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Is Arizona HBPA Selectively Enforcing Bylaws For Board Election?

John Campo III is an attorney in Phoenix who breeds and races Thoroughbreds at Turf Paradise. He's seen the quality of racing and purses deteriorate there, and thinks the board of directors for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

‘You Don’t Want To End Up Like Me’: Former Jockey Suffering From Chronic Head Trauma Denied Financial Assistance

In late 2015, a feature published on the Paulick Report detailed the story of retired jockey Gwen Jocson, who was diagnosed with neurological damage as a result of numerous head injuries suffered... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special OBS March: Farriers And Biosecurity, Orb And Constellation

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

For His Strength, Record, Garrett Gomez Deserves Hall Of Fame

If Garrett Gomez had cancer, he'd already be in the Hall of Fame. But because he suffered from addiction, a disease most people don't understand and one that many refuse to even acknowledge, a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

PR Special OBS March: El Areeb, Animal Kingdom, And Finding A Special Horse

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

‘I’m Screwed’: Maryland Case Of Missing Workers’ Comp Illustrates Problems With Costly System

On Dec. 15, 2016, the stewards at Laurel Park issued a brief statement following the hearing of trainer Wayne Potts. Potts, who is based in Maryland and Delaware and has trained since 2004, was found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Quiet Man: Mandella And His Horses Find Their Comfort Zone (Last Of Four Parts)

In this last installment of a four-part series we'll find out what Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella has to say about racetrack surfaces, his philosophy of choosing jockeys and exercise riders,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Quiet Man: ‘I Don’t Think You Ever Stop Learning’ (Part Three)

Yesterday, in the second of a four-part series on Richard Mandella, we shared the story of the Hall of Fame horseman's early years in the industry and wrote about his first “big” horse – Bad ‘n Big,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pennsylvania: The FBI Agent And The Trainer

Bruce Doupe is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who has spent the last five of his 13 years at the FBI's Harrisburg, Pa., office investigating what he calls ”allegations of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Quiet Man: Mandella’s Bad ‘N Big Beginnings (Part Two)

Yesterday we looked at some of the highlights and the incredible horses that helped define the Hall of Fame career of trainer Richard Mandella. Let's go back to the beginning and see how one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f... Read More...

The Quiet Man: Mandella Lets His Horses Do The Talking (First Of Four Parts)

(Over the next four days, Tere Albanese goes inside the stable of Hall of Fame horseman Richard Mandella to learn more about his background, training methods and philosophy. In part one, Albanese... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: New Drug Protocols, Derby Prep Upsetters?

Oaklawn Park is putting in place a slate of upgraded drug testing measures, including one that targets so-called “milkshaking” by trainers. In this week's Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Milkshake Testing Latest Step Forward For Integrity At Oaklawn Park

The Arkansas State Racing Commission on Thursday began random testing for total carbon dioxide (TCO2) levels in horses competing at Oaklawn Park. The move, widely supported by horsemen who seek a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Louisiana Case Suggests Gaps Remain In Racetrack Anti-Slaughter Policies

When Louisiana state health officials began dealing with the EHV-1 outbreak at Fair Grounds in January, part of the task was working backwards after a new case cropped up to find all horses that may... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of today's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

When Is A Maiden Not A Maiden?

In today's seventh race at Parx Racing, a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event for 3-year-olds at a mile, there is – at least on paper – a maiden named Hashtag Alex in the six-horse line-up.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘I’m a Stubborn Old Mule’: Pleterski’s Long Road Back From Near-Fatal Fort Erie Accident

Trainer Don Pleterski feels as if he had a great rest. As if he's been on holiday. He knows he hasn't. He can feel it every day when he wakes up in the morning, when he feels the pain and his joints... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘Beaten Down By The PR Machine’: Bramlage On The Best Prescription For Racing

Dr. Larry Bramlage, renowned orthopedic surgeon specializing in Thoroughbred racehorses, said the time has come for those in the racing business to stop expecting the public to see things the same... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: Horsemen Helping Horsemen In Court?

Funds exist in many areas of society to help people defend themselves in court. The latest such legal defense fund has been created for horse racing trainers and owners in light of a federal case in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

It’s Back: Fourth Annual Derby Dollars Contest, Presented By STATS Race Lens And 123BET.com

It's time once again to sharpen your handicapping skills and identify the leading contenders on the road to the Triple Crown! STATS Race Lens, a data-rich product from equibase.com that brings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Legal Defense Fund Created By National HBPA Supporting Indicted Penn National Trainer

A recently formed non-profit association affiliated with the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association is helping fund the legal defense of trainer Murray Rojas, who has been charged... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: Population Problems, Early Derby Standouts?

