Paulick Report

New York Horsemen’s Election: ‘Truthiness’ and the Truth

When it comes to the ongoing election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, there is “truth” and there is “truthiness.” The truthiness of the election, the agenda pushed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chimpanzees and the Tip of a Legal Iceberg

Attorney Steven Wise has become something of a professional interview subject this year. A group of lawsuits Wise filed at the end of 2013 has prompted attention from the New York Times, CNN, BBC,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Time To Race

Horses that last raced at half a dozen different tracks will make up the field for Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot. Juveniles have shipped in from all over the country to take aim at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Committee Examines Shockwave Rules

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Welfare and Safety Committee scrutinized the state’s rules on shockwave therapy on Thursday afternoon with a fact-finding session designed to help regulators... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Pick 4 Score?

If you’re seeking a a great betting opportunity this weekend, look no further than Saturday’s card at Delta Downs. The track will host a special $200,000 guaranteed Pick 4 for races 4-7.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Indiana: Gorajec Responds to Moss Commentary

The following article was submitted by Joe Gorajec, who since 1990 has served as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. On Nov. 15, 2014, the Blood-Horse published an online... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Hall of Fame Power

As is usually the case with this race, the 2014 edition of the Delta Downs Jackpot is shaping up to be a highly competitive affair featuring 10 promising juveniles. In addition, several of this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Lukas Leads the Charge

We’ve started counting the days until Saturday’s card featuring the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, which always seems to create momentum toward the following year’s Kentucky Derby.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Penn National Arrests: One Year Later

It’s been a year since three trainers and a clocker at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., were indicted on federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that remains active to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Law Firm Claims NYRA Owes Nearly $4 Million in Legal Fees

Like an old wound that won’t heal, the Getnick & Getnick law firm retained by prior management of the New York Racing Association as business integrity council went to U.S. Bankruptcy Court... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Guest Commentary: A Not So Silent Witness

The following commentary is by Alexa Ravit, a longtime horse racing fan and attendee of over 20 Triple Crown races.. Ms Ravit will be graduating from Cornell University in January with a bachelor’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Losing Betting Race to Kentucky Derby

According to figures released immediately after the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders Cup, a total of $128,215,643 was wagered on the 13 Breeders’ Cup races. That’s down from the $139,418,666 wagered on 14... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stewards’ Rulings: Time for a Change in Racing’s Officiating System?

I think most reasonable people will agree that stewards made the wrong call in last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic by not disqualifying the front-running winner Bayern for the incident at the start... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Contentious New York THA Election Includes Questionable Endorsement

Presidents of five state divisions of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, collectively calling themselves a Philadelphia-based “Coalition of Horsemen,” have endorsed trainer Rick Violette over... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse of the Year? It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Who is Horse of the Year for 2014? That’s an easy one. No one, at least not yet. The year isn’t over. While many of the divisional titles in Eclipse Awards competition unquestionably were sewn up as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Doug O’Neill’s Brother Claims Foul Over Derek’s Post-Race Comments

Dennis O’Neill, racing manager for brother Doug O’Neill’s stable, is fuming over comments he said were made by actress and California Horse Racing Board commissioner Bo Derek just before she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Distaff Shocker: Napravnik Announces Retirement on NBC Sports

Jockey Rosie Napravnik shocked the racing world on Friday afternoon when she announced her impending retirement on NBC Sports while accepting her trophy for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Napravnik... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

McKinzie, Unick Had a Shared Belief in Creating $1 Million Bonus

There’s a lot on the line for morning-line favorite Shared Belief in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. For starters, there is the Candy Ride’s gelding’s perfect record of seven... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Love Being Number One’

When Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson succumbed to melanoma in April 2011, widow Barbara Banke had two choices: disperse the stock and sell his vineyards or soldier forward. Banke said for her, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Love Me Only Trial Ends With Jury Unable to Reach Decision

After more than eight hours of deliberation on Tuesday, jurors hearing the lawsuit filed by Summer Wind Farm owners Frank and Jane Lyon against Coolmore Stud partners, Ashford Stud and Eaton Sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Shock Ruling: Iowa Judge Dismisses Case Against Jockey Caught With Five Buzzers

Stewards at Prairie Meadows racetrack & casino in Iowa have reinstated the license of jockey Roberto Morales – found earlier this year to be in possession of five electrical devices and a handgun... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: From the Classroom to Career

I knew it would be hard going, but I didn’t realize how hard. In the early fifties there was considerable prejudice against women going into what was considered “men’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Indiana Commission Says Vet’s ‘Ethical Compass Is Broken,’ Urges 20-Year Ban

Saying he is a veterinarian “whose ethical compass is broken” and who “embodies the worst stereotypes of a racetrack practitioner, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission has filed an administrative... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Was a Woman in a Man’s World’

Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

McDonald: Love Me Only Was ‘Ouchy,’ Not Lame

Eaton Sales owner Reiley McDonald held his ground on the witness stand Wednesday against persistent questioning on medication and breeding records in a lawsuit filed by Frank and Jane Lyon’s Summer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Love Me Only Trial: Witness Alleges ‘Threatening and Bullying’

