Ray’s Paddock

Jockey Club Researches The Untapped Power Of The Microchip

The Jockey Club’s announcement last summer that it would begin requiring microchips for foal registrations starting in 2017 was met with relatively little fanfare. That could be because microchipping has been standard for Thoroughbred registrations in the United Kingdom and Europe for years. What many horsemen and owners may not have realized, however, is that […]

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Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: It’s Good To Be ‘King’

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France’s Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur, a multi-purpose track that offers Thoroughbred racing during a six-week winter meet in the city of Cagnes-sur-Mer along the French Riviera. The first installment of the […]

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Honoring Our Presidents: Executive Salaries At Horse Industry Non-Profit Organizations

When George Washington became the first president of the United States in 1789, he reluctantly accepted an annual salary of $25,000 – a very substantial figure for that time. He didn’t like the idea of being paid to serve his new country but was convinced that not taking a salary would set a bad precedent, […]

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The Friday Show: A Not-So-Funny Valentine

Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren’s song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but we’ve seen recently break-ups that have turned ugly. Florida appears on the brink of a relationship fiasco […]

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The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Is Back: Free To Play, Sign Up Now!

It’s time to sharpen your handicapping skills and find your Derby horse! West Point Thoroughbreds – the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships – and 123bet.com – home to the daily competitive 123racing Pick6 wager – is teaming with the Paulick Report for the third consecutive year to bring you the Derby Dollars Contest, a free […]

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Decoupling Advances In Florida With Provisions For ‘Purse Pools’

Legislation that would permit Florida’s horse and dog tracks to decouple those activities from their slot machines and card room licenses advanced after a House committee vote to approve three bills related to Gov. Rick Scott’s compact with the powerful Seminole tribe that operates seven casinos in the state. The state Senate delayed action on […]

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Deja Vu: Texas Racing On The Brink

Seventy-nine years ago, Texas Gov. James Allred decided enough was enough. There was an “unparalleled wave and mania for gambling in the state of Texas,” Allred declared in January 1937. Later that year at a special session of the Texas legislature, pari-mutuel wagering was outlawed at Allred’s urging. Four tracks – Alamo Downs in San Antonio, […]

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Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Surprises And Sidetrips

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France’s Hippodrome de la Cote d’Azur, a multi-purpose track that offers Thoroughbred racing during a six-week winter meet in the city of Cagnes-sur-Mer along the French Riviera. The first installment of […]

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Las Vegas Embraces New Realities: Can Racing Do The Same?

After a few days in Sin City for the National Handicapping Championship last weekend, it became as obvious as doubling down on 11: Las Vegas is evolving — both physically and virtually — and horse racing, as a gambling industry subset, might want to pay attention to what’s happening. For starters, the new Vegas is […]

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HBPA Told To Fight Back Against ‘Elitists’ In ‘Environment Of Poison’

Eric Hamelback likes to focus on the positive in horse racing. Running his first winter convention as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the former general manager of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Kentucky put together several panels on Thursday’s opening day designed to give HBPA members reassurance that the […]

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