Paulick Report

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...

New Company Links Mobile Games With Pari-Mutuel Pools

Former Breeders’ Cup and Stronach Group CEO Greg Avioli has teamed up with Youbet.com founder David Marshall and formed a California-based company that uses mobile games to introduce pari-mutuel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

States Should Follow California’s Crackdown On ‘Program Trainers’

The California Horse Racing Board took an important step last week to try and clean up the scourge of the “program” or “paper” trainer. By definition, a program trainer is the person whose name is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Mergers, Acquisitions, And Rail Positions

It was an eventful week in the horse racing industry, specifically with respect to how it is covered on television. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick delve into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Giving Back: Racing Industry Comes Together For Horse-Crazy Girls

When Jim Mulvihill, director of media and industry relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, went through his mail at his Lexington office in late January, he had a somewhat atypical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

TVG and HRTV Merger: What Does It Mean?

The operational merger announced Wednesday between Betfair subsidiary TVG and The Stronach Group’s HRTV left many questions unanswered about the future direction of the two North American horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Returns: It’s Free To Play, Sign Up Now

The Derby Dollars Contest is back! For the second consecutive year, West Point Thoroughbreds, the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships, and 123bet.com, home to the daily competitive 123racing Pick6... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets In Louisiana Dermorphin Cases

“I should have been a vet.” That’s what Louisiana trainer Anthony Agilar said in 2012 when he received a three-year suspension from the Louisiana State Racing Commission after two of his horses... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Chrome Vs Belief, Geldings, And Whips In The Hand

Every Friday is different, and this one is a doozy. Not only is it Friday the 13th, but it’s also Valentine’s Day eve; plus, today kicks off a long weekend of racing that includes a pair... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Only The Strong Will Survive

This week, the Paulick Report launches a new biweekly multimedia series following the students in the North American Racing Academy’s Racehorse Riding Skills class. The class began in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing At Every Convenience Store: Cummings’ EquiLottery Bid Takes Stage In Kentucky

Like Robert F. Kennedy and George Bernard Shaw before him, Brad Cummings is one of those people who doesn’t see things and ask “Why?” but dreams of things and asks “Why not?” I got to know Cummings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Shared Belief, California Chrome Give Racing A Moment To Savor

There are no guarantees in life and certainly none in horse racing. A quarter century ago, two tremendously-talented horses – Sunday Silence and Easy Goer – blazed their way through the 1989 Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: ‘Turf Love’ And The Showdown At Santa Anita

The Paulick Report is pleased to introduce The Friday Show, our version of TGIF. To end each week, we’ll give further insight into top stories, industry developments and big races, as well as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Mexico’s Misguided Effort To Rein In Drug Abuse

Legislation has been introduced in the New Mexico state Senate that would prohibit racehorses at tracks under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Racing Commission from having in their system, at any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Chapa Riding on Suspended License in Suspected ‘Buzzer Race’

Roman Chapa, charged with a felony for his alleged use of an electrical device during a Jan. 17 stakes race at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas, was riding on a suspended license when track... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full... Read More...

A Moving Target? Understanding the RMTC’s Progress

Since its 2001 foundation, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has made strides toward its goals of a nationally uniform set of medication rules and rigorous state drug testing lab... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Experimental Free Handicap Carries Less Weight Than It Used To

There was a time when the publication of weights on the Experimental Free Handicap was a big deal. Owners and breeders pumped up their chests with pride after seeing their horse listed as among the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Experimental Free Handicap: A Retrospective With Tommy Trotter

Editor’s Note: Thursday, The Jockey Club will release the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap, with assigned weights from a committee comprised of P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick Report Launches New Horseplayers, Horse Care Content

Two new sections to enhance reader experience have been added to the Paulick Report. The sections, Horseplayers and Horse Care, are self-explanatory in the content they provide and come in the wake... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Chapa Charged With Felony for Alleged ‘Buzzer’ Use

Jockey Roman Chapa has been charged with a felony by the Harris County district attorney in connection with his alleged use of an illegal electrical device while riding Quiet Acceleration to victory... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paraplegic Former Jockey Anne Von Rosen: ‘I Will Walk Again’

“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis for all human morality.” John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Horse Racing State of the Union for 2015?

