Ray Paulick

Stronach Defends Position on NTRA, Offers Views on Industry

Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach recently said Magna's racetracks would withdraw their membership from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association at the end of the year, joining 15 other tracks, including a coalition from the Mid-Atlantic region. Stronach took exception to a subsequent editorial in the Nov. 4 edition of The Blood-Horse suggesting he had "turned his back" on fellow owners and breeders through his decision, and he requested an opportunity to explain his position. He was interviewed by editor-in-chief Ray Paulick during the Keeneland sales on Nov. 8.

Tiz About Time

By Ray Paulick -- Tiznow may become the first California-bred Horse of the Year since Swaps in 1956.

From Hero to Goat

By Ray Paulick -- As Frank Stronach's wealth and power have grown, so, too, has his ego.

The World Championship Event

By Ray Paulick -- If the NTRA was created to boost racing's popularity with the general public, then using that same organization to raise the awareness of the sport's championship day is a logical progression.

Classic Option

By Ray Paulick -- Not every decision in this game of horse racing has to make economic sense when sporting men and women are involved.

Commentary: Breeders MIA at NTRA Meeting

Central Kentucky's Thoroughbred breeders were noticeable by their absence at Keeneland on Thursday morning when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association held the first session of a two-day membership meeting.

Gray Skies

By Ray Paulick -- For California's career politician, Gov. Gray Davis, it's politics as usual.

AAEP Adopts New Medication Policy

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has adopted a new policy regarding therapeutic medication in racehorses that, among other things, calls for a ban on all race day medications other than the diuretic furosemide used to treat internal bleeding.

Authorities Target International Issues

Worldwide concerns over the pirating of racing signals and unauthorized Internet wagering in jurisdictions that don't return revenue to horse racing have prompted leaders of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities to recommend formation of a new organization to deal with those and other challenges.

Magna's Mandate

By Ray Paulick -- Frank Stronach is a very smart businessman -- too smart to drop out of the NTRA.

Advise and Dissent

By Ray Paulick -- The conclusions and recommendations given the NTRA in a draft memo should be reviewed carefully by the NTRA's board of directors and executive team.

Morphine Charges a Deja Vu for Frankel

For the second time in five years, Hall of Fame and Eclipse Award-winning trainer Robert Frankel is fighting charges levied by the California Horse Racing Board after morphine was detected in post-race tests of horses he trains.

Report Critical of NTRA Called 'Minority Viewpoint'

Breeders' Cup president D.G. Van Clief Jr. on Friday issued a statement from four members of an NTRA Independent Advisory Committee in opposition to that committee's draft memorandum made public one week earlier, saying the conclusions represented a "minority viewpoint."

Market Mover

By Ray Paulick -- Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai has been a major market influence since his first purchase at a North American yearling sale 20 years ago.

Gore Clarifies Position on Interstate Wagering

A spokesman for the Gore-Lieberman 2000 campaign in Kentucky issued a statement on Friday concerning Vice President Al Gore's position on interstate off-track wagering, which has been under attack from the Clinton White House's Justice Department.

Capital Concerns

By Ray Paulick -- It is not an exaggeration to say that the federal government's actions regarding Thoroughbred racing could be a matter of life and death for this industry.

The Cost of Reform

By Ray Paulick -- California Gov. Gray Davis will be doing the right thing by signing the account wagering legislation into law.

California Governor Considers Racing Bill

California Gov. Gray Davis is a pro-labor Democrat who has spoken out in opposition to the expansion of gambling in his state. That's why a bill passed in the waning hours of the 2000 California legislative session poses something of a dilemma to the first-term governor.

Assembly Passes California Account Wagering Bill

The nation's most populous state is one step closer to offering account wagering. In the waning hours of the 2000 legislative session on Thursday night, the California Assembly voted 56-6 in favor of a compromise bill permitting what it calls "advance deposit wagering" for pari-mutuel racing but also requiring backstretch reforms that could result in labor unions being represented among stable workers. Read the full text of the bill here.

Survivor

By Ray Paulick -- In the Thoroughbred world's version of the hit television show "Survivor," my money would not have been on Jim Wilburn, the impresario for racing on ESPN and ESPN2, to make it past the first couple of meetings of the tribal council. But popularity and performance are two distinct variables.

The Task at Hand

By Ray Paulick -- From New York to California and most places in between, state governments -- with few exceptions -- have not been very good friends or partners to racing.

$4.2 Million Colt Buoys Record Spa Sale

Fasig-Tipton's annual Saratoga yearling auction ended with plenty of fireworks Thursday night: a Seattle Slew colt whose $4.2 million hammer price was the second-highest in the sale's history; a filly by Hennessy selling for $1.8 million, the highest filly price since the high-flying 1980s; and a final session average of almost $400,000.

E-tote

By Ray Paulick -- Racing is in danger of letting the technology revolution pass it by.

Perfect Match

What may help bring more sponsors to racing's championship event is the impending consolidation of the Breeders' Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

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