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The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

Alas, the 2016 Triple Crown season is over, and unlike last year when one horse convincingly captured all three races in a historic run, three different horses took the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Back To Keeneland, Where The Customer Is King

It's been 28 years since I spit in the eye of Horace Greeley, packed up the covered wagon, and headed east from Los Angeles, Calif., to Lexington, Ky. It was a different century, and in horse racing,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Mike Smith: Songbird’s Potential ‘Scary To Think About’

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has been on the backs of some world-class fillies and mares during his career, and while he's not ready to put Songbird in that category just yet, there's something... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: The Clash, The Cajun, And The Champ

For the second week in a row, racing fans are getting a real treat. Last weekend, it was California Chrome dominating the Dubai World Cup. This Saturday, fans will witness a rare battle between the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By DRF Bets: Dubai, Derbies, And One Funky Race Call

The wait is almost over. The $10 million Dubai World Cup featuring fan favorite California Chrome is just hours away. And of course, that is the first order of business in this week's edition of The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

RCI Conference: Runhappy’s McIngvale Issues Guide For Being A Good Thoroughbred Owner

Gallery Racing owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale presented racing officials with a ten-point plan for responsible horse ownership at the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

What Good Is A Model Rule In Horse Racing If No One Follows It?

Imagine, for a minute, that the rules governing the National Football League were developed the same way as horse racing regulations. During an annual meeting, personnel from the NFL league office... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day Two: Take Those Shoes Off?

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the sales grounds of the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co.'s March 2-Year-Old in Training Sale. In this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day One: Spotting Signs Of Trouble?

The two-day OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training gets underway Tuesday, and once again the Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Who Should Get Into Hall Of Fame?

Each year, a nominating committee selects finalists for induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Some years, the choices are obvious or don't generate... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Excessive Whipping Incident Reveals More Regulatory Failure In Pennsylvania Racing

When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill into law last month creating a new racing commission to regulate both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, the existing commission was immediately... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

PR Special Fasig-Tipton Florida: The Price Of A Second?

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

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: Time To Head Home

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: Chrome-ology, Racing Filmology

Quite a few horses have won two legs of the Triple Crown in recent memory — in fact, 24 since 1971. But has any of those winners generated as many followers — and detractors — as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: When The Bad Luck Flows

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...

U.S. Racing Lags Behind Sports World On Concussion Protocol

Dr. Carl Mattacola, director and professor of the University of Kentucky's Graduate Athletic Training Program, has provided a roadmap for the horse racing industry to join the rest of the sporting... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Cagnes-Sur-Mer Diary: It’s Good To Be ‘King’

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: A Not-So-Funny Valentine

Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren's song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show: A Not-So-Funny Valentine

Over the past couple of decades, many racetracks have been lured by the siren's song of casino revenues to help keep the racing product in good form. The union of the two has gone well at times, but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...