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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...

Ireland: Hay, Oats and…Say What?

I was stunned upon hearing the recent news out of Ireland that a former Department of Agriculture veterinary inspector – the brother of a well-known trainer – pleaded guilty to five counts of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

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...