Paulick Report

View From the Eighth Pole: No Horse Racing Commission, No Transparency In Florida

It didn't take long for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. to find the winner's circle after being reinstated at Gulfstream Park by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track's owner, The Stronach Group, which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Calling All Champions

Every January, the Thoroughbred industry honors its best from the previous year by bestowing awards in various categories. The ceremony for the 49th Eclipse Awards takes place next week at Gulfstream... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

When It Comes To Lasix And Federal Legislation, Horse Racing Has Been Here Before

As a new year begins, some racing jurisdictions will begin considering or implementing a furosemide (Lasix) phaseout. In December, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a partial... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January Sale: Quality Road And His Research Grants

The 2020 auction season kicks off at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, and the Paulick Report is once again part of the proceedings with the PR Special. In this issue, bloodstock editor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Practicing What You Preach On Equine Safety

The first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held at Keeneland racetrack in October 2006 and brought together a respected group of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys veterinarians,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Horse Racing’s Moments Of The Year

Each year for the past two decades, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has offered fans the opportunity to choose horse racing's standout moment from the prior year. In this edition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Stocks And Studs: When Thoroughbreds And Investment Funds Mix

When revelations broke in late November that Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the big-spending new ownership group of mysterious origins, had been named in a money laundering case in New York, the racing world... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: American Exceptionalism In The Graded Stakes Process

In December 2018, I suggested the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's American Graded Stakes Committee lacked common sense when it came time to assigning designations to the best races in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Trends From A Decade?

With the calendar having flipped to 2020, the Paulick Report looks back on the last ten years in the horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

David Blee And The Power Of The Mentor

(Editor's note: David Cooper Blee died on Dec. 29 at the age of 66. Among other things, in his professional life he was vice president of Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky., an internationally recognized... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Three Biggest Horse Racing Issues In 2020?

It's fair to say the U.S. horse racing industry wouldn't mind putting 2019 behind it, considering the controversy that plagued the sport throughout the year. And that wish is about to come true, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Commentary: When Considering Racing’s Problems, Ask Yourself What You Can Do To Help

Soon, we will be able to close the book on 2019, and many of us who work in horse racing have never been so happy to see a year end. The start of a new year is often the time for reflection and hopes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

What Did You Read? Top Horse Racing Stories Of 2019

As we prepare to close the book on 2019, it's time for our traditional look back on the most popular stories of the year by traffic. We've done this for four years now (see previous editions of 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: New Whip Rules, Pegasus Changes?

California racing has seen several policy changes this year when it comes to horse racing safety. The latest proposal would restrict the use of riding crops by jockeys during races. In this edition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn't much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Surface Changes?

A horse racing industry that has seen plenty of turmoil in 2019 gathered together this week to share ideas and debate the course for the future. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Making Jockeys Part Of The Solution

Javier Castellano was mad. Not fighting with Calvin Borel mad, but the Hall of Fame jockey was mad enough as he recalled a story from a few years ago that bothers him to this day. Castellano had been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Aftercare Should Not Be An Afterthought: Solutions For The Future

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on the state of Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Depending on the day, working in Thoroughbred aftercare can feel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Emptying The Ocean With A Teaspoon: The Challenges Of Aftercare

This is Part 2 in a three-part series looking back at the last decade's evolution in Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here. It's easy to scroll through the Horse Care or Aftercare news... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

A Decade In, How Are We Doing With Thoroughbred Aftercare?

A decade ago, the word “aftercare” was not part of the industry vernacular when talking about Thoroughbreds leaving the racetrack. There were a handful of nonprofits which had battled the tide of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Commentary: Don’t Concede Higher Moral Ground To Critics Of Horse Racing

As the horses paraded up to the Churchill Downs starting gate last May at the Kentucky Derby, America's greatest horse race, months of eager anticipation gave way to sudden bursts of applause from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Phoenix Thoroughbreds Founder And CEO Named In Money Laundering Case

Amer Abdulaziz Salman, the Dubai-based founder and CEO of the high-flying Phoenix Thoroughbreds fund that has purchased tens of millions of dollars at bloodstock auctions and private sales globally... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

CHRB’s New Chairman: Expect Further Reforms In Medication Policy

“The days of permissive medication are over.” So began the tenure of Dr. Gregory Ferraro, a former racetrack veterinarian and past director of the University of California-Davis veterinary teaching... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Lessons From The Past About Toothless Tigers And Herding Cats

Twenty-five years ago, Brian McGrath was introduced during a luncheon at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan as horse racing's first “commissioner.” Well, maybe not the commissioner for all of horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

What’s Different This Time? Racing History Shows An Evolution Of Attitudes About Fatal Injuries

In 1993, just ahead of that year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park, the Associated Press published a headline that could just as easily have been written this year: “Breeders' Cup officials hoping... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Donna Brothers: PETA Is A Bully

I can no longer remain silent about my love for horses and for horse racing for fear of backlash from PETA and other extremist organizations that claim to be looking out for our horses' welfare.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

A Jockey/Veterinarian’s Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein: ‘I Only Ask That You Recognize The Progress Being Made’

Dear Honorable Senator Feinstein, Thank you for caring so much about our state and having a compassionate ear to listen to each individual need. I wanted to address some of your concerns over the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Confronting The Boogeyman On Auction Radiographs

