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Woodbine Diaries: One Mile That Matters

In recent years, the influence of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile on the Breeders’ Cup and year-end championships is undeniable. In the last five years, winners of the Woodbine Mile have this resume:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland Day 4: A New Style of Horsepower

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale marches on Thursday with the final group of Book 1 offerings. Here’s what you’ll find in today’s edition of the PR Special, being distributed on the sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland Day 3: Seeking Common Ground

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale heads into its third session Wednesday. Here’s what you’ll find in the latest edition of the PR Special, being distributed on the sales grounds: Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: The Toronto Racing Experience

High quality races, facilities, and hospitality are some of the things that make a racetrack an appealing destination.  But location is important, too. While it’s true that Woodbine Racetrack... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland Day 2: Sizing Up Freshman Sires

As the Keeneland September Yearling Sale resumes in Lexington Tuesday, the Paulick Report is pleased to present another print publication being distributed on the sales grounds. In this PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland Day 1: The Longest Journey

The world renowned Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets underway Monday in Lexington, Ky., and once again, the Paulick Report is pleased to present a series of special print editions to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Canada’s Green Monster

Like a famous left field wall or ivy-covered outfield, the turf course at Woodbine Racetrack is a signature presence, one known around the world. With its unusual location outside of the “main... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Let’s Go North of the Border, Eh?

The Paulick Report has headed due north for the late summer, making a trek to Toronto to find out what makes Woodbine Racetrack a unique racing destination in North America. In the coming days,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

All American Futurity Winner, Stablemate in Distress After Wins

JM Miracle, winner of Monday’s $2.6 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs, was vanned off the racetrack in distress, suffering from an unknown internal ailment immediately after his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Durkin’s Last Call: A Storyteller Who Will Be Missed

When NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin hangs up his microphone on Sunday, it will be the end of an era for many race fans. So much has been written in tribute to the announcer’s 43-year career that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Tests Results Show Cobalt Abuse ‘Likely Occurring on a Daily Basis’ in Indiana

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will consider emergency rules next Thursday, Sept. 4, to regulate cobalt, a potentially dangerous substance to horses that many believe mimics blood-doping agents... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Court Battle Sullies Feel-Good Story of Rescue Racehorse, Magna Fortuna

What began as the well-publicized story of a miracle foal that made it to the winner’s circle in support of responsible ownership has turned swiftly into a cautionary tale featuring court... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing Needs Owners Like Rome, Who Can Handle the Ride

Have seen a lot of people come and go in the horse business, especially among the ranks of owners. Too many have gone, and that’s one of the industry’s major problems today, for the shortage of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sound of Silence: Horsemen Voice Concern Over Equine Medical Records Transfer

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pool Manipulation? Suspicious Betting Spotted in Thistledown Race

Was Sunday’s fifth race at Thistledown racetrack in Ohio a textbook case of how to beat the bookie? That’s what one Paulick Report reader thinks, and the evidence is pretty compelling. Missjeanlouise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Duchossois: Cooperation, Consolidation Is the Way Forward for Racing

At 92, you’d think Richard Duchossois would take time to enjoy the finer things in life. That’s not his style. Instead, the man known around the racetrack as Mr. D is often the first one in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Bad Link: TOBA’s Sales Integrity Program and Dr. Berman’s Love Quiz

What do car rentals in Mexico, Bob stroller accessories and Dr. Berman’s Love Quiz have to do with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association bringing new owners into horse racing? Good... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hall of Fame Inductions: ‘This is a Sport for Dreamers’

Two Thoroughbreds, a jockey, and a trainer were inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame at a Friday morning ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Curlin, Ashado, Alexis Solis, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Where’s the Reasonable Dialogue on Race Day Medication?

We live in an increasingly polarized world. Red State/Blue State. Pro-Choice/Pro-Life. Fox News/MSNBC. In horseracing, it’s been repeated many times that Lasix is our “abortion issue.” You’re either... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Is Sales Market Optimism Justified?

