Paulick Report

Floating A ‘Grand’ Plan For Maryland Racing And The Preakness

During an impromptu meeting with the media in the Pimlico press box three hours before the Preakness Stakes  on Saturday afternoon, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer Sal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: No Backing Down In Baltimore

One of the most thrilling aspects of the Triple Crown has always been the rivalries that develop between top horses. Occasionally, those horses happen to live in the same barn. If American Pharoah... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

‘Triple Frown’: Derby Dreamers Who Woke Up Before The Preakness

As racing turns its eyes from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course, the annual speculation begins anew—will the winner of the roses pick up the Black-Eyed Susans and carry on fresh hopes of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mum’s The Word On Why Parx Jockey Castillo Taken Off Mounts

Jockey Angel Castillo, second leading jockey at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania, was abruptly taken off his mounts after finishing second in Tuesday’s fourth race, but officials at Parx deferred... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rematch In Baltimore: Precedent For Stablemate Triple Crown Battles

Count me among the skeptics thinking Bob Baffert would not run Dortmund in the Preakness immediately after stablemate American Pharoah’s hard-fought win over Firing Line and Dortmund in the 141st... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rachael Zilboorg Wins Derby Dollars Contest Presented By West Point Thoroughbreds, 123bet.com

Rachael Zilboorg, a Lexington, Ky., resident who works for Fasig-Tipton, out-handicapped 3,965 others to win the Paulick Report’s second annual Derby Dollars Contest presented by West Point... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Recap, Belmont Cap, Whip Controversy?

The 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby is in the books, and the horse everyone was talking about before the race got the job done. It’s the third consecutive year the post-time favorite has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Shaking Hands And Shaking Reins

Late into April, the students in the North American Racing Academy’s introductory riding course are starting to adopt the look of professional exercise riders. Their unsteady circles, formerly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Hollywood Park, The End Is Here

It was on life support for nearly a decade and ran its last race in December 2013, but Hollywood Park’s 77-year presence on the Southern California and international horse racing landscape has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Salute To Dan Loiselle: A Tough Act To Follow

There’s only about a month left. Fourteen racing dates to be exact to hear that full-bodied flavor of a voice, the voice of Woodbine, Dan Loiselle, before he retires after 48 years of working for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Take Two: Jockey Club, TOBA’s Transparency Program Gets Failing Grade

Whatever happened to transparency and the publication of veterinary records for Kentucky Derby starters and other graded stakes runners? The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Oaks, Derby Victors Show How To Win With Class

There is something to be said for winning with class. That characteristic was shown in spades on Friday when Lovely Maria gave former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones his third victory in the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby 141 Edition

Based upon the early returns at Churchill Downs, there’s a chance this year’s Kentucky Derby will break another attendance record. And with good reason. The weather forecast is great,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Juleps, Show Bets, And Heels: Kentucky Derby Do’s And Don’ts

Churchill Downs has a couple of new rules for Kentucky Derby 141 that reflect the changing times, including bans on selfie sticks and remote controlled aircraft. But aside from the official list of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby PR Special: Derby Numbers, Spelling Errors, And Longshots

With all of the anticipation around this year’s talented Kentucky Derby field, the annual Derby Trainers’ Dinner did not disappoint. Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas, Todd Pletcher, Mike de Kock, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

What Is That? A Glossary To Derby And Oaks Contenders’ Tack

As Kentucky Derby and Oaks hopefuls go about their preparations for this week’s races, the stretch at Churchill Downs during morning training is as much a parade of tack as it is horses. Taking note... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: What’s The Story With This Kentucky Derby?

We only need to look back one year to reaffirm that Kentucky Derby lore is filled with rich storylines, following the compelling journey of California Chome through last year’s Triple Crown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse Racing Regulators’ Whack-A-Mole Challenge

Spent a few days at the 81st annual convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Tampa, Fla. You’d think after 80 years they’d have this “regulating the horse and dog racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS April: Remembering A Florida Innovator, Getting To Know Zayat

The OBS April Sale of 2-year-olds in Training resumes Thursday, fresh off the biggest price in sale history after a Tapit filly went for $1.9 million Wednesday. The Paulick Report is pleased to bring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special: OBS April Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to once again offer a special print publication for the OBS April Sale of Two Year Olds in Training in Ocala, Fla.. The PR Special will be distributed on the sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Conquering The Butterflies

As the gallop field at the back of the Thoroughbred Center brightens from brown to green, students in the North American Racing Academy’s introductory Racehorse Riding Skills class are also coming to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Angles And Memories, A Letter From Afar

With the Kentucky Derby just two short weeks away and the field almost set, it’s time to think about how to dissect what appears to be one of the stronger fields in recent memory. Speaking of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mott Goes To The Mat For Assistant Denied Immigration Visa

