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Horse Racing

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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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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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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The Case For the Travers

On Sunday, American Pharoah won the Haskell Stakes in an easy fashion. The horse barely broke a sweat and did not appear winded after the race. The case must now be made why American Pharoah should run again against three year olds, as opposed to waiting for older horses and specifically why running  in the … 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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Triple Crown letter to my parents

Dear Mom and Dad,   Well, it finally happened! After 37 years and 12 unsuccessful attempts many of which we watched together, the Triple Crown was won on Saturday. As with most things in my life, it has taken a few days to digest what I saw and what (if anything) it means for horse … Continue reading »

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Belmont attendee or Batman . . .you be the judge

I want to start things off by saying being at Belmont Park for American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown was an incredible experience. It sent chills down my spine listening to 90,000 all screaming for the same thing and getting what they asked for. This horse is a fantastic animal and his performance proved it. … Continue reading »

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