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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...

Racing Con Man Pippin Arrested; Investigators Seek Potential Victims

Jonathan Pippin, subject of a 2014 article in the Paulick Report alleging a variety of deceitful practices in the horse industry, was arrested by federal authorities last Friday and is being held in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pennsylvania Legislation Would Give Horsemen, Breeders Regulatory Clout

Horsemen and breeders in Pennsylvania will have unprecedented powers as regulators if legislation recently approved by the state's House of Representatives is, as expected, passed by the Senate and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commentary: The Problem Of The Inject Now, Ask Questions Later (Maybe) Mentality

This year marked my third trip to the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, where I had the opportunity to sit in on a “rounds” meeting of the AAEP Racing Committee.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hong Kong: Lab Chief Sees Need For ‘Game-Changing’ Approach To Testing

Sunday's Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin race course will, from a drug control standpoint, be among the cleanest anywhere in the world. Overseas horses are tested upon their arrival, then... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Geldings: Does The Ultimate Equipment Change Actually Impact Performance?

As rules surrounding the reporting of a horse's first start as a gelding have changed around the country recently, handicappers have formed opinions about whether or not to bet geldings — and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing And Gaming Symposium: What’s The Big Idea?

This year's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming, hosted by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, is particularly focused on generating the next great idea (or ideas) for the sport... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

2016 Breeders’ Cup Could Be Among First Japanese Simulcasts

The 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic is one of 24 international races under consideration for simulcast into Japan, thanks to a new law passed earlier this year by Japanese legislators lifting the ban on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

An American In Tokyo: Neon Lights, Horse Racing And Robots

In the mega city, Tokyo, energy flows like a river of neon lights.  Yet, at the core of this vibrant metropolis is calm, organization and a sense of security.  If your horses aren't running to form... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Detection Of New Synthetic Drug Disturbing But Less Problematic Than Dermorphin

An announcement by the Association of Racing Commissioners International that the New York Equine Drug Testing Program confirmed the first incidence of a particular synthetic opioid in a racehorse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Desormeaux Responds To Noseda: ‘He Can Kiss My A–‘

Kent Desormeaux had a very blunt response to criticism from British trainer Jeremy Noseda, who Tweeted that Desormeaux “schooled” his horse, Mister Brightside, in Saturday's Grade 1... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Up And Up: A Closer Look At Rising Stud Fees For 2016

Stud fees are going up next year, especially at the top end of the bloodstock market. The increases are going to make profitability for Thoroughbred breeders that much more challenging. The Paulick... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Optimism Abounds From Europe’s Japan Cup Hopefuls

At Friday night's lavish Japan Cup welcome party, Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, hope sprang eternal among connections of the European entrants to the Group 1 fixture. Several attendees speculated that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f... Read More...

Happy Thanksgiving From The Paulick Report

On this Thanksgiving Day, I'd like to take the opportunity to say a heartfelt “thank you” to our readers, advertising partners, the Paulick Report staff, contributing writers and photographers, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Brewster: Asmussen ‘Cruelly And Unjustifiably Defamed’

It's time to move on. Finally. Twenty months have passed since People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a sensational hidden-camera video that purported to portray Eclipse Award-winning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Important Points

Everything appears to be going smoothly in preparation for Saturday's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, a race that features a field of 10 juveniles this year. They're not only racing for the $600,000... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Been There, Done That

There's a certain skill to successfully stepping up a lightly raced 2-year-old into graded stakes company or to handling a young, green racehorse in the heat of battle. That's why experience plays an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Early Derby Dreams

We're pleased to once again have Delta Downs track announcer Don Stevens to guide us through the days leading up to Saturday's marquee 2-year-old race, the Delta Downs Jackpot. The Grade 3, $1... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Time For A Change? Veterinarian’s List No Safe Harbor For Racehorses

On Jan. 27, 2015, six Thoroughbreds went to the post for the second race at Turf Paradise, but only five came back. Four-year-old Time for a J fractured the sesamoids in his left front leg and was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Commentary: Lasix Industry An Out-Of-Control Juggernaut

Now that the dust of American Pharoah’s Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year’s Breeders’ Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Transparency And Twitter: A Good Partnership

On the same day that California Horse Racing Board stewards voted not to sanction Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux for a ride in which critics say he quit just before the finish line, I was made aware... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

McIngvale: ‘Timing Was Terrible, But We Did What We Did’

Anyone in the horse business who has followed Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale over the last 20 years knows he doesn’t do things conventionally. So it should not have come as a surprise earlier this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Borell: Runhappy’s Owners ‘Only Care About The Money’

What a mess. Less than 24 hours after one of the most uplifting stories of a tremendously exciting homecoming Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland unfolded – the saga of 3-year-old Sprint sensation Runhappy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland November Sale Day 2

