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Next For Pharoah’s Connections: Seeking Money Or Legacy?

What next? What next? American Pharoah had barely slowed to a walk after his dominating triumph in Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park when the questions began for the Triple Crown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: ‘I’m Talking Haskell, That’s It’

Trainer Bob Baffert didn’t mince words this week when asked about what’s next for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. He only wanted to talk about one thing. “I’m talking Haskell.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Empire State: Equine Support Businesses Booming But Still Room For Growth

Part of the purpose behind any state’s Thoroughbred development fund is to bring new commerce into the area, and of course, a horse’s economic impact doesn’t stop at its board bill. Everything from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Louisiana Race Fixing Case Latest Black Mark On Sport’s Integrity

If Billy Patin, Joseph Patin Jr. and LeSean Conyers are found guilty of attempting to fix a June 19 horse race at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, they should pay a heavy price, both in the criminal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Empire State: ‘Racing Makes More Sense’ But Challenges Lie Ahead

We’ve shown you how large purses and incentives in New York have changed the dynamics of the state’s Thoroughbred breeding industry and given farms a brighter outlook on the future. The impact of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Carrico: Racing Needs To Reinvent ‘Losing Proposition’ Of Pari-Mutuel Betting

David E. Carrico spent more than 20 years in the Thoroughbred racing industry from 1983 through 2004, 16 years in track operations and five on the television/ADW side. I was intoxicated with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f... Read More...

Probe Into Cleveland Junkyard Owner With Mob Ties Includes Horse Racing Allegations

Prosecutors in Cleveland, Ohio, aren’t providing any details, but last week’s arrest of junkyard owner Carmine Agnello – said by one official to be a “made member of the Gambino crime family out of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Class 1 Finding From Indiana Audit Raises Questions About Testing Uniformity

When the Indiana Horse Racing Commission completed an audit of Truesdail Laboratories’ post-race testing performance, officials discovered missed overages for several substances, and one of them... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Where Have All The Good Ones Gone?

Anyone who knows the sport of horse racing understands that it can be an unpredictable and unforgiving business. That’s become all too clear in 2015. The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years took... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Empire State: New York Breeders Make A Brand New Start Of It

When New York’s Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund was established in 1973, its goal was to expand the state’s green space by way of creating more horse farms. Take a drive Upstate, and you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Getting It Wrong’ On Labor Law Can Prove Costly For Horsemen

Trainer Steve Asmussen found himself in hot water at the end of June when the United States Department of Labor brought suit against him for the second time in three years. The department alleges... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Time For Arlington, Illinois Horsemen To Settle Differences

When I first started going to the races at Arlington Park in 1977, overnight purses averaged $77,000 a day. Doesn’t sound like much, but that’s over $300,000 in 2015 dollars after being adjusted for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Zombies, Zebras, And Chicago Blues

We’ve seen in recent years how wildly the health of the horse racing industry can vary from state to state. Nowhere is that more evident right now than with neighboring jurisdictions in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ten Takeaways From The Welfare and Safety Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation held its sixth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit July 8. It was a lot of information packed into an eight-hour day. Here are a few takeaways from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special July Sale: Spotlight On Pharoah’s Sire, Pioneerof the Nile

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds at the Fasig-Tipton July Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Empire State: New York Breeding Goes From ‘Darkest Days’ To Banner Year

Jeff Cannizzo became executive director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. at the worst possible moment. Or perhaps it was just the right time. Depends on how you look at it. When he took the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Court Rules Against Keeneland, Van Berg In Money Transfer Case

A lawsuit involving a Greek immigrant, the Keeneland Association and a Hall of Fame trainer came to a close July 2 when a Fayette Circuit Court judge ruled after a two-day bench trial in April that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Casner: Federal Legislation Presents Opportunity For Salvation

As I read the June 9 article, “American Pharoah offers a Carpe Diem Moment for Racing,” I reflected on the 37 years since we last saw a Triple Crown winner. Horse racing has gone through many changes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Brian Swatuk’s Royal Ride Through Life

Thirty-six years ago, the rains fell in torrents upon Woodbine on Queen’s Plate day. Pity. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was in attendance, resplendent in a blue floral suit and proper little... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Forego: ‘He Just Knew Where The Wire Was’

They’re running the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park this Fourth of July. It is a classic that has been staged almost every year since 1884. Some of the great names in racing have worn its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Empire State: An Intriguing History Of The New York Thoroughbred

The Paulick Report is headed to New York this summer, as we launch a new series about the Thoroughbred industry in the Empire State. We’ll be delving into recent developments that have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Asmussen Sued By U.S. Department Of Labor

For the second time in three years, trainer Steve Asmussen has been sued by the United States Department of Labor for allegedly failing to adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, namely not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show: Strange Bedfellows, Pharoah Vs LeBron?

