Answer: They’ve had the temerity to question What’s Going On? at The Blood-Horse.
“Wait … so are you warning me that I’m destined for banishment to the Gulag?” Glenn asked me recently.
My reply was: “to that exact archipelago… where you’ll join thousands like yourself and ask the question: Who does he think he is?”
He = The Blood-Horse publisher = Stacy Bearse.
Glenn wrote about Stacy: “. . .considering Paulick’s site is garnering thousands of user visits daily and cashing a few precious racing industry ad dollars in a weak economy (a huge concern of Bearse’s), in part by linking to Blood-Horse content, the frustration of Paulick’s ex-boss is practically palpable. And Bearse when prodded is known to be a loose cannon at the keyboard.”
Loose cannon, indeed! Stacy wrote about Ray:
You wrote a truly shitty column on your alma mater, Crack Pipe. As usual, you got your facts all wrong (Purple Haze?). The more you embarrass yourself with this type of drivel, the more I realize the tragedy of a life and career wasted.
Ray published the above in his Paulickreport.com.
Jack, who was called a “Jackass” by Stacy, in 1997, is the owner of eNicks. Stacy, who’s been after Werk for years, has taken a position in TrueNicks for Bloodhorse Publications, to compete against Jack. First step was to ban Jack’s advertising in his publications.
Jack wrote in his blog in April: “Now, I know they don’t like me calling it ‘The Blood-Horse nick rating system,’ but there’s a reason why I do that, and it’s part of the story. When Blood-Horse Publications and partners launched their nick rating system in 2008, The Blood-Horse immediately began refusing my company’s advertising without advance notice after having solicited my business during the previous two decades.”
What makes Stacy particularly powerful is the backing of big shots at TOBA, which owns The Blood-Horse. These guys can make things happen, if they happen not to like you. And it looks like, for the moment, they still like Stacy.
That’s trouble for Ray, Glenn, and Jack.