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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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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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Cuomo continues to take aim at racing

On October 18, 2012, the State of New York used its legislative muscle to force the New York Racing Association (NYRA) into a franchise reorganization. This government takeover was done legislatively in an attempt to remedy certain financial difficulties that NYRA wen through, including a bankruptcy. In addition to having a franchise oversight committee and … Continue reading »

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Saratoga: The Anticipation

  Friday will begin my 38th consecutive year spent at Saratoga Springs, New York. For each of these years, I have spent some or all of the racing season at Saratoga Race Track; not betting on each race, but enjoying the competition that the best of racing has to offer.   The start of each … Continue reading »

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Overtime Laws Apply to Trainers

Ray Paulick has a wonderfully written piece on the issues of labor law for trainers. The key take away for trainers is this; grooms, exercise riders, hot walkers are all non-exempt hourly employees. These employees are required under Federal Labor Law to be paid overtime if they work beyond 4o hours a week. Additionally the … Continue reading »

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Monster Sponsors American Pharoah

It was announced by ESPN that American Pharoah will be sponsored by Monster energy drinks. What this means is that the cooling blanket used in the paddock before the race and on the walkover will have the Monster label on it. That is not  such a big deal, and surely worth some revenue. However there is … Continue reading »

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Jockeys should be part of the fabric of Saratoga

On May 28, 2015, there was a public hearing in Saratoga with respect to proposed renovations to Saratoga Race Course. The full plan can be accessed here. The plan offers some very positive proposals. For instance, there is the proposal to build a three story enclosed luxury dining facility where the existing At the Rail … Continue reading »

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American Pharoah to stand stud at Ashford Stud

According to Bloodhorse.com, Zayat Stables owner Ahmed Zayat announced that Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah will be standing stud at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky after he completes his racing career. This will be, according to the article, following this three year old campaign. Selling a successful stallion is one of the more … Continue reading »

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Thoughts on Be Bullish

On May 17th in the 3rd race at Belmont Park, the 10 year old gelding, Be Bullish ran what would become his final race. It was an otherwise nondescript $16,000 claimin race held in the middle of the card on a Sunday afternoon. There were no expectations of large amounts wagered; few fans intrigued by … Continue reading »

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