It's a story as old as radiography itself. An auction prospect comes to the sales grounds with a mild to moderate imperfection on its x-rays, potential buyers flee at the sight of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: A Sport In The Crosshairs

Oct. 27, 1990, was the most somber day I've spent at a racetrack. That was when the New York Racing Association hosted the Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park for the first time on a sunny but cold... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

How Dr. Edward H. Fallon Streamlined The Breeding Season

Advances in knowledge and technology have made the chances of getting a mare pregnant during the breeding season as high as they've ever been, and that efficiency has shaped the breeding industry's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

After PETA Scandal, West Virginia Tracks And Horsemen Making Plans To Institute Necropsy Program By January 2020

West Virginia's racing commissioners reacted with horror and outrage to a series of photos distributed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) several weeks ago, and vowed that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland November Sale: Back In Time With Woodburn Stud

The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale rolls on into Book 2 and the Paulick Report is there with another edition of the PR Special. In this issue, features editor Natalie Voss enters the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mum On Mongolian Groom’s Exam History

If you're looking for details on the veterinary exam history of Breeders' Cup Classic runner Mongolian Groom, who was fatally injured in the Santa Anita stretch on Nov. 2, you're not going to get... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton November Sale: Previewing The Breeding Season With A Look Back

One of the biggest days of trade on the Thoroughbred auction calendar is about to take place at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, and the Paulick Report is on the grounds once again with a jam-packed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

‘A Gun To Our Heads’: California Trainers Struggle With What Lies Ahead

The Sunday morning after the Breeders' Cup dawned over horses working at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., just as they had on Saturday, as they had a year ago, and probably as they had 40 years ago.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Safety Is Paramount

Organizers of the Breeders' Cup World Championships chose to stay at Santa Anita, despite pressure related to a rash of equine fatalities at the track earlier this year. In this edition of The Friday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘It Sent A Chill Through Me’: Remembering The Infamous Breeders’ Cup ‘Fix Six’

At some point during most Breeders' Cup weekends, at least one race will be won by a horse most people threw out. When a longshot sticks a nose in front, no one is happier than the victorious... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

After Masochistic, Breeders’ Cup Out-Of-Competition Testing More Comprehensive Than Ever

When horses load into the gate for this year's Breeders' Cup, it will mark the first time that every single American-based entrant has had at least one out-of-competition test (OOCT) performed before... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Hosts With The Most?

The Breeders' Cup is back at Santa Anita for the 10th time in its history. In fact, the World Championships have gotten quite cozy between California and Kentucky the past dozen years. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: On The Surface, Woodbine Deserves Another Breeders’ Cup

It's been 23 years since the Breeders' Cup was held at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, the first and only time the world championships were conducted outside of the United States. What I remember the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Ten Years Later: How The Stud Book Cap Has Affected Harness Racing

Horse racing is an industry built on using past performance to predict future outcomes, and if The Jockey Club goes through with its proposal to limit stud books to 140 mares bred per season, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

U.S. Horse Racing’s Lack Of Organization, Leadership Magnified During Crisis

Horse racing is in crisis, and not just in California or the United States, where there has been an increased focus on the sport's equine fatalities since Santa Anita Park went through a particularly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Commentary: Illinois Racing Abandoned By Churchill Downs; Regulators Should Hold Company Accountable

The Thoroughbred racing community watched in dismay when Churchill Downs sold California's Hollywood Park to a real estate company that jettisoned live racing and then endeavored, at Calder Race... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Funny Cide Owners ‘Would Love To Get Back To The Derby,’ To Skip Juvenile With 2020 Contender

Rev up the yellow school bus. Sackatoga Stable, whose members famously arrived at Churchill Downs in a yellow school bus to watch their longshot Funny Cide win the 2003 Kentucky Derby, is gearing up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton October Yearlings Sale: A Model For The Jockey Club?

The Paulick Report is on the grounds for the Fasig-Tipton October Yearlings Sale with the latest edition of the PR Special. In this edition, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills adds context to The Jockey... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: A New Breeders’ Cup Era?

While the Breeders' Cup returns to Santa Anita for a record 10th time Nov. 1 and 2, many things will be different about this running of the World Championships. In this edition of The Friday Show,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Industry, Animal Rights Activists React To Photo Of Thoroughbred In West Virginia Landfill

Local law enforcement and horsemen's groups are investigating the presence of a Thoroughbred's body in a landfill near Mountaineer Racetrack and Resort in late September. People for the Ethical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Vet Rebuts Casner: Lasix Use Does Not Compromise A Horse’s Musculoskeletal System

Because Bill Casner has a deserved reputation as a fine owner and breeder of racehorses, I read with interest his article “Studies Show Some Therapeutic Medications Do More Harm Than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful... Read More...

Canadian International News Minute: Who’s The One To Beat?

Saturday marks the 82nd running of the Pattison Canadian International Stakes, anchoring a card at Woodbine Racetrack with a pair of other graded stakes leading up to the feature. In this Paulick... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Will The Preakness Stay Put?

The Stronach Group and the city of Baltimore recently announced a major agreement to overhaul Pimlico Racecourse and keep the Preakness in town for years to come, pending legislative approval. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...