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Investment in the Ownership Experience a Significant Issue

Stephen Koch is vice president of racing, stables and grounds for the Woodbine Entertainment Group, which this year is operating nine months of Thoroughbred racing at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: One Mile That Matters

In recent years, the influence of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile on the Breeders’ Cup and year-end championships is undeniable. In the last five years, winners of the Woodbine Mile have this resume:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Innovation, Opportunity Lie Up North

The challenges facing the horse racing industry have been particularly acute in Ontario in recent years. The future remains uncertain in some ways, but recent developments suggest things are looking... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

PR Special Keeneland Day 4: A New Style of Horsepower

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale marches on Thursday with the final group of Book 1 offerings. Here’s what you’ll find in today’s edition of the PR Special, being distributed on the sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland Day 3: Seeking Common Ground

The Keeneland September Yearling Sale heads into its third session Wednesday. Here’s what you’ll find in the latest edition of the PR Special, being distributed on the sales grounds: Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: The Toronto Racing Experience

High quality races, facilities, and hospitality are some of the things that make a racetrack an appealing destination.  But location is important, too. While it’s true that Woodbine Racetrack... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland Day 2: Sizing Up Freshman Sires

As the Keeneland September Yearling Sale resumes in Lexington Tuesday, the Paulick Report is pleased to present another print publication being distributed on the sales grounds. In this PR Special,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Keeneland Day 1: The Longest Journey

The world renowned Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets underway Monday in Lexington, Ky., and once again, the Paulick Report is pleased to present a series of special print editions to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for f... Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Canada’s Green Monster

Like a famous left field wall or ivy-covered outfield, the turf course at Woodbine Racetrack is a signature presence, one known around the world. With its unusual location outside of the “main... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Woodbine Diaries: Let’s Go North of the Border, Eh?

The Paulick Report has headed due north for the late summer, making a trek to Toronto to find out what makes Woodbine Racetrack a unique racing destination in North America. In the coming days,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Durkin’s Last Call: A Storyteller Who Will Be Missed

When NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin hangs up his microphone on Sunday, it will be the end of an era for many race fans. So much has been written in tribute to the announcer’s 43-year career that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Court Battle Sullies Feel-Good Story of Rescue Racehorse, Magna Fortuna

What began as the well-publicized story of a miracle foal that made it to the winner’s circle in support of responsible ownership has turned swiftly into a cautionary tale featuring court... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing Needs Owners Like Rome, Who Can Handle the Ride

Have seen a lot of people come and go in the horse business, especially among the ranks of owners. Too many have gone, and that’s one of the industry’s major problems today, for the shortage of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Pool Manipulation? Suspicious Betting Spotted in Thistledown Race

Was Sunday’s fifth race at Thistledown racetrack in Ohio a textbook case of how to beat the bookie? That’s what one Paulick Report reader thinks, and the evidence is pretty compelling. Missjeanlouise... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Duchossois: Cooperation, Consolidation Is the Way Forward for Racing

At 92, you’d think Richard Duchossois would take time to enjoy the finer things in life. That’s not his style. Instead, the man known around the racetrack as Mr. D is often the first one in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Bad Link: TOBA’s Sales Integrity Program and Dr. Berman’s Love Quiz

What do car rentals in Mexico, Bob stroller accessories and Dr. Berman’s Love Quiz have to do with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association bringing new owners into horse racing? Good... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Where’s the Reasonable Dialogue on Race Day Medication?

We live in an increasingly polarized world. Red State/Blue State. Pro-Choice/Pro-Life. Fox News/MSNBC. In horseracing, it’s been repeated many times that Lasix is our “abortion issue.” You’re either... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: Is Sales Market Optimism Justified?

The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, off to a strong start Monday, continues Tuesday at the sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The Paulick Report is pleased to present a second print edition being... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special Saratoga: Do’s and Don’ts of Horse Shopping

The Paulick Report offers another informative print publication for the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, taking place Monday and Tuesday evenings in Saratoga Springs, NY. In Monday’s edition,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Rocky Transition for New Drug Rules in West Virginia

West Virginia horseracing’s transition to new medication rules has not gone smoothly. Since the so-called Mid-Atlantic Uniform Medication and Testing Program went into effect on July 9, dozens of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The View From Belterra Park: Bright Future Ahead?