It's no secret that foal crops have been diminishing for several years. Despite recent contraction in the U.S. racing industry, the shortage of Thoroughbreds appears to be on display in important... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Ramsey To Downsize Operation: ‘It’s Kind Of Gotten Out Of Control’

Ken Ramsey, the winningest owner in Kentucky history and an accomplished breeder, has begun the process of dramatically downsizing his Thoroughbred operation with the intention of reducing his stock... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Vitali Gets Stay Of Parx Racing Ejection, Seeking Florida HBPA Board Position

Trainer Marcus Vitali received a stay from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission of an eviction notice by Parx Racing and will be permitted to run the horse Eagle of Delight at the suburban... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Whitham, Wilkes Enjoying The Ride With Top 3-Year-Old McCraken

February is a very good time to have an ascending 3-year-old colt on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Janis Whitham and Ian Wilkes, the respective owner-breeder and trainer of Saturday's G3... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Mistaken Identity? Louisiana Officials Investigating 11 1/4-Length Winner At Delta Downs

Louisiana State Racing Commission officials are investigating whether two horses from the barn of Eduardo Ramirez ran in each other's name at Delta Downs in December and January. “There is an active... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘They Just Want To Ride’: Small Changes In Scale Of Weights Have Big Impact On Jockeys’ Health

Somewhere in a corner of the jockeys' room at Santa Anita Park hangs an old set of forgotten silks. Veteran rider Mike Smith thinks they're only about 20 years old, but when a few other jockeys found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Florida’s ‘Sham’ Continues: ‘Fake’ Horse Racing On Its Way To Hialeah Park

Tired of hearing about “fake” news? Well, for a change of pace, get ready for some “fake” horse racing at Hialeah Park, a South Florida track that once was synonymous with class and elegance in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Name Similar To ‘Blazing Saddles’ Character Too Hot For The Jockey Club

It's not often a Thoroughbred's name is changed once the horse has made it to the races but a 3-year-old California-bred filly by Awesome Gambler who debuted at Santa Anita Park as Ellie Von Shtupp... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: A Time To Reconsider, Future For Arrogate?

With the inaugural Pegasus World Cup in the rear view, what does the bigger picture look like? In this week's The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the event and the race — not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Eighteen Years After His Kentucky Derby, Charismatic ‘Belongs To All Of Us’

A little less than 21 years ago, in the middle of a March night, Parrish Hill star broodmare Bali Babe went into labor. It was a slightly dramatic affair, as the daughter of Drone was briefly cast in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

ARCI’s Martin: Cheating Not ‘Ubiquitous’ In Racing

Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, submitted the following as a rebuttal to a recent two-part series in the Paulick Report, written by former Indiana Horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Stronach’s Vision, Shareholders’ Commitment Lead The Way For Pegasus Success

On Jan. 12, 2016, Frank Stronach announced plans to create the world's richest horse race in 2017, the $12-million Pegasus World Cup, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The race would be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Eclipse Award Winning Writer, Racing Historian Bill Mooney Dead

Bill Mooney took nothing for granted. In 2003, when Todd Pletcher broke the single-season record for most wins by a trainer at the Saratoga meet, racing writers said Pletcher beat the old mark of 24... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: Pegasus Potential, Pegasus Intrigue?

The $12 million race that has piqued curiosity for many horse racing fans has finally arrived. The first Pegasus World Cup Invitational will be off and running Saturday afternoon at Gulfstream Park.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Tampa Bay Downs Bans Trainer After Horse With Burned Lip Tattoo Rescued From ‘Kill Pen’

Tampa Bay Downs in Florida has barred the entries of trainer Horacio Barbaran for allegedly violating the track's anti-slaughter policy. Officials at Gulfstream Park were notified of the move and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Coming Soon: NYRA Now, A Bold New Step Into Digital Future By New York Racing Association

The New York Racing Association soon will be unveiling a new digital platform/application, NYRA Now, that will provide an unprecedented menu of live and on-demand video options for horseplayers and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Commentary: Graceless Finish To A Night Of Champions

A  night that started with a heartwarming update on how far the Thoroughbred industry has progressed in taking care of its retired horses and included a brief live auction that raised $82,000 for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

There Is Life After A Horse’s 3-Year-Old Season: More Owners Should Try It

What made 2016 so memorable for racing fans? With all due respect to the connections of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, Preakness winner Exaggerator and Belmont winner Creator – it wasn't the Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Private Eyes, Indelible Moments, And The Rematch

A pair of stories published at the Paulick Report this week looked at the problem of illegal drug use in the horse racing industry and where the biggest gaps in oversight might lie. In this week's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Turf Paradise Breakdown: The Other Side Of The Story

It's been more than 30 years since Valorie Lund got her career started as a Thoroughbred trainer at bush tracks in Elma and Yakima, Wash. Since 1985, according to Equibase, Lund has saddled some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

An American In Gold Coast: Intern Reflects On Differences In Training Methods

When friends ask University of Pennsylvania student Philip Antonacci what he did over winter break from school, he'll have a more interesting answer than most. Antonacci spent his break on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful... Read More...

Combating A Culture Of Cheating

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It's what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Protocols, More Tests: Fair Grounds EHV-1 Outbreak ‘At Least A 45-Day Process’

As the first group of barns at the Fair Grounds Race Course near the end of their state-mandated equine herpesvirus quarantines, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture has been working to define the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

You ‘Do It For The Love’: The Story Behind A Horse’s Sale At Magic Millions

A yearling's appearance in the sales ring represents the culmination of two years' work by breeders, owners, bloodstock advisors, veterinarians, and sales agents. But the final hammer price is also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Voss On Magic Millions Sale: Differences Down Under

This week, the Paulick Report is in Queensland, Australia, bringing you news and features from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Racing Carnival. As Frank Mitchell detailed in this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January: Beer For Your Horses

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. In this edition of the PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

EHV-1 Scare, Shipping Bans Decimate Fields At Louisiana Racetracks

As Christmas Day approached, things were looking very positive at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The track was showing significant increases year over year in handle and field sizes... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January: Alydar’s Dam, Calumet’s Broodmare Influence

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.  In this edition of the PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...