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The Friday Show: Derby Angles And Memories, A Letter From Afar

With the Kentucky Derby just two short weeks away and the field almost set, it’s time to think about how to dissect what appears to be one of the stronger fields in recent memory. Speaking of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mott Goes To The Mat For Assistant Denied Immigration Visa

A U.S. District Court judge handed down a decision last week in a case brought by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott against government officials related to an employee’s visa denial. Judge Reggie Walton... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Tricks Of The Trade: How EPO Used For Blood-Doping A Horse

Erythropoietin is a hormone produced naturally by the kidney that helps regulate the production of red blood cells. Epogen is a drug developed by scientists in the 1980s to treat human diseases like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick Report’s Jagow Wins Sovereign Award For ‘Woodbine Diaries’

Scott Jagow, editor-in-chief of the Paulick Report, was among those honored Friday night at the 40th annual Sovereign Awards, held at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto on the eve of the opening of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: On Derby Points, Speed Figures, And Stronach’s Vision

Saturday’s the final opportunity for Kentucky Derby contenders to grab points they might need to get into this year’s field of 20. In this third year of the Road to the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Payson Park: South Florida’s ‘Club Med’ For Horses

With spring in full swing, some of horse racing’s top runners are just beginning to flex their muscles in their first few starts or workouts of the year. Many of the sport’s top... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women In Racing: Racing’s Adventuress

It can never be said that Virginia Kraft Payson is a passive observer of sports she loves. Race fans know her as the owner of Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., as well as breeder of G1 Breeders’ Cup... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Slumps, Speed, And Perfection: Challenges Loom For Derby Contenders

Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Florida Derby winner Materiality don’t know that only seven of 24 horses who came to the Kentucky Derby with perfect records left Churchill Downs still unbeaten.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Malaise, Royal Dissension?

The 141st Run for the Roses should be a lot clearer after this weekend, which features three of the final four major prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. It’s a last chance to gauge... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Testing Times

The mood in the Thoroughbred Center’s Barn 30, like in many college libraries and coffee shops in mid-March, is decidedly more anxious than usual. It’s the second day of midterms for the nine... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RMTC: Cobalt Data Analysis Has Been Problematic

The following is a response to a column by Ray Paulick earlier this week concerning the approval of a threshold level for cobalt by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium: The Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Standing MRI Can Signal Breakdowns Before They Happen

Regulators have spent a lot of time drafting, editing, and implementing industry reforms with the goal of reducing the rate of fatal breakdowns in Thoroughbred racing. The challenge for many has been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

American Racing’s Slow-Moving War on Cobalt

The story of the tortoise and the hare is a fable – a fictitious race between a turtle and a rabbit that ends with a determined and purposeful tortoise beating a fleet-footed but over-confident... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derbies And Rainbows, On The Scene At Gulfstream

It’s one of the biggest weekends on the racing calendar, featuring the Florida Derby, the Louisiana Derby, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup, where Horse of the Year California Chrome is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Strongest Sale In Years’: Expansion Works For OBS March

Several factors contributed to the strength of the 2-year-old market at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s expanded March auction in Ocala, Fla., last week. First and foremost, there was a deep pool of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Warm Ups And Cool Downs

Piloting 1,200 pounds of fire-breathing horseflesh takes more than a gentle hand and good instincts—it requires an athlete. Jockeys are recognized, pound for pound, as some of the strongest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day 2: A Sales Legend, Speightstown, And Itsmyluckyday

The OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training resumes Wednesday in Ocala, Fla., and the Paulick Report is once again on-site to distribute a special print publication for sale-goers, also available... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day 1: Injury Rates For Sale-Prepped Juveniles?

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer its special print edition on the grounds during this week’s OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in Ocala, Fla. In today’s edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York’s Drug Testing Program Has Its Own ‘Style’

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Attorney Drew Mollica repeated the phrase, utterly mystified a few days after his client, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was handed a fine and suspension for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Story Updates: Vazquez Back In Action; Morales Lands In Louisiana

Updates on some stories from the recent past. – Trainer Juan Vazquez is back in business, though not in Maryland, where he was told by Maryland Jockey Club officials last month he is no longer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: No Heavy Lifting Required?

Welcome back to The Friday Show, the Paulick Report’s look at leading stories of the week in the racing and Thoroughbred industries, plus some items you may have missed. In this week’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commentary: Breeders’ Cup Ticket Chase An Exercise In Futility

Breeders’ Cup and Keeneland officials will declare the one-day ticket offering to the general public for the 2015 racing championships a huge success – and they’ll have the numbers to back it up. All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Crashing And Burning

Good horsemen agree that you don’t truly become a rider until you’ve fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it’s not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: One Tough Ticket Or Ray’s Couch?

