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Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Hall of Fame Power

As is usually the case with this race, the 2014 edition of the Delta Downs Jackpot is shaping up to be a highly competitive affair featuring 10 promising juveniles. In addition, several of this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Stewards’ Rulings: Time for a Change in Racing’s Officiating System?

I think most reasonable people will agree that stewards made the wrong call in last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic by not disqualifying the front-running winner Bayern for the incident at the start... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Shared Belief Overcomes a Double-Team to Remain Undefeated

Michael Compton | 3 months ago
Despite losing ground on both turns, Shared Belief collared Fed Biz in the stretch and fought to an impresssive win in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. It would be difficult to imagine a wider trip for the odds-on favorite. With Victor Espinoza aboard the Bob Baffert-trained Sky Kingdom floating Mike Smith and Shared […](Read more...) Read More...

Shared Belief Remains Undefeated With Pacific Classic Win

Michael Compton | 4 months ago
Shared Belief defeats older in Pacific Classic to remain undefeated for Jim Rome's Jungle Racing and partners.(Read more...) Read More...

An Enterprising Opening at Del Mar

You never know what you’re going to see at Del Mar racetrack on opening day, and if you’ve ever been there you know exactly what I mean. But I’m not going to talk about fashion statements or the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Midnight Hawk Best in Sham Stakes

Michael Compton | 11 months ago
Midnight Hawk stamped himself as a leading contender for the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in winning Saturday’s Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. With two scratches out of the Sham, the field was reduced to four and 2-1 second choice Kristo, with Rafael Bejarano up, was sent to the lead going into the first turn, [...](Read 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...

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...

‘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...

Mizdirection Picks Up Where She Left Off

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Mizdirection and Mike Smith picked up where they left off, winning the Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes on Sunday at Santa Anita. Mizdirection burst through a rainbow that touched down near the top of the hillside turf course and bested front-running Kindle and... Read More...

Executiveprivilege, How Will She Rebound in Starlet?

It’s much easier to deal with the rigors of sports and competition when all is good, but a true competitor or athlete shows the ability to rebound after defeat. The Bob Baffert trained filly Executiveprivilege will take to the track in unfamiliar territory on Saturday,... Read More...

Game On Dude Rebounds With Win in Native Diver

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Game On Dude rebounded from a poor performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3, winning the $242,500 Native Diver Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. The 10th lifetime victory for the 3-10 favorite did not come easy. The 5-year-old Awesome... Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Report Day One: Shared Spotlight

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Six different jockeys, trainers and owners shared the Breeders’ Cup spotlight in front of nearly 35,000 fans at Santa Anita Park on Friday. Total common-pool handle for Friday’s 10-race card was $47,586,765 vs. $50,053,505 bet last year on Cham... Read More...

Royal Delta Regains Best Stride in Beldame

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Royal Delta left little doubt who was best in the Beldame Invitational (G1) during Super Saturday at Belmont Park. Taking command on the turn and opening up through the stretch under a hand ride, odds-on favorite Royal Delta cruised to a dominating 9 Read More...

Royal Delta Refuses to Lose in Delaware Handicap

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Royal Delta dug in to notch a gutsy victory over long shot Tiz Miz Sue in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday. Besilu Stable’s Royal Delta, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic last year, earned her spot in the same... Read More...

Mucho Macho Man Too Strong for Suburban Foes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Popular Florida-bred Mucho Macho Man impressively dispatched a competitive field in Saturday’s Suburban Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park under new rider Mike Smith. Mucho Macho Man, a leader in the handicap division, broke smartly but settled in second ... Read More...

I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister Clash Again in Preakness

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister, the top two finishers in the Kentucky Derby (G1) just two weeks ago, headline an 11-horse field in today’s Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. The last time they met, Bodemeister set one of the f... Read More...

Mamma Kimbo Headlines Black Eyed Susan Stakes

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Mamma Kimbo, impressive winner of the Fantasy Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park last time out, tops Friday’s 88th running of the $300,000 Black Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. Listed as the 7-5 morning line favorite, Mamma Kimbo is unbeaten in her two career... Read More...

Mike Smith to Stick with Bodemeister in Kentucky Derby

Jockey Garrett Gomez will ride Daddy Nose Best  in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, agent Tony Matos said Sunday, according to Santa Anita Publicity, and not surprisingly, Mike Smith will stick with Bodemeister. That breaking news shortly before noon free... Read More...

Mamma Kimbo Wires Fantasy Foes

Peachtree’s Stable’s Mamma Kimbo likely stamped her ticket to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) with a wire-to-wire score in Wednesday’s Fantasy Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Discreet Cat won her debut at Santa Anita in impressive ... Read More...

Big ‘Cap Draw Has ‘Luck’ Feel

Photo of John Ortiz and Julio Canani courtesy of Santa Anita Park/Benoit photo Actor John Ortiz from HBO’s “Luck” participated in Wednesday’s Santa Anita Handicap draw. Julio Canani, left, trainer of Big ‘Cap starter Holla... Read More...

Amazombie Set for San Carlos Stakes

Benoit photo The Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner begins his trek to another title against five foes on Saturday at Santa Anita Amazombie, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and Eclipse Award champion, is slated to make his seasonal bow on Saturday... Read More...