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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...

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...