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View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing

Horse racing lost 14 potential fans this past week in Pennsylvania. The 14 men and women are serving on the jury in the federal trial of Murray Rojas, the Penn National-based trainer charged on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The 158th Queen’s Plate: Hialeah Hope, Royal Attraction?

Hialeah Park was once one of the most elegant venues of Thoroughbred racing in the country. The physical facility remains gorgeous inside and out, but the racing product has deteriorated —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Blame State, Not Brunetti, For Mockery Of The Sport At Hialeah

I visited Hialeah Park for the first time nearly 30 years ago, on Dec. 26, 1987. Though I'd been cautioned that the grande dame of South Florida racing was not what she once was – that the war track... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

First Time’s The Charm: Remembering Mr. Hooper

When a 96-year-old Thoroughbred trainer turned heads recently by winning a fist-bumping race at Gulfstream Park, there was an immediate flashback to one name, Fred W. Hooper, who more than any other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Changing Of The Crown?

Only one horse ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year, which has prompted the seemingly annual discussion about whether it's time to make changes to the timing of the races, offer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: The Race To The Breeding Shed

There was a time, not so long ago, that sporting men and women would breed Thoroughbreds to race them. Today, it seems, we have more business people who race to breed. With the 2017 Triple Crown in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Beck: Is AAEP Protecting Horses … Or Its Own Interests?

Various members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, the group of industry organizations promoting passage of federal legislation that would bring uniform standards to our sport under the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Beck: Is AAEP Protecting Horses … Or Its Own Interests?

Various members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, the group of industry organizations promoting passage of federal legislation that would bring uniform standards to our sport under the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Songbird In The Flesh, Belmont Day Breakdown

The 149th Belmont Stakes won't bestow Triple Crown honors on a horse this year, but the main event and surrounding races certainly appear dreamy for horseplayers and other fans of horse racing. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Could Belmont Run By Epicharis Be Start Of Something Big For NYRA?

The New York Racing Association hopes Epicharis' participation in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday will help to usher in a new era of regular appearances by Japan-based horses in its major... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Coltimus Prime Gives Rene Douglas A Clásico Return To Panama

Rene Douglas made a triumphant return to his native Panama on Sunday, where he launched a riding career that would carry him to 3,587 victories over 27 years in the United States. That career ended... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Fantasy Meets Reality?

A judge's ruling in California has the potential for major repercussions in the horse racing industry and possibly, the entire world of Daily Fantasy Sports. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Elephant In The Room: Racing Can Do More To Take Care Of Its Own

As the Thoroughbred industry makes another push toward federal legislation standardizing drug testing in racing, one of the central questions will be what reformed testing will cost. Expense is,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Time Running Out For Illinois Racing

There was a time when slot machines at Illinois racetracks might have leveled the competitive playing field for the gambling dollar. Those days are over. With the General Assembly in Springfield... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show: Back To Congress, Belmont Shrinking?

A pair of Congressmen reintroduced the Horseracing Integrity Act this week, a bill designed to implement uniform oversight of medication in horse racing. This is the second iteration of the bill, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Pennsylvania Commission Plays ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ With Serey, Servis

With Tom Chuckas in the role of game show host Wayne Brady (or, to people from my generation, Monty Hall), the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission recently played a couple of rounds of “Let's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Florida Follies: Dozens Of Drug Positives Thrown Out Due To State Incompetence

How incompetent is the leadership at Florida's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, the state government agency that regulates horse racing in the state? Let me count the ways: 1, 2, 3, 4 … 100, maybe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Preakness Aftermath

It's not supposed to be easy, this Triple Crown thing. Yes, there was plenty of disappointment to go around when Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming chucked it at the top of the stretch, but what a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special: Preakness And Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Edition

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of Pimlico on Preakness Stakes Day and Fasig-Tipton for the Midlantic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link... Read More...

Hola Latin America: Paulick Report Launches Spanish Language Section

The Paulick Report is introducing a new Spanish language section, Paulick Report en Español, aimed at bringing expanded news on North American racing and breeding to owners, breeders, trainers,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Penn Mile: Baltimore Spirit?

There could hardly be a better name for a Kentucky Derby winner trying for a Triple Crown than Always Dreaming. But despite having a Triple Crown winner two years ago, the feat remains as difficult... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Pan Am Conference: Challenges And Advantages Of Globalizing Racing

The Jockey Club kicked off its Pan American Conference Thursday in Washington D.C. with a program focusing on the international and gaming elements of Thoroughbred racing. The conference, which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Whiffs, Preakness Trends?

The Friday Show team was not with the public when it came to choosing Saturday's Kentucky Derby winner, and that turned out to be a mistake. In today's edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Irishmen Ryan, Dilger Strike Back-To-Back Gold In Kentucky Derby

Mike Ryan comes from Ireland's County Meath, just outside of Dublin, where he was raised on his family's horse farm. Gerry Dilger, growing up in County Clare in western Ireland, couldn't wait for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Economics, Limited Opportunities Drive Bennett From Arlington to Delaware Park

Dale and Denise Bennett are used to heading north at the end of the meet at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla. They've been snowbirds for some years. This year, however, instead of taking Interstates... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show: Who Will Win The Kentucky Derby?

