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Shapiro letter to NY Times: O’Neill portrayal ‘wrong and misguided’

The following letter was sent to New York Times writer Joe Drape regarding Wednesday’s controversial story about Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another’s “history of ailments” prior to his scratch from the Belmont Stakes.  The letter was written by Richard Shapiro, former chairman of the California Horse Racing Board. Dear Mr. Drape: First, […]

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TOC: Jamgotchian attacks ‘malicious, ruthless and false’

Jerry Jamgotchian can be like a pitbull clamped onto a mailman’s leg. Check with former California Horse Racing Board chairman Richard Shapiro, who was the subject of relentless criticism from Jamgotchian for years after Jamgotchian felt he was wronged by the CHRB and its employees on a variety of issues, including the mandate that required […]

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PRIORITY NO. 1: HORSES OR HORSEPLAYERS?

By Ray Paulick Southern California-based trainer Bob Hess crystallized the often toxic debate over synthetic tracks as well as anyone I’ve talked with on the subject: “My horses are happy on it, and they’re lasting a lot longer,” said Hess, a 44-year-old, second generation horseman and a graduate of Stanford University. “My clients are getting […]

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CHRB UNCONFIDENTIAL

By Ray Paulick December was a cruel month for Richard Shapiro, who stepped down as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board on Dec. 15, only a few days after learning that a significant portion of his life savings and pension was lost in the $50-billion Ponzi scheme allegedly perpetrated by Bernard Madoff. January […]

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SATURDAYS WITH SADLER

 By Ray Paulick California racing fans who are curious why Del Mar’s leading trainer, John Sadler, reportedly has had 18 horses test positive for steroids since July 1 will have the opportunity to quiz him on the subject during a “Donut Days” promotion at the Southern California seaside racetrack Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. […]

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INDUSTRY IN THE CROSSHAIRS: A PREVIEW – NTRA Marginalized; Credibility in Question

Will they or won’t they?   That’s the big question I have about a group of U.S. Congressmen who have nothing else to do (health care, foreclosure crisis, soaring gas prices, Iraq war?) but put the horse racing industry in the crosshairs during a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday entitled “Breeding Drugs and Breakdowns: The […]

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RAY PAULICK LIVE FROM CAPITOL HILL

The Paulick Report will be blogging live from Thursday’s hearing on horse racing from Washington, D.C. 9:45…The guests begin to assemble for the hearing on “Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: the State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred,” and Christian Fjeld, staff counsel for the subcommitee on commerce, trade and consumer protection, […]

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