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60 Minutes Poll: More Cheaters Than Jerks in Horse Racing

The 60 Minutes brand on CBS television expanded into the sports world last year with the creation of “60 Minutes Sports,” a new series on Showtime. One of the show’s first subjects was Doug... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Wise Dan Repeats as Horse of the Year

Wise Dan was voted 2013 Horse of the Year, becoming the sixth horse in the 41-year history of the Eclipse Awards to repeat as North America’s outstanding Thoroughbred. Owned and bred by Chicagoan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Eclipse Awards Voting: A Newcomer’s Perspective

This year marked the first time that I had an opportunity to vote in the Eclipse Awards. I felt like I had done my research after having watched nearly all of the year’s graded stakes races and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Lottery Success a Lesson for State’s Racing Industry?

The California Lottery and California’s horse racing industry both were experiencing economic declines in 2010. The lottery benefits public schools and state officials became concerned after 2009... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Is Cobalt a Killer in Horses?

Cobalt isn’t listed in the 15 pages of drugs published by the Association of Racing Commissioners International in its “Uniform Classification Guidelines for Foreign Substances.” So it caught many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Allegations Tarnish Cost of Freedom Retirement Story

It started out as a feel-good story on the week before Christmas – two racetrackers in Southern California working together to retire an aging Grade 1 winner and millionaire who’d fallen to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The New NYRA Customer Experience

I’ve always been an advocate of going out and supporting the live racing product even if that involves venturing out to Ozone Park, N.Y., to bet the inner track in the beginning of January. There’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: What Does the Crystal Ball (er, Ray) Predict for 2014?

It’s Day Two of the Keeneland January Horses of all Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky., and that means a second edition of our special print publication distributed on the sales grounds. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: What Does the Crystal Ball (er, Ray) Predict for 2014?

It’s Day Two of the Keeneland January Horses of all Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky., and that means a second edition of our special print publication distributed on the sales grounds. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: What Does the Crystal Ball (er, Ray) Predict for 2014?

It’s Day Two of the Keeneland January Horses of all Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky., and that means a second edition of our special print publication distributed on the sales grounds. In... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Day One: January Horses of All Ages Sale

The Paulick Report is pleased to present the PR Special – unique print editions for the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, which kicked off Monday in Lexington, Ky. in bitter cold... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Commissioner Gets Top Billing in Early-Season 3-Year-Old Race

It was only an entry-level allowance/optional claiming race with a purse less than $50,000, but a couple of horses in Friday’s ninth at Gulfstream Park in sunny Florida managed to warm the soul on a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Brownell Combs: Son of Spendthrift Founder Syndicated Seattle Slew, Affirmed

Brownell Combs, who saw the best of times and worst of times in the horse business, has died at the age of 80. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that he died Sunday in Lexington, Ky. Born Leslie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

RIP Brownell Combs: Son of Spendthrift Founder Syndicated Seattle Slew, Affirmed

Brownell Combs, who saw the best of times and worst of times in the horse business, is dead at the age of 80. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that he died Sunday in Lexington, Ky. Born Leslie... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Close Call: Kitten’s Joy Edges Speightstown to Top Sire List

It was an extremely close race, but it appears Ramsey Farm’s Kitten’s Joy has secured the title of leading North American sire by earnings for 2013. Heading into today’s cards,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Holiday Tale: Rallying to Help ‘Old Warrior’ Cost of Freedom

When has a horse done enough? That was the question many people were asking a week ago when Cost of Freedom, a 10-year-old California-bred gelding by Cee’s Tizzy with career earnings of $1,018,799,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Respect and Gratitude: For the Love of the Horse

I used to believe in Santa Claus. The Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy, too. I’m afraid to say I’ve carried some of those childhood beliefs and naivete well into my adult life, though I did stop leaving... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

That’s a Wrap!

It’s over. The long, sad goodbye finally has come. Betfair Hollywood Park ran its last race ever Sunday evening after 75 years of showcasing the best the sport has to offer. The Inglewood, Calif.,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: Everett Lived Horse Racing

Marjorie Everett didn’t invent the concept of “management by walking around” but she certainly practiced it during her nearly 20-year reign as the Hollywood Park “boss” from 1972-’91. Everett ran the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: All the Free Stuff

I’ve never been a “collector,” but have accumulated a lot of stuff from racetrack giveaways over the years: T-shirts, caps, pins, bobbleheads, bags, mini-binoculars, beach towels, even a pair of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: The Queen and Her Castle

Ever since the track opened in 1938, and Seabiscuit won the first Gold Cup that year, equine stars have drawn the crowds to Hollywood Park. They came to see Swaps in the 1950′s, Native Diver in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: When the Stars Came Out at Night

“Missed it by that much!” No, I never heard Don Adams use that catchphrase after losing a close photo finish at Hollywood Park, but the star of the 1960s hit television comedy series “Get Smart” was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: You Never Forget the First One

As Hollywood Park enters the home stretch of its 75-year run in Southern California, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick and editor-in-chief Scott Jagow are sharing some personal memories of their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Hollywood Park Memories: Affirmed Wins Gold Cup, 1979

As Hollywood Park enters the home stretch of its 75-year run in Southern California, Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick and editor-in-chief Scott Jagow will share some personal memories of their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Investigative Reporting a Positive Force for Change in Racing Industry

