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ALL YOU CAN DRINK-NESS

After a depressed infield at last year’s Preakness due to the ban on the tradition of bringing your own beer, executives have made a move to try and bring back the crowd that abandoned Pimlico last year. Organizers are cutting the cost of admission and offering all-you-can-drink-beer. For only $20, each infielder can purchase a […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by Breeders’ Cup: WHAT NEXT FOR MARYLAND?

By Ray Paulick If anyone can explain the confusing situation in Maryland regarding slot machine revenue to horsemen and the future ownership of the Maryland Jockey Club racetracks—Pimlico and Laurel Park, owned by Frank Stronach’s bankrupt Magna Entertainment Corporation—I figure it’s Richard J. Hoffberger. A longtime owner/breeder and operator of the equine specialist Hoffberger Insurance […]

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DAMON THAYER: DRUNK WITH POWER?

By Ray Paulick I’ve known Damon Thayer going on 20 years, and I don’t think he’s a bad person. But I’ve seen how good people can be intoxicated with power, and am convinced that is what is going on with the former racing industry executive who is now a Kentucky state senator from Scott County […]

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STRONACH STRIKES A DEAL

Attorneys for Magna Entertainment have struck a deal in U.S.  bankruptcy court with unsecured creditors that will allow Frank Stronach to maintain control of Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park and Golden Gate Fields and the account wagering company Xpressbet.com and the Amtote totalizator company, Reuters and Bloomberg have reported. The creditors will receive nearly […]

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COLLUSION, AN ONLINE FIRESTORM, AND SURRENDER

By Ray Paulick For those of you who decided to disconnect from the racing world on Sunday, let me just say that we had a little situation here. Actually, it wasn’t so little. Collusion between the co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and the owner of runner-up Pioneerof the Nile to keep […]

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CHICKEN ‘N’ EGGS: PAULICK LIVE BLOGS THE ALIBI BREAKFAST

By Ray Paulick How often do you have a guilt-free chance to get sloppy drunk and chow down on an  honest to goodness Maryland breakfast of fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, and scrambled eggs? At least once a year if you come to the Alibi Breakfast that is part of the Preakness tradition at Pimlico […]

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IF A DRUNK FALLS IN THE INFIELD AND NO ONE’S THERE TO SEE HIM…

By Bradford Cummings Imagine a Christmas where Walmart was not allowed to run $10 DVD player sales out of fear someone would be trampled. How about attending a Poison concert at Madison Square Garden unplugged due to concern of noise pollution? Or what if Major League Baseball used nerf balls so errant objects wouldn’t hurt […]

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RACHEL ALEXANDRA BEATS MINE THAT BIRD IN 134TH PREAKNESS

By Ray Paulick Rachel Alexandra won Saturday’s $1.1-million Preakness Stakes and proved to be the super filly owner Jess Jackson thought she was when he paid a reported $7 million to buy her after her 20 1/4-length Kentucky Oaks victory May 1. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro raced toward the lead from the start from […]

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RACHEL: ‘AMAZING’ … ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ … ‘MAGNIFICENT’

Maryland Jockey Club Press Office Notes RACHEL ALEXANDRA – At 6 a.m. Sunday, just under 12 hours after her impressive victory in the Preakness, Rachel Alexandra left Pimlico for the return trip to trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Asmussen said the filly owned by Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and […]

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MAGNA SHARE SPIKE ON EVE OF MARYLAND SLOTS VOTE

By Ray Paulick UPDATED TUESDAY EVENING:  Stock prices soared Monday in Magna Entertainment, the racetrack company that operates Laurel Park and Pimlico in Maryland, where voters are deciding today on an amendment to allow 15,000 slot machines at five locations in the state. The share price jumped by 92%, from $1.82 at […]

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