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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.

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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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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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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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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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, 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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