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Hollywood Park Memories: You Never Forget the First One

As Hollywood Park enters the home stretch of its 75-year run in Southern California, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick and editor-in-chief Scott Jagow are sharing some personal memories of their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: Affirmed Wins Gold Cup, 1979

As Hollywood Park enters the home stretch of its 75-year run in Southern California, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick and editor-in-chief Scott Jagow will share some personal memories of their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Investigative Reporting a Positive Force for Change in Racing Industry

The following was presented by Ray Paulick at the 40th annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz., during a panel entitled “Muckraking Journalism as a Positive Force – the Second... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stallion Makers

What trainers produce the best stallions? It stands to reason that it’s the trainers with the highest number of good horses in their barn, and for the most part that is true, based on a review of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Asian Sweep in Hong Kong: Sport’s Beauty Shines at International Races

Home track advantage proved to be too much to overcome for the international contingent at Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin. All four races were swept by horses... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Members Only: Inside the Hong Kong International Sale

Hong Kong doesn’t have its own breeding program – the land required is too scarce and too expensive. Instead, Hong Kong imports its Thoroughbreds from around the world. Not only do... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Something’s Missing Here: Explaining Ridglings

Honor Code made the news last weekend both for his racing performance and for a medical condition. Trainer Shug McGaughey announced that Lane’s End Racing’s Grade 2 Remsen winner would get some time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Halfway ‘Round the World: Americans Relish Underdog Role in Hong Kong

At Thursday’s Barrier Draw for the Longines Hong Kong International Races, American connections were clearly in a small minority. There are only two horses representing the U.S. among the many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Why Alienate the Customer?

Three years ago, before the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct racetrack opened, maiden 2-year-olds were running for purses of $45,000. Last Sunday, thanks to the revenue from the slot machines at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘Scene’ in Hong Kong: Celebrating the World’s Best Jockeys

The Paulick Report is in Hong Kong for an important week that culminates with the world-class Hong Kong International Races on Sunday. But there are other festivities surrounding the main event at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Bard of Racing Belongs in the Hall of Fame

At the family Thanksgiving gathering last week, there were remembrances of a man our kids knew fondly as “Uncle Woodie.” And I was reminded, as I have every year he has been gone from that table, of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Al Shaqab Expansion Includes New Racing Advisor, Plans for U.S. String

Qatari Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani has appointed Harry Herbert, founder of the successful British racing syndicate Highclere, as racing advisor of his high-powered global string of Thoroughbreds... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Happy Thanksgiving, From Our Families to Yours

It’s often said that Thanksgiving is the most unique of American holidays. A tradition that goes back to the Wampanoag tribe and the Pilgrims celebrating a bountiful harvest in 1621, Thanksgiving Day... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Penn National Flashback: Gill Warned of Indictments

People can’t say there were no warning shots fired in advance of last week’s wire fraud charges and arrests of three trainers and a clocker at Hollywood Casino at Penn National racecourse in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hancock: It’s Time for Congress to Wake Up

I was reading an article the other day about how football star Michael Vick served 21 months in prison followed by two months of home confinement for fighting dogs. While dog fighting is outlawed in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Three Trainers, Clocker Charged With Fraud at Penn National

Trainers David Wells, Sam Webb and Patricia Rogers, along with clocker Danny Robertson, were arrested Friday morning on federal charges of fraud in connection with races run at Penn National... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f... Read More...

Report on Baffert Deaths: No Wrongdoing But ‘There’s Something Wrong Here’

An extensive investigation by the California Horse Racing Board into the sudden deaths of seven horses from trainer Bob Baffert’s barn at Hollywood Park, from November 2011 to March 2013, concluded... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

HBPA: Feds Addressing ‘Problem That Does Not Exist’

Congress held its first hearing Thursday on H.R. 2012, a proposed bill that would impose federal regulations on horse racing medication rules and put an independent agency in charge of drug testing,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Paulick Report Flashback: Anti-Doping Chief Weighs in on Racing

Half a dozen witnesses will testify at a congressional hearing Thursday on a bill that would impose federal regulations on medication in horse racing and place the sport’s drug testing process... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

CDI Takes Financial Hit in Florida Racing Dates Battle

The South Florida racing wars will enter their sixth month soon, and Churchill Downs Inc. has paid a steep price for the lack of agreement between the track it operates, Calder Race Course and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Chasing the Frog: Keeping Up With Slippery Cheaters

Illegal drugs in racing are certainly nothing new. Horsemen were brewing up miracle potions to get an edge as far back as the days of chariot racing, and over time the drugs of choice developed in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Vet Records Provided Voluntarily in Secret Compass Death

While the California Horse Racing Board has yet to act on a proposal that would make it mandatory to provide veterinary records for post-mortem examination of horses that died at CHRB licensed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

PNG Chairman: Laws on Foreign Corruption a Roadblock to Growth

Oh, those pesky laws. Peter Carlino, chairman of Penn National Gaming, the powerful casino company that owns a number of racetracks scattered throughout the United States, wants to expand beyond... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Patience and Devotion: Thoroughbred Caretakers Provide Homes for Life

During our recent Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraising trip through California, we weren’t able to share with you all of the stories we discovered and the people we met. You’ll meet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Kjell Qvale, 94, a Man Who Loved Horsepower

