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Horse of the Year: An Increasingly Harder Puzzle to Solve?

As Eclipse Award ballots go out in the mail today, it’s awfully hard to predict which way the 2014 Horse of the Year decision might go. In one of the most wide open races in memory, half a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Digital Influence: America’s Best Racing Makes Generational Connection

It’s been one of the questions brought up time and time again at so many “meetings of the minds” in Thoroughbred racing – how do we bring new fans into the sport and reverse the trend of losing more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Charles Town Accident: Warning System Switch Not in Stewards Room

The on-off switch for a warning system to jockeys at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town racetrack was not triggered when a horse ran the wrong way toward the field in the fourth race on Saturday night... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Near Disaster at Penn National Gaming’s Charles Town Races

“We’re lucky someone didn’t get killed.” That’s what Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said about the jockeys involved in an incident in Saturday’s fourth race at West Virginia’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse Racing’s Slow-Motion Train Wreck

The burning question in my mind, as I sat through two hours of discussions about how American horse racing will continue to suffer economic declines as the average size of a field going into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Women in Racing: The Anti-Feminist Pioneer

One can hardly flip through the pages of racing (or, for that matter, U.S.) history books without finding the fingerprints of the du Pont family. The American branch of the family made its money in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Start of a Beautiful Friendship? Virginia Racing May Have New Voice

The seemingly endless battle between Colonial Downs and the Virginia horsemen made flat racing in the commonwealth appear all but dead in mid-October as the track threatened to close. After months of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Simon: California Chrome Has Earned Horse of the Year

I do not believe the Breeders’ Cup Classic should automatically decide Horse of the Year. Didn’t feel that way in 2010 when Blame beat Zenyatta by a head-bob, nor do I now. To this day I still have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Horsemen’s Election: ‘Truthiness’ and the Truth

When it comes to the ongoing election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, there is “truth” and there is “truthiness.” The truthiness of the election, the agenda pushed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chimpanzees and the Tip of a Legal Iceberg

Attorney Steven Wise has become something of a professional interview subject this year. A group of lawsuits Wise filed at the end of 2013 has prompted attention from the New York Times, CNN, BBC,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Time To Race

Horses that last raced at half a dozen different tracks will make up the field for Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot. Juveniles have shipped in from all over the country to take aim at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Pick 4 Score?

If you’re seeking a a great betting opportunity this weekend, look no further than Saturday’s card at Delta Downs. The track will host a special $200,000 guaranteed Pick 4 for races 4-7.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Hall of Fame Power

As is usually the case with this race, the 2014 edition of the Delta Downs Jackpot is shaping up to be a highly competitive affair featuring 10 promising juveniles. In addition, several of this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Lukas Leads the Charge

We’ve started counting the days until Saturday’s card featuring the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, which always seems to create momentum toward the following year’s Kentucky Derby.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Penn National Arrests: One Year Later

It’s been a year since three trainers and a clocker at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., were indicted on federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that remains active to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Law Firm Claims NYRA Owes Nearly $4 Million in Legal Fees

Like an old wound that won’t heal, the Getnick & Getnick law firm retained by prior management of the New York Racing Association as business integrity council went to U.S. Bankruptcy Court... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Guest Commentary: A Not So Silent Witness

The following commentary is by Alexa Ravit, a longtime horse racing fan and attendee of over 20 Triple Crown races.. Ms Ravit will be graduating from Cornell University in January with a bachelor’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Losing Betting Race to Kentucky Derby

According to figures released immediately after the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders Cup, a total of $128,215,643 was wagered on the 13 Breeders’ Cup races. That’s down from the $139,418,666 wagered on 14... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stewards’ Rulings: Time for a Change in Racing’s Officiating System?

