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Highlights: 2013 Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel and top-class horses including Housebuster, Lure, and Invasor were among the honorees inducted Friday into the National Museum of Racing and Hall... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

To Centrifuge or Not: New Spin on TCO2 Charge

Karl Broberg, currently the nation’s second-leading trainer by wins, is facing possible sanctions for an alleged TCO2 violation from Jan. 26 at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas. Broberg, who began... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Funny Cide: The People’s Horse Returns to NY

Few Kentucky Derby winners have generated as much widespread interest as Funny Cide did in 2003. His bid for the Triple Crown energized people across the country – especially in New York. He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Irwin: Seeking an Edge Part of Sport Culture

Kentucky-bred Tyson Gay—the fastest human sprinter of all time behind only Usain Bolt—rocked the athletics world when it was revealed last month that he had tested positive for a banned substance.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Irwin: Seeking an Edge Part of Sport Culture

Kentucky-bred Tyson Gay—the fastest human sprinter of all time behind only Usain Bolt—rocked the athletics world when it was revealed last month that he had tested positive for a banned substance.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Irwin: Seeking an Edge Part of Sport Culture

Kentucky-bred Tyson Gay—the fastest human sprinter of all time behind only Usain Bolt—rocked the athletics world when it was revealed last month that he had tested positive for a banned substance.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Free Money! $15,000 Bet Promotion Celebrates Saratoga

Philanthropists Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson contribute plenty year in and year out to the community of Saratoga Springs, NY., and to the racing industry. But when their home racetrack... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

O’Neill Raked Over the Coals For Charity

Los Angeles radio host Tim Conway Jr. set the tone at a “roast” of Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill on Saturday night, saying “Most horses when they’re done go out to pasture or to stud.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Play Against Ray: Alpha in the Whitney

Fantasy ‘Capping is back, and you’re invited to Play Against Ray! Each week leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Fantasy ‘Cappers will make their selections on key... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

I, Robot: The Future of Horse Race Wagering?

For nearly as long as computers have existed, professional gamblers of all kinds have used them to seek an edge. As far back as the early 1980s, computer betting outfits operated in the shadows,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Fantasy ‘Capping: Play Against Ray… If You Dare!

It’s not a fair contest. A former Daily Racing Form handicapper with decades of experience, knowledge, and unmatched insight into horse racing taking on amateurs who probably think an exacta box is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick Report Adds New Forum for Horseplayers

Horseplayers Corner, a public forum focused around our sport’s most important constituency group, makes its debut on the Paulick Report website this week. The goal of Horseplayers Corner is to build... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horsemen, Calder Sign Deal, But Momentum on Gulfstream’s Side

It took a threat from horsemen to cut off the simulcasting signal, but the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Calder racetrack and casino have a signed purse contract for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Down at Old (And New) Del Mar

I’ve been coming to Del Mar for more than 30 years, and while it lacks the racing traditions of its East Coast counterpart in Saratoga, the seaside track provides an invigorating experience... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Gaines Suspended, Fined for Testosterone Overages

Trainer Carla Gaines has been suspended 30 days and fined $2,500 by the California Horse Racing Board for a pair of testosterone positives in fillies that raced for her in July and August 2012.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Suffolk Downs, Connections Do ‘The Right Thing’ for 7-Year-Old Gelding

At the other end of the spectrum from the deceased Monzante – winner of the 2008 Eddie Read Handicap who died Saturday in a $4,000 claiming race at Evangeline Downs – is a 7-year-old gelding named... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Suffolk Downs, Connections Do ‘The Right Thing’ for 7-Year-Old Gelding

At the other end of the spectrum from the deceased Monzante – winner of the 2008 Eddie Read Handicap who died Saturday in a $4,000 claiming race at Evangeline Downs – is a 7-year-old gelding named... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Investigation, Petitions Surround Death of Monzante

The death of former Grade 1 winner, Monzante, in a $4,000 claiming race at Evangeline Downs Saturday has galvanized race fans and prompted an investigation by the Louisiana Racing Commission. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Bad Beat of a Lifetime: $488,000 Jackpot Disappears

In the annals of bad beats at the racetrack, what happened Saturday at Louisiana Downs has to go down as one of the worst ever. Heading into the final race on the card, the will pays posted on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Same Time Next Year: A View of Saratoga’s Opening Day

Jeff Deitz, a psychiatrist in Connecticut and New York, has written about sports and personal psychology for the New York Times and contributed to the Times’ horse racing blog, The Rail.  Deitz... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Monzante, Former Eddie Read Winner, Breaks Down in $4,000 Claiming Race

Just about everyone made money off Monzante, a gelding by champion Maria’s Mon out of the stakes-winning Danzante, by champion sire Danzig. Monzante was foaled April 28, 2004, in Kentucky, and died... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar Diaries: In Concert With Racing

Del Mar has seen a significant spike in attendance in recent years, thanks in part to its Summer Concert Series. The shows, which this year include the B-52′s, Sammy Hagar, and Weezer, take... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar Diaries: The Gate Keepers

Thousands of horse races are run each year, and most of them go off without a hitch. That’s largely due to the starting gate crew. Being a member of the gate crew requires a special touch with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ike’s Perfect ’8′ Makes for Very Good Day at Del Mar

Bob Ike could be forgiven if he’d gone home Thursday night, cracked open a cold one, and popped in a DVD of “Let It Ride,” the 1989 horse racing classic with Richard Dreyfuss... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar Diaries: 30 Years Ago, Denman Found His Calling

One of the most popular voices in horse racing is undoubtedly Trevor Denman. At this year’s Del Mar meet, Denman is celebrating his 30th year calling the races. But as exciting as his career... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar Diaries: A Hot Start

Ray Paulick and Scott Jagow not only enjoyed the unique sights and sounds of Del Mar’s opening day, they got off to a fine start with their handicapping. After selecting the winners of both... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar Diaries: A Day Like No Other

Del Mar’s annual meet has always been a place to see and be seen, but in recent years, its opening day has taken on a life of its own. The first day of the meet attracts some of the biggest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar Diaries: And Away They Go!

