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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...

Florida Investigation: Vet Said Cibelli Told Him ‘Keep Me Out of It’

Orlando Paraliticci sat in his Honda Odyssey, a nervous wreck. Only minutes before, he had been caught by a Tampa Bay Downs official injecting a pain-blocking agent into a horse’s right foreleg hours... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

TV Time: Does Racing Make Best Use of It?

In one sense, horse racing’s television presence has never had better continuity. After years of the major events rotating networks, racing’s high-profile properties are finally under one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Justice: 30 Days for Class 1 Violation?

Seventeen months after the horse Red Dwarf won a maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields in California with the prohibited drug zilpaterol in his system, his trainer, Genaro O. Vallejo, has been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Keeneland: After Day 6, Gross Receipts Near 2012 Revenue for Entire Sale

It was onward and upward again at Sunday’s sixth session of the 12-day Keeneland September Yearling Sale in Lexington, Ky. When the final hammer fell, gross receipts for the first six sessions... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hot Start Changes Dynamics at Keeneland September

There are lots of ways to analyze a horse sale. Comparisons to the previous year, using standard numbers like gross revenue, average price, median, etc. You can ask the loan officer of a bank that’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

By the Numbers: Keeneland Sale Ahead of 2012 Pace

Positive momentum continued during the second session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale on Tuesday, with results indicating good balance through the first half of the expanded Book 1 in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Stonewall Owner Has Passion for Horse Business

Jose Luis Espinoza, the new owner of a horse farm in Midway, Ky., renamed Stonewall Dominion – formerly Stonewall Farm under the ownership of Richard and Audrey Haisfield and before that as E.K.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New September Sale Format: So Far, So Good

Keeneland rolled out a new format for its annual September Yearling Sale, and while it’s too early to say whether or not it will have staying power in the years ahead, the results from day one  were,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing Ideas Flow More Like A Trickle

Was going through my morning Twitter feed (feel free to follow me at @raypaulick) when I came across this gem from the folks at @Mental_Floss: “Why do our best ideas come to us in the shower?” While... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Letter to NYRA: Time to Maximize Revenue

As the New York Racing Association continues its latest transition under new president and CEO Chris Kay, discussion has focused on the need for NYRA to increase revenues and cut expenses as it works... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

In Wake of Uncertainty in Ontario: ‘We’re Still Here Fighting’

If people thought that the worst was behind them at last year’s Canadian select yearling sale, six months after the Ontario government suddenly terminated the slots-at-racetrack program, well, they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

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...