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Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Surprises And Sidetrips

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Las Vegas Embraces New Realities: Can Racing Do The Same?

After a few days in Sin City for the National Handicapping Championship last weekend, it became as obvious as doubling down on 11: Las Vegas is evolving — both physically and virtually — and horse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: We’re In The Money

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

‘You’re Gonna Get Fried’: Handicapping Championship A Grueling, Unforgiving Test

If playing the ponies is a humbling pastime, and we all know it is, the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship is like being lost in the Nevada desert with no water. The mind plays tricks.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show: From The Island Of Handicapping Treasure

Now in its 17th year, the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship has grown in every way imaginable — from the number of participants vying for its lucrative payday to the forces of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Northern Dancer, The Super Stud For All Times

All hail American Pharoah after his latest conquest, unanimous “Horse of the Year” honors! And in so doing it might be time to pay homage once again to one of his ancestors, even one five generations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: The French System

American-born trainer Gina Rarick (writing as Backside) and racing journalist Alan Shuback (Frontside) are bringing a unique behind the scenes look each week from France's Hippodrome de la Cote... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Chalk, Announcer Antics?

It's going to be hard to top a racing season that featured a Triple Crown winner, but time marches on, and the path to the 2016 Kentucky Derby is about to ramp up. In this week's Friday Show, Scott... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

After Triple Crown Feat, Espinoza Considers Retirement

When you become the first Triple Crown-winning jockey in almost four decades, it's hard to come up with another career highlight to add to the bucket list. That's one of the reasons American Pharoah... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

American Pharoah Honored As World’s Best Racehorse; Shared Belief Remembered In London Ceremony

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is not only America's Horse of the Year for 2015, but after a ceremony in London on Tuesday, he is also the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse. Owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: French Racing’s Wintertime Playground

Overlooking the sunny beaches of the Riviera, the racecourse at Cagnes-sur-Mer lies at the very heart of France's ultra-chic Cote d‘Azur. A few miles east is Nice, the playground of the international... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

And Away We Go … Eclipse Awards Night At Gulfstream Park

Tonight's the night North America's horse racing champions – both the equine and human stars – are being crowned. Gulfstream Park plays host to the 45th annual Eclipse Awards, which Xpressbet.com is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Clean Sweep And A Big Idea?

The Paulick Report's Friday Show got some pasture rest towards the end of the year, but it's back for 2016, ready to tackle the new racing season. First order of business — the final judgments... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Can We Survive? Lessons In Human Nature From Louis Wolfson

In 1986, Harbor View Farm owner Louis Wolfson was fed up with the racing industry. He was so fed up that he needed a good vent, but since the Paulick Report's comment section wasn't available during... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Concern Runs Deep Over Florida’s ‘David Vs Goliath’ Decoupling Battle

The Florida Thoroughbred industry is on a roll. Breeding activity, severely impacted by the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, has stabilized and there are new investors in bloodstock... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland January Day 2

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington, Ky. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Two Furlongs And A Cloud Of Dust: New Jackpot Wager Like No Other

Quarter-mile races. Randomly assigned jockeys. No Lasix? The jackpot wager Portland Meadows will card for the first time Monday adds experimental spin to the Stronach Group's Rainbow 6 concept. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland January Day 1: Looking Forward

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Crumpled Blinkers In Hand, Scott Stevens Wins Adventurous Race At Turf Paradise

When “blinkers off” is denoted in a horse's past performances, it certainly doesn't mean they're supposed to come off during the race. But that's exactly what happened to rider Scott Stevens in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dickinson Sues Keeneland: Alleges ‘Sham Corporation,’ Failure To Pay

Trainer Michael Dickinson has sued Keeneland Association in an attempt to collect $395,874.18 a federal judge ruled Dickinson is owed by Martin Collins Surfaces & Footings, the company that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

NFL Players, ‘Famous Horse Trainer Bob B.’ Named As Fraud Victims In Pippin Case

Two alleged scams in horse racing totaling more than a half-million dollars led to last week's arrest of Jonathan Pippin, but federal authorities say the criminal complaint unsealed today could be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pennsylvania Legislation Would Give Horsemen, Breeders Regulatory Clout

Horsemen and breeders in Pennsylvania will have unprecedented powers as regulators if legislation recently approved by the state's House of Representatives is, as expected, passed by the Senate and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commentary: The Problem Of The Inject Now, Ask Questions Later (Maybe) Mentality

This year marked my third trip to the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, where I had the opportunity to sit in on a “rounds” meeting of the AAEP Racing Committee.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing And Gaming Symposium: What’s The Big Idea?

