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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...

‘You Don’t Want To End Up Like Me’: Former Jockey Suffering From Chronic Head Trauma Denied Financial Assistance

In late 2015, a feature published on the Paulick Report detailed the story of retired jockey Gwen Jocson, who was diagnosed with neurological damage as a result of numerous head injuries suffered... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special OBS March: Farriers And Biosecurity, Orb And Constellation

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co.'s March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

For His Strength, Record, Garrett Gomez Deserves Hall Of Fame

If Garrett Gomez had cancer, he'd already be in the Hall of Fame. But because he suffered from addiction, a disease most people don't understand and one that many refuse to even acknowledge, a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

PR Special OBS March: El Areeb, Animal Kingdom, And Finding A Special Horse

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co.'s March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

‘I’m Screwed’: Maryland Case Of Missing Workers’ Comp Illustrates Problems With Costly System

On Dec. 15, 2016, the stewards at Laurel Park issued a brief statement following the hearing of trainer Wayne Potts. Potts, who is based in Maryland and Delaware and has trained since 2004, was found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Quiet Man: Mandella And His Horses Find Their Comfort Zone (Last Of Four Parts)

In this last installment of a four-part series we'll find out what Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella has to say about racetrack surfaces, his philosophy of choosing jockeys and exercise riders,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Quiet Man: ‘I Don’t Think You Ever Stop Learning’ (Part Three)

Yesterday, in the second of a four-part series on Richard Mandella, we shared the story of the Hall of Fame horseman's early years in the industry and wrote about his first “big” horse – Bad ‘n Big,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pennsylvania: The FBI Agent And The Trainer

Bruce Doupe is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has spent the last five of his 13 years at the FBI's Harrisburg, Pa., office investigating what he calls ”allegations of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Quiet Man: Mandella’s Bad ‘N Big Beginnings (Part Two)

Yesterday we looked at some of the highlights and the incredible horses that helped define the Hall of Fame career of trainer Richard Mandella. Let's go back to the beginning and see how one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f... Read More...

The Quiet Man: Mandella Lets His Horses Do The Talking (First Of Four Parts)

(Over the next four days, Tere Albanese goes inside the stable of Hall of Fame horseman Richard Mandella to learn more about his background, training methods and philosophy. In part one, Albanese... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: New Drug Protocols, Derby Prep Upsetters?

Oaklawn Park is putting in place a slate of upgraded drug testing measures, including one that targets so-called “milkshaking” by trainers. In this week's Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Milkshake Testing Latest Step Forward For Integrity At Oaklawn Park

The Arkansas State Racing Commission on Thursday began random testing for total carbon dioxide (TCO2) levels in horses competing at Oaklawn Park. The move, widely supported by horsemen who seek a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Louisiana Case Suggests Gaps Remain In Racetrack Anti-Slaughter Policies

When Louisiana state health officials began dealing with the EHV-1 outbreak at Fair Grounds in January, part of the task was working backwards after a new case cropped up to find all horses that may... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of today's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

When Is A Maiden Not A Maiden?

In today's seventh race at Parx Racing, a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event for 3-year-olds at a mile, there is – at least on paper – a maiden named Hashtag Alex in the six-horse line-up.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘I’m a Stubborn Old Mule’: Pleterski’s Long Road Back From Near-Fatal Fort Erie Accident

Trainer Don Pleterski feels as if he had a great rest. As if he's been on holiday. He knows he hasn't. He can feel it every day when he wakes up in the morning, when he feels the pain and his joints... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘Beaten Down By The PR Machine’: Bramlage On The Best Prescription For Racing

Dr. Larry Bramlage, renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in Thoroughbred racehorses, said the time has come for those in the racing business to stop expecting the public to see things the same... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: Horsemen Helping Horsemen In Court?

Funds exist in many areas of society to help people defend themselves in court. The latest such legal defense fund has been created for horse racing trainers and owners in light of a federal case in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

It’s Back: Fourth Annual Derby Dollars Contest, Presented By STATS Race Lens And 123BET.com

It's time once again to sharpen your handicapping skills and identify the leading contenders on the road to the Triple Crown! STATS Race Lens, a data-rich product from equibase.com that brings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Legal Defense Fund Created By National HBPA Supporting Indicted Penn National Trainer

A recently formed non-profit association affiliated with the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is helping fund the legal defense of trainer Murray Rojas, who has been charged... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

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...