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PR Special Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale: Beyond Expectations, Ask Your Veterinarian

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale of Selected Yearlings. This edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Is Parity Good For Racing?

In many sports, the rules clearly make parity an objective. The worst teams get to draft first, for example, in the hope of making those teams more competitive. On the other hand, dominance still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Inspired By His Late Father, Castellano Enters Hall Of Fame With Dreams Yet To Fulfill

When Javier Castellano is inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame on Friday, it will culminate his illustrious career but hardly mark the end. In some respects, the 39-year-old... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Arrogate At The Bat?

Every athlete has an off-day now and then, but it's rare to see one that's on top of the world throw a serious clunker. In this week's episode of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: They Don’t Always Bring Their ‘A’ Game

There were 16,568 racing fans on hand at Del Mar racetrack to watch Saturday's Grade 2 San Diego Handicap – plus one notable no show. Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate, billed by some as the Horse of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Among Trio Notified Of Alleged Class 1 Drug Violations

Judd Kearl, the reigning American Quarter Horse Association champion trainer and 2016 leader in both money and races won in North America, was among three trainers notified on Friday by the Texas... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Positive Trends?

Last week on The Friday Show, we looked at five of the biggest challenges the Thoroughbred racing industry currently faces. This week, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick examine trends that appear to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Saratoga Start Unlikely For Songbird; Porter Says No Plans To Retire Two-Time Champ At Year’s End

Owner Rick Porter and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer have long indicated that a race at Saratoga Race Course was among the stops they intended to make as part of two-time champion Songbird's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Criminal Charges In Dermorphin Case

U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter denied a motion earlier this month to dismiss federal charges against Louisiana veterinarian Dr. Kyle J. Hebert and Essential Pharmacy Compounding. Hebert is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Challenge Accepted?

As we like to say at the Paulick Report, we've reached the “Dog Days” of the Thoroughbred racing season. Since it's somewhat of a quiet time and the middle of the year, perhaps it's a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Show’ Us The Money? The Plight Of A Simple Wager

The modern menu of betting options in North American horse racing has reached dizzying levels. Daily Double, Pick 3, 4, 5, 6, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, Super High Five, Pick 6 jackpots, Grand... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton July: Danzig’s Rapid Rise To Success

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale of Selected Yearlings. This edition of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Questionable Motives?

In the wake of the 14-count guilty finding in the trial of trainer Murray Rojas, Penn National has permanently barred her and two others from the racetrack. Meanwhile, the national horsemen's group,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Commentary: In Wake Of Rojas Case, Racing Should Follow Lead Of USOC

Having been involved as a lobbyist in many policy debates in Washington for several years, I consider it a rare gift when a major court case strongly confirms your side of an argument. It is rarer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: In Rojas Trial, HBPA Plays The Part Of Enabler

It must be disheartening at times to be an honest Thoroughbred owner or trainer, especially one that happens to race in Pennsylvania. It's bad enough, as we learned last week in the federal trial of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Rojas Verdict: Not Guilty On Wire Fraud, Guilty On Misbranding Of Prescription Drugs

A jury in United States District Court in Harrisburg, Pa., has convicted Thoroughbred trainer Murray Rojas on 14 of 21 counts brought against her by the U.S. attorney's office in a wide-ranging FBI... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The 158th Queen’s Plate: Racing In The Courtroom?

A federal trial taking place in Harrisburg, Pa., could have wide-ranging implications, depending on the outcome. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the trial of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Trainer Beattie At Rojas Trial: ‘Almost Everybody’ Illegally Treated Horses On Race Day

Stephanie Beattie threw fellow horsemen under the bus during her testimony for the prosecution Tuesday afternoon at the federal trial of Murray Rojas, a former rival for leading trainer honors at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Murray Rojas Trial Casts Dark Shadow Over Racing

Horse racing lost 14 potential fans this past week in Pennsylvania. The 14 men and women are serving on the jury in the federal trial of Murray Rojas, the Penn National-based trainer charged on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The 158th Queen’s Plate: Hialeah Hope, Royal Attraction?

Hialeah Park was once one of the most elegant venues of Thoroughbred racing in the country. The physical facility remains gorgeous inside and out, but the racing product has deteriorated —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Blame State, Not Brunetti, For Mockery Of The Sport At Hialeah

I visited Hialeah Park for the first time nearly 30 years ago, on Dec. 26, 1987. Though I'd been cautioned that the grande dame of South Florida racing was not what she once was – that the war track... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

First Time’s The Charm: Remembering Mr. Hooper

When a 96-year-old Thoroughbred trainer turned heads recently by winning a fist-bumping race at Gulfstream Park, there was an immediate flashback to one name, Fred W. Hooper, who more than any other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Changing Of The Crown?

