Paulick Report

Pool Manipulation? Suspicious Betting Spotted in Thistledown Race

Was Sunday’s fifth race at Thistledown racetrack in Ohio a textbook case of how to beat the bookie? That’s what one Paulick Report reader thinks, and the evidence is pretty compelling. Missjeanlouise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Duchossois: Cooperation, Consolidation Is the Way Forward for Racing

At 92, you’d think Richard Duchossois would take time to enjoy the finer things in life. That’s not his style. Instead, the man known around the racetrack as Mr. D is often the first one in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Bad Link: TOBA’s Sales Integrity Program and Dr. Berman’s Love Quiz

What do car rentals in Mexico, Bob stroller accessories and Dr. Berman’s Love Quiz have to do with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association bringing new owners into horse racing? Good... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hall of Fame Inductions: ‘This is a Sport for Dreamers’

Two Thoroughbreds, a jockey, and a trainer were inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame at a Friday morning ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Curlin, Ashado, Alexis Solis, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Where’s the Reasonable Dialogue on Race Day Medication?

We live in an increasingly polarized world. Red State/Blue State. Pro-Choice/Pro-Life. Fox News/MSNBC. In horseracing, it’s been repeated many times that Lasix is our “abortion issue.” You’re either... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Is Sales Market Optimism Justified?

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, off to a strong start Monday, continues Tuesday at the sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The Paulick Report is pleased to present a second print edition being... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Saratoga: Do’s and Don’ts of Horse Shopping

The Paulick Report offers another informative print publication for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, taking place Monday and Tuesday evenings in Saratoga Springs, NY. In Monday’s edition,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

On the Record: Deciphering Pre-Race Vet Treatments

Thanks to the Jockey Club’s recent push to publicize pre-race vet records of top-level runners, a sizable volume of handwritten forms have appeared online, ostensibly providing the transparency many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Owners Protest CHRB’s Regulatory Inaction on Masochistic Race

If you weren’t outraged at the stunning form reversal by a 4-year-old California-bred gelding named Masochistic in a Kentucky Derby undercard race at Churchill Downs, then it’s likely you either... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rocky Transition for New Drug Rules in West Virginia

West Virginia horseracing’s transition to new medication rules has not gone smoothly. Since the so-called Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program went into effect on July 9, dozens of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Better Breeders’ Cup Board: Something Old, Something New

Change is good. But not too much change. I think the Breeders’ Cup Members got it just right in the runoff election earlier this week when Bill Farish of Lane’s End Farm was re-elected to a four-year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Easy, Chicken Little: Southern California Racing Holding Its Own

The sky is not falling – at least not in the Southern California horse racing world, where I am in the midst of an annual summer pilgrimage. Hollywood Park has closed for good, and the Los Angeles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The View From Belterra Park: Bright Future Ahead?

It’s been two and a half months since Cincinnati’s old River Downs reopened as Belterra Park, a shiny new racing and gaming venue that shares its name with the Belterra casino in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Wanted: Fantasy League Horseplayers to Play Against Ray

It’s year three of the Breeders’ Cup Fantasy ‘Capping horse racing fantasy league and I invite our readers to once again join in and “Play Against Ray.” It’s for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

An Enterprising Opening at Del Mar

You never know what you’re going to see at Del Mar racetrack on opening day, and if you’ve ever been there you know exactly what I mean. But I’m not going to talk about fashion statements or the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

EquiLottery: An Open Letter to the Industry

Dear industry stakeholders, fans and observers, By now, you have probably heard about the launch of EquiLottery, The Greatest Two Dollars in Sports. We have received coverage from every major... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Message to Perry Martin: Stop Digging

Just when you thought the story of California Chrome and its self-proclaimed Dumb-Ass Partners couldn’t get any weirder, co-owner and co-breeder Perry Martin turned it up a notch. As Nigel Tufnel... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Voss: Ten Things I Learned From the Welfare and Safety Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation hosted its fifth Welfare and Safety Summit Tuesday and Wednesday, with speakers addressing everything from intra-articular joint therapies to injury... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Something Rotten in Louisiana? HBPA President Loses Authority in ‘Power Move’

“Usually, if it stinks it’s rotten.” Those were the words of Benard Chatters, who was elected president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association in April but had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

For Casse, Queen’s Plate an Emotional Triumph

Trainer Mark Casse has been trying to win the Queen’s Plate for so long, he can’t remember how many he’s stumbled up against, how many chances he has missed to pick up the 50 guineas from Queen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Silver City Carries Valor Farm Into Shiny New Era

A periodic skim of the lists of up-and-coming stallions usually produces a few surprises. This year, the national First Crop Sires list is headed by a horse with a four-figure stud fee. Yes, four... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Florida Sham: ‘Racetrack’ a Mockery of the State and Sport

A day of racing at Oxford Downs near The Villages retirement community in South Marion County in Florida would be funny if it weren’t so sad. But sad, indeed, is the state of pari-mutuel regulations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Death on the Backstretch: ‘Nothing Prepares Us for This Day’

