Paulick Report

Mark and Carla: Friends Till the Very End

Drew Couto is a California-based attorney who served as president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and Thoroughbred Owners of California.   If you would permit me, I’d like to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

O’Neill: Pre-Race Treatment a ‘Human Error’

Trainer Doug O’Neill will go before California Horse Racing Board stewards for an incident that occurred at Del Mar on Aug. 24 when a foreman in his barn gave an amino acid supplement to a horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Easy to Love This Place’: A Video Postcard From Saratoga

Another summer is waning, so it’s almost time to bid adieu to Saratoga racing until next year. This season has been a special one, as the oldest continuously-operating sports venue in America... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ask Ray: The DQ That Wasn’t?

The “Ask Ray” button on the Paulick Report website brings a lot of questions my way, some of them easy to answer, others nearly impossible. A recent question about a horse – whose disqualification... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Jeff Coady: He Made the Sport Look Good

I don’t recall exactly where or when I first met Jeff Coady. Some racetrack somewhere. I won’t forget the details of that first meeting, though. He had a camera around his neck and a warm smile. He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Trying to Help the Horse’ — Even If It Breaks the Rules

Last Wednesday afternoon at Penn National near Harrisburg, Pa., Trish Rogers, the wife and assistant trainer to J. Michael Rogers, wanted to help a horse in their barn named Strong Resolve deal with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Ex-Racehorses Find New ‘Mounts’ With Chicago Police

Retired Thoroughbred racehorses are trained for a variety of second jobs after their careers at the track are over. Not many, though, find themselves crime fighters and peace officers on the streets... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Clippinger: Here’s Who Is Judging the Judges

Don Clippinger, who retired as editorial director of Thoroughbred Times in 2009, is the communications director of the National Steeplechase Association. Recipient of the 1996 Eclipse Award for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

‘Saratoga of the Midwest’: The Arlington Experience

Some racetrackers like to call Arlington Park in the suburbs of Chicago, the Saratoga of the Midwest. While the two tracks are very different in terms of age, they do share a fun atmosphere appealing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Arlington Million Day: Who Do You Like?

Arlington Park’s International Festival of Racing reaches its culmination Saturday with an Arlington Million day card that’s hard to beat. Besides the trio of Grade 1 races on the turf,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Man Behind the ‘Million’ Dollar Turf Course

The Paulick Report continues its coverage from Arlington Park in Chicago with a focus on the track’s famous turf course, which will attract horses from all over the world this weekend to run in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Faulty Testing Leads Texas to Drop Broberg TCO2 Case

The Texas Racing Commission has dismissed its case against Karl Broberg, currently the second leading trainer in the U.S. by wins, for an alleged TCO2 violation at Sam Houston Race Park Jan. 26. A... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Stretching Out: The American St. Leger Stakes

The Paulick Report continues its coverage of Arlington Million week from Chicago with a look at the newest addition to the International Festival of Racing – the American St. Leger Stakes. Run... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Gone Too Soon: Unsung Hero of Thoroughbred Sales

I didn’t know Greg Swinford and chances are you didn’t, either. But if you ever bought or sold a horse at public auction, or just looked at a Thoroughbred sale catalogue, you probably read his work.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Questions Still Unanswered in Baffert Sudden Deaths

Sometimes I’m a little slow at figuring things out. It’s been just over four months since racing writers at several publications got ahold of California Horse Racing Board necropsy reports detailing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘The Fugitive’ and Other Trainer Suspension Stories

Remember “The Fugitive,” that 1960s TV series later turned into a movie starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, the “innocent victim of blind justice” falsely convicted in the murder of his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jockey Club Round Table: Focusing on Integrity

There was talk about the new Fox sports network and horse racing’s growing presence on television, along with the outreach made by America’s Best Racing “brand ambassadors” affiliated with The Jockey... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

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...