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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Thinking Green?

The Eclipse Awards ceremony to honor accomplishments from 2017 takes place next week at Gulfstream Park, and while there isn't much drama when it comes to the major awards, there are some things to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Memorializing A Racing Legend – The JVB Way

Last Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs, Ark., opened its doors to a steady flow of family and friends of John Charles “Jack” Van Berg. The reception area was filled with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Redesigning The Future?

A visit to most of the newer Major League Baseball stadiums is a vastly different experience than it once was, thanks to a rethinking of the location and design of modern ballparks. Is horse racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January: Young Sire First Foals

Today, the Paulick Report offers a second print edition available here and on the grounds at Keeneland, where the January Horses of All Ages Sale continues. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Faraway Farm

The lasting legacy of Faraway Farm is certainly its time as home to the great Man o' War, who lived on the property off Russell Cave Road north of Lexington, Ky. The land's history goes beyond the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January: American Pharoah’s First Yearlings

The Paulick Report in once again pleased to offer a special print publication available here and on the grounds at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January: American Pharoah’s First Yearlings

The Paulick Report in once again pleased to offer a special print publication available here and on the grounds at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Shuback: Foreign Invasion Creates Troubled Times For French Racing

The death last month of the Marquise de Moratalla, for decades one of France's leading breeder/owners, prompted her longtime trainer, the recently retired Francois Doumen, to remark that “she was the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Hamburg Place

This profile continues our Kentucky Farm Time Capsule series. Find previous editions on Elmendorf here and Mereworth here. These days, “Hamburg” is the place Lexington residents go to get a bite for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Sorry, Wrong Number: Turf Paradise Ending Telephone Wagering

Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., is pulling the plug on telephone wagering less than three years after the outdated service went into effect. A statement on the Turf Paradise website said:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful... Read More...

Claimers: ‘A Lot Of People Care’ About Welfare Of Racing’s Working Class Horses

This is our fourth and final installment in the Claimers series. Find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. Behind the veil of a blue and white checker pattern, Twitter user @NotCloudyAllDay... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Integrity Of The Sport?

It seems to be an annual query for the Thoroughbred racing industry as the current year wanes — what is the top priority for next year? In a recent poll at the Paulick Report, readers gave a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Claimers: Trainers ‘Have to Have Ice Water In Your Veins’ To Drop A Claim

This is the third in a four-part series on claiming racing. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. If it weren't already a well-established concept in American racing, the premise of the claiming game... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

What Did You Read? Top Stories Of 2017

As 2017 winds down, it's time to take a look back at the most popular stories of the year, per Paulick Report tradition. This year's group is a diverse one, with readers following some of the legal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Claimers: The Rules Governing The Game

Like anything else in horse racing, the rules of the claiming game can be difficult to follow for an outsider. As with drug regulation, the rules governing claiming can be different depending upon... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Claimers: Examining The Business That Is Racing’s Bread And Butter

For much of the country, horse racing is the first Saturday in May or the first weekend in October, with millions of dollars in Thoroughbred muscle jogging before a national television audience.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Though Times Have Changed, Santa Anita Opening Day Remains Special

During the nine years I lived in Southern California from 1979-‘88, Christmas took on a uniquely special meaning. It had nothing to do with the neatly-wrapped presents under the tree or a visit from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Wild And Crazy Predictions For 2018

‘Tis the season for New Year's predictions, but it's always difficult to make accurate ones. Instead, the guys on The Friday Show make prognostications that are unlikely to take place but are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Lamoreaux: When Sales Were Showtime – Remembering Tom Gentry

Right about this time of year, around these parts, when the first snow flurry flies past the ears, thoughts turn to “the list.”  It came into this reporter's life many moons ago when my CBS colleague... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Mereworth Farm

This week, we continue our series exploring the history behind some of racing's most famous farm/racing stable names. Last week, we studied the background of Elmendorf Farm, which occupied several... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

‘Different Mindset’: British Vets Question Volume Of Therapeutic Drugs Used In American Racing

This is the third and final piece in a three-part series on British medication use and regulation. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. In the course of his usual morning rounds to the training yards... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: What Now For California Racing?

It's been one of the most devastating weeks one can imagine for horse racing, in particular, California's equine industry. The massive outpouring of support and assistance in recent days reminds us... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

‘No Desire To Run On Lasix’: British Trainers Rely On Minimalistic Medication Regimens

This is the second in a three-part series examining differences in medication policy and use in Great Britain versus the United States. See Part 1 here. When medication reform is discussed in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Across The Pond: How Does British Racing Regulate Drugs?

This is the first in a series of three articles comparing and contrasting medication use and regulation in Britain with those in the United States. We will examine the differences between the systems... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Sexual Harassment In Racing And Why The Industry Is Not Ready For ‘Silence Breakers’

In the broader news world, every morning seems to bring a new name of a high-profile man accused of sexual harassment or assault, followed by (sometimes) swift removal of Hollywood stars, producers,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Elmendorf Farm

In the world of Thoroughbred breeding, the same names come up again and again, whether as roots or as branches in the family trees of top racehorses. The same is true of farm names, which often crop... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: High Altitude?

