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Empire State: An Intriguing History Of The New York Thoroughbred

The Paulick Report is headed to New York this summer, as we launch a new series about the Thoroughbred industry in the Empire State. We’ll be delving into recent developments that have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Asmussen Sued By U.S. Department Of Labor

For the second time in three years, trainer Steve Asmussen has been sued by the United States Department of Labor for allegedly failing to adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, namely not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show: Strange Bedfellows, Pharoah Vs LeBron?

It didn’t make many waves when it was announced a while back, but some folks in the racing biz have started asking why the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup are joining with a high-profile... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Wesley Ward On Royal Ascot: ‘You’ve Got To Bring Your Best’

Trainer Wesley Ward had a topsy-turvy week at Royal Ascot in England. On Wednesday he sent out the Scat Daddy filly Acapulco – a $750,000 purchase from the McKathan Brothers consignment at the OBS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

An Unlikely Ally? Getting To Know The Humane Society Of The United States

The announcement last month that the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup would join forces with the Humane Society of the United States to back a federal anti-doping bill was a surprise to some in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Indiana Judge Upholds Norris Suspension, Citing ‘Repeated Lies And Deceptive Acts’

An administrative law judge has upheld the recommendation by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission that a three-year suspension and $15,000 fine be imposed against trainer Mike Norris, who had five... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘If You Came For The Horses, It’s A Great Time To Be Alive’

I believe there are two things that bring people through the gates of a racetrack for the first time: horses, or people. If you came for the horses, it’s a great time to be alive. At American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Lifting Curses, Stamping History?

The American public may have started moving on to other things following American Pharoah’s historic achievement, but for the horse racing industry, there’s still a lot to consider since... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Coming To A Simulcast Screen Near You: Hipodromo De Las Americas

Triple Crown fever didn’t end with American Pharoah’s triumphant Belmont Stakes on June 6. At least not for all North American racing fans. On Saturday at the Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Voice From The Farm: Why American Pharoah’s Victory ‘Meant So Much’

American Pharoah spent his formative months in my backyard. My boyfriend and I live on the property where he was raised from a young foal to a weanling, although now the farm is under new ownership.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: What Next For Racing, Triple Crown Winner?

One thing that will be missing in next year’s Triple Crown races is that overwhelming sense of historical anticipation that’s been woven into the series for many years. The moment is now... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Protecting A Legend: Insurance Costs Behind A Triple Crown Winner

As American Pharoah rests in his stall at Churchill Downs, recovering from his Triple Crown victory, his connections will be mapping out the horse’s next moves. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

American Pharoah Offers A Carpe Diem Moment For Racing

Two out of three readers who voted in this week’s Paulick Report poll believe American Pharoah’s Triple Crown triumph will help create new racing fans. Between the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Never A Dull Moment In Bid For Triple Crown

With one of the toughest feats in all of sports at stake, you’d think the tension on the racetrack would be enough, but that’s rarely the case with horse racing’s top honor. Human... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Being Todd Pletcher: A Day Behind The Scenes

Trainer Todd Pletcher has taken plenty of ribbing about his 1 for 43 record in the Kentucky Derby, but it’s only because he’s been so successful everywhere else in the sport. The winner of a record... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mitchell To Retire As General Manager Of Juddmonte Farms

Philip Mitchell will step down from his post as general manager of Juddmonte Farms later this year. He will spend the next six months working closely with his team at Juddmonte to ensure a smooth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

When The Cheaters Get It Wrong: Cobalt Latest In A List Of Misestimations

The horse is a complex creature; so complex that even to those looking to give him a chemical boost, he can remain a mystery. Last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council focused... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Change Needed In New York’s Drug Testing Policy

The New York State Gaming Commission was none too happy with a Natalie Voss article published in the Paulick Report earlier this year calling into question the state’s drug testing program under Dr.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jockey Hernandez-Ortega’s License Revoked After Botched Parx Racing Investigation

The Keystone Cops, otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, botched another one. Sixteen days after racing commission employees took jockey Angel Castillo off his mounts at Parx... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Strange Things Happen In The Belmont

With the Triple Crown vacant since 1978, it obviously takes a rare combination of horse, connections, and circumstances to pull off one of the most difficult feats in sports. In addition to the grind... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Baffert’s Horse Sense: ‘They Can’t Talk To Us’

It’s Belmont time again. On American Pharoah rest the hopes and prayers of every tired soul who wants to see this Triple Crown jinx finally end after 37 years. Heck, that seems like eons, not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Training For The Triple Crown: An Historical Perspective

Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah, was scheduled to fly to Louisville, Ky., on Monday night to check in on the Zayat Stables’ homebred son of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside the North American Racing Academy: Final Exams

Early May brings with it warm breezes across the gallop field at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. The grass has grown so long that North American Racing Academy executive director Remi... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Indiana Ousts Widely-Used Drug Testing Lab For ‘Continued Failure To Detect Substances’

Officials at Truesdail Laboratories in Irvine, Calif., said they plan to contest a May 12 decision by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission to terminate the company’s equine drug testing contract after... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Preakness 140: One To Remember, On And Off The Track

