeneland wagering since the synthetic surface […]

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LIVE BLOGGING THE BLUE GRASS CARD, ARKANSAS DERBY

By Ray Paulick 10:30 P.M. UPDATE …..Daily Racing Form’s Mary Rampellini is reporting from Oaklawn Park that beaten Arkansas Derby favorite Old Fashioned came out of his second-place finish to Papa Clem with a slab fracture in his right knee. Trainer Larry Jones described the injujry to Rick Porter’s son of Unbridled’s Song as possibly […]

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SUPPORT THE REPORT: A FEEL GOOD FRIDAY

On the eve of some great racing – the 2009 Dubai World Cup and the Florida Derby, it is a good time to point out the times the Paulick Report has highlighted the brighter side of life in the Thoroughbred industry. While the news seems pretty bleak and often is, there are many positive things […]

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OAKLAWN AND THE VALUE OF KINDNESS

By Ray Paulick Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella has always been something of a contrarian, so it should really not be that big a surprise that his Hot Springs, Ark., track’s business is running contrary to national trends this year. Attendance and handle are down at most tracks, with overall betting in the United […]

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