Paulick Report

Hancock: A Proud ‘Elitist,’ And In Good Company

I was a bit puzzled when at a recent HBPA conference a radio host by the name of Stephen Byk referred to those of us who are trying to clean up our sport and protect our horses as “elitists.” I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Who Should Get Into Hall Of Fame?

Each year, a nominating committee selects finalists for induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Some years, the choices are obvious or don't generate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Excessive Whipping Incident Reveals More Regulatory Failure In Pennsylvania Racing

When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law last month creating a new racing commission to regulate both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, the existing commission was immediately... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Jockeys, Exchange Wagering And The Risk of ‘Inside Information’

Earlier this winter I got a call from a South Florida owner asking about a jockey who had won the previous day's final race at Gulfstream Park at odds of 36-1. “His name was F. Lynch,” the owner... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton Florida: The Price Of A Second?

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Fasig Tipton Florida Sale at Gulfstream Park. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Time To Head Home

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show: Chrome-ology, Racing Filmology

Quite a few horses have won two legs of the Triple Crown in recent memory — in fact, 24 since 1971. But has any of those winners generated as many followers — and detractors — as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Town Hall Meeting: Can Horse Racing Solve Its Biggest Problems?

I attended Monday's “town hall” meeting at Gulfstream Park –- organized by the Association of Racing Commissioners International –- with a fair degree of skepticism. Racing commissioners, after all,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: When The Bad Luck Flows

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

U.S. Racing Lags Behind Sports World On Concussion Protocol

Dr. Carl Mattacola, director and professor of the University of Kentucky's Graduate Athletic Training Program, has provided a roadmap for the horse racing industry to join the rest of the sporting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Jockey Club Researches The Untapped Power Of The Microchip

The Jockey Club's announcement last summer that it would begin requiring microchips for foal registrations starting in 2017 was met with relatively little fanfare. That could be because microchipping... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: It’s Good To Be ‘King’

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Honoring Our Presidents: Executive Salaries At Horse Industry Non-Profit Organizations

When George Washington became the first president of the United States in 1789, he reluctantly accepted an annual salary of $25,000 – a very substantial figure for that time. He didn't like the idea... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: A Not-So-Funny Valentine

Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren's song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: A Not-So-Funny Valentine

Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren's song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Is Back: Free To Play, Sign Up Now!

It's time to sharpen your handicapping skills and find your Derby horse! West Point Thoroughbreds – the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships – and 123bet.com – home to the daily competitive 123racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Decoupling Advances In Florida With Provisions For ‘Purse Pools’

Legislation that would permit Florida's horse and dog tracks to decouple those activities from their slot machines and card room licenses advanced after a House committee vote to approve three bills... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Deja Vu: Texas Racing On The Brink

Seventy-nine years ago, Texas Gov. James Allred decided enough was enough. There was an “unparalleled wave and mania for gambling in the state of Texas,” Allred declared in January 1937. Later that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Surprises And Sidetrips

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Las Vegas Embraces New Realities: Can Racing Do The Same?

After a few days in Sin City for the National Handicapping Championship last weekend, it became as obvious as doubling down on 11: Las Vegas is evolving — both physically and virtually — and horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

HBPA Told To Fight Back Against ‘Elitists’ In ‘Environment Of Poison’

Eric Hamelback likes to focus on the positive in horse racing. Running his first winter convention as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Gulfstream Hedging Its Bets On Decoupling Issue

Gamblers know there's a time and place to hedge your bets, and that's what Gulfstream Park and the Stronach Group appear to be doing in Tallahassee, Fla., as lawmakers consider legislation that could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘Rome Wasn’t Built In Two Days’: Longines Measures Racing Success In Years, Not Sales

The connections of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah should have no trouble telling what time it is for the rest of their lives. Longines awarded commemorative watches to trainer Bob Baffert,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: We’re In The Money

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

‘You’re Gonna Get Fried’: Handicapping Championship A Grueling, Unforgiving Test

If playing the ponies is a humbling pastime, and we all know it is, the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is like being lost in the Nevada desert with no water. The mind plays tricks.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show: From The Island Of Handicapping Treasure

Now in its 17th year, the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship has grown in every way imaginable — from the number of participants vying for its lucrative payday to the forces of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

All About Transparency: British Racing’s Management Of Press, Public, And Animal Welfare

When Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni emerged from the offices of the British Horseracing Authority on High Holburn Street in London, he was greeted by an enormous mob of photographers and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Northern Dancer, The Super Stud For All Times

All hail American Pharoah after his latest conquest, unanimous “Horse of the Year” honors! And in so doing it might be time to pay homage once again to one of his ancestors, even one five generations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: The French System

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Chalk, Announcer Antics?

