Paulick Report

The Friday Show: Population Problems, Early Derby Standouts?

It's no secret that foal crops have been diminishing for several years. Despite recent contraction in the U.S. racing industry, the shortage of Thoroughbreds appears to be on display in important... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Ramsey To Downsize Operation: ‘It’s Kind Of Gotten Out Of Control’

Ken Ramsey, the winningest owner in Kentucky history and an accomplished breeder, has begun the process of dramatically downsizing his Thoroughbred operation with the intention of reducing his stock... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position

Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Whitham, Wilkes Enjoying The Ride With Top 3-Year-Old McCraken

February is a very good time to have an ascending 3-year-old colt on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Janis Whitham and Ian Wilkes, the respective owner-breeder and trainer of Saturday's G3... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Mistaken Identity? Louisiana Officials Investigating 11 1/4-Length Winner At Delta Downs

Louisiana State Racing Commission officials are investigating whether two horses from the barn of Eduardo Ramirez ran in each other's name at Delta Downs in December and January. “There is an active... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘They Just Want To Ride’: Small Changes In Scale Of Weights Have Big Impact On Jockeys’ Health

Somewhere in a corner of the jockeys' room at Santa Anita Park hangs an old set of forgotten silks. Veteran rider Mike Smith thinks they're only about 20 years old, but when a few other jockeys found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Florida’s ‘Sham’ Continues: ‘Fake’ Horse Racing On Its Way To Hialeah Park

Tired of hearing about “fake” news? Well, for a change of pace, get ready for some “fake” horse racing at Hialeah Park, a South Florida track that once was synonymous with class and elegance in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Name Similar To ‘Blazing Saddles’ Character Too Hot For The Jockey Club

It's not often a Thoroughbred's name is changed once the horse has made it to the races but a 3-year-old California-bred filly by Awesome Gambler who debuted at Santa Anita Park as Ellie Von Shtupp... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: A Time To Reconsider, Future For Arrogate?

With the inaugural Pegasus World Cup in the rear view, what does the bigger picture look like? In this week's The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the event and the race — not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Eighteen Years After His Kentucky Derby, Charismatic ‘Belongs To All Of Us’

A little less than 21 years ago, in the middle of a March night, Parrish Hill star broodmare Bali Babe went into labor. It was a slightly dramatic affair, as the daughter of Drone was briefly cast in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

ARCI’s Martin: Cheating Not ‘Ubiquitous’ In Racing

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, submitted the following as a rebuttal to a recent two-part series in the Paulick Report, written by former Indiana Horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Stronach’s Vision, Shareholders’ Commitment Lead The Way For Pegasus Success

On Jan. 12, 2016, Frank Stronach announced plans to create the world's richest horse race in 2017, the $12-million Pegasus World Cup, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The race would be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Eclipse Award Winning Writer, Racing Historian Bill Mooney Dead

Bill Mooney took nothing for granted. In 2003, when Todd Pletcher broke the single-season record for most wins by a trainer at the Saratoga meet, racing writers said Pletcher beat the old mark of 24... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: Pegasus Potential, Pegasus Intrigue?

The $12 million race that has piqued curiosity for many horse racing fans has finally arrived. The first Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be off and running Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Tampa Bay Downs Bans Trainer After Horse With Burned Lip Tattoo Rescued From ‘Kill Pen’

Tampa Bay Downs in Florida has barred the entries of trainer Horacio Barbaran for allegedly violating the track's anti-slaughter policy. Officials at Gulfstream Park were notified of the move and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Coming Soon: NYRA Now, A Bold New Step Into Digital Future By New York Racing Association

The New York Racing Association soon will be unveiling a new digital platform/application, NYRA Now, that will provide an unprecedented menu of live and on-demand video options for horseplayers and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Commentary: Graceless Finish To A Night Of Champions

A  night that started with a heartwarming update on how far the Thoroughbred industry has progressed in taking care of its retired horses and included a brief live auction that raised $82,000 for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

There Is Life After A Horse’s 3-Year-Old Season: More Owners Should Try It

What made 2016 so memorable for racing fans? With all due respect to the connections of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, Preakness winner Exaggerator and Belmont winner Creator – it wasn't the Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Private Eyes, Indelible Moments, And The Rematch

A pair of stories published at the Paulick Report this week looked at the problem of illegal drug use in the horse racing industry and where the biggest gaps in oversight might lie. In this week's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Turf Paradise Breakdown: The Other Side Of The Story

It's been more than 30 years since Valorie Lund got her career started as a Thoroughbred trainer at bush tracks in Elma and Yakima, Wash. Since 1985, according to Equibase, Lund has saddled some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

An American In Gold Coast: Intern Reflects On Differences In Training Methods

When friends ask University of Pennsylvania student Philip Antonacci what he did over winter break from school, he'll have a more interesting answer than most. Antonacci spent his break on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful... Read More...

