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Syracuse

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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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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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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Fasig Tipton begins tonight

The annual Fasig Tipton sale begins this evening. This is one of the preeminent yearling sales of the year. For owners, trainers and bloodstock agents it, along with Keenland’s September sale, is the place where the best horses are sold. For the locals and those of us without deep pockets to spend on horses, it … Continue reading »

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Finger Lakes To Sue State Over Casino Siting

According to the Daily Racing Form, Delaware North the owner of Finger Lakes Race Track in Canandaigua, New York is suing New York State to bar awarding one of four casino licenses available in New York.  My question is what took so long? When the siting committee made its announcement of the proposed casino locations … Continue reading »

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RIP Cigar.

In 1995, Cigar was the ultimate horse, going undefeated that season. His Breeder’s Cup Race still sends chills down my spine and is one of my favorite Tom Durkin race calls. RIP Cigar you were definitely the champions champion.

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Kentucky Derby Party, 2013

We had a great time at the Derby Party this year! Many thanks to all who came.

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Opening Day at Saratoga

My 35th consecutive opening day brings back lots of memories for me. It is a time for me to reflect and to represent the memory of my parents who loved this place so very much. This is a life lesson essay, not legal but personal. When in Saratoga, I follow certain rituals that they both … Continue reading »

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Belmont Weekend 2012

  Belmont Stakes Weekend, 2012: The Highs, Lows, and Everything In Between I had the wonderful opportunity to spend Friday afternoon and Saturday celebrating the Belmont Stakes on Long Island at Belmont Park and in New York City Friday night. There are significant highs and lows to any racing trip, usually reserved for the handicapping, … Continue reading »

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