It’s been two and a half months since Cincinnati’s old River Downs reopened as Belterra Park, a shiny new racing and gaming venue that shares its name with the Belterra casino in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

EquiLottery: An Open Letter to the Industry

Dear industry stakeholders, fans and observers, By now, you have probably heard about the launch of EquiLottery, The Greatest Two Dollars in Sports. We have received coverage from every major... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Something Rotten in Louisiana? HBPA President Loses Authority in ‘Power Move’

“Usually, if it stinks it’s rotten.” Those were the words of Benard Chatters, who was elected president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association in April but had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

OBS on the Rise: Record-Breaking Sales Season ‘Very Satisfying’

It was a very successful 2-year-old selling season in 2013 for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company. Records were set across the board at the Florida auction company’s March, April and June sales of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Despite Differences, Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Will Shine

What took so long? That’s the only question I had after watching the video presentation and seeing the plans for a first-ever “homecoming” Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in 2015. I’ve made no secret of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity for Racing? Well, Almost

California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn did not embarrass the sport of racing with his poor display of sportsmanship on national television following the Belmont Stakes. He embarrassed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Princess’ Team Shows How to Lose With Dignity

Steve Coburn taught the public a lesson that many turf writers learn within their first year on the job: when dealing with connections after a loss, expect the unexpected. Coburn’s version of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Chrome’s Bid for Greatness Will Have To Wait

Trainer Art Sherman was right earlier this year when he said California Chrome was a “very good” but not a “great” horse. With the benefit of hindsight, it took a very good horse to do what he did:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

50 Belmonts in a Row: ‘Marking Time of My Life’

The potential of a Triple Crown is exciting for all racing fans, but for some, the Belmont Stakes is something more. For Brad Telias, this will be his 50th consecutive Belmont Stakes.  Telias has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Through the Eyes of a Newcomer: Triple Crown Fever

This week, we debut a series that shares insights from the perspective of someone who is just learning the sport of horse racing. Bill Rawlings is a relative newcomer to the game and will be touring... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Price of ‘Chrome’: A Triple Crown Winner’s Worth?

As the racing world anxiously awaits California Chrome’s bid for history in the Belmont Stakes, stallion farms are punching calculators to figure out what a Triple Crown winner might be worth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Real Sports’ Segment a Disturbing Look at Racing’s Drug Culture

Whether you thought it was an agenda-driven “hit piece” or a sensationalized reflection of a troubled industry, the “HBO Real Sports” investigation of drugs and equine fatalities in Thoroughbred... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Next Question? Intense Media for California Chrome, Preakness Challengers

While almost nothing in racing is a certainty, it’s pretty much a lock that the Kentucky Derby winner’s connections will be swarmed with media attention in the days leading up to the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Who’s On Deck When Durkin Steps Down?

There is no “replacing” Tom Durkin. The longtime New York Racing Association race caller has no equal. Period. His calls of the Breeders’ Cup, beginning with the 1984 inaugural running at Hollywood... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Stewards Investigate Race Ride, Barn of Churchill Maiden Winner

California Chrome wasn’t the only California-bred to make an impression at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May. Seven hours before the Kentucky Derby, trainer A. C. Avila sent a 4-year-old... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Moser Wins First Derby Dollars Contest With Wager on Commanding Curve

West Point Thoroughbreds, in association with the Paulick Report and 123Racing, would like to congratulate the winner of the 2014 Derby Dollars Contest: Ron Moser of Manchester, Md. Moser finished... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

One Expensive Bucket: Budgeting a Kentucky Derby Trip

The Kentucky Derby is on many a bucket list, but it’s right up there with the Super Bowl when it comes to expensive sporting events. Between tickets, parking, hotel, food, souvenirs, and of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Jockey Club ‘Pledge’ on Vet Records Fails to Inspire

Nice try. Jockey Club chairman Ogden Mills Phipps attempted to pressure Thoroughbred owners and trainers to join him in signing a pledge to voluntarily disclose 14 days worth of veterinary records on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘Big Board’ Wows Fans on Churchill’s Opening Night

The $12 million investment had its critics, but there’s little argument that Churchill Downs’ monstrous new video board is a stunner. For the nearly 25,000 fans on hand for the ‘Big... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...