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Commentary: How U.S. Trainers Can Win Respect

When an American trainer, with some notable exceptions, wins a Triple Crown race, peers, fans and writers invariably shake their heads and question whether the triumph was accomplished on the up and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Tricks of the Trade: Race Riding During The Travers

What, exactly, were Victor Espinoza on American Pharoah and Frosted’s rider, Jose Lezcano, doing as the two horses rounded the final turn into the home stretch of Saturday’s $1.6-million Travers at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Texas Horsemen: ‘No Confidence In Future’ After Temporary Funding Deal

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday that House Appropriations Chairman John Otto has agreed to a proposal by Senate Legislative Budget Board members to fund the Texas Racing Commission for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Treasures Abound Inside and Outside of Racing Museum’s Vault

Even after working as curator for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for three years, Victoria Tokarowski admits she still has moments of being taken aback when she takes a trip to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

American Pharoah: Is The Show Over?

In the immediate aftermath of Keen Ice’s upset victory over heavily favored American Pharoah in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Travers on Saturday, owner Ahmed Zayat hinted that the Triple Crown champion son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Will The Stars Align On The Racetrack?

In American racing, the discussion often centers around the need for superstars. Despite some key losses this year at the top level of competition, it’s hard to lament a lack of star power when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Taking My Money Elsewhere: California Gets It Wrong On Lasix

I’m not what anyone would refer to as a “major player” when it comes to betting on horses. I cut my teeth at the Chicago area tracks in the late 1970s, then spent eight years in Southern California... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

16,000 Miles And Counting: Frequent Flyer Pharoah ‘Can Handle’ Travel Schedule

American Pharoah’s travel log for his 3-year-old season is a dizzying one: From California to Arkansas, back to California, back to Arkansas, onto Louisville, then Baltimore, back to Louisville, onto... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women And Horses Find Healing, Conquer Change Together

The scene at Long Shadows Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. is like something out of a painting. Valeria Buck’s rescue dogs and cats frolic on grassy hills at the foot of the Adirondacks. Thoroughbreds graze... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Use With Caution: Weighing The Risks And Benefits Of Corticosteroids

As states work their way through updated medication rules, one of the therapeutic medications that seems to garner repeated discussion is the corticosteroid methylprednisolone acetate, sold as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Morris: TOC ‘100 Percent’ Against USADA’s Involvement In Racing

Joe Morris, president of Thoroughbred Owners of California, said horsemen’s groups throughout North America are united in opposition to federal legislation that would create one agency to regulate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale Day 2

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer the latest edition of the PR Special, which is available online and as a print publication on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale, which begins Saturday night in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this edition of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Empire State: New York Thoroughbred Program Boosts Champion Prospects

The New York breeding season culminates with the Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale, which takes place Saturday and Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Here is the final piece in our summer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Empire State Stallions: Changing Of The Guard Ahead?

On the eve of Fasig-Tipton’s New York-Bred Preferred Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Frank Mitchell takes a look at two of the stallions emblematic of the present and future of the Empire State:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

State Senator’s Strong-Arm Tactics Could Doom Texas Horse Racing

“They are playing with people’s livelihoods.” That’s how Sam Houston Race Park president Andrea Young summarized the mess created by a Texas legislative board that could shut down racing at state... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Barr-Tonko Bill Delivers What Thoroughbred Industry Wants, Needs

Do we really need federal legislation to establish a structure for a national agency to regulate medication use in horse racing? The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and the advocacy group, Water Hay Oats... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 2

In this edition of the PR Special, available here and as a print publication on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, learn more about the key discussions from the Jockey Club Round Table.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, which begins Monday night in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray looks at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jockey Club Round Table: Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?

The sixty-third annual Jockey Club Round Table conference took place on Sunday at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Depending upon your perspective, it was either a marker of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Campbell: Time For Medication Reform Is Now

Before I stumbled into the idea of forming partnerships to own race horses in 1969, I was chairman of a major advertising agency in Atlanta. What we told our clients emphatically was if you talk the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Hall of Fame Induction Provides A Study In Polarity

Friday’s induction ceremony for the 2015 entrants of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was a day of contrasts. The ceremony brought owners Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: How Many Lengths Back To The Future?

The talk this week in the racing world has been about where Triple Crown winner American Pharoah might go next. Based on conflicting information from the trainer and owner, all we’re sure about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Empire State: Records Falling, Prices Soaring For New York-Breds

Ask Fasig-Tipton CEO Boyd Browning about the company’s upcoming New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and he can barely contain himself. “This is one of those easy sales to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar, University of Arizona Bringing ‘Reality’ To Horseracing

Horseracing has already had a few reality TV shows. A few years back we had “Jockeys” on Animal Planet and more recently “Horseplayers” on the Esquire Network. Next up, “America’s Got Talent” and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Defending An Industry That Won’t Defend Itself

I’m tired. There is this feeling of worthlessness that enters my body every time I sign on to the internet, every time that I click open on the comments section of one of my blogs, every time I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

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...