Paulick Report

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...

That’s a Wrap!

It’s over. The long, sad goodbye finally has come. Betfair Hollywood Park ran its last race ever Sunday evening after 75 years of showcasing the best the sport has to offer. The Inglewood, Calif.,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: Everett Lived Horse Racing

Marjorie Everett didn’t invent the concept of “management by walking around” but she certainly practiced it during her nearly 20-year reign as the Hollywood Park “boss” from 1972-’91. Everett ran the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: All the Free Stuff

I’ve never been a “collector,” but have accumulated a lot of stuff from racetrack giveaways over the years: T-shirts, caps, pins, bobbleheads, bags, mini-binoculars, beach towels, even a pair of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: The Queen and Her Castle

Ever since the track opened in 1938, and Seabiscuit won the first Gold Cup that year, equine stars have drawn the crowds to Hollywood Park. They came to see Swaps in the 1950′s, Native Diver in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: When the Stars Came Out at Night

“Missed it by that much!” No, I never heard Don Adams use that catchphrase after losing a close photo finish at Hollywood Park, but the star of the 1960s hit television comedy series “Get Smart” was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: You Never Forget the First One

As Hollywood Park enters the home stretch of its 75-year run in Southern California, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick and editor-in-chief Scott Jagow are sharing some personal memories of their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: Affirmed Wins Gold Cup, 1979

As Hollywood Park enters the home stretch of its 75-year run in Southern California, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick and editor-in-chief Scott Jagow will share some personal memories of their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Investigative Reporting a Positive Force for Change in Racing Industry

The following was presented by Ray Paulick at the 40th annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz., during a panel entitled “Muckraking Journalism as a Positive Force – the Second... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stallion Makers

What trainers produce the best stallions? It stands to reason that it’s the trainers with the highest number of good horses in their barn, and for the most part that is true, based on a review of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Asian Sweep in Hong Kong: Sport’s Beauty Shines at International Races

Home track advantage proved to be too much to overcome for the international contingent at Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin. All four races were swept by horses... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Members Only: Inside the Hong Kong International Sale

Hong Kong doesn’t have its own breeding program – the land required is too scarce and too expensive. Instead, Hong Kong imports its Thoroughbreds from around the world. Not only do... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Something’s Missing Here: Explaining Ridglings

Honor Code made the news last weekend both for his racing performance and for a medical condition. Trainer Shug McGaughey announced that Lane’s End Racing’s Grade 2 Remsen winner would get some time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Halfway ‘Round the World: Americans Relish Underdog Role in Hong Kong

At Thursday’s Barrier Draw for the Longines Hong Kong International Races, American connections were clearly in a small minority. There are only two horses representing the U.S. among the many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Why Alienate the Customer?

Three years ago, before the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct racetrack opened, maiden 2-year-olds were running for purses of $45,000. Last Sunday, thanks to the revenue from the slot machines at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘Scene’ in Hong Kong: Celebrating the World’s Best Jockeys

The Paulick Report is in Hong Kong for an important week that culminates with the world-class Hong Kong International Races on Sunday. But there are other festivities surrounding the main event at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...