This year's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming, hosted by the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, is particularly focused on generating the next great idea (or ideas) for the sport... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

2016 Breeders’ Cup Could Be Among First Japanese Simulcasts

The 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic is one of 24 international races under consideration for simulcast into Japan, thanks to a new law passed earlier this year by Japanese legislators lifting the ban on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

An American In Tokyo: Neon Lights, Horse Racing And Robots

In the mega city, Tokyo, energy flows like a river of neon lights.  Yet, at the core of this vibrant metropolis is calm, organization and a sense of security.  If your horses aren't running to form... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Important Points

Everything appears to be going smoothly in preparation for Saturday's $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, a race that features a field of 10 juveniles this year. They're not only racing for the $600,000... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Been There, Done That

There's a certain skill to successfully stepping up a lightly raced 2-year-old into graded stakes company or to handling a young, green racehorse in the heat of battle. That's why experience plays an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Early Derby Dreams

We're pleased to once again have Delta Downs track announcer Don Stevens to guide us through the days leading up to Saturday's marquee 2-year-old race, the Delta Downs Jackpot. The Grade 3, $1... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Time For A Change? Veterinarian’s List No Safe Harbor For Racehorses

On Jan. 27, 2015, six Thoroughbreds went to the post for the second race at Turf Paradise, but only five came back. Four-year-old Time for a J fractured the sesamoids in his left front leg and was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Commentary: Lasix Industry An Out-Of-Control Juggernaut

Now that the dust of American Pharoah’s Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year’s Breeders’ Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Transparency And Twitter: A Good Partnership

On the same day that California Horse Racing Board stewards voted not to sanction Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux for a ride in which critics say he quit just before the finish line, I was made aware... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

McIngvale: ‘Timing Was Terrible, But We Did What We Did’

Anyone in the horse business who has followed Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale over the last 20 years knows he doesn’t do things conventionally. So it should not have come as a surprise earlier this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Borell: Runhappy’s Owners ‘Only Care About The Money’

What a mess. Less than 24 hours after one of the most uplifting stories of a tremendously exciting homecoming Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland unfolded – the saga of 3-year-old Sprint sensation Runhappy... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland November Sale Day 2

As the second day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale gets underway, the Paulick Report is pleased to bring you the latest edition of the PR Special, available online or in print on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special: Keeneland November Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton November Sale

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Abercrombie’s Gift Of Education Keeps On Giving…And Giving

Out of town visitors for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup probably know that Lexington and the Central Kentucky region is known for it national championship college basketball teams, smooth bourbon and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Remembering John Gaines And His ‘Powerful Dream’

More than 10 years have passed since the death of John R. Gaines, whose extraordinary contributions to the horse world and the Central Kentucky community were remembered on Monday morning during a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Mott And Goehring: The Two Men From Mobridge

It’s been 20 years now since Cigar won the Breeders’ Cup Classic under the stewardship of trainer Bill Mott ­– 1995 at Belmont Park –– on his way to a winning streak that caught the nation’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sinatra Singing A Happy Tune At Laurel

Sal Sinatra looked like a kid in a candy store when he was seen wandering through Laurel Park last Saturday during the track’s 30th annual Jim McKay Maryland Million day program. And why not? The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Irwin: Indiana Commission Actions Don’t Pass Smell Test

Absent a smoking gun that would lead to evidence of unethical behavior on the part of Joe Gorajec, the dismissal of the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission sends the wrong... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

PR Special Maryland Million: Jim McKay’s Lasting Legacy

The Paulick Report is pleased to present a special print publication for the 30th edition of the Maryland Million at Laurel Park. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray Paulick recalls the life and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Gorajec: Barr-Tonko Bill Only Path Toward Uniformity

The following commentary was written by Joe Gorajec, who on Saturday was relieved of his job as executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), a position he held for nearly 25... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Some Appreciation For Small-Time Tracks, Where Fans Are Born

Earlier this year, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens gave an impassioned plea to legislators in his native Idaho on behalf of historical racing machines, which he said could help save not only Les... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show: Horse Of The Year And A Trivia Question

On June 6, when American Pharoah crossed the finish line triumphant in the Belmont Stakes, it appeared the race for Horse of the Year was a done deal. After all, he had just completed the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Gorajec Dismissal Would Be Assault On Racing’s Integrity

It’s been almost 42 years since the “Saturday Night Massacre” of Oct. 20, 1973, when President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: The Breeders’ Cup Comes Home

It’s not business as usual with the start of Keeneland’s fall meet Friday. There’s a palpable buzz — not just the power tools helping to boost the track’s capacity for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...