There is something special about the Preakness. It’s not as big an event as the Kentucky Derby or as important a horse race as the Belmont Stakes. But the middle jewel of the Triple Crown for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Floating A ‘Grand’ Plan For Maryland Racing And The Preakness

During an impromptu meeting with the media in the Pimlico press box three hours before the Preakness Stakes  on Saturday afternoon, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer Sal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: No Backing Down In Baltimore

One of the most thrilling aspects of the Triple Crown has always been the rivalries that develop between top horses. Occasionally, those horses happen to live in the same barn. If American Pharoah... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

‘Triple Frown’: Derby Dreamers Who Woke Up Before The Preakness

As racing turns its eyes from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course, the annual speculation begins anew—will the winner of the roses pick up the Black-Eyed Susans and carry on fresh hopes of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mum’s The Word On Why Parx Jockey Castillo Taken Off Mounts

Jockey Angel Castillo, second leading jockey at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania, was abruptly taken off his mounts after finishing second in Tuesday’s fourth race, but officials at Parx deferred... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rematch In Baltimore: Precedent For Stablemate Triple Crown Battles

Count me among the skeptics thinking Bob Baffert would not run Dortmund in the Preakness immediately after stablemate American Pharoah’s hard-fought win over Firing Line and Dortmund in the 141st... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Recap, Belmont Cap, Whip Controversy?

The 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby is in the books, and the horse everyone was talking about before the race got the job done. It’s the third consecutive year the post-time favorite has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Hollywood Park, The End Is Here

It was on life support for nearly a decade and ran its last race in December 2013, but Hollywood Park’s 77-year presence on the Southern California and international horse racing landscape has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Take Two: Jockey Club, TOBA’s Transparency Program Gets Failing Grade

Whatever happened to transparency and the publication of veterinary records for Kentucky Derby starters and other graded stakes runners? The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Oaks, Derby Victors Show How To Win With Class

There is something to be said for winning with class. That characteristic was shown in spades on Friday when Lovely Maria gave former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones his third victory in the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby 141 Edition

Based upon the early returns at Churchill Downs, there’s a chance this year’s Kentucky Derby will break another attendance record. And with good reason. The weather forecast is great,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Juleps, Show Bets, And Heels: Kentucky Derby Do’s And Don’ts

Churchill Downs has a couple of new rules for Kentucky Derby 141 that reflect the changing times, including bans on selfie sticks and remote controlled aircraft. But aside from the official list of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby PR Special: Derby Numbers, Spelling Errors, And Longshots

With all of the anticipation around this year’s talented Kentucky Derby field, the annual Derby Trainers’ Dinner did not disappoint. Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas, Todd Pletcher, Mike de Kock, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: What’s The Story With This Kentucky Derby?

We only need to look back one year to reaffirm that Kentucky Derby lore is filled with rich storylines, following the compelling journey of California Chome through last year’s Triple Crown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS April: Remembering A Florida Innovator, Getting To Know Zayat

The OBS April Sale of 2-year-olds in Training resumes Thursday, fresh off the biggest price in sale history after a Tapit filly went for $1.9 million Wednesday. The Paulick Report is pleased to bring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special: OBS April Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to once again offer a special print publication for the OBS April Sale of Two Year Olds in Training in Ocala, Fla.. The PR Special will be distributed on the sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Conquering The Butterflies

As the gallop field at the back of the Thoroughbred Center brightens from brown to green, students in the North American Racing Academy’s introductory Racehorse Riding Skills class are also coming to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Angles And Memories, A Letter From Afar

With the Kentucky Derby just two short weeks away and the field almost set, it’s time to think about how to dissect what appears to be one of the stronger fields in recent memory. Speaking of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mott Goes To The Mat For Assistant Denied Immigration Visa

A U.S. District Court judge handed down a decision last week in a case brought by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott against government officials related to an employee’s visa denial. Judge Reggie Walton... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Tricks Of The Trade: How EPO Used For Blood-Doping A Horse

Erythropoietin is a hormone produced naturally by the kidney that helps regulate the production of red blood cells. Epogen is a drug developed by scientists in the 1980s to treat human diseases like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick Report’s Jagow Wins Sovereign Award For ‘Woodbine Diaries’

Scott Jagow, editor-in-chief of the Paulick Report, was among those honored Friday night at the 40th annual Sovereign Awards, held at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto on the eve of the opening of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: On Derby Points, Speed Figures, And Stronach’s Vision

Saturday’s the final opportunity for Kentucky Derby contenders to grab points they might need to get into this year’s field of 20. In this third year of the Road to the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Slumps, Speed, And Perfection: Challenges Loom For Derby Contenders

Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Florida Derby winner Materiality don’t know that only seven of 24 horses who came to the Kentucky Derby with perfect records left Churchill Downs still unbeaten.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Malaise, Royal Dissension?

The 141st Run for the Roses should be a lot clearer after this weekend, which features three of the final four major prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. It’s a last chance to gauge... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Testing Times

The mood in the Thoroughbred Center’s Barn 30, like in many college libraries and coffee shops in mid-March, is decidedly more anxious than usual. It’s the second day of midterms for the nine... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RMTC: Cobalt Data Analysis Has Been Problematic

The following is a response to a column by Ray Paulick earlier this week concerning the approval of a threshold level for cobalt by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium: The Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...