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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...

Holding Churchill Downs Accountable for Fair Grounds Decline

This is the nightmare scenario for horse racing people when slot machines come to town. Bean counters in corporate offices begin to look at racing operations as an expense, a necessary evil that must... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

PR Special: Racing’s Communication ‘Triangle’

The Paulick Report continues its coverage at the OBS Spring sale with a second edition of the PR Special, a print publication distributed on the sales grounds in Ocala, Fla. In this edition, Ray... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Security Cameras in Derby Stalls Should Be a No-Brainer

A year ago, based on a suggestion from Craig Brogden of Machmer Hall, I wrote about security cameras that can record a horse’s activities 24 hours a day while he’s in his stall. Lots of horsemen are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS April: Stronach, Street Boss, and Florida’s New Sires

The Paulick Report is pleased to present special print editions to be distributed on the grounds of the OBS April sale beginning Monday. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray gives his take on the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Testing, Testing: How Strong Are Racing’s Drug Testing Programs?

When the state of Maryland released a call for proposals from laboratories interested in taking on the state’s post-race testing, Dr. Rick Sams, director of the HFL Sport Science Lab in central... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Like Golf’s ‘Masters,’ Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Could Be Iconic Tradition

There are more than a few comparisons that can be made between Augusta National Golf Club, which just held its 78th Masters Golf Tournament, and horse racing’s Keeneland Association, currently... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

National Handicapping Championship: At a Crossroads?

In this week’s season finale of the reality show, Horseplayers, on Esquire Network, viewers went behind the scenes of the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Dave Mason: On Music, Racing, and ‘Live at Belmont Park 1978′

Most fans of our sport know 1978 was the last year a horse won American racing’s Triple Crown. The rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar reached a dizzying crescendo on the afternoon of June 10, 1978,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lessons From SeaWorld: Perceptions Can Be a Killer

Horseracing has company. SeaWorld officials are under the microscope because of a film released in 2013 alleging cruelty to the orca whales that for decades have been entertaining tourists at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Remembering Hub Johnson: He Gave So Much to the Sport He Loved

I noticed as I drove to the Castle Post on Monday afternoon that the grass in central Kentucky is finally beginning to look green. Foals are frolicking in the fields at Calumet and, of course, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Gulfstream Park Diaries: Collmus and His Craft

The Paulick Report is on the scene in South Florida for Saturday’s Florida Derby, historically perhaps the most significant prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Between Gulfstream, the Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘I’d Throw the Guy Out’: Meadowlands’ Decisive Action Lacking in Thoroughbred Racing

On the afternoon of March 1, a horse van carrying three Standardbreds from a private training center entered to race that evening at Meadowlands racetrack pulled into a service area along the New... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Meadow: Horseplayers Face Even More Ominous Issues Than Takeout

This article is a sneak preview of the 6th Annual Track Ratings Industry Issue of Horseplayer Monthly e-magazine, to be released April 2nd.  To download the March edition of the e-magazine, free,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Derby Fever Strikes Again: $15 Million for an Allowance Winner?

Today is the day Ronald Sanchez said he’ll decide whether or not to sell Social Inclusion, the unbeaten 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile who carried his Rontos Racing Stable silks to a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Oaklawn Diaries: Who Will Take Charge This Year?

In recent times, Oaklawn Park’s Rebel Stakes has been a very good predictor of 3-year-old success. Last year’s winner, Will Take Charge, became 3-year-old champion, while runner-up Oxbow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Oaklawn Diaries: ‘The Holy Ghost’ and Other Racing Superstitions

Have any superstitions about the racetrack? Of course, many bettors, jockeys, horsemen and other racetrackers will tell you – don’t mess with the good side of luck and stay as far away... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Oaklawn Diaries: Tip Sheets a Colorful Biz

As the Kentucky Derby trail winds its way to Arkansas this weekend for the Rebel Stakes, Ray Paulick and Scott Jagow have made the journey to Oaklawn Park to share the unique experience of its annual... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Big ‘Cap Attracts Star Power Like the Old Days

When I moved to Southern California in 1979, the biggest day of the year on the local horse racing calendar was not the Santa Anita Derby or Hollywood Derby (which at that time was a dirt race in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Tale of Good News Friday

Five years ago I ran into a former colleague from Blood-Horse Publications who had found a calling in life that was higher than the study of pedigrees, racing results and Thoroughbred auction trends.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Dinkin on ‘Horseplayers’: We Do What They Do

Jerod Dinkin is a 36-year-old proud father of two that has spent twelve years as a Director of Real Estate expanding two Fortune 300 retail chains. The 2006 Canterbury Park Handicapper of the Year is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Controversial Calls: Stewards’ Rulings Need More Transparency, Accountability

Remember Game 3 of the 2013 World Series, the one that ended with an obstruction call, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox after it appeared the game would be going into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Rainbow 6 DQ: Character Attacks on Gulfstream Stewards, GM Deplorable

Gulfstream Park stewards on Saturday called an inquiry in the day’s final race, a 1 1/16-mile turf event for 3-year-olds carrying a $75,000 claiming price. It was a race that had the potential to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...