Paulick Report

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...

Horse Racing’s Slow-Motion Train Wreck

The burning question in my mind, as I sat through two hours of discussions about how American horse racing will continue to suffer economic declines as the average size of a field going into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Your Opinion Matters: Let Us Know What You Think

We’d like to hear from you. We really would. It’s been 6 ½ years since the Paulick Report launched in June 2008 and the site has evolved…and grown. Two years ago, with the help of The Matrix Group of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: The Anti-Feminist Pioneer

One can hardly flip through the pages of racing (or, for that matter, U.S.) history books without finding the fingerprints of the du Pont family. The American branch of the family made its money in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Start of a Beautiful Friendship? Virginia Racing May Have New Voice

The seemingly endless battle between Colonial Downs and the Virginia horsemen made flat racing in the commonwealth appear all but dead in mid-October as the track threatened to close. After months of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Simon: California Chrome Has Earned Horse of the Year

I do not believe the Breeders’ Cup Classic should automatically decide Horse of the Year. Didn’t feel that way in 2010 when Blame beat Zenyatta by a head-bob, nor do I now. To this day I still have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Industry Leader Dr. Jack Robbins Dead at 93

Dr. Jack Robbins, an icon in the equine veterinary world and California Thoroughbred racing and breeding for almost 70 years, died on Saturday afternoon at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

New York Horsemen’s Election: ‘Truthiness’ and the Truth

When it comes to the ongoing election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, there is “truth” and there is “truthiness.” The truthiness of the election, the agenda pushed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chimpanzees and the Tip of a Legal Iceberg

Attorney Steven Wise has become something of a professional interview subject this year. A group of lawsuits Wise filed at the end of 2013 has prompted attention from the New York Times, CNN, BBC,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Time To Race

Horses that last raced at half a dozen different tracks will make up the field for Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot. Juveniles have shipped in from all over the country to take aim at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Committee Examines Shockwave Rules

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Welfare and Safety Committee scrutinized the state’s rules on shockwave therapy on Thursday afternoon with a fact-finding session designed to help regulators... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Pick 4 Score?

If you’re seeking a a great betting opportunity this weekend, look no further than Saturday’s card at Delta Downs. The track will host a special $200,000 guaranteed Pick 4 for races 4-7.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Indiana: Gorajec Responds to Moss Commentary

The following article was submitted by Joe Gorajec, who since 1990 has served as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. On Nov. 15, 2014, the Blood-Horse published an online... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Hall of Fame Power

As is usually the case with this race, the 2014 edition of the Delta Downs Jackpot is shaping up to be a highly competitive affair featuring 10 promising juveniles. In addition, several of this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Lukas Leads the Charge

We’ve started counting the days until Saturday’s card featuring the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, which always seems to create momentum toward the following year’s Kentucky Derby.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Penn National Arrests: One Year Later

It’s been a year since three trainers and a clocker at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., were indicted on federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that remains active to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Law Firm Claims NYRA Owes Nearly $4 Million in Legal Fees

Like an old wound that won’t heal, the Getnick & Getnick law firm retained by prior management of the New York Racing Association as business integrity council went to U.S. Bankruptcy Court... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Guest Commentary: A Not So Silent Witness

The following commentary is by Alexa Ravit, a longtime horse racing fan and attendee of over 20 Triple Crown races.. Ms Ravit will be graduating from Cornell University in January with a bachelor’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Losing Betting Race to Kentucky Derby

According to figures released immediately after the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders Cup, a total of $128,215,643 was wagered on the 13 Breeders’ Cup races. That’s down from the $139,418,666 wagered on 14... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stewards’ Rulings: Time for a Change in Racing’s Officiating System?

I think most reasonable people will agree that stewards made the wrong call in last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic by not disqualifying the front-running winner Bayern for the incident at the start... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Contentious New York THA Election Includes Questionable Endorsement

Presidents of five state divisions of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, collectively calling themselves a Philadelphia-based “Coalition of Horsemen,” have endorsed trainer Rick Violette over... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse of the Year? It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Who is Horse of the Year for 2014? That’s an easy one. No one, at least not yet. The year isn’t over. While many of the divisional titles in Eclipse Awards competition unquestionably were sewn up as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Doug O’Neill’s Brother Claims Foul Over Derek’s Post-Race Comments

Dennis O’Neill, racing manager for brother Doug O’Neill’s stable, is fuming over comments he said were made by actress and California Horse Racing Board commissioner Bo Derek just before she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...