Paulick Report

$2.1 Million Mare at Center of Lawsuit Over Sale

A pregnant mare who sold for $2.1 million at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale is at the center of a dispute over whether her owners and consignor were aware that she may have had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Horseplayers Irate Over New Massachusetts Gambling Tax

Between takeout and taxes, it’s hard enough to beat this game. As horseplayers, we certainly don’t need states sticking their hands deeper into the till – so deep that we are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Nice Ballcap, Mr. Speaker

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner is on board the Orb bandwagon despite the Malibu Moon colt’s loss in the Preakness Stakes. Boehner was photographed wearing an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Oh, Deer: Bambi Breezes Two Furlongs at Keeneland

Morning workouts at Keeneland Racecourse were briefly interrupted on Saturday morning when a rogue deer took to the track for an unscheduled two-furlong workout. According to observers, the deer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Racing ‘Ideas Man’, CNET Founder Halsey Minor Files Bankruptcy

Yes, I’ll go ahead and admit to what someone said on Twitter after news broke that Internet entrepreneur and horse racing enthusiast Halsey Minor had filed for Chapter 7 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pletcher May Bring Girl Power to Belmont

In addition to three confirmed Belmont Stakes starters in Palace Malice, Revolutionary, and Overanalyze, trainer Todd Pletcher may be sending a filly to the 1 1⁄2-mile contest. Unlimited Budget... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Gulfstream-Calder Deal in the Works?

Rumors have been floating around for weeks that the Stronach Group, owner of Gulfstream Park racetrack and casino, may be purchasing rival Calder, the racetrack and casino owned by Churchill Downs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Vet Caught Injecting Cibelli Horse Suspended 90 Days, Agrees to Cooperate

The veterinarian who injected a Jane Cibelli-trained horse on the day it was to race at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 27 has been suspended 90 days as a result of a stipulated agreement with the state of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Are California Horsemen Obsessed With Lasix?

How important is Lasix to Thoroughbred owners and trainers in California? Important enough for the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to say “no thanks” to a 2014 Breeders’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Racing is Cool’: America’s Best Racing Tour Exceeding Expectations

You might have caught a glimpse of America’s Best Racing’s brightly-colored RV at the Kentucky Derby, or stopped by the display to pilot an Equicizer along with other revelers on The Hill at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Flying Orb: Hope, Disappointment, and the Triple Crown

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Preakness, Orb seemed to morph from Kentucky Derby winner into a mythical creature with wings. In the eyes of many, he would fly past the Preakness field... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

At 77, Lukas Still Running Them and Still Winning

D. Wayne Lukas didn’t get 14 Triple Crown race victories by sitting on the sidelines. He’s always believed in running his horses, sometimes to a fault. That’s how he racked up all those money titles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stevens, Oxbow Go Wire to Wire, Upset Preakness

There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2013. Under 50-year-old jockey Gary Stevens, Oxbow led the 138th running of Saturday’s $1-million Preakness Stakes throughout and defeated Itsmyluckyday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Preakness Alibi Breakfast: ‘He’ll Have to Run Down Us’

It started with a cup of coffee in the late 1930′s. On the porch of the historic Pimlico Clubhouse, a group of trainers, owners, and dignitaries gathered in the mornings to tout the merits of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Addiction: No Longer a Threat to Racing’s Integrity?

A quarter-century ago, 54 racetracks had on-track treatment programs to address addictions on the racetrack, principally in the stable areas where employees both live and work. Today, only a few of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Big Muddy: Fair Grounds Turf Course ‘Broken’

The Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is asking the Louisiana Racing Commission to conduct a review of the turf course at Fair Grounds racecourse in New Orleans, following a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Claiming Rule Still Needs Revision

After months of delay it’s good to see New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finally appointing members to the New York State Gaming Commission created last year to replace the now dissolved State Racing and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Reaches Critical Juncture

With recent resignations of two of the 13 members from the board of directors over policy and philosophical differences, it’s clear the Breeders’ Cup has been sailing in some choppy waters lately.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Reflections on a First Derby Experience

I’m pretty sure I’ve been watching the Kentucky Derby on television my whole life. My mom plopped me in front of it as a toddler to keep me quiet, and had no idea what she started. The first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Hollywood Park: Land ‘Simply Has a Higher and Better Use’

We all knew the end was near, but officials with Bay Meadows Land Co., the real estate development operation that owns Betfair Hollywood Park, have made it official: There will be no more live racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Gulfstream Lands Year-Round Simulcast Rights; Calder Appeals

As Gulfstream Park and Calder racetrack get closer to their South Florida showdown, the state’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering has given the green light for Gulfstream to run one day, June... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Camera in Every Stall? Merging Derby Security and Marketing

It’s hard to imagine making the Kentucky Derby a much more popular event than it is already, but I have an idea that could lead to increased public interest in the competing horses, heighten the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Persistence Pays for Derby-Winning Connections

Persistent rain and temperatures in the mid-50s couldn’t put a damper on this Kentucky Derby. More than 150,000 turned out, millions more tuned in – the biggest television viewing audience since 1992... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Bomb-Sniffing Handicapper: Derby Day

On Kentucky Oaks day, instead of pink, I saw mostly red. Sniffing out longshots can be a perilous business, and the bomb-sniffer was in a great deal of peril Friday, with none of my finds making a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Bomb-Sniffing Handicapper: Oaks Day

I’ll admit, I have a pretty good gig. I only work a few days a year. I’m called into duty on the big racing days to make sure we don’t ignore the longshots who might otherwise slip... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Medication Oversight: Clean Sport Should Be the Goal

There is no grander event in American horse racing than the Kentucky Derby, and it is critically important for the Derby to have a fair and level playing field for every one of its participants. It... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Derby Workouts: What Do You Look For?

