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At Arm’s Length: Wild Stretch Run At Parx Racing

Asbury Ave was declared the winner of the second race at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., Wednesday after a stewards inquiry and two jockey claims of foul stemming from an incident in the stretch that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Belmont Unplugged: Without Fans, The Essence Of The Sport Was Absent

I am proud to say I have covered every Belmont Stakes since 1998. I watched in awe as American Pharoah emphatically ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought and the roar of a Belmont Park crowd capped at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Belmont History: Edward Brown Went From Slave To Jockey To Trainer To Owner In A Lifetime

Our readers here at the Paulick Report seem to love a good lookback at horse racing history. In considering the best subjects for our 2020 Triple Crown coverage, this seemed like a good time to make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Not This Time, Speightster Join Exclusive Club With Seven-Figure Juveniles

The reconfigured racing and auction calendar has allowed freshman sires to emerge simultaneously as leaders on the racetrack and in the auction ring, and the two stallions who have best grasped the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Lamoreaux: ‘Cripple Crown’ Or Not, There Is Nothing Like The Belmont

Something is glaringly missing in all the conjecture about this year's so-called Triple Crown – the energy and the engrained memories that all you “improvers of the breed” bring to the sport.  When... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Florida Farm Time Capsule: Rosemere Farm Paved The Way For Ocala’s Thoroughbred Industry

The road to Thoroughbred commerce in Florida goes through Ocala, and it fittingly took a construction man to lay down the asphalt. Born on a Draft Horse farm in Indiana, Carl G. Rose found his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Sad State Of Affairs At Once-Mighty Arlington Park

T.V. Lark, Ridan, Candy Spots, Tosmah, Tom Rolfe, Buckpasser, Dr. Fager, Exclusive Native and Ack Ack. Those are the winners in consecutive years in the 1960s of what was then one of the biggest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special OBS Spring Sale: Where The Ocala Thoroughbred Industry Got Its Start

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS EDITION OF THE PR SPECIAL Day two of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Spring 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale is underway, and the Paulick Report's PR Special is in the hands of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Horse Racing’s FBI: A Look Back At The Old Days Of The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau

When more than two dozen people, including top trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis were indicted in connection with doping racehorses earlier this year, many people saw it as proof that racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

PR Special OBS Spring Sale: Flipping The Switch On The Juvenile Auction Season

CLICK HERE TO READ THIS EDITION OF THE PR SPECIAL The Thoroughbred auction market will hit the reset button this week during the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. Spring 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale after a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Ask Ray: Thoroughbreds At Hialeah, Missing NHC Qualifier Tracks And Split Sample Testing

In the latest installment of Ask Ray, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick discusses the chances of a Thoroughbred racing revival at Hialeah Park in South Florida, along with the future of Calder... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Summer Of Survival: Saratoga Businesses Brace For Horse Racing Season Without Fans

Nothing can be more disturbing for a real estate agent than the sound of silence. At a time of year when veteran realtor Scott Varley is accustomed to receiving a steady stream of inquiries about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: So Much To Look Forward To

Finally, some clarity. Having a Belmont Stakes at the shortened distance of 1 1/8 miles to kick off horse racing's Triple Crown on June 20 may not be what most people want, but it's what they get. As... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Ask Ray: Deleted Comments, Dark Tapeta And Missing Fractions

“Why do you delete my comments for speaking the truth? What is your problem with the truth?” So asks a Paulick Report reader in the latest installment of Ask Ray. Publisher Ray Paulick... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Commentary: Horse Racing’s Chance Of A Lifetime

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the greatest advantage for horse racing above all other sports in the U.S.:  interstate online wagering. Other sports do not have a similarly significant... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Favorite Five: Natalie Voss’ Favorite Races Of All Time

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, we at the Paulick Report are aware that those under stay-at-home orders are starting to suffer from cabin fever. It's a stressful time and sometimes you just need... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Ask Ray: Workout Designations, DRF Mystery, Arizona ADW And Edgar Prado