No doubt, this is one of the most wide open Derby fields in recent memory, but who's looking ready to win? Which horses have stood out this week and may have benefited from the post position draw? In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special: The Kentucky Derby 143 Edition

It's Derby week, so that means it's time for a special print edition presented by the Paulick Report, focusing on the 143rd running. This edition of the PR Special was distributed at Tuesday night's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: Pletcher’s Year, Derby Handicapping Philosophies?

Trainer Todd Pletcher's high level of success in Thoroughbred racing is undeniable, but in recent years he's also come under scrutiny for his lack of accomplishment when it comes to the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special OBS April: The ‘State’ Of Racing, Part 2

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. In this edition of the PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Stewards Under Scrutiny For Summary Suspensions

Last week we wrote about a horse being allowed to run in the finals of the April 22 Remington Park Futurity for Quarter horses despite the horse's owner and trainer being summarily suspended because... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special OBS April: A Snapshot Of Racing, Region By Region

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. In this edition of the PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby Match Game?

There could be some last-minute adjustments to the field, but in general we know which horses will line up to contest the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in a couple of weeks. Now that all of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Los Angeles Times’ Decision On Racing Coverage Rankles Some At Least

Do newspapers matter? The answer to that depends on whom you ask. They matter to a 90-year-old horseplayer named Mel Brooks, a Santa Anita Park regular who is also known for making a few movies over... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

What’s The Deal With TCO2, Anyway?

An announcement from the Arkansas State Racing Commission in early March that it would begin randomly testing Oaklawn Park runners for elevated TCO2 was widely lauded as another step toward improved... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: Purse Inflation, Derby Chaos?

In recent days we've learned the two richest races in horse racing plan to become even wealthier. The Pegasus World Cup has upped its purse to a whopping $16 million, and the Dubai World Cup could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Campbell: ‘Racetracker’ Salty Roberts Was Racing’s True Unsung Hero

Salty Roberts died a week ago, and perhaps his death did not get quite the notice his life deserved. To begin with – good or bad – he was the very definition of a “racetracker.” But more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Drug Testing Protocols Making A Difference At Oaklawn Park?

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., rolls into its final week of live racing today, highlighted by the 44th annual Racing Festival of the South, a cluster of stakes races culminating with Saturday's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Three Years In, North American Association Of Racetrack Vets Maintains Critical Approach To Medication Reform

Medication reform in Thoroughbred racing has long been an alphabet soup. There's the ARCI (Association of Racing Commissioners International), the RMTC (Racing Medication and Testing Consortium), the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Friday Show: Failure To Coordinate, Off-Track Woes?

The issue of not coordinating off times for major races struck again last weekend, much to the displeasure of fans and horseplayers. Plus, Twinspires bettors in California may be shut out of playing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Brown Looking For Triple Crown Success To Eclipse Reputation As Filly, Grass Trainer

One deep breath. That is all Chad Brown allowed himself to celebrate his first Eclipse Award as North America's leading trainer, an honor he received in January to culminate his stunning rise in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Eight Years After Its Creation, Equine Injury Database Shows Improvement In U.S. Racing

The Equine Injury Database recently released data from 2016, showing the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts for American racehorses since the Database began keeping records in 2009. The fatality... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Tweet Tweet! Putting Some Sunshine On A Twitter Takeover

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (and if you aren't following me on Twitter, why the heck not?) may notice something a little different on Monday. Why, for example, will the @raypaulick Twitter... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Wrong Horses, Arrogate’s Place?

This week, the Paulick Report looked into a case of mistaken identity at Will Rogers Downs, where a horse ran under the wrong name in a race. This isn't the first time a mistake like that has been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Judge Rules Dickinson Lawsuit Against Keeneland Can Proceed

A federal judge on Tuesday denied a motion by Keeneland Association to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Michael W. Dickinson Inc., stemming from Dickinson's attempt to collect $395,874.18 (plus interest)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Florida Ruling Means Dozens Of Drug Positives Likely To Be Dismissed

Dozens of administrative complaints for medication violations in Florida are likely to be dismissed after the state's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering issued an order accepting the recommendations of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Shocking Results, Weighing History?

Jockey Roman Chapa is already facing a lengthy suspension at least, plus felony charges for alleged use of an electrical device in a race in Texas, but in this edition of The Friday Show, we ask how... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Commentary: FHBPA Stakes Series A Backward Step For Florida Breeders And Owners

The Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association was patting itself on the back 10 days ago for a 2017 spring-summer stakes schedule it negotiated with Gulfstream Park that included 30... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

McMullen A ‘Natural’ To Continue Gentle Approach As NYRA’s New Starter

Mike McMullen joined the racing scene in 1987 as a tall, lanky teenager who possessed a heavyweight's hands and a puppy dog's demeanor as he tagged along behind Jim, his older brother. He quickly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show: A Numbers Game, Hole In The Derby Trail?

It was a record-setting week at OBS March, with the 2-year-olds in training sale hitting all-time marks for gross and average, plus selling more than five horses at $1 million or more. In this week's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Is Arizona HBPA Selectively Enforcing Bylaws For Board Election?

John Campo III is an attorney in Phoenix who breeds and races Thoroughbreds at Turf Paradise. He's seen the quality of racing and purses deteriorate there, and thinks the board of directors for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...