A U.S. District Court judge handed down a decision last week in a case brought by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott against government officials related to an employee’s visa denial. Judge Reggie Walton... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Tricks Of The Trade: How EPO Used For Blood-Doping A Horse

Erythropoietin is a hormone produced naturally by the kidney that helps regulate the production of red blood cells. Epogen is a drug developed by scientists in the 1980s to treat human diseases like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick Report’s Jagow Wins Sovereign Award For ‘Woodbine Diaries’

Scott Jagow, editor-in-chief of the Paulick Report, was among those honored Friday night at the 40th annual Sovereign Awards, held at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto on the eve of the opening of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: On Derby Points, Speed Figures, And Stronach’s Vision

Saturday’s the final opportunity for Kentucky Derby contenders to grab points they might need to get into this year’s field of 20. In this third year of the Road to the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Payson Park: South Florida’s ‘Club Med’ For Horses

With spring in full swing, some of horse racing’s top runners are just beginning to flex their muscles in their first few starts or workouts of the year. Many of the sport’s top... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women In Racing: Racing’s Adventuress

It can never be said that Virginia Kraft Payson is a passive observer of sports she loves. Race fans know her as the owner of Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., as well as breeder of G1 Breeders’ Cup... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Slumps, Speed, And Perfection: Challenges Loom For Derby Contenders

Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Florida Derby winner Materiality don’t know that only seven of 24 horses who came to the Kentucky Derby with perfect records left Churchill Downs still unbeaten.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Malaise, Royal Dissension?

The 141st Run for the Roses should be a lot clearer after this weekend, which features three of the final four major prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. It’s a last chance to gauge... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Testing Times

The mood in the Thoroughbred Center’s Barn 30, like in many college libraries and coffee shops in mid-March, is decidedly more anxious than usual. It’s the second day of midterms for the nine... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RMTC: Cobalt Data Analysis Has Been Problematic

The following is a response to a column by Ray Paulick earlier this week concerning the approval of a threshold level for cobalt by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium: The Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Standing MRI Can Signal Breakdowns Before They Happen

Regulators have spent a lot of time drafting, editing, and implementing industry reforms with the goal of reducing the rate of fatal breakdowns in Thoroughbred racing. The challenge for many has been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

American Racing’s Slow-Moving War on Cobalt

The story of the tortoise and the hare is a fable – a fictitious race between a turtle and a rabbit that ends with a determined and purposeful tortoise beating a fleet-footed but over-confident... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derbies And Rainbows, On The Scene At Gulfstream

It’s one of the biggest weekends on the racing calendar, featuring the Florida Derby, the Louisiana Derby, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup, where Horse of the Year California Chrome is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Strongest Sale In Years’: Expansion Works For OBS March

Several factors contributed to the strength of the 2-year-old market at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s expanded March auction in Ocala, Fla., last week. First and foremost, there was a deep pool of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Warm Ups And Cool Downs

Piloting 1,200 pounds of fire-breathing horseflesh takes more than a gentle hand and good instincts—it requires an athlete. Jockeys are recognized, pound for pound, as some of the strongest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day 2: A Sales Legend, Speightstown, And Itsmyluckyday

The OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training resumes Wednesday in Ocala, Fla., and the Paulick Report is once again on-site to distribute a special print publication for sale-goers, also available... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day 1: Injury Rates For Sale-Prepped Juveniles?

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer its special print edition on the grounds during this week’s OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in Ocala, Fla. In today’s edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York’s Drug Testing Program Has Its Own ‘Style’

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Attorney Drew Mollica repeated the phrase, utterly mystified a few days after his client, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was handed a fine and suspension for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Story Updates: Vazquez Back In Action; Morales Lands In Louisiana

Updates on some stories from the recent past. – Trainer Juan Vazquez is back in business, though not in Maryland, where he was told by Maryland Jockey Club officials last month he is no longer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: No Heavy Lifting Required?

Welcome back to The Friday Show, the Paulick Report’s look at leading stories of the week in the racing and Thoroughbred industries, plus some items you may have missed. In this week’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commentary: Breeders’ Cup Ticket Chase An Exercise In Futility

Breeders’ Cup and Keeneland officials will declare the one-day ticket offering to the general public for the 2015 racing championships a huge success – and they’ll have the numbers to back it up. All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Crashing And Burning

Good horsemen agree that you don’t truly become a rider until you’ve fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it’s not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: One Tough Ticket Or Ray’s Couch?

For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, the Jockey Club is expected to announce today... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Big Problems: Future Seems Bleak For Racing In Texas

I’m not the only one who let my imagination run wild in 1987 when the Texas legislature authorized a state-wide referendum to bring pari-mutuel racing back to the Lone Star state. After all, this was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...