Combating A Culture Of Cheating

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It's what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Protocols, More Tests: Fair Grounds EHV-1 Outbreak ‘At Least A 45-Day Process’

As the first group of barns at the Fair Grounds Race Course near the end of their state-mandated equine herpesvirus quarantines, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture has been working to define the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

You ‘Do It For The Love’: The Story Behind A Horse’s Sale At Magic Millions

A yearling's appearance in the sales ring represents the culmination of two years' work by breeders, owners, bloodstock advisors, veterinarians, and sales agents. But the final hammer price is also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Voss On Magic Millions Sale: Differences Down Under

This week, the Paulick Report is in Queensland, Australia, bringing you news and features from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Racing Carnival. As Frank Mitchell detailed in this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January: Beer For Your Horses

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. In this edition of the PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

EHV-1 Scare, Shipping Bans Decimate Fields At Louisiana Racetracks

As Christmas Day approached, things were looking very positive at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The track was showing significant increases year over year in handle and field sizes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January: Alydar’s Dam, Calumet’s Broodmare Influence

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.  In this edition of the PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Bringing Trash Talk To The Pegasus World Cup

The first Pegasus World Cup Invitational, now just three weeks away, has solicited as its spokesman one of the most popular athletes on the planet. To say he's a talker is an understatement. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Voss, Scheinman Give Paulick Report Unprecedented Eclipse Award Recognition

The Paulick Report (www.paulickreport.com) on Wednesday became the first exclusively online publication to be represented by the winners in both writing categories of the Eclipse Awards, the most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

California Veterinarian’s List: Steroid Reporting By The Numbers

When news broke last month that Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Masochistic tested positive for anabolic steroids after the race, many fans were shocked to learn steroids are still present in American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

For Eppler, ‘Doing Right By The Horses’ Finally Pays Off

Mary Eppler heard so many discouraging voices when she began operating as one of the few female trainers on the Maryland circuit in 1980. Her parents, Katherine and Bill, warned that she would... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

What Did You Read? Top Stories Of 2016

As we approach the start of a new calendar year, it's a good time to reflect on the biggest issues and most important news in the sport of Thoroughbred racing from 2016. Per tradition, the Paulick... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Yet Another Chapter In The Masochistic Saga

Anyone else suffering from Masochistic fatigue? For a 6-year-old who's made just 14 career starts, he sure gets a lot of attention. There was the big maiden win at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

When Rescues Go Bad, Veterinarians Should Be Ready To Help

As social media brings together more animal lovers and homeless horses than ever, authorities across the country are seeing an increase in the number of rescue situations gone bad. At the recent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Steady Eddie Proves It’s Not Always About The Money

The life of a broodmare manager is not a glamorous one – which means that the life of the significant other to a broodmare manager isn't either. Sun up to sundown the work is hard, demanding, and it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Questions Remain About Steroids, Likely Breeders’ Cup DQ Of Masochistic

There are some lingering questions in the wake of the revelation earlier this week that Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Masochistic had trace amounts of the anabolic steroid stanozolol in a post-race... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Commentary: My Charmed Introduction To Racing — Chrome, Pharoah And Arrogate

I have come late to the races but thanks to two superstars, California Chrome and American Pharoah, and the phenomenon that is Arrogate, an outstanding initiation to the sport has ignited a lifelong... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Nakatani Seeks To ‘Rejuvenate’ Career With Son Matt As Agent

After a seven-month hiatus, jockey Corey Nakatani has made plans to return to the saddle. The 46-year-old has not ridden a race since April 13 at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, but for the past five weeks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Indiana Grand Diaries: New Equine Hospital Fills Important Need

The new year will bring with it the opening of a state-of-the-art equine medical center just a stone's throw from Indiana Grand racetrack in Shelbyville, Ind. The $8.8 million facility, built by a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: Wild And Crazy Predictions For 2017

If there's one thing predictable about the business of horse racing, it's that it's unpredictable. But in this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick look into their crystal balls to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Jockey Garrett Gomez Dead At 44

Talented but troubled jockey Garrett Gomez, 44, a two-time Eclipse Award winner and father of four who rode his last race at Keeneland in October 2013, has died. Daughter Shelby Gomez confirmed her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Jockeys’ Guild Assembly: Diagnosis, Management Of Head Injury Still Challenging

The Jockeys' Guild held its 2016 Annual Assembly in Las Vegas Dec. 12-13 with a program focusing on a variety of health, safety, and welfare topics for riders. The following is a list of a few... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Sexton: ‘Rich In Humility And Wit’; ‘A Fine, Fine Fellow’

Horse racing lost a good man when Steve Sexton stepped down as executive vice president of Churchill Downs Inc. in October 2010. The world lost a great man when Sexton – just 57 years old – died in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘That’s My Life’: In Comeback From Serious Injury, Maragh Understands The Risks

Rajiv Maragh knows what it is to struggle for every breath, making the difficulty of his latest comeback pale in comparison. Maragh was riding Yourcreditisgood at Belmont Park on July 10, 2015, when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Statistics Trump Common Sense In Committee’s Downgrade Of Blue Grass, Wood Memorial

Many of the best horses in the East Coast on the trail to the Kentucky Derby no longer use the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct as their final prep before the run for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Upgrades, Downgrades, And Obstacles

Two of the Grade 1 points qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby will downgraded to Grade 2 status for 2017. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the criteria for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded; Pennsylvania Derby To Be Grade 1 in 2017

Two historic races for 3-year-olds on the road to the Kentucky Derby – the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct – will be dropped from Grade 1 to Grade 2 status when the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

In Memoriam: A Cowboy’s Ride

He spent his life in the background, a subtle supporting act for the grand display. Plain in color and not particularly flashy, the older gelding never complained about his job, marching to work each... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...