For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, the Jockey Club is expected to announce today... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Big Problems: Future Seems Bleak For Racing In Texas

I’m not the only one who let my imagination run wild in 1987 when the Texas legislature authorized a state-wide referendum to bring pari-mutuel racing back to the Lone Star state. After all, this was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Company Links Mobile Games With Pari-Mutuel Pools

Former Breeders’ Cup and Stronach Group CEO Greg Avioli has teamed up with Youbet.com founder David Marshall and formed a California-based company that uses mobile games to introduce pari-mutuel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

States Should Follow California’s Crackdown On ‘Program Trainers’

The California Horse Racing Board took an important step last week to try and clean up the scourge of the “program” or “paper” trainer. By definition, a program trainer is the person whose name is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Mergers, Acquisitions, And Rail Positions

It was an eventful week in the horse racing industry, specifically with respect to how it is covered on television. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick delve into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Giving Back: Racing Industry Comes Together For Horse-Crazy Girls

When Jim Mulvihill, director of media and industry relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, went through his mail at his Lexington office in late January, he had a somewhat atypical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

TVG and HRTV Merger: What Does It Mean?

The operational merger announced Wednesday between Betfair subsidiary TVG and The Stronach Group’s HRTV left many questions unanswered about the future direction of the two North American horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Returns: It’s Free To Play, Sign Up Now

The Derby Dollars Contest is back! For the second consecutive year, West Point Thoroughbreds, the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships, and 123bet.com, home to the daily competitive 123racing Pick6... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets In Louisiana Dermorphin Cases

“I should have been a vet.” That’s what Louisiana trainer Anthony Agilar said in 2012 when he received a three-year suspension from the Louisiana State Racing Commission after two of his horses... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Chrome Vs Belief, Geldings, And Whips In The Hand

Every Friday is different, and this one is a doozy. Not only is it Friday the 13th, but it’s also Valentine’s Day eve; plus, today kicks off a long weekend of racing that includes a pair... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Only The Strong Will Survive

This week, the Paulick Report launches a new biweekly multimedia series following the students in the North American Racing Academy’s Racehorse Riding Skills class. The class began in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing At Every Convenience Store: Cummings’ EquiLottery Bid Takes Stage In Kentucky

Like Robert F. Kennedy and George Bernard Shaw before him, Brad Cummings is one of those people who doesn’t see things and ask “Why?” but dreams of things and asks “Why not?” I got to know Cummings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Shared Belief, California Chrome Give Racing A Moment To Savor

There are no guarantees in life and certainly none in horse racing. A quarter century ago, two tremendously-talented horses – Sunday Silence and Easy Goer – blazed their way through the 1989 Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: ‘Turf Love’ And The Showdown At Santa Anita

The Paulick Report is pleased to introduce The Friday Show, our version of TGIF. To end each week, we’ll give further insight into top stories, industry developments and big races, as well as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Mexico’s Misguided Effort To Rein In Drug Abuse

Legislation has been introduced in the New Mexico state Senate that would prohibit racehorses at tracks under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Racing Commission from having in their system, at any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Chapa Riding on Suspended License in Suspected ‘Buzzer Race’

Roman Chapa, charged with a felony for his alleged use of an electrical device during a Jan. 17 stakes race at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas, was riding on a suspended license when track... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full... Read More...

A Moving Target? Understanding the RMTC’s Progress

Since its 2001 foundation, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has made strides toward its goals of a nationally uniform set of medication rules and rigorous state drug testing lab... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Experimental Free Handicap Carries Less Weight Than It Used To

There was a time when the publication of weights on the Experimental Free Handicap was a big deal. Owners and breeders pumped up their chests with pride after seeing their horse listed as among the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Experimental Free Handicap: A Retrospective With Tommy Trotter

Editor’s Note: Thursday, The Jockey Club will release the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap, with assigned weights from a committee comprised of P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick Report Launches New Horseplayers, Horse Care Content

Two new sections to enhance reader experience have been added to the Paulick Report. The sections, Horseplayers and Horse Care, are self-explanatory in the content they provide and come in the wake... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Chapa Charged With Felony for Alleged ‘Buzzer’ Use

Jockey Roman Chapa has been charged with a felony by the Harris County district attorney in connection with his alleged use of an illegal electrical device while riding Quiet Acceleration to victory... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paraplegic Former Jockey Anne Von Rosen: ‘I Will Walk Again’

“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis for all human morality.” John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Horse Racing State of the Union for 2015?

“America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...