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More Comes to Light in California Trainer Suspension Case

Some details were left out of last month’s California Horse Racing Board “enforcement update,” which explained why trainer Genaro Vallejo received only a 90-day suspension (with 60 days stayed if... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup or Bust Returns, Will Focus on Equine and Jockey Care

With the Breeders’ Cup celebrating its 30th running this year Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., the Paulick Report’s fifth annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraiser to benefit... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Navarro Suspension: Let’s Make a Deal?

In a previous life, Leon Biegalski must have been Monty Hall, host of the popular 1960s TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” Or maybe he was Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith Show.” He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Travers Investigation: A Job Well Done

I praise racing commissions about as often as I play Frisbee with manhole covers, but the New York State Gaming Commission deserves credit for the manner in which it conducted the investigation into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Pony Up: It’s Not Your Father’s Daily Racing Form

Not long after I began working in the Los Angeles office of Daily Racing Form in the early 1980s I paid a visit to my parents, who at the time were living near Seattle. They weren’t horse racing fans... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sikura: Restitution ‘Necessary and Justified’ for Ontario Breeders

R. Glenn Sikura owns and operates Hill ‘N’ Dale Canada, a perennial leading consignor in Toronto representing many Canadian clients selling in the U.S.  The farm has a small racing stable... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Texas-Sized Hole in the Betting Landscape

Anyone who’s driven through Texas knows it’s a huge state – roughly 800 miles from east to west and the same distance from north to south. Any horseplayer in Texas who wants to make a legal wager... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Thoroughbred Owner Vincent Viola to Buy NHL Team

According to several reports, a client of West Point Thoroughbreds is set to become the new owner of the Florida Panthers National Hockey League franchise. New York financier Vincent Viola will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Nagle: An Open Letter to Tampa Bay Downs

When I visited Tampa Bay Downs last March, owners and trainers I spoke with were up in arms over the lack of action by track management against trainer Jane Cibelli, whose veterinarian, Dr. Orlando... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

TV Time: Does Racing Make Best Use of It?

In one sense, horse racing’s television presence has never had better continuity. After years of the major events rotating networks, racing’s high-profile properties are finally under one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

California Justice: 30 Days for Class 1 Violation?

Seventeen months after the horse Red Dwarf won a maiden claiming race at Golden Gate Fields in California with the prohibited drug zilpaterol in his system, his trainer, Genaro O. Vallejo, has been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Hot Start Changes Dynamics at Keeneland September

There are lots of ways to analyze a horse sale. Comparisons to the previous year, using standard numbers like gross revenue, average price, median, etc. You can ask the loan officer of a bank that’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New Stonewall Owner Has Passion for Horse Business

Jose Luis Espinoza, the new owner of a horse farm in Midway, Ky., renamed Stonewall Dominion – formerly Stonewall Farm under the ownership of Richard and Audrey Haisfield and before that as E.K.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing Ideas Flow More Like A Trickle

Was going through my morning Twitter feed (feel free to follow me at @raypaulick) when I came across this gem from the folks at @Mental_Floss: “Why do our best ideas come to us in the shower?” While... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Letter to NYRA: Time to Maximize Revenue

As the New York Racing Association continues its latest transition under new president and CEO Chris Kay, discussion has focused on the need for NYRA to increase revenues and cut expenses as it works... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘Trying to Help the Horse’ — Even If It Breaks the Rules

Last Wednesday afternoon at Penn National near Harrisburg, Pa., Trish Rogers, the wife and assistant trainer to J. Michael Rogers, wanted to help a horse in their barn named Strong Resolve deal with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Ex-Racehorses Find New ‘Mounts’ With Chicago Police

Retired Thoroughbred racehorses are trained for a variety of second jobs after their careers at the track are over. Not many, though, find themselves crime fighters and peace officers on the streets... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

‘Saratoga of the Midwest’: The Arlington Experience

Some racetrackers like to call Arlington Park in the suburbs of Chicago, the Saratoga of the Midwest. While the two tracks are very different in terms of age, they do share a fun atmosphere appealing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

‘The Fugitive’ and Other Trainer Suspension Stories

Remember “The Fugitive,” that 1960s TV series later turned into a movie starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, the “innocent victim of blind justice” falsely convicted in the murder of his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

I, Robot: The Future of Horse Race Wagering?

For nearly as long as computers have existed, professional gamblers of all kinds have used them to seek an edge. As far back as the early 1980s, computer betting outfits operated in the shadows,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Fantasy ‘Capping: Play Against Ray… If You Dare!

It’s not a fair contest. A former Daily Racing Form handicapper with decades of experience, knowledge, and unmatched insight into horse racing taking on amateurs who probably think an exacta box is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Paulick Report Adds New Forum for Horseplayers

Horseplayers Corner, a public forum focused around our sport’s most important constituency group, makes its debut on the Paulick Report website this week. The goal of Horseplayers Corner is to build... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Down at Old (And New) Del Mar

I’ve been coming to Del Mar for more than 30 years, and while it lacks the racing traditions of its East Coast counterpart in Saratoga, the seaside track provides an invigorating experience... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Suffolk Downs, Connections Do ‘The Right Thing’ for 7-Year-Old Gelding

At the other end of the spectrum from the deceased Monzante – winner of the 2008 Eddie Read Handicap who died Saturday in a $4,000 claiming race at Evangeline Downs – is a 7-year-old gelding named... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Suffolk Downs, Connections Do ‘The Right Thing’ for 7-Year-Old Gelding

At the other end of the spectrum from the deceased Monzante – winner of the 2008 Eddie Read Handicap who died Saturday in a $4,000 claiming race at Evangeline Downs – is a 7-year-old gelding named... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Investigation, Petitions Surround Death of Monzante

The death of former Grade 1 winner, Monzante, in a $4,000 claiming race at Evangeline Downs Saturday has galvanized race fans and prompted an investigation by the Louisiana Racing Commission. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

The Bad Beat of a Lifetime: $488,000 Jackpot Disappears

In the annals of bad beats at the racetrack, what happened Saturday at Louisiana Downs has to go down as one of the worst ever. Heading into the final race on the card, the will pays posted on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for... Read More...