In the latest installment of Ask Ray, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick answers questions from readers on several topics, and it's apparent from his responses that he's a little edgy after being... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Lamoreaux – The Verdict Is In: Secretariat Vs. Citation

After all these years, it was finally going to be decided — the biggest question that shedrows across America have been debating since one Revolutionary farmer said to his neighbor, “I'll bet my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

How A Cancelled Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Changed The Bloodstock Industry’s Playing Field

Fasig-Tipton's decision to consolidate its 2020 select yearling sales into a single Kentucky auction and forego trade in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., due to the COVID-19 pandemic is historic, but it's not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Commentary: Racing Has a New Set of Wagering Customers, But Now What?

Some of you might have read the USA Today Network story about horse racing this week. The piece highlighted some pretty impressive statistics related to the broadcast and marketing of the limited... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

COVID-19 Update: Talks And Proposals But No Resumption Of Racing In Kentucky, California Or New York

Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Thoroughbred racing remains on hold in three of the most important circuits in the United States, and despite discussions between track and government... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘We Need To Get In The Game’: McIngvale Urges Racing To Embrace Lower Takeout, Millennials’ Thirst For Sports Betting Action

Jim McIngvale, aka Mattress Mack, is a legendary Houston, Texas, furniture store owner who's brought his unique brand of marketing to the Thoroughbred world. If you're not familiar with his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Ask Ray: Starting Gate Questions And Camel Races?

The inbox was flooded with questions after the first Ask Ray video feature was published, and this week – unlike his maiden voyage – Ray has come up with actual answers to questions from Paulick... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Grasso, Three Others Enter Not Guilty Pleas; Feds Outline Volume Of Discovery In Doping Investigation

Four men arrested March 9 as part of the federal government's racehorse doping investigation pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in a telephonic arraignment conducted by District Court Judge P. Kevin... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Santa Anita Hoping On-Site ‘Jockey Colony,’ Other COVID-19 Protocols Will Lead To Racing Resumption

Santa Anita Park officials are hoping to get word early this week from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the county's Department of Public of Health on whether racing can resume at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Introducing Ask Ray: Impertinent Answers To Important Questions

In a new video feature being introduced today, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick tries to answer questions that readers have submitted using the “Ask Ray” button at the top of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

‘A Renewed Faith In Humanity’: Turf Paradise Horsemen Pull Together To Feed Horses

It's hard to find a bright spot in the COVID-19 crisis, but trainer Cynthia George says the racing community at Turf Paradise has provided it for her. Horsemen at Turf Paradise have been in a state... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

‘McMillions,’ ‘The Scheme’ Give Inside Peek At FBI Investigations

Two recent documentaries from HBO shed some light on how the Federal Bureau of Investigation operates, something that's of increasing interest to people in racing because of the federal indictments... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Favorite Five: Joe Nevills’ Favorite Races Of All Time

Social media has produced a seemingly never-ending list of conversation starters to pass the time during the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting users to share their favorite horses, races, stories, photos,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: With Doping Scandal, Racing Itself Will Be On Trial

Innocent until proven guilty. That mantra is at the heart of the American criminal justice system, whether we're talking about someone holding a smoking gun while standing over a dead body or a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Foal Patrol Providing Quarantine Boredom Buster And Education In One Cute Package

As horse racing fans begin a new week of quarantine, and as the weekend that was meant to open Keeneland has come and gone quietly, many of us are growing more desperate to see live images of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

19 Defendants Enter Not Guilty Pleas in Doping Case; Government Outlines ‘Voluminous’ Evidence

Thoroughbred trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro were among 19 defendants in a Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing doping scandal who pleaded not guilty on federal charges in an arraignment and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘We’re In Survival Mode’: Economic Impact Of COVID-19 Already Hitting Racing Hard

