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  • Asmussen: Mandatory Training Dark Days ‘Not In Racehorses’ Best Interest’
    Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen penned an op/ed for the Thoroughbred Daily News this week discussing some tracks' practice of closing for training one day per week. In a time of increased accountability for all racing participants, Asmussen argues that the mandatory dark days are a “short-sighted cost-cutting move” which...
    via Paulick Report Features on December 1, 2020 5:17 pm
  • Steve Asmussen Op/Ed: Please Do What is Right for the Racehorse
    With heightened accountability for the health and welfare of horses, trainers today are being held to the highest of standards–as we should. However, we can see every day that race tracks and track ownership groups are not held to that same standard. A prime example is the unfortunate trend of...
    via TDN Op/Ed on December 1, 2020 10:01 am
  • with north dakota’s graded stakes victory, starry dreamer lobs another winner through the gold hoop
    For the beautifully pedigreed North Dakota (by Medaglia d’Oro), success in the Grade 3 Red Smith Stakes at Aqueduct on …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on November 28, 2020 12:24 pm
  • Beat Ray At Del Mar: Can BCBC Champ Become The New Beach Boss?
    Marshall Gramm, fresh off his lucrative victory in the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge, said he has been to more than 70 racetracks but has yet to visit Del Mar in Southern California. Gramm is an economics professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., teaching a course, among others, called the...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 28, 2020 12:23 pm
  • November 28, 2020
    He could provide themes for many films. Inevitably, he’d star in an Old Friends Blog Visit. So why did Little Silver Charm wait so long? Maybe it was generosity, letting the larger and less cute horses have their day in … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on November 28, 2020 9:13 am
  • OUTLOOK FOR HORSE RACING IN 2021
    It is a vast understatement to say that 2020 has been challenging for the global horse racing business; and it will take more time for a recovery to take place. How much time is uncertain because there is too little comparable history upon which to base estimates. The world is...
    via Horse Racing Business on November 27, 2020 8:06 am
  • Fluffy Socks extends season one more race in Jimmy Durante Stakes
    She drew the outside post. – additional reporting by Jay Privman. Access more of DRF nowLog In....
    via Jay Privman - Daily Racing Form on November 26, 2020 12:24 pm
  • SUPER-DUPER WHALES AT RACING AUCTIONS
    At the November 2020 auction at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, Kentucky, three exceptional female racehorses were actively sought by buyers.  When the hammer fell, Monomoy Girl, Rushing Fall, and Midnight Bisou sold for $9.5 million, $5.5 million, and $5 million, respectively.   When one thinks about such lofty prices for terrific racehorses,...
    via Horse Racing Business on November 25, 2020 5:00 am
  • ‘The Case Is So Strong’ For Allowing Woodbine To Continue Racing, Says Lawson
    News this weekend that new COVID-19 lockdown measures will force the closure of Woodbine was met with frustration and uncertainty for track management and horsemen. The move seems unfair to Toronto Sun columnist Steve Buffery, who writes that the track has demonstrated an exemplary ability to keep COVID-19 at bay...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 24, 2020 2:23 pm
  • TIF: There’s Still Time To Make Handle A Top Priority For Racing
    Racing needs a long-term plan which will put the sport on a path to raise handle to nearly $50 billion annually with more than $5 billion held by the industry by 2040. Sound optimistic? Falling well short of that goal would still be a monumental accomplishment given we are on...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 23, 2020 2:25 pm
  • Saying Goodbye to Gulfstream Park West
    “Thinking will not overcome fear. But action will.” W. Clement Stone This week will be the final week ever of racing at Gulfstream Park West and I’m abnormally sad about it. Now I know and respect that there are many people with much stronger ties to the track. There are...
    via Jason Beem on November 23, 2020 2:21 pm
  • Beat Ray At Del Mar: Bo Derek’s Latest Role May Be Her Easiest Ever
    Bo Derek's autobiography is entitled “Riding Lessons: Everything That Matters in Life I Learned From Horses.” Today at Del Mar, we'll find out whether those lessons included handicapping. The former commissioner with the California Horse Racing Board and current Del Mar Thoroughbred Club board member is the latest celebrity handicapper...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 21, 2020 12:50 pm
  • tamarkuz waves the red flag at doubters in his stallion potential
    Becoming the seventh freshman sire of 2020 to get a graded stakes winner, Tamarkuz (by Speightstown) also chalked up his first stakes …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on November 21, 2020 8:16 am
  • Taking Stock: Champion 3-Year-Old Fillies at Stud
    Champion fillies were rarely sold at public auction when owner/breeders dominated the sport for a good part of the last century. All of that changed from the 1980s onward when the industry became more commercialized and highly charged at the top end with international bidding wars for yearlings and breeding...