I think most reasonable people will agree that stewards made the wrong call in last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic by not disqualifying the front-running winner Bayern for the incident at the start... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse of the Year? It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Who is Horse of the Year for 2014? That’s an easy one. No one, at least not yet. The year isn’t over. While many of the divisional titles in Eclipse Awards competition unquestionably were sewn up as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Doug O’Neill’s Brother Claims Foul Over Derek’s Post-Race Comments

Dennis O’Neill, racing manager for brother Doug O’Neill’s stable, is fuming over comments he said were made by actress and California Horse Racing Board commissioner Bo Derek just before she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Distaff Shocker: Napravnik Announces Retirement on NBC Sports

Jockey Rosie Napravnik shocked the racing world on Friday afternoon when she announced her impending retirement on NBC Sports while accepting her trophy for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Napravnik... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

McKinzie, Unick Had a Shared Belief in Creating $1 Million Bonus

There’s a lot on the line for morning-line favorite Shared Belief in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. For starters, there is the Candy Ride’s gelding’s perfect record of seven... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Love Being Number One’

When Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson succumbed to melanoma in April 2011, widow Barbara Banke had two choices: disperse the stock and sell his vineyards or soldier forward. Banke said for her, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: From the Classroom to Career

I knew it would be hard going, but I didn’t realize how hard. In the early fifties there was considerable prejudice against women going into what was considered “men’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Was a Woman in a Man’s World’

Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: Pens Mightier Than Swords

There may be places on the racetrack where women are still outnumbered, but the press box is no longer one of them. In fact, the glass-fronted rooms usually occupying a spot near the announcers’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Caused a Sensation, I Know It’

In the process of researching our piece on important, early female owners from the pages of history, I came across a couple of owners who did not campaign influential horses but made international... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Report on Drug Testing Should Be Sobering Wake Up Call

“Unacceptable.” That’s how James Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, described the status quo for drug testing in American horse racing. Gagliano and others from The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: Wagner Forged Her Own Path in Handicapping World

When Judy Wagner first started making waves in the male-dominated arena of handicapping contests, she heard a few whispers. “Here comes the real handicapper now,” someone would say as her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Frustration Builds Over Drug Testing Delays at LGC Lab

The two investigators for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission weren’t making a courtesy call last Thursday when they drove from Indianapolis to the LGC Science equine drug testing laboratory in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘Lovable Eccentrics’ and Other Early Pioneers

It’s not so uncommon these days to find women at the helm of a great horse’s breeding or racing career; in fact, there are now syndicates made up entirely of women. In the first part of the 20th... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Remembering the ‘Unconquerable, Invincible, Unbeatable’ Cigar

Thanks for the memories. I may have seen better horses than Cigar in my racing lifetime, but no horse took me to places like he did or allowed me to experience the range of emotions this game can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Women in Racing: The View From Here

Mid-week ahead of the Belmont Stakes, I looked up from vexing video production software and looked around the press room. Sea of dress shirts, clacking keyboards, two people debating about a baseball... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

What Next for O’Neill? Possibly a Lengthy Suspension in California

The New York State Gaming Commission suspension of Doug O’Neill set in motion steps that could have far-reaching implications beyond the stipulated settlement that was intended to sideline the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pope: Where’s the Game-Changing Innovation for Racing?

A few weeks ago, Apple presented its latest innovations, including a smart watch and a new way of paying for goods and services. In a short time, the company has literally changed the world with its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Bramlage: We’ll Have to Give Up Lasix on Race-Day

The list of Honor Guests of the Thoroughbred Club of America reads like a Who’s Who of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding world dating back to its first Testimonial Dinner in 1932 when Col. E.R.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ruidoso: All American Futurity the Last Straw for a Crackdown?

What was the tipping point for R.D. Hubbard? The chairman of Ruidoso Downs racetrack in New Mexico – also a well-known player in the Thoroughbred industry – on Tuesday announced tough, new rules to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Suffolk Downs: It Took 4,000 People to Build, Three to Shut It Down

There’s an old joke among economists about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession is when your neighbor has lost his job, and a depression is when you’ve lost your job.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Investment in the Ownership Experience a Significant Issue

Stephen Koch is vice president of racing, stables and grounds for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, which this year is operating nine months of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Former Midwest Thoroughbreds Trainer Sues for Overtime Pay, Commissions

Midwest Thoroughbreds, which has led North American Thoroughbred owners by races won every year since 2010, is being sued by a former trainer for alleged violation of federal and state labor laws, in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With This Year’s Three-Year-Olds

Shared Belief and California Chrome are getting all the attention these days as they continue on the path to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a few weeks, but what’s become of the others in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: One Mile That Matters

In recent years, the influence of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile on the Breeders’ Cup and year-end championships is undeniable. In the last five years, winners of the Woodbine Mile have this resume:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...