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, off to a strong start Monday, continues Tuesday at the sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The Paulick Report is pleased to present a second print edition being... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Saratoga: Do’s and Don’ts of Horse Shopping

The Paulick Report offers another informative print publication for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, taking place Monday and Tuesday evenings in Saratoga Springs, NY. In Monday’s edition,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

On the Record: Deciphering Pre-Race Vet Treatments

Thanks to the Jockey Club’s recent push to publicize pre-race vet records of top-level runners, a sizable volume of handwritten forms have appeared online, ostensibly providing the transparency many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Owners Protest CHRB’s Regulatory Inaction on Masochistic Race

If you weren’t outraged at the stunning form reversal by a 4-year-old California-bred gelding named Masochistic in a Kentucky Derby undercard race at Churchill Downs, then it’s likely you either... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rocky Transition for New Drug Rules in West Virginia

West Virginia horseracing’s transition to new medication rules has not gone smoothly. Since the so-called Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program went into effect on July 9, dozens of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Better Breeders’ Cup Board: Something Old, Something New

Change is good. But not too much change. I think the Breeders’ Cup Members got it just right in the runoff election earlier this week when Bill Farish of Lane’s End Farm was re-elected to a four-year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Easy, Chicken Little: Southern California Racing Holding Its Own

The sky is not falling – at least not in the Southern California horse racing world, where I am in the midst of an annual summer pilgrimage. Hollywood Park has closed for good, and the Los Angeles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The View From Belterra Park: Bright Future Ahead?

It’s been two and a half months since Cincinnati’s old River Downs reopened as Belterra Park, a shiny new racing and gaming venue that shares its name with the Belterra casino in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Wanted: Fantasy League Horseplayers to Play Against Ray

It’s year three of the Breeders’ Cup Fantasy ‘Capping horse racing fantasy league and I invite our readers to once again join in and “Play Against Ray.” It’s for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

An Enterprising Opening at Del Mar

You never know what you’re going to see at Del Mar racetrack on opening day, and if you’ve ever been there you know exactly what I mean. But I’m not going to talk about fashion statements or the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

EquiLottery: An Open Letter to the Industry

Dear industry stakeholders, fans and observers, By now, you have probably heard about the launch of EquiLottery, The Greatest Two Dollars in Sports. We have received coverage from every major... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Message to Perry Martin: Stop Digging

Just when you thought the story of California Chrome and its self-proclaimed Dumb-Ass Partners couldn’t get any weirder, co-owner and co-breeder Perry Martin turned it up a notch. As Nigel Tufnel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Voss: Ten Things I Learned From the Welfare and Safety Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation hosted its fifth Welfare and Safety Summit Tuesday and Wednesday, with speakers addressing everything from intra-articular joint therapies to injury... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Something Rotten in Louisiana? HBPA President Loses Authority in ‘Power Move’

“Usually, if it stinks it’s rotten.” Those were the words of Benard Chatters, who was elected president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association in April but had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

For Casse, Queen’s Plate an Emotional Triumph

Trainer Mark Casse has been trying to win the Queen’s Plate for so long, he can’t remember how many he’s stumbled up against, how many chances he has missed to pick up the 50 guineas from Queen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Silver City Carries Valor Farm Into Shiny New Era

A periodic skim of the lists of up-and-coming stallions usually produces a few surprises. This year, the national First Crop Sires list is headed by a horse with a four-figure stud fee. Yes, four... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Florida Sham: ‘Racetrack’ a Mockery of the State and Sport

A day of racing at Oxford Downs near The Villages retirement community in South Marion County in Florida would be funny if it weren’t so sad. But sad, indeed, is the state of pari-mutuel regulations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Death on the Backstretch: ‘Nothing Prepares Us for This Day’

On a muggy Woodbine day, the horse trailers went in and they went out by the stable gate. It seemed like any other summer day, except that one by one, people filed into the Woodbine rec room to honor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

BHA Steroids Policy Could Impact U.S. Thoroughbred Auctions

Tough, new regulations prohibiting the use of anabolic steroids, announced Thursday by the British Horseracing Authority, could impact commercial breeders in the United States or American trainers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Romans on Indian Charlie Fight: ‘I Had to Defend Myself’

Eclipse Award-winning trainer Dale Romans and newsletter publisher Ed Musselman were involved in a fight Thursday morning that brought Louisville Metro Police officers and EMTs to the Churchill Downs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

OBS on the Rise: Record-Breaking Sales Season ‘Very Satisfying’

It was a very successful 2-year-old selling season in 2013 for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company. Records were set across the board at the Florida auction company’s March, April and June sales of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Despite Differences, Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Will Shine

What took so long? That’s the only question I had after watching the video presentation and seeing the plans for a first-ever “homecoming” Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in 2015. I’ve made no secret of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: The Almost-Crown

In this week’s edition of his column, Bill Rawlings, coach driver for the America’s Best Racing RV, recalls his first Belmont Stakes experience. This was my second trip to Belmont Park, after ABR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Everything Old Is New Again: Examining Thyroxine

Off-label use of thyroxine (sold as Thyro-L, Levoxine Powder, or Levo-Powder) has been popular among trainers since the 1970s, but recent revelations from leading Thoroughbred conditioners about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...