    via Sid Fernando at TDN on November 19, 2020 3:23 pm
  • View From The Eighth Pole: Del Mar Can Add Year-Round Stability To California’s Racing Industry
    California's horse racing industry has never been good at long-range planning. Instability will do that. Historic Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo in the Bay Area was shuttered for development in 2008. The same company that closed Bay Meadows had purchased Hollywood Park in Inglewood near Los Angeles in 2005...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 18, 2020 6:16 pm
  • NEW EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE CASTS DOUBT ABOUT WHIP USAGE IN HORSE RACING
    The New Jersey Racing Commission is instituting a rule that riding crops or whips can be used by jockeys only for reasons of safety.  The Jockey Guild is suing to prevent the rule from being implemented.  Guild co-chairman John Velazquez stated the reasoning: “We strongly believe the rule adopted by...
    via Horse Racing Business on November 18, 2020 5:00 am
  • Casse: Kentucky, Louisiana Need To ‘Get On Board’ With Clenbuterol Restrictions
    Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse shared his thoughts on this year's new clenbuterol restrictions with the Thoroughbred Daily News on Tuesday. First, he said he was pleased with the new policies implemented at Woodbine this year, and lauded the Mid-Atlantic region, Oaklawn, and Gulfstream Park for adding restrictions for...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 17, 2020 5:37 pm
  • View From The Eighth Pole: The Sky Is Not Falling Because Of Lasix Ban
    Where are the pearl clutchers? You know, those people who promised that we'd be seeing jockeys with red-splattered pants getting off horses who gushed blood during a Thoroughbred race because trainers couldn't give the animals a diuretic four hours before competition. They've gone silent. Officials with the Breeders' Cup, Keeneland...
    via Paulick Report Features on November 16, 2020 2:48 pm
  • November 16, 2020
    Caught in the act! It’s great to have so many people on the farm who are able with a camera. It means that a good deal of what happens gets recorded. Some of it may not seem so important at … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on November 16, 2020 2:27 pm
  • future stars come out at keeneland and highlight leading young sire nyquist, top proven sire tapit, and the darley at jonabell operation
    Future Stars Friday at the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on Nov. 6 produced a banner day for Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley …Continue reading →...
    via Bloodstock in the Blue Grass on November 14, 2020 8:02 am
  • Portland and the ‘farce of the past’
    “Isn’t it strange how the seasons just pass, when you’re lost in the farce of the past” Mikel Jollett I moved out of Portland, Oregon two days before new year’s day of 2015. I had lived there full time since 2008, part time since 2006, and I was ready to...
    via Jason Beem on November 13, 2020 11:58 pm
  • 77 Percent Of New York Thoroughbreds From Indicted Trainers Were Positive For Clenbuterol After Arrests
     by Paulick Report Staff | 11.12.2020 | 5:26pm Report: 77 Percent Of New York Thoroughbreds From Indicted Trainers Were Positive For Clenbuterol After Arrests:https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/report-77-percent-of-new-york-thoroughbreds-from-indicted-trainers-were-positive-for-clenbuterol-after-arrests/At a press conference this week, New York State Gaming Commission equine medical...
    via Horseplayers Association of North America on November 13, 2020 5:46 pm
  • WILL PETA HAVE BOARDROOM ACCESS TO LOBBY FOR ITS PROPOSALS?
    The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization recently announced that it had purchased small amounts of stock in publicly traded racino companies, namely Boyd Gaming, Gaming and Leisure Properties, Penn National Gaming, and VICI Properties.  Penn National Gaming owns the largest number of racetracks of any company in...
    via Horse Racing Business on November 11, 2020 5:00 am
  • Countdown to Another Event of Equine Stars—the Annual Sporting Art Auction at Keeneland
    When the Breeders’ Cup is over and the Keeneland November sale is in full swing, another annual event celebrating exceptional equines is on the horizon—the Sporting Art Auction. Now in its eighth year, the auction is a highly anticipated event offering paintings and sculpture in the sporting art genre by American...
    via Turf History Times on November 9, 2020 5:10 pm
  • November 7, 2020
    Breeders’ Cup 2020 has been an exciting two days. Though the stands couldn’t be open to the public due to the pandemic, this year’s two days showed racing at its best and all the horses had safe runs. This year’s … Continue reading →...
    via Old Friends on November 7, 2020 6:05 pm