It didn’t make many waves when it was announced a while back, but some folks in the racing biz have started asking why the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup are joining with a high-profile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Wesley Ward On Royal Ascot: ‘You’ve Got To Bring Your Best’

Trainer Wesley Ward had a topsy-turvy week at Royal Ascot in England. On Wednesday he sent out the Scat Daddy filly Acapulco – a $750,000 purchase from the McKathan Brothers consignment at the OBS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

An Unlikely Ally? Getting To Know The Humane Society Of The United States

The announcement last month that the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup would join forces with the Humane Society of the United States to back a federal anti-doping bill was a surprise to some in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse Co-Owned by Ruidoso’s Hubbard Among Four Testing Positive For Clenbuterol

Lilly Is First, winner of the $337,186 Mountain Top New Mexico Quarter Horse Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on June 13, tested positive for clenbuterol while qualifying for the race in a futurity trial at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Indiana Judge Upholds Norris Suspension, Citing ‘Repeated Lies And Deceptive Acts’

An administrative law judge has upheld the recommendation by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission that a three-year suspension and $15,000 fine be imposed against trainer Mike Norris, who had five... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘If You Came For The Horses, It’s A Great Time To Be Alive’

I believe there are two things that bring people through the gates of a racetrack for the first time: horses, or people. If you came for the horses, it’s a great time to be alive. At American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Lifting Curses, Stamping History?

The American public may have started moving on to other things following American Pharoah’s historic achievement, but for the horse racing industry, there’s still a lot to consider since... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Coming To A Simulcast Screen Near You: Hipodromo De Las Americas

Triple Crown fever didn’t end with American Pharoah’s triumphant Belmont Stakes on June 6. At least not for all North American racing fans. On Saturday at the Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Extra, Extra: Changing Face Of Media In Triple Crown History

It seems as if the national and trade media have gone out of their way since American Pharoah’s Belmont victory to capture every bath shot and describe every carrot consumption of the newly-minted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Voice From The Farm: Why American Pharoah’s Victory ‘Meant So Much’

American Pharoah spent his formative months in my backyard. My boyfriend and I live on the property where he was raised from a young foal to a weanling, although now the farm is under new ownership.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Knowledge And Passion Have Been A Winning Combination For Haskin

Steve Haskin resigned from his position as senior correspondent from Blood-Horse on Monday, ending a popular and productive 17-year run as the magazine and website’s lead writer on Triple Crown races... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Goffs London Sale: From Afternoon Tea To Owning A Royal Ascot Runner

If we really do live in an instant-gratification society, what could be more instantly gratifying than buying a Thoroughbred racehorse on a Monday and then watching it run in what is perhaps the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show: What Next For Racing, Triple Crown Winner?

One thing that will be missing in next year’s Triple Crown races is that overwhelming sense of historical anticipation that’s been woven into the series for many years. The moment is now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Protecting A Legend: Insurance Costs Behind A Triple Crown Winner

As American Pharoah rests in his stall at Churchill Downs, recovering from his Triple Crown victory, his connections will be mapping out the horse’s next moves. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah Offers A Carpe Diem Moment For Racing

Two out of three readers who voted in this week’s Paulick Report poll believe American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph will help create new racing fans. Between the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah Completes Triple Crown Sweep

It’s over. horse racing’s 37-year affair with frustration has ended. American Pharoah, owned and bred by Zayat Stables and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, lit up Belmont Park with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Never A Dull Moment In Bid For Triple Crown

With one of the toughest feats in all of sports at stake, you’d think the tension on the racetrack would be enough, but that’s rarely the case with horse racing’s top honor. Human... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Being Todd Pletcher: A Day Behind The Scenes

Trainer Todd Pletcher has taken plenty of ribbing about his 1 for 43 record in the Kentucky Derby, but it’s only because he’s been so successful everywhere else in the sport. The winner of a record... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mitchell To Retire As General Manager Of Juddmonte Farms

Philip Mitchell will step down from his post as general manager of Juddmonte Farms later this year. He will spend the next six months working closely with his team at Juddmonte to ensure a smooth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

When The Cheaters Get It Wrong: Cobalt Latest In A List Of Misestimations

The horse is a complex creature; so complex that even to those looking to give him a chemical boost, he can remain a mystery. Last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council focused... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Change Needed In New York’s Drug Testing Policy

The New York State Gaming Commission was none too happy with a Natalie Voss article published in the Paulick Report earlier this year calling into question the state’s drug testing program under Dr.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jockey Hernandez-Ortega’s License Revoked After Botched Parx Racing Investigation

The Keystone Cops, otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, botched another one. Sixteen days after racing commission employees took jockey Angel Castillo off his mounts at Parx... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Strange Things Happen In The Belmont

With the Triple Crown vacant since 1978, it obviously takes a rare combination of horse, connections, and circumstances to pull off one of the most difficult feats in sports. In addition to the grind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Baffert’s Horse Sense: ‘They Can’t Talk To Us’

It’s Belmont time again. On American Pharoah rest the hopes and prayers of every tired soul who wants to see this Triple Crown jinx finally end after 37 years. Heck, that seems like eons, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside the North American Racing Academy: Final Exams

Early May brings with it warm breezes across the gallop field at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. The grass has grown so long that North American Racing Academy executive director Remi... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Zayat Says Lawsuit Claiming He Owes Offshore Bookmaker $1.65 Million ‘Meritless’

Ahmed Zayat, owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, is fighting a lawsuit filed last year by a former “recruiter” for offshore bookmakers who says Zayat failed to pay a $1.65... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Indiana Ousts Widely-Used Drug Testing Lab For ‘Continued Failure To Detect Substances’

Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company’s equine drug testing contract after... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...