Kjell Qvale enjoyed competition and speed, whether it was a fast car, a Thoroughbred, or even a footrace. He was a star athlete in track and field at the University of Washington, when he is said to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Past, Present, and Future

Did you know that the first Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park in 1984 drew a bigger crowd than the first Super Bowl at the Los Angeles Coliseum did in 1967? It’s true. When the Green Bay Packers of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Cheers and Jeers

The Paulick Report is pleased to present a special print edition for Day 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Ky. The PR Special, which was distributed on the Keeneland sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: November Mares To Remember

The Paulick Report is pleased to present a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Ky. The PR Special, which was distributed on the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Thoroughbreds Who Change Lives

We normally witness the power of the Thoroughbred charging down the stretch, but today we meet a group of ex-racehorses who reveal a much greater power. They’re affecting the lives of entire... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: The Thoroughbred as Athlete

Thoroughbreds were born to run, but that’s certainly not all they can do. Programs like CANTER California take runners off the track and teach them to use their athletic prowess in other ways.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Riding a Fine Line

Being a jockey requires courage, racing intelligence, and a specific touch – among many other qualities. It’s a hazardous job with many peaks and valleys. As part of the fifth annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: A Journey of Giving and Getting Back

Just a little over four years ago, Paulick Report co-founder Brad Cummings and I met in our Lexington, Ky., “office” – a neighborhood Panera Bread (with WiFi!) – to go over a number of details... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Navarro’s Tampa Bay Drug Violations Up to 300 Times Over Permitted Level

Three of the six Tampa Bay Downs medication violations cited in an Oct. 4 Consent Order against Jorge Navarro – recently crowned leading trainer at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park – were for overages of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Nothing Amusing About Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission

From the Can’t-Make-It-Up-Department: When Walter Remmert is not overseeing the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission as its third executive secretary in the past few years (his title may still be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lab: State Administration of Lasix Working in Kentucky

Since Kentucky regulators took over the administration of race-day Lasix in October of last year, scientists at the state’s official testing laboratory say the change in regulation appears to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Ireland: Hay, Oats and…Say What?

I was stunned upon hearing the recent news out of Ireland that a former Department of Agriculture veterinary inspector – the brother of a well-known trainer – pleaded guilty to five counts of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

More Comes to Light in California Trainer Suspension Case

Some details were left out of last month’s California Horse Racing Board “enforcement update,” which explained why trainer Genaro Vallejo received only a 90-day suspension (with 60 days stayed if... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust Returns, Will Focus on Equine and Jockey Care

With the Breeders’ Cup celebrating its 30th running this year Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., the Paulick Report’s fifth annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraiser to benefit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Navarro Suspension: Let’s Make a Deal?

In a previous life, Leon Biegalski must have been Monty Hall, host of the popular 1960s TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” Or maybe he was Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith Show.” He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP David Greathouse, 63: ‘He Played All Aspects of the Game’

Horseman David Greathouse, who with brothers John, Allen and Edward Greathouse ran the family’s Glencrest Farm in Midway, Ky., died early Tuesday morning on what was his 63rd birthday. He was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Travers Investigation: A Job Well Done

I praise racing commissions about as often as I play Frisbee with manhole covers, but the New York State Gaming Commission deserves credit for the manner in which it conducted the investigation into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Pony Up: It’s Not Your Father’s Daily Racing Form

Not long after I began working in the Los Angeles office of Daily Racing Form in the early 1980s I paid a visit to my parents, who at the time were living near Seattle. They weren’t horse racing fans... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sikura: Restitution ‘Necessary and Justified’ for Ontario Breeders

R. Glenn Sikura owns and operates Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada, a perennial leading consignor in Toronto representing many Canadian clients selling in the U.S.  The farm has a small racing stable... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Texas-Sized Hole in the Betting Landscape

Anyone who’s driven through Texas knows it’s a huge state – roughly 800 miles from east to west and the same distance from north to south. Any horseplayer in Texas who wants to make a legal wager... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Macauley: Don’t Show Me the Money?

The Paulick Report received this unusual tale of show bets and a major advance deposit wagering company from Frank E. Macauley, who’s been watching and playing the races for more than a half century... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Can Santa Anita Bring Fans Back to the Track?

When I drove into Santa Anita Park Thursday morning to get a glimpse of the extensive renovations the track has undergone for the autumn meet that begins today, I flashed back nearly 35 years to my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Thoroughbred Owner Vincent Viola to Buy NHL Team

According to several reports, a client of West Point Thoroughbreds is set to become the new owner of the Florida Panthers National Hockey League franchise. New York financier Vincent Viola will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

2014 Illinois Racing Dates Hinge on Legislative Action

With just over three months until the new year, horsemen and employees of Illinois racetracks have no idea what 2014 may bring after the Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday approved four alternate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Billionaire Next Door: Forbes 400 and Racing

One of the newest stakeholders in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in the United States is also one of the wealthiest Americans, according to the Forbes 400 list published in the Sept. 16 edition of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Nagle: An Open Letter to Tampa Bay Downs

When I visited Tampa Bay Downs last March, owners and trainers I spoke with were up in arms over the lack of action by track management against trainer Jane Cibelli, whose veterinarian, Dr. Orlando... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...