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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...

One Giant Leap For Transparency At Thoroughbred Auctions

Transparency at Thoroughbred auctions has come a long way since 1969, when astronaut Neil Armstrong was listed as buyer of a $14,000 colt by Hill Rise out of the Mahmoud mare, Likely Prospect, at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

New York Commission Approves Cobalt Threshold, Additional Drug Rules

The New York State Gaming Commission unanimously proposed a series of updates to the state’s codes for post-race drug testing Thursday, including adding a threshold for cobalt. The commissioners... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Hey, That’s My Whip!’ Astonishing Stretch Run At Parx

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. We have a controversy in Pennsylvania horse racing. This one involves two jockeys at Parx Racing, Angel Castillo and Pierre Hernandez Ortega. If those names... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: A Departure From The Status Quo

As Book 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling 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 sales grounds.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: A Fresh Bowl Of Alphabet Soup

As Book 2 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets underway, the Paulick Report is pleased to offer another edition of the PR Special, available here and on the sales grounds. Natalie Voss looks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Parx Fall Festival Undermined By Poor Image, High Takeout, Scant Marketing

One of the theories in the casinos-at-racetracks movement of the last two decades is that purses subsidized by slots or casino revenue will attract more owners and horses, leading to larger field... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Daily Fantasy Sports: Horse Racing’s Newest Threat

If you watched at least 15 minutes of football last weekend, chances are you saw TV ads for DraftKings or FanDuel – the two leading companies in the exploding world of daily fantasy sports, otherwise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: The Threat Of Daily Fantasy Sports

The Paulick Report offers a second edition of its print publication for the Keeneland September Sale, available here and on the sales grounds. In this PR Special, Ray looks at the boom of daily... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland September: A Balancing Act

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a several print publications for the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which begins Monday in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Superwoman: Wolfendale Wears Many Hats

While many racing patrons are just beginning a summer afternoon at Saratoga, setting up coolers and chairs ahead of the first race, Maggie Wolfendale’s disembodied voice brings meaning to the stream... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Crawford: Keen Ice ‘Fastest, Best-Bred 3-Year-Old In The World’

As connections of the top U.S. 3-year-olds contemplate their next moves before the Breeders’ Cup, the Keen Ice camp certainly isn’t lacking in confidence following the colt’s recent Travers victory... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pharoah, Beholder Top Summer Of Star Performances

When the dust settles on horse racing’s two most popular summertime meetings, Saratoga in upstate New York and Del Mar near San Diego in Southern California, fans won’t be talking about picnic tables... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commentary: How U.S. Trainers Can Win Respect

When an American trainer, with some notable exceptions, wins a Triple Crown race, peers, fans and writers invariably shake their heads and question whether the triumph was accomplished on the up and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Tricks of the Trade: Race Riding During The Travers

What, exactly, were Victor Espinoza on American Pharoah and Frosted’s rider, Jose Lezcano, doing as the two horses rounded the final turn into the home stretch of Saturday’s $1.6-million Travers at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Will The Stars Align On The Racetrack?

In American racing, the discussion often centers around the need for superstars. Despite some key losses this year at the top level of competition, it’s hard to lament a lack of star power when... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Taking My Money Elsewhere: California Gets It Wrong On Lasix

I’m not what anyone would refer to as a “major player” when it comes to betting on horses. I cut my teeth at the Chicago area tracks in the late 1970s, then spent eight years in Southern California... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

16,000 Miles And Counting: Frequent Flyer Pharoah ‘Can Handle’ Travel Schedule

American Pharoah’s travel log for his 3-year-old season is a dizzying one: From California to Arkansas, back to California, back to Arkansas, onto Louisville, then Baltimore, back to Louisville, onto... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Use With Caution: Weighing The Risks And Benefits Of Corticosteroids

As states work their way through updated medication rules, one of the therapeutic medications that seems to garner repeated discussion is the corticosteroid methylprednisolone acetate, sold as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

RCI Chairman Takes Hypocritical Stance On Federal Racing Bills

Mark Lamberth, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission and chairman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, turned the dial on the BS Meter all the way up on Tuesday in a press... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale Day 2