Although it feels like months or years since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, it has been just 18 days since the first racetracks announced they would host racing without... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: Bloodstock Market Impact

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the daily lives of people around the world and virtually every industry has felt the impact of COVID-19 and the measures taken to combat the deadly outbreak.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Nebraska Tracks Offer Short-Term Help For Laid Off Employees, But Face Long-Term Challenges From COVID-19

Though they are a necessary part of the social distancing measures recommended to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, the mandated limits on gatherings and the ensuing closures of racetracks and OTBs around... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

For ‘Big Jim,’ A Simple Act Of Kindness Capped Off Lifelong Affair With Horse Racing

Editor's Note: With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the Paulick Report asked our readers for stories of the hope and resilience that run through the Thoroughbred industry, demonstrating that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

E Z’s Gentleman Called Into A New Service Helping Veterans With Remount Foundation

Underperforming stallions move to regional markets with regularity once the breeding season ends, but few stand to make the kind of impact on society that E Z's Gentleman could upon moving to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

‘Not Just Upset But Mad’: Last-Minute Dubai World Cup Cancellation Frustrates Horsemen

The news of the Dubai World Cup cancellation, announced less than a week before the $12 million race scheduled for March 28, was exceptionally frustrating for the horsemen who'd traveled thousands of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Gorajec: New Jersey’s Official Testing Lab Admits Error, But Questions Remain

This is one of those instances where it's better late than never. Recently, I wrote a piece about the unfairness of trainer Glenn Thompson's ongoing disciplinary travails for Horse Racing Reform... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

More Than Just A Pretty Face: The Saga Of Genetic Anomaly RFR The Iceman

Very little about RFR The Iceman has been by the book. The striking gray Arabian stallion defied genetics when he was born with sabino overo markings and two piercing blue eyes outlined in black. He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Evans Family Rallies Sunland Park Horsemen To Help Community During COVID-19 Pandemic

Racing in New Mexico has come to a screeching halt until at least April 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but even under such delicate circumstances, many of the track's horsemen and women have given... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

COVID-19: In Shadow Of Twin Spires, Ministry’s Commitment To Neighborhood Children Continues

The big news in the Thoroughbred racing world on Tuesday was the decision by Churchill Downs Inc. to change the date of the Kentucky Derby from the first Saturday in May to the first Saturday in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

No Kentucky Derby In May? It Won’t Be First Time Racing Has Coped With Major Interruption

In keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Churchill Downs confirmed this week the Kentucky Derby will not take place on the first Saturday in May, but will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

California Foundation For Children, Ex-Racehorses Turns COVID-19 Home Time Into Video Project

With most kids out of school indefinitely due to the coronavirus, there's a need to keep them occupied. The Square Peg Foundation, which employs ex-racehorses as therapy animals for children on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Sale: Which Horses Have Taught You Most About Life?

Whatever the 2-year-old auction season of 2020 is going to be, it all starts at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March Sale Of 2-Year-Olds In Training, and the Paulick Report's presence is there with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Runhappy Owner McIngvale Organizes Drives To Feed Houston’s Elderly, Children Through COVID-19 Pandemic

Jim McIngvale, best known in the horse racing sphere as the owner of champion sprinter and young stallion Runhappy, has gotten good at answering the call when his hometown of Houston, Texas, needs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Gary West: Maximum Security To Undergo Thorough Medical Examination, New Round Of Drug Tests

The following statement was provided by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Gary West, who bred and co-owns Maximum Security, Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old male of 2019 whose victory in the world's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Commentary: Indictments Show Horse Racing’s Existing Regulatory System Is Not Working

It came as no surprise and, in fact, it was expected that in the wake of the recent arrests by the FBI the long line of individuals and organizations entrenched in their defense of the status quo... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Maryland Jockey Club: Fallout From Federal Indictments?

The U.S. horse racing industry was jolted this week with the federal indictments of 28 people allegedly involved in more than one scheme to illegally dope racehorses. In this edition of The Friday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...