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Derby Fever Strikes Again: $15 Million for an Allowance Winner?

Today is the day Ronald Sanchez said he’ll decide whether or not to sell Social Inclusion, the unbeaten 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile who carried his Rontos Racing Stable silks to a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Accident at Gulfstream Raises Liability Questions

Feb. 5 marked a turning point in the career of 3-year-old colt Malibu Blues, although it wasn’t because he won his first race. The colt did beat a maiden claiming field in Gulfstream Park’s last race... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Accident at Gulfstream Raises Liability Questions

Feb. 5 marked a turning point in the career of 3-year-old colt Malibu Blues, although it wasn’t because he won his first race. The colt did beat a maiden claiming field in Gulfstream Park’s last race... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Oaklawn Diaries: Who Will Take Charge This Year?

In recent times, Oaklawn Park’s Rebel Stakes has been a very good predictor of 3-year-old success. Last year’s winner, Will Take Charge, became 3-year-old champion, while runner-up Oxbow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Oaklawn Diaries: ‘The Holy Ghost’ and Other Racing Superstitions

Have any superstitions about the racetrack? Of course, many bettors, jockeys, horsemen and other racetrackers will tell you – don’t mess with the good side of luck and stay as far away... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Oaklawn Diaries: Tip Sheets a Colorful Biz

As the Kentucky Derby trail winds its way to Arkansas this weekend for the Rebel Stakes, Ray Paulick and Scott Jagow have made the journey to Oaklawn Park to share the unique experience of its annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Horse Racing in Advertising: Nice…or Vice?

While there is little to no national advertising for Thoroughbred racing these days, a couple of companies have recently incorporated horses or horse racing into their television commercials. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Horse Racing in Advertising: Nice…or Vice?

While there is little to no national advertising for Thoroughbred racing these days, a couple of companies have recently incorporated horses or horse racing into their television commercials. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Horse Racing in Advertising: Nice…or Vice?

While there is little to no national advertising for Thoroughbred racing these days, a couple of companies have recently incorporated horses or horse racing into their television commercials. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Horse Racing in Advertising: Nice…or Vice?

While there is little to no national advertising for Thoroughbred racing these days, a couple of companies have recently incorporated horses or horse racing into their television commercials. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

My, How You’ve Grown: Development of Young Stallion Prospects

When injury cuts short the career of a promising 2- or 3-year-old, the announcement of a stud deal is usually just around the corner. For those breeders and bloodstock agents attending stallion open... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Big ‘Cap Attracts Star Power Like the Old Days

When I moved to Southern California in 1979, the biggest day of the year on the local horse racing calendar was not the Santa Anita Derby or Hollywood Derby (which at that time was a dirt race in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Remembering ‘Miracle Man’ Trainer Oscar Barrera

It’s been 30 years since Steven Crist wrote in the New York Times that Thoroughbred trainer Oscar Barrera was running the “best magic show in town.” Barrera was doing things no other trainers dared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Tale of Good News Friday

Five years ago I ran into a former colleague from Blood-Horse Publications who had found a calling in life that was higher than the study of pedigrees, racing results and Thoroughbred auction trends.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Dinkin on ‘Horseplayers’: We Do What They Do

Jerod Dinkin is a 36-year-old proud father of two that has spent twelve years as a Director of Real Estate expanding two Fortune 300 retail chains. The 2006 Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Controversial Calls: Stewards’ Rulings Need More Transparency, Accountability

Remember Game 3 of the 2013 World Series, the one that ended with an obstruction call, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox after it appeared the game would be going into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Rainbow 6 DQ: Character Attacks on Gulfstream Stewards, GM Deplorable

Gulfstream Park stewards on Saturday called an inquiry in the day’s final race, a 1 1/16-mile turf event for 3-year-olds carrying a $75,000 claiming price. It was a race that had the potential to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

No Matter the Racing Surface, Safety Should Be the Focus

The California Horse Racing Board voted in 2006 to make synthetic or engineered racing surfaces mandatory at the state’s major tracks beginning in 2008. Its members did so with the belief that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

West Point Thoroughbreds, Paulick Report Launch $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest

West Point Thoroughbreds, the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships, is teaming up with the Paulick Report and 123Racing to bring horse racing enthusiasts a free handicapping challenge offering cash... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Rethinking Early Training for Thoroughbreds: Incorporating Natural Horsemanship

Even in Nashville, Tenn., there are certain places you just don’t expect to see cowboys, and the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners might normally be one of them.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Viagra Suspension: A Trail From China to New Mexico

Quarter horse trainer John Stinebaugh said contamination of cinnamon ginseng powder – imported from China into Canada, then sent to a compounding pharmacy in Texas, made into a paste sold to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Jockey Club: What Would We Do Without Them?

Things I thought I’d never say. “Where would the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry be today if it weren’t for The Jockey Club?” That thought occurred to me at the annual Jockeys’ Guild... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Jockey Club: What Would We Do Without Them?

