Paulick Report

Crowdsourcing A Racehorse? That’s A Story Worth Hearing

New journeys often begin on a path to somewhere else. In this case, the original destination was a maximum security prison in Upstate New York and the fork in the road was a racetrack. It'll make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

NYRA Re-Privatization And VLT Revenue: A Deal’s A Deal

So there's a bill awaiting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature that would re-privatize the New York Racing Association. Sorta kinda. NYRA has been under Cuomo's control for the last four years –... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Thank You, Readers: Eight Years Strong And Still Growing

Eight years ago this week, an out-of-work horse racing journalist and a former stage actor and Starbucks barista launched a humble website that hoped to find a niche in the Thoroughbred world. From... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Random Observations From A Triple Crown Notebook

It takes a very good horse to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont.  It takes a great one to win all three races. We witnessed greatness in 2015. Sometimes, when there's not much separation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Weeding Out The Drama

While there's no chance of history doubling up this year in New York and no rematch between the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners, that doesn't mean the final leg of the Triple Crown is devoid of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Saga Of Suddenbreakingnews Raises Troubling Questions About Steroid Testing Uniformity

The recent revelation that Belmont Stakes contender Suddenbreakingnews is not a gelding but a ridgling was a surprise to everyone, including his connections. Somewhere along his journey, the horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Whipping Nonsense In California?

Last summer, the California Horse Racing Board approved what was dubbed the “strictest regulation in the country governing the use of riding crops in horse racing.” Jockeys were required to limit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Keeping Pace With Trainer Michael Dickinson? Good Luck With That

When he retired from Thoroughbred training in 2007, Michael Dickinson seemed to leave the game on his terms. He'd had a “great training career” by his own standards and certainly those of others, who... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Homeboykris ‘Will Remain In Our Hearts Forever’

Often forgotten when a horse dies on the racetrack are the people closest to him or her – the grooms, exercise riders and barn staff that provide daily care, understand their personalities and build... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Racing In Harsh Light On Big Stage Again

While the 141st Preakness Stakes provided fans with a second Triple Crown installment of the Nyquist-Exaggerator rivalry, horse racing once again found itself in the glare of national media for a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Click Here To Cheat? Online Peddlers Of Racehorse Snake Oil Go Largely Unchecked

A plain brown package arrived at the doorstep of Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. There was no return address label. No packing slip. According to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

‘Lifetime Of Work’ Produces Classic Victory For Keith Desormeaux

For more than 20 years, Keith Desormeaux labored in relative obscurity in horse racing's trenches, far from the glory of the Pimlico infield winner's circle that Exaggerator brought him to after... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special Preakness Edition: Maryland On The Move

Check out the Paulick Report's special print publication, available here and on the grounds of Pimlico Race Course and at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale of 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale in Timonium,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Preakness Now, Preakness Future?

For well over a century, the second leg of the Triple Crown has been contested at Pimlico Race Course. That'll be the case again this year as Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist makes his bid for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

At Canterbury Park, Impatience Is A Virtue

“We thought the pricing structure in racing was old.” That observation by Eric Halstrom, Canterbury Park's vice president of racing operations, warms the heart of horseplayers who have long... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Between The Ears: Sports Psychology Part Of Gutierrez’s Winning Strategy

As Mario Gutierrez makes his final preparations for Saturday's Preakness Stakes, the spotlight is on him in a way it isn't for the other jockeys in the race. Although the pressure of having a Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

DeBunda, Jones, Sweeney Among Appointees To New Pennsylvania Racing Commission

In February, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill dissolving the existing horse racing commission and creating a new commission giving extraordinary powers to breeders and horsemen's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Borell, Drawing Away Stable Part Ways

Maria Borell, who saddled Jim McIngvale's champion sprinter Runhappy to five consecutive victories in 2015 but was fired the day after the Super Saver colt won the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Derby Innovator, Industry Agitator: Q&A With Barry Irwin

Team Valor International founder and CEO Barry Irwin has recently published “Derby Innovator: The Making of Animal Kingdom,” a book that is much more than a story about the racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Triple Crown Talk Plus $12 Million Reasons

Less than a year removed from the first Triple Crown victory in 37 years, we have an undefeated horse heading to the Preakness, having already completed the rare double of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

$12-Million Pegasus World Cup: My Horse Against Yours

Some people thought the late John Gaines was crazy in the early 1980s when he proposed Thoroughbred breeders fund a $10-million day of seven championship races. That idea, the Breeders' Cup – which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Scan By Scan, Curators Of Leonard Photography Collection Preserve Racing History

As images come flowing from the rail at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, documenting every move of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist's quest for the Triple Crown, a dedicated team in Paris, Ky. is still... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Nyquist: The ‘Respect’ Myth And The Luck Of The Irish

And so the discussion begins again in the wake of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Can Nyquist win the Triple Crown? Of course, he can. As I've said in previous years, the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

‘Always That Next Goal’: Pletcher’s Take On The Derby And Career Achievements

Walking into Todd Pletcher's stable office at Churchill Downs is akin to entering a different world. Yes, there are race bridles hung neatly on the wall, and there are several win photographs and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Nearness To Greatness: A Family Farm’s Derby Weekend Trifecta