As the second day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale gets underway, the Paulick Report is pleased to bring you the latest edition of the PR Special, available online or in print on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland November Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton November Sale

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

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Abercrombie’s Gift Of Education Keeps On Giving…And Giving

Out of town visitors for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup probably know that Lexington and the Central Kentucky region is known for it national championship college basketball teams, smooth bourbon and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Remembering John Gaines And His ‘Powerful Dream’

More than 10 years have passed since the death of John R. Gaines, whose extraordinary contributions to the horse world and the Central Kentucky community were remembered on Monday morning during a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Owners Sue Wickliffe Pharmacy, Boarding Farm, Veterinarian In Connection With Horse Death

Two owners horse owners have brought a civil lawsuit against Wickliffe Pharmacy, the Lexington, Ky., veterinary compounder cited by the Food and Drug Administration for selling mislabeled paste... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Mott And Goehring: The Two Men From Mobridge

It’s been 20 years now since Cigar won the Breeders’ Cup Classic under the stewardship of trainer Bill Mott ­– 1995 at Belmont Park –– on his way to a winning streak that caught the nation’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sinatra Singing A Happy Tune At Laurel

Sal Sinatra looked like a kid in a candy store when he was seen wandering through Laurel Park last Saturday during the track’s 30th annual Jim McKay Maryland Million day program. And why not? The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Irwin: Indiana Commission Actions Don’t Pass Smell Test

Absent a smoking gun that would lead to evidence of unethical behavior on the part of Joe Gorajec, the dismissal of the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission sends the wrong... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special Maryland Million: Jim McKay’s Lasting Legacy

The Paulick Report is pleased to present a special print publication for the 30th edition of the Maryland Million at Laurel Park. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray Paulick recalls the life and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Gorajec: Barr-Tonko Bill Only Path Toward Uniformity

The following commentary was written by Joe Gorajec, who on Saturday was relieved of his job as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), a position he held for nearly 25... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Some Appreciation For Small-Time Tracks, Where Fans Are Born

Earlier this year, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens gave an impassioned plea to legislators in his native Idaho on behalf of historical racing machines, which he said could help save not only Les... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show: Horse Of The Year And A Trivia Question

On June 6, when American Pharoah crossed the finish line triumphant in the Belmont Stakes, it appeared the race for Horse of the Year was a done deal. After all, he had just completed the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Gorajec Dismissal Would Be Assault On Racing’s Integrity

It’s been almost 42 years since the “Saturday Night Massacre” of Oct. 20, 1973, when President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pennsylvania Regulators Keep Racing Public In The Dark

If you thought things couldn’t get worse in Pennsylvania horse racing after the jockey whip caper in the fouth race at Parx Racing on Sept. 21, think again. Surely you know about the whip... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: The Breeders’ Cup Comes Home

It’s not business as usual with the start of Keeneland’s fall meet Friday. There’s a palpable buzz — not just the power tools helping to boost the track’s capacity for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Longtime Arlington Park Director Of Racing William Thayer Dies At 89

William A. Thayer, whose nearly 50-year association with Arlington Park in Chicago’s northwest suburbs dates back to the Marjorie Everett ownership era in the 1960s, died on Tuesday at the age... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

One Giant Leap For Transparency At Thoroughbred Auctions

Transparency at Thoroughbred auctions has come a long way since 1969, when astronaut Neil Armstrong was listed as buyer of a $14,000 colt by Hill Rise out of the Mahmoud mare, Likely Prospect, at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

New York Commission Approves Cobalt Threshold, Additional Drug Rules

The New York State Gaming Commission unanimously proposed a series of updates to the state’s codes for post-race drug testing Thursday, including adding a threshold for cobalt. The commissioners... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Hey, That’s My Whip!’ Astonishing Stretch Run At Parx

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. We have a controversy in Pennsylvania horse racing. This one involves two jockeys at Parx Racing, Angel Castillo and Pierre Hernandez Ortega. If those names... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: A Departure From The Status Quo

As Book 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets underway, the Paulick Report is pleased to bring you the latest edition of the PR Special, available online or in print on the sales grounds.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: A Fresh Bowl Of Alphabet Soup

As Book 2 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets underway, the Paulick Report is pleased to offer another edition of the PR Special, available here and on the sales grounds. Natalie Voss looks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Parx Fall Festival Undermined By Poor Image, High Takeout, Scant Marketing

One of the theories in the casinos-at-racetracks movement of the last two decades is that purses subsidized by slots or casino revenue will attract more owners and horses, leading to larger field... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Daily Fantasy Sports: Horse Racing’s Newest Threat

If you watched at least 15 minutes of football last weekend, chances are you saw TV ads for DraftKings or FanDuel – the two leading companies in the exploding world of daily fantasy sports, otherwise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...