Paulick Report

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Cheers and Jeers

The Paulick Report is pleased to present a special print edition for Day 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Ky. The PR Special, which was distributed on the Keeneland sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: November Mares To Remember

The Paulick Report is pleased to present a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Ky. The PR Special, which was distributed on the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Thoroughbreds Who Change Lives

We normally witness the power of the Thoroughbred charging down the stretch, but today we meet a group of ex-racehorses who reveal a much greater power. They’re affecting the lives of entire... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: The Thoroughbred as Athlete

Thoroughbreds were born to run, but that’s certainly not all they can do. Programs like CANTER California take runners off the track and teach them to use their athletic prowess in other ways.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Riding a Fine Line

Being a jockey requires courage, racing intelligence, and a specific touch – among many other qualities. It’s a hazardous job with many peaks and valleys. As part of the fifth annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: A Journey of Giving and Getting Back

Just a little over four years ago, Paulick Report co-founder Brad Cummings and I met in our Lexington, Ky., “office” – a neighborhood Panera Bread (with WiFi!) – to go over a number of details... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Navarro’s Tampa Bay Drug Violations Up to 300 Times Over Permitted Level

Three of the six Tampa Bay Downs medication violations cited in an Oct. 4 Consent Order against Jorge Navarro – recently crowned leading trainer at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park – were for overages of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Nothing Amusing About Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission

From the Can’t-Make-It-Up-Department: When Walter Remmert is not overseeing the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission as its third executive secretary in the past few years (his title may still be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lab: State Administration of Lasix Working in Kentucky

Since Kentucky regulators took over the administration of race-day Lasix in October of last year, scientists at the state’s official testing laboratory say the change in regulation appears to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ireland: Hay, Oats and…Say What?

I was stunned upon hearing the recent news out of Ireland that a former Department of Agriculture veterinary inspector – the brother of a well-known trainer – pleaded guilty to five counts of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

More Comes to Light in California Trainer Suspension Case

Some details were left out of last month’s California Horse Racing Board “enforcement update,” which explained why trainer Genaro Vallejo received only a 90-day suspension (with 60 days stayed if... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust Returns, Will Focus on Equine and Jockey Care

With the Breeders’ Cup celebrating its 30th running this year Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., the Paulick Report’s fifth annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraiser to benefit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Navarro Suspension: Let’s Make a Deal?

In a previous life, Leon Biegalski must have been Monty Hall, host of the popular 1960s TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” Or maybe he was Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith Show.” He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP David Greathouse, 63: ‘He Played All Aspects of the Game’

Horseman David Greathouse, who with brothers John, Allen and Edward Greathouse ran the family’s Glencrest Farm in Midway, Ky., died early Tuesday morning on what was his 63rd birthday. He was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Travers Investigation: A Job Well Done

I praise racing commissions about as often as I play Frisbee with manhole covers, but the New York State Gaming Commission deserves credit for the manner in which it conducted the investigation into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Pony Up: It’s Not Your Father’s Daily Racing Form

Not long after I began working in the Los Angeles office of Daily Racing Form in the early 1980s I paid a visit to my parents, who at the time were living near Seattle. They weren’t horse racing fans... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sikura: Restitution ‘Necessary and Justified’ for Ontario Breeders

R. Glenn Sikura owns and operates Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada, a perennial leading consignor in Toronto representing many Canadian clients selling in the U.S.  The farm has a small racing stable... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Texas-Sized Hole in the Betting Landscape

Anyone who’s driven through Texas knows it’s a huge state – roughly 800 miles from east to west and the same distance from north to south. Any horseplayer in Texas who wants to make a legal wager... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Macauley: Don’t Show Me the Money?

The Paulick Report received this unusual tale of show bets and a major advance deposit wagering company from Frank E. Macauley, who’s been watching and playing the races for more than a half century... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Can Santa Anita Bring Fans Back to the Track?

When I drove into Santa Anita Park Thursday morning to get a glimpse of the extensive renovations the track has undergone for the autumn meet that begins today, I flashed back nearly 35 years to my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Thoroughbred Owner Vincent Viola to Buy NHL Team

According to several reports, a client of West Point Thoroughbreds is set to become the new owner of the Florida Panthers National Hockey League franchise. New York financier Vincent Viola will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

2014 Illinois Racing Dates Hinge on Legislative Action

With just over three months until the new year, horsemen and employees of Illinois racetracks have no idea what 2014 may bring after the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday approved four alternate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Billionaire Next Door: Forbes 400 and Racing

One of the newest stakeholders in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in the United States is also one of the wealthiest Americans, according to the Forbes 400 list published in the Sept. 16 edition of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Nagle: An Open Letter to Tampa Bay Downs

When I visited Tampa Bay Downs last March, owners and trainers I spoke with were up in arms over the lack of action by track management against trainer Jane Cibelli, whose veterinarian, Dr. Orlando... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Florida Investigation: Vet Said Cibelli Told Him ‘Keep Me Out of It’

Orlando Paraliticci sat in his Honda Odyssey, a nervous wreck. Only minutes before, he had been caught by a Tampa Bay Downs official injecting a pain-blocking agent into a horse’s right foreleg hours... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

TV Time: Does Racing Make Best Use of It?

In one sense, horse racing’s television presence has never had better continuity. After years of the major events rotating networks, racing’s high-profile properties are finally under one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Justice: 30 Days for Class 1 Violation?