Same Time Next Year: A View of Saratoga’s Opening Day

Jeff Deitz, a psychiatrist in Connecticut and New York, has written about sports and personal psychology for the New York Times and contributed to the Times’ horse racing blog, The Rail.  Deitz... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Sixteen Years Later, Colonial Downs Still Fighting for the Lead

It’s 6:10 p.m. on Saturday at Colonial Downs, two hours before the post time of the track’s biggest race of the year, and from inside the press box you can tell there’s a crowd outside. Even when the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Photographic Memory for Winningest Jockey

For as long as I’ve been going to the races I’ve heard grumbling from horseplayers that photo finishes are somehow “doctored” to get a desired result. Tracks used to post... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horsemen, Horseplayers Suffer in South Florida Battle

There is an old Kenyan expression that when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. If Churchill Downs and the Stronach Group – owners of two South Florida tracks currently waging war with one... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lasix Hot-Button Issue in Breeders’ Cup Election

The election process for five seats on the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors begins Friday, and in the wake of the controversial decision in March to change direction on medication policy it will be a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Series Reveals Reality of Drug Wars in Racing

Congratulations are in order to the Thoroughbred Daily News and contributing writers Ryan Goldberg, Bill Finley, and Lucas Marquardt for the six-part series on drugs in horse racing that just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for ... Read More...

Putting California Sudden Death Numbers in Perspective

At the April 11 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioner Bo Derek, chairman of the regulatory agency’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, in reviewing the sudden deaths of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Parlaying the Triple Crown: Time for a Change?

As usual the week after the Belmont Stakes, I’m suffering from Triple Crown Letdown. I always enjoy the time of year when our sport is most in the mainstream spotlight. Friends and family tune... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Controversy in Florida Over Clenbuterol Positives

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is at war with the state’s regulatory body, the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, over what FHBPA executive director Kent Stirling said... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Palace Malice, Persistence Make ‘Great Moment’ for Campbell

Pete Vuckovich will never make the Baseball Hall of Fame for what he did on the playing field: 93 wins, 69 losses, a career earned run average of 3.66. But he’s already in the sports cliché Hall of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lamoreaux: Belmont Cause for Celebration, Not Despair

The theories abound, they are limitless really, of the failure for the 35th year in a row to have a Triple Crown winner.  They’re breeding for speed now — not endurance; the series has too... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

$2.1 Million Mare at Center of Lawsuit Over Sale

A pregnant mare who sold for $2.1 million at the 2011 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale is at the center of a dispute over whether her owners and consignor were aware that she may have had... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Horseplayers Irate Over New Massachusetts Gambling Tax

Between takeout and taxes, it’s hard enough to beat this game. As horseplayers, we certainly don’t need states sticking their hands deeper into the till – so deep that we are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Nice Ballcap, Mr. Speaker

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner is on board the Orb bandwagon despite the Malibu Moon colt’s loss in the Preakness Stakes. Boehner was photographed wearing an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing ‘Ideas Man’, CNET Founder Halsey Minor Files Bankruptcy

Yes, I’ll go ahead and admit to what someone said on Twitter after news broke that Internet entrepreneur and horse racing enthusiast Halsey Minor had filed for Chapter 7 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Gulfstream-Calder Deal in the Works?

Rumors have been floating around for weeks that the Stronach Group, owner of Gulfstream Park racetrack and casino, may be purchasing rival Calder, the racetrack and casino owned by Churchill Downs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Vet Caught Injecting Cibelli Horse Suspended 90 Days, Agrees to Cooperate

The veterinarian who injected a Jane Cibelli-trained horse on the day it was to race at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 27 has been suspended 90 days as a result of a stipulated agreement with the state of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Are California Horsemen Obsessed With Lasix?

How important is Lasix to Thoroughbred owners and trainers in California? Important enough for the board of directors of the Thoroughbred Owners of California to say “no thanks” to a 2014 Breeders’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Flying Orb: Hope, Disappointment, and the Triple Crown

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Preakness, Orb seemed to morph from Kentucky Derby winner into a mythical creature with wings. In the eyes of many, he would fly past the Preakness field... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

At 77, Lukas Still Running Them and Still Winning

D. Wayne Lukas didn’t get 14 Triple Crown race victories by sitting on the sidelines. He’s always believed in running his horses, sometimes to a fault. That’s how he racked up all those money titles... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stevens, Oxbow Go Wire to Wire, Upset Preakness

There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2013. Under 50-year-old jockey Gary Stevens, Oxbow led the 138th running of Saturday’s $1-million Preakness Stakes throughout and defeated Itsmyluckyday... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Big Muddy: Fair Grounds Turf Course ‘Broken’

The Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is asking the Louisiana Racing Commission to conduct a review of the turf course at Fair Grounds racecourse in New Orleans, following a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Claiming Rule Still Needs Revision

After months of delay it’s good to see New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finally appointing members to the New York State Gaming Commission created last year to replace the now dissolved State Racing and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...