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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...

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Is Back: Free To Play, Sign Up Now!

It's time to sharpen your handicapping skills and find your Derby horse! West Point Thoroughbreds – the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships – and 123bet.com – home to the daily competitive 123racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Decoupling Advances In Florida With Provisions For ‘Purse Pools’

Legislation that would permit Florida's horse and dog tracks to decouple those activities from their slot machines and card room licenses advanced after a House committee vote to approve three bills... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

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...