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‘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...

No Matter the Racing Surface, Safety Should Be the Focus

The California Horse Racing Board voted in 2006 to make synthetic or engineered racing surfaces mandatory at the state’s major tracks beginning in 2008. Its members did so with the belief that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

West Point Thoroughbreds, Paulick Report Launch $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest

West Point Thoroughbreds, the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships, is teaming up with the Paulick Report and 123Racing to bring horse racing enthusiasts a free handicapping challenge offering cash... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Rethinking Early Training for Thoroughbreds: Incorporating Natural Horsemanship

Even in Nashville, Tenn., there are certain places you just don’t expect to see cowboys, and the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners might normally be one of them.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Jockey Club: What Would We Do Without Them?

Things I thought I’d never say. “Where would the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry be today if it weren’t for The Jockey Club?” That thought occurred to me at the annual Jockeys’ Guild... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Jockey Club: What Would We Do Without Them?

Things I thought I’d never say. “Where would the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry be today if it weren’t for The Jockey Club?” That thought occurred to me at the annual Jockeys’ Guild... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing Idea Contest Leads to Thrilling Ownership Experience

Mike Caggiano was like a lot of other horseplayers, a guy with opinions, not only about who was going to win the next race but about how to improve horse racing and make it more popular. He cut his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Dust to Dust: Exhuming Native Diver From Hollywood Park

Following the closure of Hollywood Park, the only horse remaining in track’s walking ring is one who had been in the ground for 46 years. Native Diver, often heralded as the West Coast’s Kelso, was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Bill Targeting Equine Medical Director Dies Necessary Death

Received an email the other day from a service of California’s state government that tracks pending legislation. It said simply: “AB-1154: Horse racing: equine drug testing: equine medical director.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

McIngvale’s $7-Million Super Bowl Bet: Crazy Like a Fox

Horse owner and furniture salesman extraordinaire Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale was all over the news in the wake of the Seattle Seahawks’ trouncing of the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl – and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Moving On: Getting Back to Business at Tampa Bay Downs

This game can surprise you. It was just over four months ago that Thoroughbred owner Reid Nagle – who took out his trainer’s license in 2010 after leaving active management of a highly successful... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New TV Deal: Fox Series Should Benefit Racing

Getting FOX Sports involved with horse racing is a good thing. The last time this happened was 1999, when the National Thoroughbred Racing Association launched a five-race series on the network... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...