It's like witnessing the Northern Light's while sitting in the southern hemisphere. Or experiencing the perfect day, followed by a spectacular sunset. Like the most amazing vacation, only to find out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘Son Of A Gun’ Desormeaux Reluctantly Enjoys Kentucky Derby Spotlight

While his younger brother Kent has won the Kentucky Derby three times, trainer Keith Desormeaux will saddle his first Derby starter Saturday. The elder sibling's training career dates back to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Tough Call: For Stewards, Officiating The Derby A Tall Order

  When the stewards take their places on the seventh floor at Churchill Downs this Saturday, their goal will be to treat the day's races (including the one heading to the post just after 6 p.m.)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Derby Edition: American Pharoah’s ‘Untold Story’

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Kentucky Derby 142.  In this edition of the PR Special, New York Times two-time Eclipse Award-winning sports writer Joe Drape... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Derby Edition: American Pharoah’s ‘Untold Story’

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Kentucky Derby 142.  In this edition of the PR Special, New York Times two-time Eclipse Award-winning sports writer Joe Drape... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Despite Challenges, Derby Starting Crew Gets It Right

By the time the gates open for Kentucky Derby 142 on Saturday, hours of work will have gone into assuring a safe, fair and unbiased start to the race. It's no small task. Every Derby field is filled... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Goodbye, Mr. Phipps: The Derby As A Late In Life Reward

With the Kentucky Derby just a few days away, thoughts turn to those who had to wait until late in life to experience the thrill of smelling the roses. I knew trainer Mack Miller, the courtly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

As Time Goes By: Clocking The Classics

In 1964 Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby in the then-record time of two minutes flat. Was that the single “most exciting two minutes” in Derby history? Vincent O'Brien and Robert Sangster... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Report: Vitali Can’t Run His Horses At Maryland Jockey Club Tracks

According to a published report, trainer Marcus Vitali will not be permitted to race horses at Laurel Park in Maryland after voluntarily relinquishing his occupational license in Florida, which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Cutting Through The Madness

Handicapping the Kentucky Derby is a singular art. There's no sporting event so brief in duration that prompts such a monumental amount of time devoted to figuring it out. With the Derby just over a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Vitali Case Gives Congressional Horse Caucus Real-Life Example Of Broken System

It's time for the Congressional Horse Caucus members to go on a field trip. May I suggest they take a break today from their hard work at the U.S. Capitol and make the short drive up the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Where’d You Get That Number? The Process Behind Therapeutic Drug Guidelines In Racing

As the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium continues its fight for uniform medication guidelines across states, it is perhaps no surprise that the group has encountered opposition. Some horsemen... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘My Sanctuary’: Anatomy Of A Two-Year-Old Sale With Gary Contessa

It's easy to skip over five-figure sales when skimming through the list of results at Thoroughbred auctions like the recent OBS Spring Sale. A closer look reveals that even deals in the middle of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Piece Of The Pie: Bottom Line Reunites Breeders’ Cup And Churchill Downs

Whenever someone says it isn't about the money you can be sure of one thing: It's about the money. Money is the reason that, when the Breeders' Cup returns to Churchill Downs for a record ninth time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Betting On The ‘Exchange’

If you've been around the U.S. racing biz long enough, you've probably heard about the prospect of exchange wagering. It's a fast-paced, lock-in-your-odds, peer-to-peer alternative to the tote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

PR Special OBS April: Endoscopes, Storm Cat, Paulina’s Love

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Ocala, Fla. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Bridlewood’s New Owners: Investing In A Vision

When John and Leslie Malone purchased Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla., general manager George Isaacs had just finished dispersing the stock of longtime owner Arthur Appleton, who died in 2013. Isaacs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special OBS April: How Much For That Graded Stakes Winner?

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds at the OBS April Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS April: How Much For That Graded Stakes Winner?

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds at the OBS April Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Block: Resigning Over Arlington Park’s ‘Hijacking’ Of Illinois Groups, Live Racing

(Editor's Note: The following commentary on the state of Illinois racing was submitted by David Block, a leading Illinois owner and breeder. Block said it explains “Why I resign from the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Chrome Drama, Derby Intrigue

Even when he's not racing, the consensus top horse in North America seems to attract headlines. This week, there were rumblings about California Chrome's connections seeking a substantial purse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Los Alamitos Owner: I ‘Couldn’t Go On’ If Opponents Prevail In Drug Testing Case

Dr. Edward Allred, owner of Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, Calif., may have lost a court ruling last month to prevent him from using hair testing to enforce a 2015 house rule banning... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ful... Read More...

Leonard Photography Exhibit Brings Racing’s Personalities To Life

Nestled among some of Lexington's famous Thoroughbred farms on Old Frankfort Pike sits a unique opportunity for horse racing fans and historians. The Headley-Whitney Museum recently opened an exhibit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Gather Ye Derby Points

When the smoke clears Saturday evening, this year's Kentucky Derby field will be in much better focus. Three major preps, the Wood Memorial, the Blue Grass Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby, will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Medication Reform Best Way To Honor Memory Of Dinny Phipps

Shortly after being named chief editor of Blood-Horse magazine in the spring of 1992, I attended my first meeting of the company's board of trustees, which consisted of five well-known industry... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Kentucky Derby-Oaks Ticket Auction To Benefit Retired Racehorse Project

TwinSpires.com, the official wagering partner of the Kentucky Derby, and PaulickReport.com, a leading Thoroughbred information website, have teamed to auction a pair of tickets to the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...