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Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Early Derby Dreams

We're pleased to once again have Delta Downs track announcer Don Stevens to guide us through the days leading up to Saturday's marquee 2-year-old race, the Delta Downs Jackpot. The Grade 3, $1... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Time For A Change? Veterinarian’s List No Safe Harbor For Racehorses

On Jan. 27, 2015, six Thoroughbreds went to the post for the second race at Turf Paradise, but only five came back. Four-year-old Time for a J fractured the sesamoids in his left front leg and was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Commentary: Lasix Industry An Out-Of-Control Juggernaut

Now that the dust of American Pharoah’s Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year’s Breeders’ Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Transparency And Twitter: A Good Partnership

On the same day that California Horse Racing Board stewards voted not to sanction Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux for a ride in which critics say he quit just before the finish line, I was made aware... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

McIngvale: ‘Timing Was Terrible, But We Did What We Did’

Anyone in the horse business who has followed Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale over the last 20 years knows he doesn’t do things conventionally. So it should not have come as a surprise earlier this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Borell: Runhappy’s Owners ‘Only Care About The Money’

What a mess. Less than 24 hours after one of the most uplifting stories of a tremendously exciting homecoming Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland unfolded – the saga of 3-year-old Sprint sensation Runhappy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland November Sale Day 2

As the second day of the Keeneland November breeding stock 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... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland November Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton November Sale

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Abercrombie’s Gift Of Education Keeps On Giving…And Giving

Out of town visitors for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup probably know that Lexington and the Central Kentucky region is known for it national championship college basketball teams, smooth bourbon and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Remembering John Gaines And His ‘Powerful Dream’

More than 10 years have passed since the death of John R. Gaines, whose extraordinary contributions to the horse world and the Central Kentucky community were remembered on Monday morning during a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Owners Sue Wickliffe Pharmacy, Boarding Farm, Veterinarian In Connection With Horse Death

Two owners horse owners have brought a civil lawsuit against Wickliffe Pharmacy, the Lexington, Ky., veterinary compounder cited by the Food and Drug Administration for selling mislabeled paste... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Mott And Goehring: The Two Men From Mobridge

It’s been 20 years now since Cigar won the Breeders’ Cup Classic under the stewardship of trainer Bill Mott ­– 1995 at Belmont Park –– on his way to a winning streak that caught the nation’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sinatra Singing A Happy Tune At Laurel

Sal Sinatra looked like a kid in a candy store when he was seen wandering through Laurel Park last Saturday during the track’s 30th annual Jim McKay Maryland Million day program. And why not? The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

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...