Seventeen months after the horse Red Dwarf won a maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields in California with the prohibited drug zilpaterol in his system, his trainer, Genaro O. Vallejo, has been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Keeneland: After Day 6, Gross Receipts Near 2012 Revenue for Entire Sale

It was onward and upward again at Sunday’s sixth session of the 12-day Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Ky. When the final hammer fell, gross receipts for the first six sessions... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hot Start Changes Dynamics at Keeneland September

There are lots of ways to analyze a horse sale. Comparisons to the previous year, using standard numbers like gross revenue, average price, median, etc. You can ask the loan officer of a bank that’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

By the Numbers: Keeneland Sale Ahead of 2012 Pace

Positive momentum continued during the second session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale on Tuesday, with results indicating good balance through the first half of the expanded Book 1 in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Stonewall Owner Has Passion for Horse Business

Jose Luis Espinoza, the new owner of a horse farm in Midway, Ky., renamed Stonewall Dominion – formerly Stonewall Farm under the ownership of Richard and Audrey Haisfield and before that as E.K.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New September Sale Format: So Far, So Good

Keeneland rolled out a new format for its annual September Yearling Sale, and while it’s too early to say whether or not it will have staying power in the years ahead, the results from day one  were,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing Ideas Flow More Like A Trickle

Was going through my morning Twitter feed (feel free to follow me at @raypaulick) when I came across this gem from the folks at @Mental_Floss: “Why do our best ideas come to us in the shower?” While... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Letter to NYRA: Time to Maximize Revenue

As the New York Racing Association continues its latest transition under new president and CEO Chris Kay, discussion has focused on the need for NYRA to increase revenues and cut expenses as it works... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

In Wake of Uncertainty in Ontario: ‘We’re Still Here Fighting’

If people thought that the worst was behind them at last year’s Canadian select yearling sale, six months after the Ontario government suddenly terminated the slots-at-racetrack program, well, they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mark and Carla: Friends Till the Very End

Drew Couto is a California-based attorney who served as president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Thoroughbred Owners of California.   If you would permit me, I’d like to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

O’Neill: Pre-Race Treatment a ‘Human Error’

Trainer Doug O’Neill will go before California Horse Racing Board stewards for an incident that occurred at Del Mar on Aug. 24 when a foreman in his barn gave an amino acid supplement to a horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Easy to Love This Place’: A Video Postcard From Saratoga

Another summer is waning, so it’s almost time to bid adieu to Saratoga racing until next year. This season has been a special one, as the oldest continuously-operating sports venue in America... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ask Ray: The DQ That Wasn’t?

The “Ask Ray” button on the Paulick Report website brings a lot of questions my way, some of them easy to answer, others nearly impossible. A recent question about a horse – whose disqualification... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Jeff Coady: He Made the Sport Look Good

I don’t recall exactly where or when I first met Jeff Coady. Some racetrack somewhere. I won’t forget the details of that first meeting, though. He had a camera around his neck and a warm smile. He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Trying to Help the Horse’ — Even If It Breaks the Rules

Last Wednesday afternoon at Penn National near Harrisburg, Pa., Trish Rogers, the wife and assistant trainer to J. Michael Rogers, wanted to help a horse in their barn named Strong Resolve deal with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Ex-Racehorses Find New ‘Mounts’ With Chicago Police

Retired Thoroughbred racehorses are trained for a variety of second jobs after their careers at the track are over. Not many, though, find themselves crime fighters and peace officers on the streets... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Clippinger: Here’s Who Is Judging the Judges

Don Clippinger, who retired as editorial director of Thoroughbred Times in 2009, is the communications director of the National Steeplechase Association. Recipient of the 1996 Eclipse Award for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

‘Saratoga of the Midwest’: The Arlington Experience

Some racetrackers like to call Arlington Park in the suburbs of Chicago, the Saratoga of the Midwest. While the two tracks are very different in terms of age, they do share a fun atmosphere appealing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Arlington Million Day: Who Do You Like?

Arlington Park’s International Festival of Racing reaches its culmination Saturday with an Arlington Million day card that’s hard to beat. Besides the trio of Grade 1 races on the turf,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Man Behind the ‘Million’ Dollar Turf Course

The Paulick Report continues its coverage from Arlington Park in Chicago with a focus on the track’s famous turf course, which will attract horses from all over the world this weekend to run in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Faulty Testing Leads Texas to Drop Broberg TCO2 Case

The Texas Racing Commission has dismissed its case against Karl Broberg, currently the second leading trainer in the U.S. by wins, for an alleged TCO2 violation at Sam Houston Race Park Jan. 26. A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Stretching Out: The American St. Leger Stakes

The Paulick Report continues its coverage of Arlington Million week from Chicago with a look at the newest addition to the International Festival of Racing – the American St. Leger Stakes. Run... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Gone Too Soon: Unsung Hero of Thoroughbred Sales

I didn’t know Greg Swinford and chances are you didn’t, either. But if you ever bought or sold a horse at public auction, or just looked at a Thoroughbred sale catalogue, you probably read his work.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Questions Still Unanswered in Baffert Sudden Deaths

Sometimes I’m a little slow at figuring things out. It’s been just over four months since racing writers at several publications got ahold of California Horse Racing Board necropsy reports detailing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...