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Contessa: Our Sport Needs A Commissioner

In case you have been a little too busy to notice, the public has completely lost faith in horse racing's ability to maintain transparency through self-rule. It's hard to argue with them. We have an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton October Sale: Price Is Right?

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale, kicking off today in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, Frank... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: New ‘Detection’ Methods?

A trainer in Oklahoma whose horse tested positive for Ritalin is no longer under suspension pending the case against her because she offered to take a polygraph and the stewards agreed and had a lie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

An American In Newmarket: Young Breeder Has His Eye On Competitive Market

Ed Harper, stud director for Whitsbury Manor Stud in southwest England, prides himself on being what Americans call “hungry.” Harper is the third in his family to manage the farm, which stands out on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

An American In Newmarket: Galloping Yearlings And The Veterinary Perspective

As Dr. Mike Shepherd, managing partner at Rossdales, strides down a gravel path at Tattersalls going warp speed, he is struck by how similar Thoroughbred yearling auctions are from a veterinarian's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

An American In Newmarket: In The Shadow Of A Castle, Highclere Yearlings Prepare To Shine At Sale

Flipping through the catalogue for Tattersalls' premier October Sale of yearlings is a slightly different experience than browsing offerings at an American sale. The horses' catalogue pages are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Janney Responds To Pennsylvania Commissioner: ‘There Were Indeed Regulators Asleep On The Job’

Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, has responded to a letter from Russell C. Redding – Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture and chairman of the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

An American In Newmarket: Yearling Sales Across The Pond

The Paulick Report is pleased to introduce a series taking American readers behind the scenes of a yearling sale at Tattersalls in Newmarket, Suffolk, England.  Although many elements of a yearling... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Parx Trainers Subpoenaed By Racing Commission For Financial, Veterinary, Phone Records

The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has begun issuing subpoenas seeking financial, veterinary and telephone records from licensed Thoroughbred trainers at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Pattison Canadian International: Pegasus Redux?

There were quite a few skeptics last year when the Stronach Group unveiled a new $12 million race for which owners would each put up $1 million to fund the purse. But the Pegasus World Cup filled and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Obstruction In Oklahoma?

I don't like it when people try to make a fool out of me. I do a good enough job of that without any help. But that's what the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission staff apparently was trying to do last... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Indiana Grand Diaries: Far More Than A Fraction

Several racetracks around the country have started fractional ownership clubs, which offer people shares of a racehorse at a low, fixed cost without the liability of full ownership. The idea is to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Former United Tote Employee Charged With Extortion; Allegedly Stole Social Security Numbers

A Kentucky man who formerly worked for Churchill Downs Inc.'s bet processing company, United Tote, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on extortion charges. Ethan C. Fey has been charged in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Update On Sept. 16 Remington Park ‘Wrong Horse’ Winner: There Is No Update

The wheels of justice sometimes move slowly in racing, and they often turn under a cloak of secrecy. On Sept. 16 at Remington Park in Oklahoma, a 4-year-old gelding named Collateral Kitten was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Radical Ideas, Rank Rankings?

On last week's episode of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discussed the issue of horse racing's stars skipping the major preps for the Breeders' Cup. This week, they delve into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Stronach: ‘A Lot Of Goodwill From Our Side’ To Improve California Breeding Program

Frank Stronach said the decision to put his family's Adena Springs farm in Paris, Ky., on the market is based on a desire to improve racing in the states where he owns major racetracks. Though he... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Six Takeaways From The 51st Annual IFHA Conference

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities held its 51st annual conference in Paris on Monday with a focus on Thoroughbred aftercare, uniform rules, international wagering, and racetrack... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Crêpes, Kilts, And Horses: A Video Postcard From The Arc

British-trained superstar Enable carried jockey Frankie Dettori to history on Sunday when he picked up his fifth win in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly Racecourse outside Paris.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Grey Stakes, Oct. 1: A ‘Fabulous Day’ For Racing?

The oft-maligned Thoroughbred business has every reason to celebrate a “Let It Ride/Richard Dreyfuss” moment this week. After more than a decade, the industry finally prevailed in its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pennsylvania Racing Commission Chair Calls Janney’s Round Table Remarks ‘Irresponsible’

Russell C. Redding, Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and chairman of the State Horse Racing Commission, has criticized Jockey Club chairman Stuart S. Janney III for what he... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Churchill/Keeneland Gaming Partnership A Poorly Conceived Venture

Kentucky Downs had just concluded a record meet, one that saw more than $8.6 million in purse money paid out to owners over five days of racing exclusively over the European-style turf course.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Handel: We Need To End Slaughter Of American Equines

Throughout history, horses have worked alongside us as companions and partners in work, war and sport; they are living symbols of our nation's spirit. We have the honor and duty to protect them,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Mounting Frustrations?

Things haven't exactly been going smoothly in recent days when it comes to process at the races. A case of mistaken identity led to a mare running in a gelding's place (and winning). A tote freeze-up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Commentary: USTA Lacks Understanding Of Federal Bill

The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) recently issued a statement expressing its opposition to the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 (officially known as H.R. 2651). The bill would lead to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Penny And Secretariat: Dignity, Staying Power, Character And Charm

On the afternoon of May 15, 1972, Americans were glued to their television sets as another assassination attempt played out.  This time it was Alabama Gov. George Wallace, campaigning for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing Integrity’s Newest Threat: Human Designer Drugs?

