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The Friday Show: Derbies And Rainbows, On The Scene At Gulfstream

It’s one of the biggest weekends on the racing calendar, featuring the Florida Derby, the Louisiana Derby, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup, where Horse of the Year California Chrome is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Strongest Sale In Years’: Expansion Works For OBS March

Several factors contributed to the strength of the 2-year-old market at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s expanded March auction in Ocala, Fla., last week. First and foremost, there was a deep pool of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Warm Ups And Cool Downs

Piloting 1,200 pounds of fire-breathing horseflesh takes more than a gentle hand and good instincts—it requires an athlete. Jockeys are recognized, pound for pound, as some of the strongest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day 2: A Sales Legend, Speightstown, And Itsmyluckyday

The OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training resumes Wednesday in Ocala, Fla., and the Paulick Report is once again on-site to distribute a special print publication for sale-goers, also available... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day 1: Injury Rates For Sale-Prepped Juveniles?

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer its special print edition on the grounds during this week’s OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in Ocala, Fla. In today’s edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York’s Drug Testing Program Has Its Own ‘Style’

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Attorney Drew Mollica repeated the phrase, utterly mystified a few days after his client, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was handed a fine and suspension for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Story Updates: Vazquez Back In Action; Morales Lands In Louisiana

Updates on some stories from the recent past. – Trainer Juan Vazquez is back in business, though not in Maryland, where he was told by Maryland Jockey Club officials last month he is no longer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: No Heavy Lifting Required?

Welcome back to The Friday Show, the Paulick Report’s look at leading stories of the week in the racing and Thoroughbred industries, plus some items you may have missed. In this week’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: One Tough Ticket Or Ray’s Couch?

For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, the Jockey Club is expected to announce today... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Big Problems: Future Seems Bleak For Racing In Texas

I’m not the only one who let my imagination run wild in 1987 when the Texas legislature authorized a state-wide referendum to bring pari-mutuel racing back to the Lone Star state. After all, this was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

States Should Follow California’s Crackdown On ‘Program Trainers’

The California Horse Racing Board took an important step last week to try and clean up the scourge of the “program” or “paper” trainer. By definition, a program trainer is the person whose name is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Mergers, Acquisitions, And Rail Positions

It was an eventful week in the horse racing industry, specifically with respect to how it is covered on television. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick delve into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Giving Back: Racing Industry Comes Together For Horse-Crazy Girls

When Jim Mulvihill, director of media and industry relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, went through his mail at his Lexington office in late January, he had a somewhat atypical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Returns: It’s Free To Play, Sign Up Now

The Derby Dollars Contest is back! For the second consecutive year, West Point Thoroughbreds, the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships, and 123bet.com, home to the daily competitive 123racing Pick6... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show: Chrome Vs Belief, Geldings, And Whips In The Hand

Every Friday is different, and this one is a doozy. Not only is it Friday the 13th, but it’s also Valentine’s Day eve; plus, today kicks off a long weekend of racing that includes a pair... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing At Every Convenience Store: Cummings’ EquiLottery Bid Takes Stage In Kentucky

Like Robert F. Kennedy and George Bernard Shaw before him, Brad Cummings is one of those people who doesn’t see things and ask “Why?” but dreams of things and asks “Why not?” I got to know Cummings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Shared Belief, California Chrome Give Racing A Moment To Savor

There are no guarantees in life and certainly none in horse racing. A quarter century ago, two tremendously-talented horses – Sunday Silence and Easy Goer – blazed their way through the 1989 Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: ‘Turf Love’ And The Showdown At Santa Anita

The Paulick Report is pleased to introduce The Friday Show, our version of TGIF. To end each week, we’ll give further insight into top stories, industry developments and big races, as well as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Mexico’s Misguided Effort To Rein In Drug Abuse

Legislation has been introduced in the New Mexico state Senate that would prohibit racehorses at tracks under the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Racing Commission from having in their system, at any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

A Moving Target? Understanding the RMTC’s Progress

Since its 2001 foundation, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has made strides toward its goals of a nationally uniform set of medication rules and rigorous state drug testing lab... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Experimental Free Handicap Carries Less Weight Than It Used To

There was a time when the publication of weights on the Experimental Free Handicap was a big deal. Owners and breeders pumped up their chests with pride after seeing their horse listed as among the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Experimental Free Handicap: A Retrospective With Tommy Trotter

Editor’s Note: Thursday, The Jockey Club will release the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap, with assigned weights from a committee comprised of P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick Report Launches New Horseplayers, Horse Care Content

Two new sections to enhance reader experience have been added to the Paulick Report. The sections, Horseplayers and Horse Care, are self-explanatory in the content they provide and come in the wake... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Chapa Charged With Felony for Alleged ‘Buzzer’ Use

Jockey Roman Chapa has been charged with a felony by the Harris County district attorney in connection with his alleged use of an illegal electrical device while riding Quiet Acceleration to victory... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paraplegic Former Jockey Anne Von Rosen: ‘I Will Walk Again’

“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis for all human morality.” John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Horse Racing State of the Union for 2015?