“America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Horse Country’ and Tourism: Time To Work Together

While the birth of Horse Country Inc., a non-profit to promote equine tourism in Central Kentucky, captured the public’s attention last week, organizers say it has been a long time in the making. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Twice Banned for ‘Buzzers,’ Chapa Under Investigation in Texas

Jockey Roman Chapa, whose career has been interrupted twice for carrying an illegal electrical device used to stimulate horses, is under investigation by the Texas Racing Commission for his ride... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Live From the 44th Annual Eclipse Awards

The votes are in and counted. The tuxedos altered to fit expanding waist lines. The spray tans applied. It’s Eclipse Awards night in South Florida. Once again, Gulfstream Park is playing host... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Blame to Take Over Breeders’ Cup Twitter Account on #StallionSaturday

Haven’t you always wanted to ask 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame if maybe he felt just a little bit guilty for handing the popular mare Zenyatta the first and only defeat of her 20-race... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Monarch-MidAtlantic Simulcast Dispute: Fees Should Reward Live Racing

The impasse between the MidAtlantic Cooperative and Monarch Content Management, a company that negotiates simulcast agreements for The Stronach Group and several other racetracks, has continued into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland January Sale Day Two

In today’s edition of the PR Special print publication, available here and on the grounds at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, learn more about Keeneland Legend and one of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland January Day 1

As the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale kicks off today, the Paulick Report is pleased to once again provide a special print edition to be distributed on the sales grounds – also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Goodbye, Atlantic City: No More ‘Smile and an Eighth’

On life support for the better part of the last 20 years, the plug has been pulled on venerable Atlantic City Race Course. Just 10 miles from the Jersey shore, Atlantic City Race Course was the dream... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Auld Lang Syne: A Look at Racing New Year’s Past

As we move forward into 2015, most of the racing world’s attention is on 2014 Eclipse Awards, track safety, and the ever-present medication problem. At a time that often brings reflections on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Uruguay Native Perdomo’s Life Has Come Full Circle

“I’m a stranger in my own country.” That’s how trainer Pico Perdomo feels these days, standing trackside at the Maroñas race course in Montevideo, 45 years after leaving his native Uruguay, where he... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Greetings From Uruguay: ‘At Home’ Under the Shade Trees

There are few things more appealing to me than going to a racetrack for the first time, especially if that track is in an out-of-the way place like Uruguay. Yes, Uruguay, or it might be better said,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

New Year, New Uncertainty on Calder Backstretch

It was business as usual on New Year’s morning at Gulfstream Park West, the South Florida racetrack that operated for years as Calder Race Course. Feed tubs for 900-plus Thoroughbreds were filled,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pony Up: Tax Changes Could Deliver Big Punch to Horse Owners

Horse owners in Boone County, Ind., could have a nasty surprise waiting for them when they open their tax bills, if they haven’t already. The county’s tax assessor has started reclassifying land used... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Main Sequence: Most Deserving, While Not Perfect, Horse of the Year Candidate

Friday’s Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park was the final race of the year with any possible bearing on the outcome for 2014 Horse of the Year. Shared Belief won it, beating 72-1 longshot... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Santa Anita Park: An Opening Day Like No Other

It’s been more than 35 years since this Midwesterner first landed at LAX airport, rented a car, and without the benefit of GPS made a beeline for the racetrack in Arcadia that was then and remains... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pennsylvania: Vet’s Conduct on Notice, but Not Facebook Posts

A hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has ruled that public statements on Facebook or other social media may not be used by officials to determine whether a licensee’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘The Kid’s Got It’: Teenage Jockey’s Agent Open for Business

Although he’s only had a few weeks’ practice, Chris Creel is already well indoctrinated into the racetrack schedule. He’s up early in the morning and headed out to the track or training centers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse of the Year: An Increasingly Harder Puzzle to Solve?

As Eclipse Award ballots go out in the mail today, it’s awfully hard to predict which way the 2014 Horse of the Year decision might go. In one of the most wide open races in memory, half a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Are You My Mother? Methods to Combat Foal Rejection in Thoroughbreds

For many in the Thoroughbred business, the moment when a mare nuzzles her newborn foal for the first time is so magical, it justifies the sleepless nights it takes to get there. Rarely though, those... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Digital Influence: America’s Best Racing Makes Generational Connection

It’s been one of the questions brought up time and time again at so many “meetings of the minds” in Thoroughbred racing – how do we bring new fans into the sport and reverse the trend of losing more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Charles Town Accident: Warning System Switch Not in Stewards Room

The on-off switch for a warning system to jockeys at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town racetrack was not triggered when a horse ran the wrong way toward the field in the fourth race on Saturday night... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Near Disaster at Penn National Gaming’s Charles Town Races

“We’re lucky someone didn’t get killed.” That’s what Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said about the jockeys involved in an incident in Saturday’s fourth race at West Virginia’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

I Can’t Hear You: Veterinarian Reports Equine Hearing Loss Could Be Underdiagnosed

Most people who follow horse sports have encountered a partially blind horse (a few of them have even made headlines on the racetrack, including Lisa’s Booby Trap, Cassaleria, etc), but a partially... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...