The lawsuit over the disputed sale of $2.1 million broodmare Love Me Only being heard by a jury in Fayette Country Circuit Court in Lexington, Ky., figured to come down to a battle of the expert... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Women in Racing: Pens Mightier Than Swords

There may be places on the racetrack where women are still outnumbered, but the press box is no longer one of them. In fact, the glass-fronted rooms usually occupying a spot near the announcers’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lyon: Love Me Only Lawsuit Was Last Resort

Jane Lyon didn’t want to sue Eaton Sales and Coolmore Stud partners in November 2011 after being told by veterinarians the mare she’d paid $2.1 million for a week earlier was suffering from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Caused a Sensation, I Know It’

In the process of researching our piece on important, early female owners from the pages of history, I came across a couple of owners who did not campaign influential horses but made international... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Report on Drug Testing Should Be Sobering Wake Up Call

“Unacceptable.” That’s how James Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, described the status quo for drug testing in American horse racing. Gagliano and others from The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: Wagner Forged Her Own Path in Handicapping World

When Judy Wagner first started making waves in the male-dominated arena of handicapping contests, she heard a few whispers. “Here comes the real handicapper now,” someone would say as her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Frustration Builds Over Drug Testing Delays at LGC Lab

The two investigators for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission weren’t making a courtesy call last Thursday when they drove from Indianapolis to the LGC Science equine drug testing laboratory in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘Lovable Eccentrics’ and Other Early Pioneers

It’s not so uncommon these days to find women at the helm of a great horse’s breeding or racing career; in fact, there are now syndicates made up entirely of women. In the first part of the 20th... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Remembering the ‘Unconquerable, Invincible, Unbeatable’ Cigar

Thanks for the memories. I may have seen better horses than Cigar in my racing lifetime, but no horse took me to places like he did or allowed me to experience the range of emotions this game can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Women in Racing: The View From Here

Mid-week ahead of the Belmont Stakes, I looked up from vexing video production software and looked around the press room. Sea of dress shirts, clacking keyboards, two people debating about a baseball... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

What Next for O’Neill? Possibly a Lengthy Suspension in California

The New York State Gaming Commission suspension of Doug O’Neill set in motion steps that could have far-reaching implications beyond the stipulated settlement that was intended to sideline the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Menifee: Korea’s Sunday Silence

Though many American racing fans may remember him mostly as the big bay who finished second to Charismatic in the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Menifee is making a serious impact in the racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Pope: Where’s the Game-Changing Innovation for Racing?

A few weeks ago, Apple presented its latest innovations, including a smart watch and a new way of paying for goods and services. In a short time, the company has literally changed the world with its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Paulick Report Launches Sixth Breeders’ Cup or Bust To Celebrate Women in Racing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since 2009, it’s also the time of year the Paulick Report has embarked on its annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust Fundraising drive in support of Breeders’ Cup... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Downs or Churchill Downs: Who Gets Edge in Race Dates Battle?

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Race Dates Committee meets at 1 p.m. today and one of the issues the panels faces is whether to approve a request from Kentucky Downs to expand its highly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Bramlage: We’ll Have to Give Up Lasix on Race-Day

The list of Honor Guests of the Thoroughbred Club of America reads like a Who’s Who of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding world dating back to its first Testimonial Dinner in 1932 when Col. E.R.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ruidoso: All American Futurity the Last Straw for a Crackdown?

What was the tipping point for R.D. Hubbard? The chairman of Ruidoso Downs racetrack in New Mexico – also a well-known player in the Thoroughbred industry – on Tuesday announced tough, new rules to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Follow the Line: Popular Thoroughbred Sires in Sport Horses

When it comes to repurposing off-track Thoroughbreds for other equestrian sports, not all trainers and riders hold pedigree in equal credence. Some professionals say a horse’s conformation and way of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lost Art: Marketing OTTBs by Pedigree Not So Black and White

At last week’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, buyers were wandering the sale grounds with catalogue books in hand, scouring the bold type for their next sprinter, miler, turf, or classic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Indiana Grand Veterinarian, Assistant Trainer ‘Summarily Suspended’

Veterinarian Dr. Ross Russell and assistant trainer Richard Estvanko were summarily suspended on Saturday by Indiana Horse Racing Commission stewards at Indiana Grand racetrack in Shelbyville, Ind.,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Suffolk Downs: It Took 4,000 People to Build, Three to Shut It Down

There’s an old joke among economists about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession is when your neighbor has lost his job, and a depression is when you’ve lost your job.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Investment in the Ownership Experience a Significant Issue

Stephen Koch is vice president of racing, stables and grounds for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, which this year is operating nine months of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Former Midwest Thoroughbreds Trainer Sues for Overtime Pay, Commissions

Midwest Thoroughbreds, which has led North American Thoroughbred owners by races won every year since 2010, is being sued by a former trainer for alleged violation of federal and state labor laws, in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Where Are They Now? Catching Up With This Year’s Three-Year-Olds

Shared Belief and California Chrome are getting all the attention these days as they continue on the path to the Breeders’ Cup Classic in a few weeks, but what’s become of the others in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...