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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...

Central Authority Gives Eventing a Leg Up on Racing

For the past several years, security protocols and medication regulations for the Triple Crown races have been a topic of much discussion in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby. On the weekend... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Schedule Change Can Make Triple Crown Even Tougher

Jeff Lowe is a former staff writer for Thoroughbred Times who currently handles media for Team Valor International If California Chrome succeeds in ending the 36-year Triple Crown drought with a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Training for the Triple Crown: How Times Have Changed

Trainer Art Sherman said he plans to breeze Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome one time during the three weeks between the May 17 Preakness and June 7 Belmont Stakes. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Paladin Bay: Canada’s Answer to California Chrome

Paladin Bay is a gift. This 3-year-old filly with the crooked blaze is the story of spirit. Perhaps not your normal sort of spirit, as you will see. It’s the kind of spirit that makes the hair stand... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ladouceurs Make Their Star Filly A Gift Horse

Woodbine chaplain Shawn Kennedy found himself in a grocery store one sunny morning this week, buying a $25 food card for a groom that is broke and hungry.  All of this is thanks to Paladin Bay’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Real Sports’ Segment a Disturbing Look at Racing’s Drug Culture

Whether you thought it was an agenda-driven “hit piece” or a sensationalized reflection of a troubled industry, the “HBO Real Sports” investigation of drugs and equine fatalities in Thoroughbred... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Fire Safety in Barns Is All About Planning Ahead

The tragic loss of eight horses in trainer Gerry Carwood’s barn near Keeneland on May 9 reminded farm managers and horse owners just how rapidly a barn fire can alter lives forever. The prospect of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

With ‘Nasalgate’ Over, Time to Focus on What’s Important

Thankfully, the three stewards in New York – one employed by The Jockey Club, one by the New York Racing Association, one by the New York State Gaming Commission – have saved horseracing from further... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

How Heavy a Load Can California Chrome Carry?

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will tote 126 pounds to the post in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes from Pimlico racecourse in Maryland, but the California-bred colt is carrying so much more than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Next Question? Intense Media for California Chrome, Preakness Challengers

While almost nothing in racing is a certainty, it’s pretty much a lock that the Kentucky Derby winner’s connections will be swarmed with media attention in the days leading up to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Who’s On Deck When Durkin Steps Down?

There is no “replacing” Tom Durkin. The longtime New York Racing Association race caller has no equal. Period. His calls of the Breeders’ Cup, beginning with the 1984 inaugural running at Hollywood... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Virginia Dates Battle Raises Legality Questions

The immediate future of racing in Virginia, the birthplace of Secretariat, continues to be in doubt as Colonial Downs ended talks with the Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Stewards Investigate Race Ride, Barn of Churchill Maiden Winner

California Chrome wasn’t the only California-bred to make an impression at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. Seven hours before the Kentucky Derby, trainer A. C. Avila sent a 4-year-old... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Moser Wins First Derby Dollars Contest With Wager on Commanding Curve

West Point Thoroughbreds, in association with the Paulick Report and 123Racing, would like to congratulate the winner of the 2014 Derby Dollars Contest: Ron Moser of Manchester, Md. Moser finished... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Kentucky Derby Competitors: No Regrets in Defeat to Impressive Winner

One of my earliest Kentucky Derby assignments in the late 1980s was chasing after the connections of those horses who didn’t wind up in the infield winner’s circle after the Run for the Roses. I was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick’s Derby Pick: Wicked Strong

Over the last 25 years, eight horses that competed in the Florida Derby went on to victory in the Kentucky Derby, making it the most productive race on the road to Churchill Downs and the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

One Expensive Bucket: Budgeting a Kentucky Derby Trip

The Kentucky Derby is on many a bucket list, but it’s right up there with the Super Bowl when it comes to expensive sporting events. Between tickets, parking, hotel, food, souvenirs, and of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

When Worlds Collide: Johnny, Tara and Fashion at the Derby

Honestly, the Kentucky Derby will never be the same, not after Johnny Weir and his sidekick Tara Lipinski are through with it. The skating twosome have been called in to comment on fashion at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Jockey Club ‘Pledge’ on Vet Records Fails to Inspire

Nice try. Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps attempted to pressure Thoroughbred owners and trainers to join him in signing a pledge to voluntarily disclose 14 days worth of veterinary records on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘Big Board’ Wows Fans on Churchill’s Opening Night

The $12 million investment had its critics, but there’s little argument that Churchill Downs’ monstrous new video board is a stunner. For the nearly 25,000 fans on hand for the ‘Big... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pope: How to Establish ‘Authority’ in U.S. Racing

(How can horse racing shift the balance of power from trainers and racetracks to horse owners? In the second of a two-part series on authority in U.S. racing, Lexington advertising executive Fred... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Holding Churchill Downs Accountable for Fair Grounds Decline

This is the nightmare scenario for horse racing people when slot machines come to town. Bean counters in corporate offices begin to look at racing operations as an expense, a necessary evil that must... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special: Racing’s Communication ‘Triangle’

The Paulick Report continues its coverage at the OBS Spring sale with a second edition of the PR Special, a print publication distributed on the sales grounds in Ocala, Fla. In this edition, Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Security Cameras in Derby Stalls Should Be a No-Brainer

A year ago, based on a suggestion from Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, I wrote about security cameras that can record a horse’s activities 24 hours a day while he’s in his stall. Lots of horsemen are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS April: Stronach, Street Boss, and Florida’s New Sires

The Paulick Report is pleased to present special print editions to be distributed on the grounds of the OBS April sale beginning Monday. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray gives his take on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Testing, Testing: How Strong Are Racing’s Drug Testing Programs?

When the state of Maryland released a call for proposals from laboratories interested in taking on the state’s post-race testing, Dr. Rick Sams, director of the HFL Sport Science Lab in central... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Like Golf’s ‘Masters,’ Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Could Be Iconic Tradition

There are more than a few comparisons that can be made between Augusta National Golf Club, which just held its 78th Masters Golf Tournament, and horse racing’s Keeneland Association, currently... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

National Handicapping Championship: At a Crossroads?

In this week’s season finale of the reality show, Horseplayers, on Esquire Network, viewers went behind the scenes of the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...