Paulick Report

Wesley Ward On Royal Ascot: ‘You’ve Got To Bring Your Best’

Trainer Wesley Ward had a topsy-turvy week at Royal Ascot in England. On Wednesday he sent out the Scat Daddy filly Acapulco – a $750,000 purchase from the McKathan Brothers consignment at the OBS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

An Unlikely Ally? Getting To Know The Humane Society Of The United States

The announcement last month that the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup would join forces with the Humane Society of the United States to back a federal anti-doping bill was a surprise to some in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse Co-Owned by Ruidoso’s Hubbard Among Four Testing Positive For Clenbuterol

Lilly Is First, winner of the $337,186 Mountain Top New Mexico Quarter Horse Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on June 13, tested positive for clenbuterol while qualifying for the race in a futurity trial at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Indiana Judge Upholds Norris Suspension, Citing ‘Repeated Lies And Deceptive Acts’

An administrative law judge has upheld the recommendation by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission that a three-year suspension and $15,000 fine be imposed against trainer Mike Norris, who had five... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘If You Came For The Horses, It’s A Great Time To Be Alive’

I believe there are two things that bring people through the gates of a racetrack for the first time: horses, or people. If you came for the horses, it’s a great time to be alive. At American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Lifting Curses, Stamping History?

The American public may have started moving on to other things following American Pharoah’s historic achievement, but for the horse racing industry, there’s still a lot to consider since... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Coming To A Simulcast Screen Near You: Hipodromo De Las Americas

Triple Crown fever didn’t end with American Pharoah’s triumphant Belmont Stakes on June 6. At least not for all North American racing fans. On Saturday at the Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Extra, Extra: Changing Face Of Media In Triple Crown History

It seems as if the national and trade media have gone out of their way since American Pharoah’s Belmont victory to capture every bath shot and describe every carrot consumption of the newly-minted... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Voice From The Farm: Why American Pharoah’s Victory ‘Meant So Much’

American Pharoah spent his formative months in my backyard. My boyfriend and I live on the property where he was raised from a young foal to a weanling, although now the farm is under new ownership.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Knowledge And Passion Have Been A Winning Combination For Haskin

Steve Haskin resigned from his position as senior correspondent from Blood-Horse on Monday, ending a popular and productive 17-year run as the magazine and website’s lead writer on Triple Crown races... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Goffs London Sale: From Afternoon Tea To Owning A Royal Ascot Runner

If we really do live in an instant-gratification society, what could be more instantly gratifying than buying a Thoroughbred racehorse on a Monday and then watching it run in what is perhaps the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

The Friday Show: What Next For Racing, Triple Crown Winner?

One thing that will be missing in next year’s Triple Crown races is that overwhelming sense of historical anticipation that’s been woven into the series for many years. The moment is now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Protecting A Legend: Insurance Costs Behind A Triple Crown Winner

As American Pharoah rests in his stall at Churchill Downs, recovering from his Triple Crown victory, his connections will be mapping out the horse’s next moves. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah Offers A Carpe Diem Moment For Racing

Two out of three readers who voted in this week’s Paulick Report poll believe American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph will help create new racing fans. Between the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah Completes Triple Crown Sweep

It’s over. horse racing’s 37-year affair with frustration has ended. American Pharoah, owned and bred by Zayat Stables and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, lit up Belmont Park with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Never A Dull Moment In Bid For Triple Crown

With one of the toughest feats in all of sports at stake, you’d think the tension on the racetrack would be enough, but that’s rarely the case with horse racing’s top honor. Human... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Being Todd Pletcher: A Day Behind The Scenes

Trainer Todd Pletcher has taken plenty of ribbing about his 1 for 43 record in the Kentucky Derby, but it’s only because he’s been so successful everywhere else in the sport. The winner of a record... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mitchell To Retire As General Manager Of Juddmonte Farms

Philip Mitchell will step down from his post as general manager of Juddmonte Farms later this year. He will spend the next six months working closely with his team at Juddmonte to ensure a smooth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

When The Cheaters Get It Wrong: Cobalt Latest In A List Of Misestimations

The horse is a complex creature; so complex that even to those looking to give him a chemical boost, he can remain a mystery. Last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council focused... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Change Needed In New York’s Drug Testing Policy

The New York State Gaming Commission was none too happy with a Natalie Voss article published in the Paulick Report earlier this year calling into question the state’s drug testing program under Dr.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jockey Hernandez-Ortega’s License Revoked After Botched Parx Racing Investigation

The Keystone Cops, otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, botched another one. Sixteen days after racing commission employees took jockey Angel Castillo off his mounts at Parx... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Strange Things Happen In The Belmont

With the Triple Crown vacant since 1978, it obviously takes a rare combination of horse, connections, and circumstances to pull off one of the most difficult feats in sports. In addition to the grind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Baffert’s Horse Sense: ‘They Can’t Talk To Us’

It’s Belmont time again. On American Pharoah rest the hopes and prayers of every tired soul who wants to see this Triple Crown jinx finally end after 37 years. Heck, that seems like eons, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside the North American Racing Academy: Final Exams

Early May brings with it warm breezes across the gallop field at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. The grass has grown so long that North American Racing Academy executive director Remi... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Zayat Says Lawsuit Claiming He Owes Offshore Bookmaker $1.65 Million ‘Meritless’

Ahmed Zayat, owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, is fighting a lawsuit filed last year by a former “recruiter” for offshore bookmakers who says Zayat failed to pay a $1.65... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Indiana Ousts Widely-Used Drug Testing Lab For ‘Continued Failure To Detect Substances’

Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company’s equine drug testing contract after... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Preakness 140: One To Remember, On And Off The Track

There is something special about the Preakness. It’s not as big an event as the Kentucky Derby or as important a horse race as the Belmont Stakes. But the middle jewel of the Triple Crown for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

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...