Paulick Report

Block: Resigning Over Arlington Park’s ‘Hijacking’ Of Illinois Groups, Live Racing

(Editor's Note: The following commentary on the state of Illinois racing was submitted by David Block, a leading Illinois owner and breeder. Block said it explains “Why I resign from the... [[ 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: Chrome Drama, Derby Intrigue

Even when he's not racing, the consensus top horse in North America seems to attract headlines. This week, there were rumblings about California Chrome's connections seeking a substantial purse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Los Alamitos Owner: I ‘Couldn’t Go On’ If Opponents Prevail In Drug Testing Case

Dr. Edward Allred, owner of Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, Calif., may have lost a court ruling last month to prevent him from using hair testing to enforce a 2015 house rule banning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful... Read More...

Leonard Photography Exhibit Brings Racing’s Personalities To Life

Nestled among some of Lexington's famous Thoroughbred farms on Old Frankfort Pike sits a unique opportunity for horse racing fans and historians. The Headley-Whitney Museum recently opened an exhibit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Gather Ye Derby Points

When the smoke clears Saturday evening, this year's Kentucky Derby field will be in much better focus. Three major preps, the Wood Memorial, the Blue Grass Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby, will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Medication Reform Best Way To Honor Memory Of Dinny Phipps

Shortly after being named chief editor of Blood-Horse magazine in the spring of 1992, I attended my first meeting of the company's board of trustees, which consisted of five well-known industry... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Kentucky Derby-Oaks Ticket Auction To Benefit Retired Racehorse Project

TwinSpires.com, the official wagering partner of the Kentucky Derby, and PaulickReport.com, a leading Thoroughbred information website, have teamed to auction a pair of tickets to the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Back To Keeneland, Where The Customer Is King

It's been 28 years since I spit in the eye of Horace Greeley, packed up the covered wagon, and headed east from Los Angeles, Calif., to Lexington, Ky. It was a different century, and in horse racing,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Mike Smith: Songbird’s Potential ‘Scary To Think About’

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has been on the backs of some world-class fillies and mares during his career, and while he's not ready to put Songbird in that category just yet, there's something... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: The Clash, The Cajun, And The Champ

For the second week in a row, racing fans are getting a real treat. Last weekend, it was California Chrome dominating the Dubai World Cup. This Saturday, fans will witness a rare battle between the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Voss: Eight Things I Learned At This Year’s RCI Convention

The Association of Racing Commissioners International held its annual convention March 22-25 in New Orleans with a packed agenda. Racing officials from several countries, as well as testing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Dubai, Derbies, And One Funky Race Call

The wait is almost over. The $10 million Dubai World Cup featuring fan favorite California Chrome is just hours away. And of course, that is the first order of business in this week's edition of The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

RCI Conference: Runhappy’s McIngvale Issues Guide For Being A Good Thoroughbred Owner

Gallery Racing owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale presented racing officials with a ten-point plan for responsible horse ownership at the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Keeneland Files Motion To Dismiss Suit Over Polytrack Payments

The Keeneland Association has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed last year by trainer Michael Dickinson stemming from his attempt to collect $395,874 a federal judge said Martin Collins... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

What Good Is A Model Rule In Horse Racing If No One Follows It?

Imagine, for a minute, that the rules governing the National Football League were developed the same way as horse racing regulations. During an annual meeting, personnel from the NFL league office... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Pennsylvania HBPA Treasurer Missing In Wake Of ‘Accounting Irregularities’

Police in Pennsylvania are looking for Matthew Carter, the treasurer of the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association at Hollywood Casino at Penn National racetrack in Grantville.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day Two: Take Those Shoes Off?

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co.'s March 2-Year-Old in Training Sale. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day One: Spotting Signs Of Trouble?

The two-day OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training gets underway Tuesday, and once again the Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

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...