“America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Twice Banned for ‘Buzzers,’ Chapa Under Investigation in Texas

Jockey Roman Chapa, whose career has been interrupted twice for carrying an illegal electrical device used to stimulate horses, is under investigation by the Texas Racing Commission for his ride... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Live From the 44th Annual Eclipse Awards

The votes are in and counted. The tuxedos altered to fit expanding waist lines. The spray tans applied. It’s Eclipse Awards night in South Florida. Once again, Gulfstream Park is playing host... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland January Sale Day Two

In today’s edition of the PR Special print publication, available here and on the grounds at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, learn more about Keeneland Legend and one of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland January Day 1

As the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale kicks off today, the Paulick Report is pleased to once again provide a special print edition to be distributed on the sales grounds – also... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Goodbye, Atlantic City: No More ‘Smile and an Eighth’

On life support for the better part of the last 20 years, the plug has been pulled on venerable Atlantic City Race Course. Just 10 miles from the Jersey shore, Atlantic City Race Course was the dream... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Greetings From Uruguay: ‘At Home’ Under the Shade Trees

There are few things more appealing to me than going to a racetrack for the first time, especially if that track is in an out-of-the way place like Uruguay. Yes, Uruguay, or it might be better said,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

New Year, New Uncertainty on Calder Backstretch

It was business as usual on New Year’s morning at Gulfstream Park West, the South Florida racetrack that operated for years as Calder Race Course. Feed tubs for 900-plus Thoroughbreds were filled,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Main Sequence: Most Deserving, While Not Perfect, Horse of the Year Candidate

Friday’s Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park was the final race of the year with any possible bearing on the outcome for 2014 Horse of the Year. Shared Belief won it, beating 72-1 longshot... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Santa Anita Park: An Opening Day Like No Other

It’s been more than 35 years since this Midwesterner first landed at LAX airport, rented a car, and without the benefit of GPS made a beeline for the racetrack in Arcadia that was then and remains... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pennsylvania: Vet’s Conduct on Notice, but Not Facebook Posts

A hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has ruled that public statements on Facebook or other social media may not be used by officials to determine whether a licensee’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘The Kid’s Got It’: Teenage Jockey’s Agent Open for Business

Although he’s only had a few weeks’ practice, Chris Creel is already well indoctrinated into the racetrack schedule. He’s up early in the morning and headed out to the track or training centers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse of the Year: An Increasingly Harder Puzzle to Solve?

As Eclipse Award ballots go out in the mail today, it’s awfully hard to predict which way the 2014 Horse of the Year decision might go. In one of the most wide open races in memory, half a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Digital Influence: America’s Best Racing Makes Generational Connection

It’s been one of the questions brought up time and time again at so many “meetings of the minds” in Thoroughbred racing – how do we bring new fans into the sport and reverse the trend of losing more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Charles Town Accident: Warning System Switch Not in Stewards Room

The on-off switch for a warning system to jockeys at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town racetrack was not triggered when a horse ran the wrong way toward the field in the fourth race on Saturday night... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Near Disaster at Penn National Gaming’s Charles Town Races

“We’re lucky someone didn’t get killed.” That’s what Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks said about the jockeys involved in an incident in Saturday’s fourth race at West Virginia’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse Racing’s Slow-Motion Train Wreck

The burning question in my mind, as I sat through two hours of discussions about how American horse racing will continue to suffer economic declines as the average size of a field going into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Women in Racing: The Anti-Feminist Pioneer

One can hardly flip through the pages of racing (or, for that matter, U.S.) history books without finding the fingerprints of the du Pont family. The American branch of the family made its money in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Start of a Beautiful Friendship? Virginia Racing May Have New Voice

The seemingly endless battle between Colonial Downs and the Virginia horsemen made flat racing in the commonwealth appear all but dead in mid-October as the track threatened to close. After months of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...