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer the latest edition of the PR Special, which is available online and as a print publication on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale, which begins Saturday night in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this edition of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Empire State: New York Thoroughbred Program Boosts Champion Prospects

The New York breeding season culminates with the Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale, which takes place Saturday and Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Here is the final piece in our summer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

State Senator’s Strong-Arm Tactics Could Doom Texas Horse Racing

“They are playing with people’s livelihoods.” That’s how Sam Houston Race Park president Andrea Young summarized the mess created by a Texas legislative board that could shut down racing at state... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 2

In this edition of the PR Special, available here and as a print publication on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, learn more about the key discussions from the Jockey Club Round Table.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, which begins Monday night in Saratoga Springs, NY. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray looks at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: How Many Lengths Back To The Future?

The talk this week in the racing world has been about where Triple Crown winner American Pharoah might go next. Based on conflicting information from the trainer and owner, all we’re sure about... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Empire State: Records Falling, Prices Soaring For New York-Breds

Ask Fasig-Tipton CEO Boyd Browning about the company’s upcoming New York-Bred Preferred Yearling Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and he can barely contain himself. “This is one of those easy sales to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Del Mar, University of Arizona Bringing ‘Reality’ To Horseracing

Horseracing has already had a few reality TV shows. A few years back we had “Jockeys” on Animal Planet and more recently “Horseplayers” on the Esquire Network. Next up, “America’s Got Talent” and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Defending An Industry That Won’t Defend Itself

I’m tired. There is this feeling of worthlessness that enters my body every time I sign on to the internet, every time that I click open on the comments section of one of my blogs, every time I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: ‘I’m Talking Haskell, That’s It’

Trainer Bob Baffert didn’t mince words this week when asked about what’s next for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. He only wanted to talk about one thing. “I’m talking Haskell.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Louisiana Race Fixing Case Latest Black Mark On Sport’s Integrity

If Billy Patin, Joseph Patin Jr. and LeSean Conyers are found guilty of attempting to fix a June 19 horse race at Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, they should pay a heavy price, both in the criminal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Empire State: ‘Racing Makes More Sense’ But Challenges Lie Ahead

We’ve shown you how large purses and incentives in New York have changed the dynamics of the state’s Thoroughbred breeding industry and given farms a brighter outlook on the future. The impact of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Carrico: Racing Needs To Reinvent ‘Losing Proposition’ Of Pari-Mutuel Betting

David E. Carrico spent more than 20 years in the Thoroughbred racing industry from 1983 through 2004, 16 years in track operations and five on the television/ADW side. I was intoxicated with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f... Read More...

Probe Into Cleveland Junkyard Owner With Mob Ties Includes Horse Racing Allegations

Prosecutors in Cleveland, Ohio, aren’t providing any details, but last week’s arrest of junkyard owner Carmine Agnello – said by one official to be a “made member of the Gambino crime family out of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Where Have All The Good Ones Gone?

Anyone who knows the sport of horse racing understands that it can be an unpredictable and unforgiving business. That’s become all too clear in 2015. The first Triple Crown winner in 37 years took... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Empire State: New York Breeders Make A Brand New Start Of It

When New York’s Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund was established in 1973, its goal was to expand the state’s green space by way of creating more horse farms. Take a drive Upstate, and you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Zombies, Zebras, And Chicago Blues

We’ve seen in recent years how wildly the health of the horse racing industry can vary from state to state. Nowhere is that more evident right now than with neighboring jurisdictions in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special July Sale: Spotlight On Pharoah’s Sire, Pioneerof the Nile

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

Empire State: New York Breeding Goes From ‘Darkest Days’ To Banner Year

Jeff Cannizzo became executive director of New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. at the worst possible moment. Or perhaps it was just the right time. Depends on how you look at it. When he took the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Brian Swatuk’s Royal Ride Through Life

Thirty-six years ago, the rains fell in torrents upon Woodbine on Queen’s Plate day. Pity. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother was in attendance, resplendent in a blue floral suit and proper little... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Forego: ‘He Just Knew Where The Wire Was’

They’re running the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park this Fourth of July. It is a classic that has been staged almost every year since 1884. Some of the great names in racing have worn its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...