A horse’s past performances are only one aspect of assessing his chances of winning the Kentucky Derby. It’s also important to see how the contenders perform in morning workouts and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Heller: Horse Slaughter Ban ‘Right Around the Corner’?

As the days dwindle down to America’s race on the first Saturday of May, industry leaders convened at the Equine Advocates’ American Equine Summit in Chatham, N.Y., April 27-28, to ensure that one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Louisiana Exercise Rider Killed by Horse From Suspended Trainer’s Stable

Jess C. Meche, a 21-year-old exercise rider at Delta Downs racetrack in Vinton, La., died in a training accident on the evening of April 11. Meche, from Church Point, La., was killed when the Quarter... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Zarooni and Cibelli: A Study in Contrasts

On Jan. 27, a veterinarian hired by Tampa Bay Downs to conduct pre-race soundness examinations walked into trainer Jane Cibelli’s barn and caught private vet Orlando Paraliticci allegedly injecting a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

White Thoroughbreds: Genetically Mutant Snow Drops

The fields at Patchen Wilkes Farm are once again filled with a dozen new mares and foals, and as usual, a few of the farm’s trademark white horses are standing out like snowdrops against the green... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Luck, Perseverance Made Storm Cat Horse of a Lifetime for Young

Whenever I got the phone call from Mary Agnes in William T. Young’s office, asking if I had time to stop by to chat, I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon. Young usually wanted to challenge me... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

High Anxiety in California

Can’t blame horsemen in California for having a little high anxiety. Bay Meadows Land Company bought Hollywood Park from Churchill Downs in 2005. The owner is a development company, not a racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A (Not So Wild) Ride in a Jockey’s Stirrups

My favorite time of day at any racetrack has always been training hours. I’ve found myself in awe, if not plain envious, of the exercise riders and jockeys who pilot Thoroughbreds with apparent ease... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rodriguez Licensed in Kentucky, With Conditions

Rudy Rodriguez, the trainer of Kentucky Derby contender Vyjack, whose perfect 4-for-4 record ended when third to Verrazano in the Wood Memorial April 6, will be able to train the son of Into Mischief... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

California Post-Mortem Program Has Major Flaw

One year ago, horsemen in New York were facing a major crisis when state government and racing regulators demanded answers for the sudden increase in equine racing fatalities at Aqueduct racetrack.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

CHRB: No Spike in Sudden Equine Deaths

The California Horse Racing Board said the number of non-musculoskeletal sudden deaths of horses in racing and training at California racetracks has not spiked, contrary to an article published in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

UPDATED: Cardiac Failure Fatalities Spike in California, Baffert Barn

What is causing a significant increase in sudden deaths by cardiac failure among horses at California racetracks, and why were traces of rodenticide, or rat poison, found in post-mortem toxicology... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Penn National Anti-Slaughter Policy Put to Test

Officials with Hollywood Casino at Penn National are investigating whether a leading owner and his bloodstock manager may have violated the Grantville, Pa., track’s anti-slaughter policy after a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Extra Race Security Brings Confidence, Peace of Mind

You know the drill: shoes off, pockets empty, laptop out of the case. It’s what travelers have come to expect in the post-9/11 days of air travel in the United States. Transportation Security... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Jockey Workout: How Riders Get Fit After Injury

Following the advice of his doctors, Ramon Dominguez still hasn’t set a timetable for his return to the saddle following a skull injury sustained in a January 18 spill. Even after he’s declared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cibelli Case: Two Months and Counting

It’s been nearly two months since veterinarian Orlando Paraliticci was banned from the Tampa Bay Downs premises by track management because of an incident that took place at the barn of trainer Jane... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sikura: Deal or No Deal?

The following commentary was submitted by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm owner John G. Sikura I wish to preface this letter by saying that yes I stand stallions, own shares in outside stallions and breed to both... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Nurse Mares: Four-Legged Mary Poppins to the Rescue

When veterinarians discovered a bacterial infection following exploratory abdominal surgery on champion race mare Rachel Alexandra, her 2013 Bernardini filly was immediately transferred to a nurse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Nurse Mares: Four-Legged Mary Poppins to the Rescue

When veterinarians discovered a bacterial infection following exploratory abdominal surgery on champion race mare Rachel Alexandra, her 2013 Bernardini filly was immediately transferred to a nurse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Nurse Mares: Four-Legged Mary Poppins to the Rescue

When veterinarians discovered a bacterial infection following exploratory abdominal surgery on champion race mare Rachel Alexandra, her 2013 Bernardini filly was immediately transferred to a nurse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Ness Fined for TCO2 Overage at Tampa: ‘It’s Taking the Fun Out of It’

Tampa Bay Downs leading trainer Jamie Ness has been fined $2,000 and horses from his stable entered for the next 30 days at the Tampa-area track are required to be under 24-hour pre-race security... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Grade 1 Sprints Have Shaped the Breed

As I was looking at my Hall of Fame ballot, specifically the past performances for Housebuster, the two-time sprint champion from the early 1990s, I noticed that one of his 15 victories came in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

West Virginia Cracks Down on ‘Program’ Trainers

Douglas Shanyfelt, currently the leading trainer at Mountaineer Park, has been suspended for one year by West Virginia Racing Commission stewards at Charles Town for his alleged role as a “program”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ray’s Top Ten: Top 10 Reasons to Sue the Breeders’ Cup

But seriously, folks, has it really come to this? Threatening to sue the Breeders’ Cup because you don’t agree with the medication policy adopted by the organization’s board of directors two years... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...