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Legal

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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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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Update on legislation to benefit Finger Lakes Race Track

An article on Bloodhorse.com discusses the fact that there is legislation in New York to require Tom Wilmot and Lago Casino to pay monies to Finger Lakes Race Track to make their purse structure whole to 2013 levels as part of  their  requirement to have a casino in Tyre, New York. This is meant to make … Continue reading »

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New York: The Land where a split sample really isn’t a split sample

Ray Paulick in his excellent blog The Paulick Report wrote about the ongoing issue in New York regarding the ability or better yet the inability for those of us representing trainers before the Gaming Commission to obtain split samples of tests that are initially found to be positive. This inequity puts testing in question across … Continue reading »

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Dutrow Appeal Denied

Trainer Rick Dutrow had his request to be heard by the  New York State Court of Appeals denied on Tuesday, October 23rd. The Court in its brief decision declined to hear Dutrow’s case because “no substantial constitutional questions were involved.” This means that part of the Dutrow case is resolved, however there is still the … Continue reading »

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My Thoughts on the Paragallo Conviction

Paragallo Conviction On March 10, thoroughbred horse owner and breeder Ernie Paragallo was convicted of 33 out of 34 counts of animal cruelty in a non jury trial in Greene County, NY. Good for all concerned. Mr. Paragallo owned a farm where over 160 horses were found to have been maltreated in April, 2009. As … Continue reading »

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Do you go to business shows?

This afternoon, I went to the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce annual business networking show. I’ve had people ask, “Why go to these shows?” I am of the mind that it is very important for a solo or small firm lawyer or business owner to attend the show, especially if you can’t or won’t pay the … Continue reading »

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Equine Law: Am I Just Horsing Around?

One of my favorite areas of practice is my equine law specialty. No, I am not just horsing around! Since 1977, my family has owned and raced thoroughbred horses. We have been fortunate enough to race horses throughout North America and presently run horses at Aqueduct. We have raced at tracks from Oaklawn Park to … Continue reading »

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Legal Planning in a Different Economy

When I look around my community, I see a totally new and evolving economic paradigm. Sure there are layoffs everywhere. Circuit City closes and there are 30,000 fewer jobs. Magna may close their local plant eliminating what at its height was 8,000 jobs in the automobile industry. Five years ago, who would have ever thought … Continue reading »

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Law Office Technology Part 2

My last blog post dealt with some basic technology in order for a practice to hit the ground running. We will now discuss certain additional applications to make running an office more seamless as well as effective. As I said previously, Microsoft Outlook is the email calendar and task tool that has the market dominance. … Continue reading »

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