On a muggy Woodbine day, the horse trailers went in and they went out by the stable gate. It seemed like any other summer day, except that one by one, people filed into the Woodbine rec room to honor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

BHA Steroids Policy Could Impact U.S. Thoroughbred Auctions

Tough, new regulations prohibiting the use of anabolic steroids, announced Thursday by the British Horseracing Authority, could impact commercial breeders in the United States or American trainers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Romans on Indian Charlie Fight: ‘I Had to Defend Myself’

Eclipse Award-winning trainer Dale Romans and newsletter publisher Ed Musselman were involved in a fight Thursday morning that brought Louisville Metro Police officers and EMTs to the Churchill Downs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

OBS on the Rise: Record-Breaking Sales Season ‘Very Satisfying’

It was a very successful 2-year-old selling season in 2013 for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company. Records were set across the board at the Florida auction company’s March, April and June sales of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Despite Differences, Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Will Shine

What took so long? That’s the only question I had after watching the video presentation and seeing the plans for a first-ever “homecoming” Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in 2015. I’ve made no secret of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: The Almost-Crown

In this week’s edition of his column, Bill Rawlings, coach driver for the America’s Best Racing RV, recalls his first Belmont Stakes experience. This was my second trip to Belmont Park, after ABR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Everything Old Is New Again: Examining Thyroxine

Off-label use of thyroxine (sold as Thyro-L, Levoxine Powder, or Levo-Powder) has been popular among trainers since the 1970s, but recent revelations from leading Thoroughbred conditioners about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

KEEPing Kentucky’s Horse Industry Strong

The most recent Jockey Club Fact Book shows that the Thoroughbred foal crop in the United States has fallen by 38.1 percent over a 10-year period, from 33,976 in 2003 to 21,016 in 2012. Kentucky, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Are Surgery and Doping the Same Thing?

Why should some medical advancements be embraced in human athletics while others are spurned? That’s the provocative question advanced by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell in an article and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Filly Who Was Unspurned

There aren’t many owners who make it to the Woodbine Oaks with their first racehorse, but Jay and Christine Hayden find themselves in just that position this week. Unspurned, a homebred for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Could Ontario’s Racing Future Turn on Today’s Election?

The $1-million North America Cup at Mohawk Raceway on Saturday night is Canada’s richest harness race – and Tuesday at the draw for post positions, it felt like old times. The tables were set with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Where Is Breeders’ Cup Heading?

Future site selections will be discussed at a Breeders’ Cup board of directors meeting on Wednesday that could result in a three-year host site commitment for 2015-17. Santa Anita Park, the Arcadia,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity for Racing? Well, Almost

California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn did not embarrass the sport of racing with his poor display of sportsmanship on national television following the Belmont Stakes. He embarrassed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Princess’ Team Shows How to Lose With Dignity

Steve Coburn taught the public a lesson that many turf writers learn within their first year on the job: when dealing with connections after a loss, expect the unexpected. Coburn’s version of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chrome’s Bid for Greatness Will Have To Wait

Trainer Art Sherman was right earlier this year when he said California Chrome was a “very good” but not a “great” horse. With the benefit of hindsight, it took a very good horse to do what he did:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Chrome and Ride On Curlin: Rivals in Close Quarters

Trainers Billy Gowan and Art Sherman have spent more time together in the last few weeks than most competitors usually do. That’s because Preakness runner-up Ride On Curlin and Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Building a Triple Crown Contender

As California Chrome prepares to take on history in the Belmont Stakes this weekend, experts have broken down every component of the horse’s form and pedigree, tracking his meteoric success and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

50 Belmonts in a Row: ‘Marking Time of My Life’

The potential of a Triple Crown is exciting for all racing fans, but for some, the Belmont Stakes is something more. For Brad Telias, this will be his 50th consecutive Belmont Stakes.  Telias has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: Triple Crown Fever

This week, we debut a series that shares insights from the perspective of someone who is just learning the sport of horse racing. Bill Rawlings is a relative newcomer to the game and will be touring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

No Major Surgery Required: Wise Dan’s Colic Episode

Less than three weeks after an episode of colic sent him to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is bright and (a little too) alert. The chestnut fan favorite is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Chrome: A Message From Bud

A Message to California Chrome: “You think you’re the ‘people’s horse’? Well, don’t get too cocky. You’re no shoo-in.  You’re just the latest to get to the big dance at Belmont.” “I was a CBS News... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

What Tradition? Triple Crown Schedule Has Always Been a Thing of Change

As the world awaits the result of the Belmont Stakes on June 7, Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas is campaigning for a change to the schedule of the Triple Crown races. Although his initial... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

New York Aims for Big Days, Big Business — With a Cherry on Top

Ice cream is good. Put a little syrup on top and it gets better. Then add some whipped cream, nuts and a bit of fruit, and you’ve got what might be the perfect dessert. Then someone came along and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...