The following was presented by Ray Paulick at the 40th annual Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz., during a panel entitled “Muckraking Journalism as a Positive Force – the Second... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stallion Makers

What trainers produce the best stallions? It stands to reason that it’s the trainers with the highest number of good horses in their barn, and for the most part that is true, based on a review of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Asian Sweep in Hong Kong: Sport’s Beauty Shines at International Races

Home track advantage proved to be too much to overcome for the international contingent at Sunday’s Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin. All four races were swept by horses... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Members Only: Inside the Hong Kong International Sale

Hong Kong doesn’t have its own breeding program – the land required is too scarce and too expensive. Instead, Hong Kong imports its Thoroughbreds from around the world. Not only do... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Something’s Missing Here: Explaining Ridglings

Honor Code made the news last weekend both for his racing performance and for a medical condition. Trainer Shug McGaughey announced that Lane’s End Racing’s Grade 2 Remsen winner would get some time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Halfway ‘Round the World: Americans Relish Underdog Role in Hong Kong

At Thursday’s Barrier Draw for the Longines Hong Kong International Races, American connections were clearly in a small minority. There are only two horses representing the U.S. among the many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Why Alienate the Customer?

Three years ago, before the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct racetrack opened, maiden 2-year-olds were running for purses of $45,000. Last Sunday, thanks to the revenue from the slot machines at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘Scene’ in Hong Kong: Celebrating the World’s Best Jockeys

The Paulick Report is in Hong Kong for an important week that culminates with the world-class Hong Kong International Races on Sunday. But there are other festivities surrounding the main event at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Bard of Racing Belongs in the Hall of Fame

At the family Thanksgiving gathering last week, there were remembrances of a man our kids knew fondly as “Uncle Woodie.” And I was reminded, as I have every year he has been gone from that table, of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Al Shaqab Expansion Includes New Racing Advisor, Plans for U.S. String

Qatari Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani has appointed Harry Herbert, founder of the successful British racing syndicate Highclere, as racing advisor of his high-powered global string of Thoroughbreds... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

HBPA: Feds Addressing ‘Problem That Does Not Exist’

Congress held its first hearing Thursday on H.R. 2012, a proposed bill that would impose federal regulations on horse racing medication rules and put an independent agency in charge of drug testing,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

CDI Takes Financial Hit in Florida Racing Dates Battle

The South Florida racing wars will enter their sixth month soon, and Churchill Downs Inc. has paid a steep price for the lack of agreement between the track it operates, Calder Race Course and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Chasing the Frog: Keeping Up With Slippery Cheaters

Illegal drugs in racing are certainly nothing new. Horsemen were brewing up miracle potions to get an edge as far back as the days of chariot racing, and over time the drugs of choice developed in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Vet Records Provided Voluntarily in Secret Compass Death

While the California Horse Racing Board has yet to act on a proposal that would make it mandatory to provide veterinary records for post-mortem examination of horses that died at CHRB licensed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

PNG Chairman: Laws on Foreign Corruption a Roadblock to Growth

Oh, those pesky laws. Peter Carlino, chairman of Penn National Gaming, the powerful casino company that owns a number of racetracks scattered throughout the United States, wants to expand beyond... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Patience and Devotion: Thoroughbred Caretakers Provide Homes for Life

During our recent Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraising trip through California, we weren’t able to share with you all of the stories we discovered and the people we met. You’ll meet... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RIP Kjell Qvale, 94, a Man Who Loved Horsepower

Kjell Qvale enjoyed competition and speed, whether it was a fast car, a Thoroughbred, or even a footrace. He was a star athlete in track and field at the University of Washington, when he is said to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Past, Present, and Future

Did you know that the first Breeders’ Cup at Hollywood Park in 1984 drew a bigger crowd than the first Super Bowl at the Los Angeles Coliseum did in 1967? It’s true. When the Green Bay Packers of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: November Mares To Remember

The Paulick Report is pleased to present a special print edition for the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Ky. The PR Special, which was distributed on the Fasig-Tipton sales grounds this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Thoroughbreds Who Change Lives

We normally witness the power of the Thoroughbred charging down the stretch, but today we meet a group of ex-racehorses who reveal a much greater power. They’re affecting the lives of entire... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: The Thoroughbred as Athlete

Thoroughbreds were born to run, but that’s certainly not all they can do. Programs like CANTER California take runners off the track and teach them to use their athletic prowess in other ways.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: Riding a Fine Line

Being a jockey requires courage, racing intelligence, and a specific touch – among many other qualities. It’s a hazardous job with many peaks and valleys. As part of the fifth annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust: A Journey of Giving and Getting Back

Just a little over four years ago, Paulick Report co-founder Brad Cummings and I met in our Lexington, Ky., “office” – a neighborhood Panera Bread (with WiFi!) – to go over a number of details... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Navarro’s Tampa Bay Drug Violations Up to 300 Times Over Permitted Level

Three of the six Tampa Bay Downs medication violations cited in an Oct. 4 Consent Order against Jorge Navarro – recently crowned leading trainer at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park – were for overages of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Nothing Amusing About Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission

From the Can’t-Make-It-Up-Department: When Walter Remmert is not overseeing the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission as its third executive secretary in the past few years (his title may still be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lab: State Administration of Lasix Working in Kentucky

Since Kentucky regulators took over the administration of race-day Lasix in October of last year, scientists at the state’s official testing laboratory say the change in regulation appears to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...