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Whip Use: Can Regulations Solve Public Perception Problems?

Whip regulation has drawn an increasing amount of attention from regulators in recent years, as debate about the use of riding crops in the United Kingdom and Europe spills across the Atlantic. Most... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Kay: Report By New York Comptroller Ignores The Facts

The following commentary by New York Racing Association president and CEO Chris Kay was originally published in the Albany Times-Union. Following a report from the Office of the State Comptroller,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Turf, Surf, And Cornfields?

One of the highlights of the summer racing calendar is, of course, opening day at Del Mar, and Ray Paulick has made his annual journey to the West Coast to be there. In this edition of The Friday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Indiana Grand Diaries: Racing Investments Instill Pride, Elevate Derby

Pop Quiz: Who won last year's Indiana Derby? It might be a head scratcher for many people — the race hasn't exactly been top of mind most years. But recent developments in the Hoosier State aim to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commentary: Mercer County Neglect Case Is Far From Over

A digital cheer traveled through the Paulick Report's comment threads and Facebook comments when news arrived in late June that Charles Borell had been arrested on 43 misdemeanor counts of animal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Lansdowne Thoroughbreds Lists 76 Creditors In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing

Lansdowne Thoroughbreds LLC, which began buying horses at public auction in 2014 and spent nearly $1.5 million to purchase at least 30 broodmares, yearlings and 2-year-olds in training, filed for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Lansdowne Thoroughbreds Lists 76 Creditors In Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing

Lansdowne Thoroughbreds LLC, which began buying horses at public auction in 2014 and spent nearly $1.5 million to purchase at least 30 broodmares, yearlings and 2-year-olds in training, filed for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton July: A Pinhooking Success Story

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton July Sale, featuring selected yearlings and horses of racing age.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: A Wake-Up Call For Kentucky?

The recent charges filed against Breeders' Cup winning trainer Maria Borell and her father concerning horses allegedly in their care has turned a harsh spotlight on the laws governing animal welfare... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Makes Waves – Without Rocking The Boat, Of Course

“Trying to be better is what we do best.” So reads a headline in last Friday's edition of Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, above an editorial on the July 1 Canada Day holiday. “When... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Road To Recovery May Be A Long One For Starved Horses

Although the worst is over for the six horses removed last week from a neglect case in Mercer County, Ky., they still have a long road back to good health. Local officials approved the release of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Borell Case Highlights Holes In Kentucky County, State Animal Cruelty Laws

As distressing details emerged this week about the condition of 43 horses at the center of an animal neglect investigation in Mercer County, Ky., concerned horse lovers had lots of questions. For... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Voss: Eight Takeaways From The 2016 Welfare And Safety Of The Racehorse Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation held its seventh annual Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit on Tuesday with a packed agenda that addressed everything from the latest trends in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Fedorka: For The Love Of The Horse

I got the text message Monday afternoon. I had known about the neglect case for quite some time, and my good friend Carrie Gilbert had been in the thick of it for months. A horse named Silver Cliff... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Unfathomable’: Horses In Dire Condition As Animal Neglect Investigation Drags On

The horse pictured above is named Silver Cliff. He's a gelding by Silver Charm, born in 2002 and was nine years old when this picture was taken at Beacon Hill Farm, a Central Kentucky boarding... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Daily Fantasy Sports Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Coming To A Track Near You?

The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday approved a new form of daily fantasy sports based on the kind of pari-mutuel wagering used in horse racing, and the man who came up with the concept said he... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

After Spike In Violations, Florida HBPA Seeking ‘Fix’ Of New Medication Rules

Twenty-one of the 50 trainers with the most starts at the 2015-16 Gulfstream Park championship meeting were served with administrative complaints for medication violations since new regulations went... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

Alas, the 2016 Triple Crown season is over, and unlike last year when one horse convincingly captured all three races in a historic run, three different horses took the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Crowdsourcing A Racehorse? That’s A Story Worth Hearing

New journeys often begin on a path to somewhere else. In this case, the original destination was a maximum security prison in Upstate New York and the fork in the road was a racetrack. It'll make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

NYRA Re-Privatization And VLT Revenue: A Deal’s A Deal

So there's a bill awaiting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature that would re-privatize the New York Racing Association. Sorta kinda. NYRA has been under Cuomo's control for the last four years –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Thank You, Readers: Eight Years Strong And Still Growing

Eight years ago this week, an out-of-work horse racing journalist and a former stage actor and Starbucks barista launched a humble website that hoped to find a niche in the Thoroughbred world. From... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Random Observations From A Triple Crown Notebook

It takes a very good horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont.  It takes a great one to win all three races. We witnessed greatness in 2015. Sometimes, when there's not much separation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Weeding Out The Drama

While there's no chance of history doubling up this year in New York and no rematch between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, that doesn't mean the final leg of the Triple Crown is devoid of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Saga Of Suddenbreakingnews Raises Troubling Questions About Steroid Testing Uniformity

The recent revelation that Belmont Stakes contender Suddenbreakingnews is not a gelding but a ridgling was a surprise to everyone, including his connections. Somewhere along his journey, the horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Whipping Nonsense In California?