It's going to be hard to top a racing season that featured a Triple Crown winner, but time marches on, and the path to the 2016 Kentucky Derby is about to ramp up. In this week's Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

After Triple Crown Feat, Espinoza Considers Retirement

When you become the first Triple Crown-winning jockey in almost four decades, it's hard to come up with another career highlight to add to the bucket list. That's one of the reasons American Pharoah... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Irwin: Tennis, Track And Field Scandals Support Racing’s Path Toward Independent Oversight

  Unbeknownst to many people involved in the movement to eliminate drugs in racing, a couple of months ago I lessened my involvement because I had become discouraged with the progress of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah Honored As World’s Best Racehorse; Shared Belief Remembered In London Ceremony

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is not only America's Horse of the Year for 2015, but after a ceremony in London on Tuesday, he is also the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse. Owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: French Racing’s Wintertime Playground

Overlooking the sunny beaches of the Riviera, the racecourse at Cagnes-sur-Mer lies at the very heart of France's ultra-chic Cote d‘Azur. A few miles east is Nice, the playground of the international... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

And Away We Go … Eclipse Awards Night At Gulfstream Park

Tonight's the night North America's horse racing champions – both the equine and human stars – are being crowned. Gulfstream Park plays host to the 45th annual Eclipse Awards, which Xpressbet.com is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Clean Sweep And A Big Idea?

The Paulick Report's Friday Show got some pasture rest towards the end of the year, but it's back for 2016, ready to tackle the new racing season. First order of business — the final judgments... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Can We Survive? Lessons In Human Nature From Louis Wolfson

In 1986, Harbor View Farm owner Louis Wolfson was fed up with the racing industry. He was so fed up that he needed a good vent, but since the Paulick Report's comment section wasn't available during... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Concern Runs Deep Over Florida’s ‘David Vs Goliath’ Decoupling Battle

The Florida Thoroughbred industry is on a roll. Breeding activity, severely impacted by the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, has stabilized and there are new investors in bloodstock... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland January Day 2

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington, Ky. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Two Furlongs And A Cloud Of Dust: New Jackpot Wager Like No Other

Quarter-mile races. Randomly assigned jockeys. No Lasix? The jackpot wager Portland Meadows will card for the first time Monday adds experimental spin to the Stronach Group's Rainbow 6 concept. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January Day 1: Looking Forward

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Crumpled Blinkers In Hand, Scott Stevens Wins Adventurous Race At Turf Paradise

When “blinkers off” is denoted in a horse's past performances, it certainly doesn't mean they're supposed to come off during the race. But that's exactly what happened to rider Scott Stevens in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dickinson Sues Keeneland: Alleges ‘Sham Corporation,’ Failure To Pay

Trainer Michael Dickinson has sued Keeneland Association in an attempt to collect $395,874.18 a federal judge ruled Dickinson is owed by Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, the company that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hubbard Horse Disqualified From Futurity Win, Trainer’s Suspension Waived

In the “whatever happened to” department, we have some closure on a high-profile drug disqualification in Quarter horse racing from last year. The case involved Lilly Is First, winner of the $337,186... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

What Did You Read? Our Top Ten Most Viewed Stories Of 2015

As the calendar flips to 2016, the Paulick Report staff has compiled a list of the stories that you, the readers, found the most compelling in 2015 based on views. Looking at the variety within the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

‘Something’s Wrong With My Brain:’ The Lurking Danger Of Concussions For Jockeys

When Gwen Jocson retired from racing in 1999, she had ridden 763 winners to earnings of over $7 million. In 1991, still an apprentice, she finished the year with 376 wins, which remains the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Who’s Driving American Breeding’s Need For Speed?

It's an age-old question in racing: Do breeders drive the racing program or does the racing program drive the breeding industry? The answer depends on where you're standing. According to figures from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Santa Anita Opening-Day On-Track Numbers A Mixed Bag

Glass half full. Glass half empty. I'm trying to decide. Santa Anita Park officials reported 44,873 were on hand for the Southern California track's traditional day after Christmas opening on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Leaving The Nest

It feels like spring in Central Kentucky, as rain soaks the track at the Thoroughbred Center and the fields stubbornly remain green. The aisles of the North American Racing Academy's Barn 30 are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

NFL Players, ‘Famous Horse Trainer Bob B.’ Named As Fraud Victims In Pippin Case

Two alleged scams in horse racing totaling more than a half-million dollars led to last week's arrest of Jonathan Pippin, but federal authorities say the criminal complaint unsealed today could be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...