It's no secret the challenge of post-race drug testing has always been keeping regulators one step ahead of those who use illegal drugs or illegally manipulate medication. But with the advent of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1.4M Carryover: Where’s The Hammer?

It's been a wild ride lately for the seedier side of horse racing. A video that surfaced on the Internet revealed talk of “juice” and bookies. A serial violator of medication rules had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: Commercial Breeding Pioneer

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Keeneland Association in Lexington, Ky., during the annual September... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Voss: What Songbird’s Vet Reports Might Reveal About Racehorse Injuries

When Fox Hill Farm announced the retirement of champion Songbird Aug. 31, owner Rick Porter made the somewhat unconventional decision to post part of the filly's veterinary reports on Facebook to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: Candy Ride’s Argentinian Connection

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Keeneland Association in Lexington, Ky., during the annual September... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: California Safety Initiative A Model To Follow

Racing in California has a lot of problems. In the last 10 years, Bay Meadows near San Francisco and Hollywood Park near Los Angeles have been closed for development. Land on which most racetracks,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: Preakness Winner, Into Mischief

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Keeneland Association in Lexington, Ky., during the annual September... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: Revisiting Farms Of Yesteryear

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Keeneland Association in Lexington, Ky., during the annual September... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1.3M Carryover: We Hardly Knew Ya?

After winning the Allen Jerkens Stakes a couple weeks ago and collecting his third Grade 1 career victory, word came this week that Practical Joke would be retired as a 3-year-old following this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Seabiscuit, Neckties, And The Grey Ghost Of Sagamore: Vanderbilt Was Racing’s Consummate Promoter

Every now and then, when the mood struck him, Alfred G. Vanderbilt Jr. would stop shaving. After a couple of days, he'd pull a hat down over his brow and get dressed without putting on a tie. He'd... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Who Needs A Rollercoaster Ride When You’ve Got Horse Racing?

Things I learned during this topsy turvy summer of racing:  Young Guys Rule: Flavien Prat, 25, won his second consecutive Del Mar summer riding title (he tied with Rafael Bejarano in 2016) and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Remington Park, Paulick Report Team For ‘Let Your Heart Race Trip Giveaway’ To Oklahoma Derby

Remington Park and the Paulick Report are joining forces for the “Let Your Heart Race Trip Giveaway” sweepstakes to give one lucky fan and a guest the opportunity to win a trip to the Oklahoma City... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1.1M Carryover: Anti Rabbit Stew-ards?

In top older horse Gun Runner's last start in the Whitney Stakes, owner Ron Paolucci entered 62-1 longshot Cautious Giant to push the pace and try to set things up for his Loooch Stables mate, War... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

‘A Cop And A Cowboy’: Assistant Trainer Reflects On Luck, Love Of Horses, And Career

For six weeks every summer, Saratoga horsemen live to the rhythm of workouts, races, dinners, meetings, and the beat of Caroline Street. The return to Belmont is always a change of pace. The summer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1M Carryover: Thinking ‘Absolute’?

A judge's recent decision in Kentucky could have far-reaching consequences for horse racing, depending on what happens next. The case involves a medication overage appealed by trainer Graham Motion,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘Holy Cow:’ The Improbable Tale of 1994 Travers Winner Holy Bull

  It was Aug. 20, 1994, a Saratoga day to remember. There was a small field for the 125th running of the Travers Stakes that included Holy Bull, the fan favorite and eventual Horse of the Year,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Breeders’ Stakes At Woodbine: Black Eyes And Foal Crops?

The Thoroughbred racing industry faces some difficult forces, from the recent federal trial in Pennsylvania to negative perceptions about the game's integrity. In this edition of The Friday Show,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Declining Foal Crops Loom Large For Racing

The Jockey Club is projecting a 2018 North American foal crop of 21,500, down from 22,500 in 2017. That's a year-to-year drop of 4.4 percent. It will be the smallest North American foal crop since... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Segs4Vegs Reaches Out To Horse Racing To Assist Disabled Riders

Anne Von Rosen has a new ride, but she'd rather it be on a horse. Her legs paralyzed in a March 11, 2014, spill at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., Von Rosen was in Del Mar, Calif., last week to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Janney On ‘Disgraceful And Sad’ Pennsylvania Events: ‘It Gives All Of Racing A Black Eye’

Following are closing remarks by Stuart S. Janney III, chairman of The Jockey Club, at Sunday's Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. My sense... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Eight Takeaways From The 2017 Jockey Club Round Table

The Jockey Club held its 65th annual Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing on Sunday at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Speakers presented on a variety of topics,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Banke: ‘Craft Our Narrative And Rebuild The Foundation Of Integrity’ Through Federal Legislation

Barbara Banke, owner of Stonestreet Farm and chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, delivered the following remarks in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 at Sunday's Jockey... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton Saratoga NY-Bred Sale: Big, Bad Dynaformer

This PR Special for the second and final session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-Bred Yearling Sale concludes our series, “Exceeding Beyond Expectations,” focusing on influential stallions who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton Saratoga NY-Bred Sale: Storm Cat’s Rise And Influence On The Breed

This PR Special for the first session of the two-night Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-Bred Yearling Sale chronicles the career of Storm Cat, who has had a major influence on the Thoroughbred breed,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Second City And Takeout Blues?

This weekend marks the 35th running of the Arlington Million in Chicago, always one of the highlights on the racing calendar. But the Illinois racing industry is currently in such dire straits, it's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...