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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...

PR Special Keeneland September: The Threat Of Daily Fantasy Sports

The Paulick Report offers a second edition of its print publication for the Keeneland September Sale, available here and on the sales grounds. In this PR Special, Ray looks at the boom of daily... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: A Balancing Act

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a several print publications for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which begins Monday in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Superwoman: Wolfendale Wears Many Hats

While many racing patrons are just beginning a summer afternoon at Saratoga, setting up coolers and chairs ahead of the first race, Maggie Wolfendale’s disembodied voice brings meaning to the stream... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Crawford: Keen Ice ‘Fastest, Best-Bred 3-Year-Old In The World’

As connections of the top U.S. 3-year-olds contemplate their next moves before the Breeders’ Cup, the Keen Ice camp certainly isn’t lacking in confidence following the colt’s recent Travers victory... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Creditors Try To Force ADW Company Founder Into Bankruptcy

A lending institution and three Thoroughbred businesses have filed an involuntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition against Nelson E. Clemmens, founder and chief executive officer of Amwest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full ... Read More...

Pharoah, Beholder Top Summer Of Star Performances

When the dust settles on horse racing’s two most popular summertime meetings, Saratoga in upstate New York and Del Mar near San Diego in Southern California, fans won’t be talking about picnic tables... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commentary: How U.S. Trainers Can Win Respect

When an American trainer, with some notable exceptions, wins a Triple Crown race, peers, fans and writers invariably shake their heads and question whether the triumph was accomplished on the up and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Tricks of the Trade: Race Riding During The Travers

What, exactly, were Victor Espinoza on American Pharoah and Frosted’s rider, Jose Lezcano, doing as the two horses rounded the final turn into the home stretch of Saturday’s $1.6-million Travers at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Texas Horsemen: ‘No Confidence In Future’ After Temporary Funding Deal

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced Tuesday that House Appropriations Chairman John Otto has agreed to a proposal by Senate Legislative Budget Board members to fund the Texas Racing Commission for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Treasures Abound Inside and Outside of Racing Museum’s Vault

Even after working as curator for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for three years, Victoria Tokarowski admits she still has moments of being taken aback when she takes a trip to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

American Pharoah: Is The Show Over?

In the immediate aftermath of Keen Ice’s upset victory over heavily favored American Pharoah in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Travers on Saturday, owner Ahmed Zayat hinted that the Triple Crown champion son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Will The Stars Align On The Racetrack?

In American racing, the discussion often centers around the need for superstars. Despite some key losses this year at the top level of competition, it’s hard to lament a lack of star power when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Taking My Money Elsewhere: California Gets It Wrong On Lasix

I’m not what anyone would refer to as a “major player” when it comes to betting on horses. I cut my teeth at the Chicago area tracks in the late 1970s, then spent eight years in Southern California... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

16,000 Miles And Counting: Frequent Flyer Pharoah ‘Can Handle’ Travel Schedule

American Pharoah’s travel log for his 3-year-old season is a dizzying one: From California to Arkansas, back to California, back to Arkansas, onto Louisville, then Baltimore, back to Louisville, onto... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women And Horses Find Healing, Conquer Change Together

The scene at Long Shadows Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. is like something out of a painting. Valeria Buck’s rescue dogs and cats frolic on grassy hills at the foot of the Adirondacks. Thoroughbreds graze... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Use With Caution: Weighing The Risks And Benefits Of Corticosteroids

As states work their way through updated medication rules, one of the therapeutic medications that seems to garner repeated discussion is the corticosteroid methylprednisolone acetate, sold as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Morris: TOC ‘100 Percent’ Against USADA’s Involvement In Racing

Joe Morris, president of Thoroughbred Owners of California, said horsemen’s groups throughout North America are united in opposition to federal legislation that would create one agency to regulate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale Day 2

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer the latest edition of the PR Special, which is available online and as a print publication on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale, which begins Saturday night in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this edition of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Empire State: New York Thoroughbred Program Boosts Champion Prospects

The New York breeding season culminates with the Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale, which takes place Saturday and Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Here is the final piece in our summer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Empire State Stallions: Changing Of The Guard Ahead?

On the eve of Fasig-Tipton’s New York-Bred Preferred Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Frank Mitchell takes a look at two of the stallions emblematic of the present and future of the Empire State:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

State Senator’s Strong-Arm Tactics Could Doom Texas Horse Racing

“They are playing with people’s livelihoods.” That’s how Sam Houston Race Park president Andrea Young summarized the mess created by a Texas legislative board that could shut down racing at state... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Barr-Tonko Bill Delivers What Thoroughbred Industry Wants, Needs

Do we really need federal legislation to establish a structure for a national agency to regulate medication use in horse racing? The Jockey Club, Breeders’ Cup and the advocacy group, Water Hay Oats... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 2

In this edition of the PR Special, available here and as a print publication on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, learn more about the key discussions from the Jockey Club Round Table.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, which begins Monday night in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray looks at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jockey Club Round Table: Glass Half Full Or Half Empty?

The sixty-third annual Jockey Club Round Table conference took place on Sunday at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Depending upon your perspective, it was either a marker of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Campbell: Time For Medication Reform Is Now

Before I stumbled into the idea of forming partnerships to own race horses in 1969, I was chairman of a major advertising agency in Atlanta. What we told our clients emphatically was if you talk the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Hall of Fame Induction Provides A Study In Polarity

Friday’s induction ceremony for the 2015 entrants of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was a day of contrasts. The ceremony brought owners Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: How Many Lengths Back To The Future?

The talk this week in the racing world has been about where Triple Crown winner American Pharoah might go next. Based on conflicting information from the trainer and owner, all we’re sure about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Empire State: Records Falling, Prices Soaring For New York-Breds

Ask Fasig-Tipton CEO Boyd Browning about the company’s upcoming New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and he can barely contain himself. “This is one of those easy sales to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar, University of Arizona Bringing ‘Reality’ To Horseracing

Horseracing has already had a few reality TV shows. A few years back we had “Jockeys” on Animal Planet and more recently “Horseplayers” on the Esquire Network. Next up, “America’s Got Talent” and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Defending An Industry That Won’t Defend Itself

I’m tired. There is this feeling of worthlessness that enters my body every time I sign on to the internet, every time that I click open on the comments section of one of my blogs, every time I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Next For Pharoah’s Connections: Seeking Money Or Legacy?

What next? What next? American Pharoah had barely slowed to a walk after his dominating triumph in Sunday’s Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park when the questions began for the Triple Crown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...