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the wildfires ravaging Southern California, specifically San Luis Rey Downs, a situation we will continue to monitor. Elsewhere, racing goes on and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Clasico Del Caribe News Minute: Post Positions And Language Lessons

Like the Pegasus World Cup, the Clasico del Caribe will be contested at the 1 1/8-mile distance over the dirt surface at Gulfstream Park. History has shown that post positions are crucial. Today,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Shock And Awe At Hollywood Park: December 7, 1997

The date of December 7 is my signpost for both of two powerful psychological responses to witnessed events. Shock and awe are two of the few emotions that immerse us in the present moment while... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Clasico Del Caribe News Minute: Rivalry And Jubilation

Gulfstream Park is pulling out all the stops this weekend to make the Clasico del Caribe as authentic as possible, with the venerable and prestigious event being hosted in the U.S. for the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Clasico Del Caribe News Minute: Latin America’s ‘Breeders’ Cup’ Comes To U.S.

This week marks the 50th running of the Clasico del Caribe, a race for top 3-year-olds in the Caribbean region of Latin America. For the first time ever, it's being held in the United States. Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

From Newmarket: Digging Up Pot8os

To a visiting American, everything in England is old. A walk around Newmarket affords views of horses working over the same ground that has supported champion Thoroughbreds for hundreds of years,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

#WeStandWithLiam: Hall Of Famer Velazquez Takes A Stand Against Bullying

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez is collaborating with the New York Racing Association in an effort to promote awareness about the effects of bullying. On Saturday at Aqueduct, the day of the Grade... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Freezing Out The Form?

The Paulick Report recently reported that Churchill Downs Inc. has stopped selling the venerable Daily Racing Form print editions at its racetrack in Louisville and at Fair Grounds in New Orleans. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Lawsuit Against Racetrack, Horse Welfare Advocate Over Slaughter Ban

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in 2013 by a family-operated racing stable against Thistledown racetrack, the Ohio State Racing Commission, various officials and an animal welfare... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Munnings Exhibit In Newmarket Shows Fervor Of A Great Artist

Sir Alfred Munnings simply could not stop sketching. Racing programs, menus, backs of envelopes, margins of letters were all fair game for a few strokes of his pencil or pen. He had sketchbooks, of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Munnings Exhibit In Newmarket Shows Fervor Of A Great Artist

Sir Alfred Munnings simply could not stop sketching. Racing programs, menus, backs of envelopes, margins of letters were all fair game for a few strokes of his pencil or pen. He had sketchbooks, of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Munnings Exhibit In Newmarket Shows Fervor Of A Great Artist

Sir Alfred Munnings simply could not stop sketching. Racing programs, menus, backs of envelopes, margins of letters were all fair game for a few strokes of his pencil or pen. He had sketchbooks, of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Churchill Downs Bans Daily Racing Form On-Track Sales; Launches Rival Product

Management of Churchill Downs and Daily Racing Form – two iconic racing institutions that date back to the 1800s – apparently will not be sitting down together for a Thanksgiving Dinner. The two... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: The 2nd Annual Paulick Report Turkey Awards

The Friday Show comes early this week, with the Thanksgiving holiday upon us. And in the spirit of the season, we are pleased to present the 2nd annual Paulick Report Turkey Awards. In case you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Information Please?

Jockey Roman Chapa has pleaded guilty to criminal charges of making false statements in a case involving the alleged use of an illegal device on a racehorse. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

500 Christmas Smiles: BGFC Fundraising To Provide Holiday Gifts To Farm Workers’ Children

Central Kentucky's Thoroughbred farm workers are still responsible for their equine charges all throughout the upcoming holiday season. Blue Grass Farms Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Cot Campbell: Less Racing, But More Partners?

There is no question that when one “gets along in years” one tends to think that the good old days were better. I am definitely along in years, and I am pretty damned sure many things... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Lessons From Old Del Mar?

Hosting a Breeders' Cup at a new venue always brings some trepidation, but the racing industry has just completed the task twice in the last three years — Keeneland in 2015 and Del Mar this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland November: ‘The Fly On The Wall’

The Paulick Report offers a second special print publication for the Keeneland November Sale, available here and on the sales grounds in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, we learn... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: A Classic Case Of Redemption

Steve Asmussen can be wound a little tight now and then, but the good vibrations he was putting out in the days leading up to the Breeders' Cup championships at Del Mar were as laid-back and cool as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland November: Honor Code Attracts Attention

The Paulick Report once again offers a special print publication for the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins Tuesday in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, we re-enter... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton November: Returning To Faraway Times

The Fasig-Tipton November Sale kicks off today in Lexington, Ky., and the Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a print publication available here and on the sales grounds. In this edition of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: The Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Edition

The wait is no more. Today's the start of the 34th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, taking place for the first time Where the Turf Meets the Surf at old Del Mar. In this special... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Ray’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Travel Guide: Final Thoughts

Hope the last few installments of my Del Mar Breeders' Cup Travel Guide have helped some out-of-towners decide what to do with any spare time they have and where to find good food in an unpretentious... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...