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Author Archives: Todd Engel

About Todd Engel

I am an attorney and thoroughbred horse owner. I have a practice dealing in civil litigation, estate planning, business development and equine law.

Loudmouth Racing: Fairytales Do Come True

  This story starts in the middle of May, shortly after the Kentucky Derby. I received a telephone call from a prospective client wanting to discuss starting a new racing partnership. As part of my equine law practice, this is not uncommon.   We discussed the potential venture. During the conversation, we talked about the … Continue reading »

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Whoa Cuomo: What is the movement?

Throughout Saratoga opening weekend there were signs posted in front yards and on a billboard on 87N near the exit for the racetrack.  These signs all said Whoa Cuomo. They line Union Avenue. They are on store windows on Broadway. The question is what is why Cuomo and why is Saratoga, a summertime resort, focused … Continue reading »

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Two Year Old in Training Sales are begining

This week, the two year old in training sales begin. The first sale of the season is the Fasig Tipton Florida Sale. For many buyers, the two year old sales offer a prime opportunity to purchase a new horse. The sales bring horses that have had the opportunity to grow and develp from the yearling … Continue reading »

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Gaming Commission makes sweeping changes to drug policy

The New York State Gaming Commission made significant changes to the drug policy for race horses on Monday November 23, 2015.  According to a press release  issued after their meeting today, an investigation into trainer medication was undertaken subsequent to a PETA investigation into trainer Steve Asmussen’s practices. The commission as part of its investigation handed … Continue reading »

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Draft Kings and Fan Duel barred from New York: Justifiable protection or stepping out of bounds?

On Tuesday November 10th, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneirderman sent a cease and desist order to two highly prominent daily fantasy sites: Fan Duel and Draft Kings.  According to the New York Times , the attorney general has determined that people who participate in daily fantasy games on this site are gambling. Interestingly, the … Continue reading »

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Runhappy saga: How a feel good story has turned to a Court battle.

At the outset, I want to be clear, I do not practice in the state of Kentucky. I cannot therefore make any assumptions or statements on Kentucky Law or how it would apply in whatI am going to write. That is for Kentucky lawyers to fight and for the Courts in the Commonweath to decide. … Continue reading »

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Grand Slam or not Grand Slam?

On Saturday, American Pharoah will be the first horse to ever have the opportunity to combine a Triple Crown with a Breeder’s Cup championship. This is because American Pharoah is the first horse to have this opportunity since the last Triple Crown winner was before the Breeder’s Cup was even developed. Those marketing this potential … Continue reading »

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OTB in New York, has it’s time passed?

The Daily Racing Form has an article on the New York Comptroller’s audit regarding Off Track Betting (OTB) in New York. Among its findings, the Comptroller reported that there was a decline in handle from 2009 to 2013 of 19%. This decline in handle does not necessarily mean that there is a corresponding decline in … Continue reading »

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Saratoga 2015: One for the ages

When one practices in equine law, it is important to be present during one of the (and in my view the) major racing meets of the calendar year. That would be the just concluded Saratoga 2015 meet. This meet was one for the ages for many reasons; both personally and professionally. I am beyond grateful … Continue reading »

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No Shame for American Pharoah

Let me be clear .. . Keen Ice won the Travers on Saturday and that is a good thing for thoroughbred racing. Yes, I said it  . . .being an unabashed American Pharoah fan does not diminish my respect and understanding for Keen Ice, Donegal Racing, Dale Romans and Javier Castellano. American Pharoah does not … Continue reading »

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