Things I thought I’d never say. “Where would the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry be today if it weren’t for The Jockey Club?” That thought occurred to me at the annual Jockeys’ Guild... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing Idea Contest Leads to Thrilling Ownership Experience

Mike Caggiano was like a lot of other horseplayers, a guy with opinions, not only about who was going to win the next race but about how to improve horse racing and make it more popular. He cut his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Dust to Dust: Exhuming Native Diver From Hollywood Park

Following the closure of Hollywood Park, the only horse remaining in track’s walking ring is one who had been in the ground for 46 years. Native Diver, often heralded as the West Coast’s Kelso, was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Bill Targeting Equine Medical Director Dies Necessary Death

Received an email the other day from a service of California’s state government that tracks pending legislation. It said simply: “AB-1154: Horse racing: equine drug testing: equine medical director.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

McIngvale’s $7-Million Super Bowl Bet: Crazy Like a Fox

Horse owner and furniture salesman extraordinaire Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale was all over the news in the wake of the Seattle Seahawks’ trouncing of the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl – and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Moving On: Getting Back to Business at Tampa Bay Downs

This game can surprise you. It was just over four months ago that Thoroughbred owner Reid Nagle – who took out his trainer’s license in 2010 after leaving active management of a highly successful... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse Racing’s 2014 State of the Union?

Since we have no central leadership, there is no one to deliver a “state of the union” address for horse racing, so the Paulick Report asked our readers for their thoughts on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New TV Deal: Fox Series Should Benefit Racing

Getting FOX Sports involved with horse racing is a good thing. The last time this happened was 1999, when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association launched a five-race series on the network... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Can You Hear Me Now? Establishing A Communication Center for Disease Outbreak

As we’ve learned during various outbreaks of equine herpesvirus at racetracks and training centers in the past year, bad news can travel quickly when a horse comes down with a highly contagious... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Family Searches for Painting Stolen From Hollywood Park

This Friday and Saturday, many of the pieces of Hollywood Park will be up for auction—artwork, memorabilia, machinery—but at least one item won’t be on the list. After the track closed its doors for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

60 Minutes Poll: More Cheaters Than Jerks in Horse Racing

The 60 Minutes brand on CBS television expanded into the sports world last year with the creation of “60 Minutes Sports,” a new series on Showtime. One of the show’s first subjects was Doug... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Wise Dan Repeats as Horse of the Year

Wise Dan was voted 2013 Horse of the Year, becoming the sixth horse in the 41-year history of the Eclipse Awards to repeat as North America’s outstanding Thoroughbred. Owned and bred by Chicagoan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Eclipse Awards Voting: A Newcomer’s Perspective

This year marked the first time that I had an opportunity to vote in the Eclipse Awards. I felt like I had done my research after having watched nearly all of the year’s graded stakes races and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Lottery Success a Lesson for State’s Racing Industry?

The California Lottery and California’s horse racing industry both were experiencing economic declines in 2010. The lottery benefits public schools and state officials became concerned after 2009... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Is Cobalt a Killer in Horses?

Cobalt isn’t listed in the 15 pages of drugs published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in its “Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances.” So it caught many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Allegations Tarnish Cost of Freedom Retirement Story

It started out as a feel-good story on the week before Christmas – two racetrackers in Southern California working together to retire an aging Grade 1 winner and millionaire who’d fallen to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The New NYRA Customer Experience

I’ve always been an advocate of going out and supporting the live racing product even if that involves venturing out to Ozone Park, N.Y., to bet the inner track in the beginning of January. There’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: What Does the Crystal Ball (er, Ray) Predict for 2014?

It’s Day Two of the Keeneland January Horses of all Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky., and that means a second edition of our special print publication distributed on the sales grounds. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: What Does the Crystal Ball (er, Ray) Predict for 2014?

It’s Day Two of the Keeneland January Horses of all Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky., and that means a second edition of our special print publication distributed on the sales grounds. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: What Does the Crystal Ball (er, Ray) Predict for 2014?

It’s Day Two of the Keeneland January Horses of all Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky., and that means a second edition of our special print publication distributed on the sales grounds. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Day One: January Horses of All Ages Sale

The Paulick Report is pleased to present the PR Special – unique print editions for the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which kicked off Monday in Lexington, Ky. in bitter cold... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commissioner Gets Top Billing in Early-Season 3-Year-Old Race

It was only an entry-level allowance/optional claiming race with a purse less than $50,000, but a couple of horses in Friday’s ninth at Gulfstream Park in sunny Florida managed to warm the soul on a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Brownell Combs: Son of Spendthrift Founder Syndicated Seattle Slew, Affirmed

Brownell Combs, who saw the best of times and worst of times in the horse business, has died at the age of 80. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that he died Sunday in Lexington, Ky. Born Leslie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

RIP Brownell Combs: Son of Spendthrift Founder Syndicated Seattle Slew, Affirmed

Brownell Combs, who saw the best of times and worst of times in the horse business, is dead at the age of 80. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that he died Sunday in Lexington, Ky. Born Leslie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Close Call: Kitten’s Joy Edges Speightstown to Top Sire List

It was an extremely close race, but it appears Ramsey Farm’s Kitten’s Joy has secured the title of leading North American sire by earnings for 2013. Heading into today’s cards,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Holiday Tale: Rallying to Help ‘Old Warrior’ Cost of Freedom

When has a horse done enough? That was the question many people were asking a week ago when Cost of Freedom, a 10-year-old California-bred gelding by Cee’s Tizzy with career earnings of $1,018,799,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Christmas Cheer: From Our Homes to Yours

Things will be a little quiet around here today as the Paulick Report team spends time with their families to celebrate the Christmas holiday. May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Respect and Gratitude: For the Love of the Horse

I used to believe in Santa Claus. The Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy, too. I’m afraid to say I’ve carried some of those childhood beliefs and naivete well into my adult life, though I did stop leaving... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...