Last summer, the California Horse Racing Board approved what was dubbed the “strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing.” Jockeys were required to limit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Keeping Pace With Trainer Michael Dickinson? Good Luck With That

When he retired from Thoroughbred training in 2007, Michael Dickinson seemed to leave the game on his terms. He'd had a “great training career” by his own standards and certainly those of others, who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Homeboykris ‘Will Remain In Our Hearts Forever’

Often forgotten when a horse dies on the racetrack are the people closest to him or her – the grooms, exercise riders and barn staff that provide daily care, understand their personalities and build... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Racing In Harsh Light On Big Stage Again

While the 141st Preakness Stakes provided fans with a second Triple Crown installment of the Nyquist-Exaggerator rivalry, horse racing once again found itself in the glare of national media for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Click Here To Cheat? Online Peddlers Of Racehorse Snake Oil Go Largely Unchecked

A plain brown package arrived at the doorstep of Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. There was no return address label. No packing slip. According to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

‘Lifetime Of Work’ Produces Classic Victory For Keith Desormeaux

For more than 20 years, Keith Desormeaux labored in relative obscurity in horse racing's trenches, far from the glory of the Pimlico infield winner's circle that Exaggerator brought him to after... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special Preakness Edition: Maryland On The Move

Check out the Paulick Report's special print publication, available here and on the grounds of Pimlico Race Course and at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale in Timonium,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Preakness Now, Preakness Future?

For well over a century, the second leg of the Triple Crown has been contested at Pimlico Race Course. That'll be the case again this year as Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist makes his bid for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

At Canterbury Park, Impatience Is A Virtue

“We thought the pricing structure in racing was old.” That observation by Eric Halstrom, Canterbury Park's vice president of racing operations, warms the heart of horseplayers who have long... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Between The Ears: Sports Psychology Part Of Gutierrez’s Winning Strategy

As Mario Gutierrez makes his final preparations for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, the spotlight is on him in a way it isn't for the other jockeys in the race. Although the pressure of having a Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

DeBunda, Jones, Sweeney Among Appointees To New Pennsylvania Racing Commission

In February, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill dissolving the existing horse racing commission and creating a new commission giving extraordinary powers to breeders and horsemen's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Borell, Drawing Away Stable Part Ways

Maria Borell, who saddled Jim McIngvale's champion sprinter Runhappy to five consecutive victories in 2015 but was fired the day after the Super Saver colt won the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Derby Innovator, Industry Agitator: Q&A With Barry Irwin

Team Valor International founder and CEO Barry Irwin has recently published “Derby Innovator: The Making of Animal Kingdom,” a book that is much more than a story about the racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Triple Crown Talk Plus $12 Million Reasons

Less than a year removed from the first Triple Crown victory in 37 years, we have an undefeated horse heading to the Preakness, having already completed the rare double of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

$12-Million Pegasus World Cup: My Horse Against Yours

Some people thought the late John Gaines was crazy in the early 1980s when he proposed Thoroughbred breeders fund a $10-million day of seven championship races. That idea, the Breeders' Cup – which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Scan By Scan, Curators Of Leonard Photography Collection Preserve Racing History

As images come flowing from the rail at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, documenting every move of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist's quest for the Triple Crown, a dedicated team in Paris, Ky. is still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Nyquist: The ‘Respect’ Myth And The Luck Of The Irish

And so the discussion begins again in the wake of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Can Nyquist win the Triple Crown? Of course, he can. As I've said in previous years, the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

‘Always That Next Goal’: Pletcher’s Take On The Derby And Career Achievements

Walking into Todd Pletcher's stable office at Churchill Downs is akin to entering a different world. Yes, there are race bridles hung neatly on the wall, and there are several win photographs and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Nearness To Greatness: A Family Farm’s Derby Weekend Trifecta

It's like witnessing the Northern Light's while sitting in the southern hemisphere. Or experiencing the perfect day, followed by a spectacular sunset. Like the most amazing vacation, only to find out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘Son Of A Gun’ Desormeaux Reluctantly Enjoys Kentucky Derby Spotlight

While his younger brother Kent has won the Kentucky Derby three times, trainer Keith Desormeaux will saddle his first Derby starter Saturday. The elder sibling's training career dates back to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Tough Call: For Stewards, Officiating The Derby A Tall Order

  When the stewards take their places on the seventh floor at Churchill Downs this Saturday, their goal will be to treat the day's races (including the one heading to the post just after 6 p.m.)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Derby Edition: American Pharoah’s ‘Untold Story’

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Kentucky Derby 142.  In this edition of the PR Special, New York Times two-time Eclipse Award-winning sports writer Joe Drape... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Derby Edition: American Pharoah’s ‘Untold Story’

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Kentucky Derby 142.  In this edition of the PR Special, New York Times two-time Eclipse Award-winning sports writer Joe Drape... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Despite Challenges, Derby Starting Crew Gets It Right

By the time the gates open for Kentucky Derby 142 on Saturday, hours of work will have gone into assuring a safe, fair and unbiased start to the race. It's no small task. Every Derby field is filled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

As Time Goes By: Clocking The Classics

In 1964 Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby in the then-record time of two minutes flat. Was that the single “most exciting two minutes” in Derby history? Vincent O'Brien and Robert Sangster... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...