Ray Paulick and Scott Jagow have arrived in sunny Southern California for the annual meeting at beautiful Del Mar Racetrack. A crowd close to 50,000 is expected for Opening Day, which, in addition to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Sixteen Years Later, Colonial Downs Still Fighting for the Lead

It’s 6:10 p.m. on Saturday at Colonial Downs, two hours before the post time of the track’s biggest race of the year, and from inside the press box you can tell there’s a crowd outside. Even when the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Brinson Back at Del Mar Starting Gate

Noticeably absent from last year’s 75th anniversary meeting at Del Mar was starter Gary Brinson, but when this year’s racing season opens at the seaside track next Wednesday he’ll be back in his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Brinson Back at Del Mar Starting Gate

Noticeably absent from last year’s 75th anniversary meeting at Del Mar was starter Gary Brinson, but when this year’s racing season opens at the seaside track next Wednesday he’ll be back in his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Photographic Memory for Winningest Jockey

For as long as I’ve been going to the races I’ve heard grumbling from horseplayers that photo finishes are somehow “doctored” to get a desired result. Tracks used to post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horsemen, Horseplayers Suffer in South Florida Battle

There is an old Kenyan expression that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. If Churchill Downs and the Stronach Group – owners of two South Florida tracks currently waging war with one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

For Two Bazes, It’s All in the Numbers

The numbers start out the same: 120 belongs to troubled jockey Tyler Baze, and 12,000 is the latest milestone associated with his second cousin, Hall of Fame rider Russell Baze. The 120 represents... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Dust Clears After First Battle in South Florida Racing War

It only made sense that the first day of head-to-head South Florida racing competition between Gulfstream Park and Calder began on Saturday with each track’s opening race being run at the same time.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sam-Son Farm’s Renaissance Is Courtesy of the Next Generation

It’s Queen’s Plate time in Canada, which means that Sam-Son Farm is gathering its forces to find the winner’s circle again. But the dominant decades-old Ontario outfit that produced stars like Smart... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Who’s Judging the Judges?

A couple of weeks ago, while watching the finale of the June 21 twilight card at Belmont Park on television, I was quite surprised when the stewards failed to light the inquiry sign after Love Is Key... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Report: Animal Neglect Investigated on Farm Leased to Murty Brothers

Woodford County Animal Officers and state officials are investigating alleged animal neglect and malnourishment in 24 horses on a leased portion of Hopewell Farm near Versailles, Ky., according to a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Florida: The New Twilight Zone

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lasix Hot-Button Issue in Breeders’ Cup Election

The election process for five seats on the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors begins Friday, and in the wake of the controversial decision in March to change direction on medication policy it will be a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Disclosures At Auction: The Price Tag of Honesty?

The subject of veterinary disclosure has been the focus of much debate in recent years, particularly as sale companies have required greater disclosure from sellers to buyers in the last decade.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Series Reveals Reality of Drug Wars in Racing

Congratulations are in order to the Thoroughbred Daily News and contributing writers Ryan Goldberg, Bill Finley, and Lucas Marquardt for the six-part series on drugs in horse racing that just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Mulvihill Named Director of Media & Industry Relations for NTRA

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that it has hired Jim Mulvihill as Director of Media & Industry Relations.  Since October 2009, Mulvihill has served as the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Judge Rules Against NYRA in Horse Owner’s Lawsuit

There are certain inherent risks to horse racing, but a New York state judge ruled recently that the New York Racing Association may not use the doctrine of assumption of risk in all cases. Queens... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Putting California Sudden Death Numbers in Perspective

At the April 11 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioner Bo Derek, chairman of the regulatory agency’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, in reviewing the sudden deaths of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Personal Attacks Don’t Solve Mystery of Baffert Horses

“My name’s Ray, and I’m an addict.” I don’t know how many hundred times I’ve said that since I began going to 12-Step meetings in 2004, the year I spent 14 days at a rehabilitation hospital for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Paulick Report Celebrates Five Years

The Paulick Report celebrates its fifth anniversary today, which, if nothing else, gives me an opportunity to thank the many people who have made this milestone possible. When this website was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Horse Dies After Winning Ruidoso Futurity; Trainer Banned

Thoroughbred racing saw a spike in unexplained sudden deaths when seven horses trained by Bob Baffert keeled over and died during or immediately after racing or training during a 17-month period from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Parlaying the Triple Crown: Time for a Change?

As usual the week after the Belmont Stakes, I’m suffering from Triple Crown Letdown. I always enjoy the time of year when our sport is most in the mainstream spotlight. Friends and family tune... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Controversy in Florida Over Clenbuterol Positives

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is at war with the state’s regulatory body, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, over what FHBPA executive director Kent Stirling said... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...