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$10 a share: Stronach sets up new racehorse investment companies

So you’ve always wanted to own a piece of a racehorse but the entry-level costs are a little too much. A series of new public companies created by multiple Eclipse Award-winning horseman and racetrack owner Frank Stronach and associates might be just the ticket for you. S-1 registration statements were filed in late December with […]

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BETFAIR’S BURN: IT ISN’T CORRECT TO SAY WE TRIED TO ‘SNEAK’ EXCHANGE WAGERING THROUGH IN CALIFORNIA

President of TVG and Betfair’s global director of horseracing Stephen Burn, recently the subject of a Paulick Report Forum brought to you by Breeders’ Cup, joined the ongoing discussion on the Paulick Report regarding the push for exchange wagering in the U.S. Mr. Burn left a lengthy defense of the legislative process in the […]

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OAK TREE FOUNDER ROBBINS: THAT’S WHY THE PRESIDENT AT SANTA ANITA (RON CHARLES) QUIT, WHEN HE HEARD (STRONACH WAS DEFINITELY GOING TO GET RID OF US

Dr. Jack Robbins, one of Oak Tree’s three founders, has made an assertion that former Santa Anita president Ron Charles resigned after hearing that Frank Stronach was going to get rid of Oak Tree. While there is no confirmation from Charles that this was his true motivation, it’s an interesting wrinkle in the entire Santa […]

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TALE OF TWO TRACKS: MONMOUTH BUSINESS SOARS OPENING WEEKEND, HOLLYWOOD CANCELS WEDNESDAY CARD DUE TO LACK OF ENTRIES

Monmouth Park’s experimental 2010 race meeting of shorter weeks, bigger fields and higher purses got off to a rousing start this weekend, with substantial increases in on-track attendance and overall handle for both the Saturday and Sunday programs. After a record-breaking opening day on Saturday, pari-mutuel wagering on Sunday jumped 126% from 2009 levels. The […]

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SANTA ANITA, JOCKEYS INVITES PUBLIC TO HELP ASSIST RED CROSS IN HAITI

SANTA ANITA, JOCKEYS TO ASSIST WITH HAITIAN AID, RED CROSS TO COORDINATE EFFORT ON TRACK SUNDAY   ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2010)—As news of the devastating 7.3 earthquake which struck the Caribbean island nation of Haiti on Tuesday continues to unfold, the Santa Anita jockeys’ colony and Santa Anita Park have joined forces to send […]

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SANTA ANITA LIKELY TO RETURN TO DIRT FOLLOWING 2009-10 MEETING

By Ray PaulickOn an afternoon when heavy rains forced Santa Anita Park management to cancel a special holiday program, track president Ron Charles said the all-weather surface currently in place will be removed at the end of the 2009-’10 and strongly hinted the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack would return to dirt for its main track surface. […]

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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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SANTA ANITA’S SYNTHETIC SAGA

By Ray Paulick The installation of the new Pro-Ride synthetic surface that began at Santa Anita Park in mid-July is “ahead of schedule,” according to Ron Charles, the track’s president and chief operating officer of Magna Entertainment. Santa Anita is hosting the 2008 and 2009 Breeders’ Cup world championships during the Oak Tree Racing […]

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WHY SANTA ANITA STAYED SYNTHETIC

After all the problems Santa Anita experienced with its Cushion Track synthetic surface this past season, why did track management decide not to go back to a conventional dirt track and instead commit to installing a synthetic surface manufactured by the Australian company Pro-Ride? Aside from the fact the California Horse Racing Board has mandated […]

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