Only one horse ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown this year, which has prompted the seemingly annual discussion about whether it's time to make changes to the timing of the races, offer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: The Race To The Breeding Shed

There was a time, not so long ago, that sporting men and women would breed Thoroughbreds to race them. Today, it seems, we have more business people who race to breed. With the 2017 Triple Crown in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Beck: Is AAEP Protecting Horses … Or Its Own Interests?

Various members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, the group of industry organizations promoting passage of federal legislation that would bring uniform standards to our sport under the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Beck: Is AAEP Protecting Horses … Or Its Own Interests?

Various members of the Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, the group of industry organizations promoting passage of federal legislation that would bring uniform standards to our sport under the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Songbird In The Flesh, Belmont Day Breakdown

The 149th Belmont Stakes won't bestow Triple Crown honors on a horse this year, but the main event and surrounding races certainly appear dreamy for horseplayers and other fans of horse racing. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Could Belmont Run By Epicharis Be Start Of Something Big For NYRA?

The New York Racing Association hopes Epicharis' participation in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday will help to usher in a new era of regular appearances by Japan-based horses in its major... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Coltimus Prime Gives Rene Douglas A Clásico Return To Panama

Rene Douglas made a triumphant return to his native Panama on Sunday, where he launched a riding career that would carry him to 3,587 victories over 27 years in the United States. That career ended... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Fantasy Meets Reality?

A judge's ruling in California has the potential for major repercussions in the horse racing industry and possibly, the entire world of Daily Fantasy Sports. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Elephant In The Room: Racing Can Do More To Take Care Of Its Own

As the Thoroughbred industry makes another push toward federal legislation standardizing drug testing in racing, one of the central questions will be what reformed testing will cost. Expense is,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Time Running Out For Illinois Racing

There was a time when slot machines at Illinois racetracks might have leveled the competitive playing field for the gambling dollar. Those days are over. With the General Assembly in Springfield... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show: Back To Congress, Belmont Shrinking?

A pair of Congressmen reintroduced the Horseracing Integrity Act this week, a bill designed to implement uniform oversight of medication in horse racing. This is the second iteration of the bill, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Pennsylvania Commission Plays ‘Let’s Make A Deal’ With Serey, Servis

With Tom Chuckas in the role of game show host Wayne Brady (or, to people from my generation, Monty Hall), the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission recently played a couple of rounds of “Let's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Florida Follies: Dozens Of Drug Positives Thrown Out Due To State Incompetence

How incompetent is the leadership at Florida's Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, the state government agency that regulates horse racing in the state? Let me count the ways: 1, 2, 3, 4 … 100, maybe... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: Preakness Aftermath

It's not supposed to be easy, this Triple Crown thing. Yes, there was plenty of disappointment to go around when Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming chucked it at the top of the stretch, but what a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special: Preakness And Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Edition

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of Pimlico on Preakness Stakes Day and Fasig-Tipton for the Midlantic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full link... Read More...

Hola Latin America: Paulick Report Launches Spanish Language Section

The Paulick Report is introducing a new Spanish language section, Paulick Report en Español, aimed at bringing expanded news on North American racing and breeding to owners, breeders, trainers,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By The Penn Mile: Baltimore Spirit?

There could hardly be a better name for a Kentucky Derby winner trying for a Triple Crown than Always Dreaming. But despite having a Triple Crown winner two years ago, the feat remains as difficult... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Pan Am Conference: Challenges And Advantages Of Globalizing Racing

The Jockey Club kicked off its Pan American Conference Thursday in Washington D.C. with a program focusing on the international and gaming elements of Thoroughbred racing. The conference, which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Whiffs, Preakness Trends?

The Friday Show team was not with the public when it came to choosing Saturday's Kentucky Derby winner, and that turned out to be a mistake. In today's edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Irishmen Ryan, Dilger Strike Back-To-Back Gold In Kentucky Derby

Mike Ryan comes from Ireland's County Meath, just outside of Dublin, where he was raised on his family's horse farm. Gerry Dilger, growing up in County Clare in western Ireland, couldn't wait for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Economics, Limited Opportunities Drive Bennett From Arlington to Delaware Park

Dale and Denise Bennett are used to heading north at the end of the meet at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla. They've been snowbirds for some years. This year, however, instead of taking Interstates... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show: Who Will Win The Kentucky Derby?

No doubt, this is one of the most wide open Derby fields in recent memory, but who's looking ready to win? Which horses have stood out this week and may have benefited from the post position draw? In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special: The Kentucky Derby 143 Edition

It's Derby week, so that means it's time for a special print edition presented by the Paulick Report, focusing on the 143rd running. This edition of the PR Special was distributed at Tuesday night's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

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...