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Tagged With: Engel

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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Why I Love Saratoga

I have been going to Saratoga for the racing season every year since 1977, this year will be no exception. When I started attending the track, I was merely a child, however I was captivated by both the town and the track. Almost 40 years later, nothing has changed and the excitement in the pit … Continue reading »

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New Alliance for New York: Here is one hope that it works

A group of New York stakeholders in horse racing announced on February 6th that an alliance of industry groups is being formed to be able to meet with the leaders in Albany to protect the industry from the advances of casino gaming. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he wants to put a full casino on the … Continue reading »

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TRF: Good work being done

On Wednesday, Joe Drape wrote an article in the New York Times highlighting the alleged difficulties of the Thoroughbred Retirement Fund. In the article, Drape claims that TRF has not taken care of the horses that are under its care and has run at a financial deficit for the last two years. I have no … Continue reading »

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Secretariat The Movie: Truth is better than Fiction

hoping to be entertained and to some degree have the ability to teach my kids about the greatest race horse I saw in my lifetime. I was disappointed. Disney took a great story as evidenced by Bill Nack’s wonderful book, and made it schmaltzy. Let’s start at the begining. In reality, Penny Chenery Tweedy was … Continue reading »

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Will NY ever get a VLT provider?

Today’s Saratogian has a wonderful article about the flaws in the process for awarding a video lottery terminal (VLT) p;rovider for Aqueduct Race Track. It continues to look less likely that New York will have a VLT operator anytime soon. This is problematic because the New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has done an audit this … Continue reading »

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Desormeaux Fails Breath Test

According to, jockey Kent Desormeaux was taken off his mount Hold Me Back in yesterday’s Domnion Day Handicap at Woodbine because he failed a required breath test prior to riding the Bill Mott trained horse. While this potentially cost Desormeaux purse money, as Hold Me Back won the race, that is truly immaterial. Racing … 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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Kentucky Derby 2009

For me, this weekend is the Superbowl, the Daytona 500 and the World Series all wrapped into one package. This weekend is the 135th Kentucky Derby. For as long as I can remember, my family gathered around and watched the Derby, we would analyze the race and determine which horse we liked. It is something … 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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