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‘The Kid’s Got It’: Teenage Jockey’s Agent Open for Business

Although he’s only had a few weeks’ practice, Chris Creel is already well indoctrinated into the racetrack schedule. He’s up early in the morning and headed out to the track or training centers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse of the Year: An Increasingly Harder Puzzle to Solve?

As Eclipse Award ballots go out in the mail today, it’s awfully hard to predict which way the 2014 Horse of the Year decision might go. In one of the most wide open races in memory, half a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Digital Influence: America’s Best Racing Makes Generational Connection

It’s been one of the questions brought up time and time again at so many “meetings of the minds” in Thoroughbred racing – how do we bring new fans into the sport and reverse the trend of losing more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: The Anti-Feminist Pioneer

One can hardly flip through the pages of racing (or, for that matter, U.S.) history books without finding the fingerprints of the du Pont family. The American branch of the family made its money in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Start of a Beautiful Friendship? Virginia Racing May Have New Voice

The seemingly endless battle between Colonial Downs and the Virginia horsemen made flat racing in the commonwealth appear all but dead in mid-October as the track threatened to close. After months of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Amoss: Fairness Takes Backseat in Indiana Medication Case

Trainer Tom Amoss submitted the following commentary in response to an article written by Joe Gorajec, executive director of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, and published in the Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Simon: California Chrome Has Earned Horse of the Year

I do not believe the Breeders’ Cup Classic should automatically decide Horse of the Year. Didn’t feel that way in 2010 when Blame beat Zenyatta by a head-bob, nor do I now. To this day I still have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York Horsemen’s Election: ‘Truthiness’ and the Truth

When it comes to the ongoing election for president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, there is “truth” and there is “truthiness.” The truthiness of the election, the agenda pushed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Time To Race

Horses that last raced at half a dozen different tracks will make up the field for Saturday’s Delta Downs Jackpot. Juveniles have shipped in from all over the country to take aim at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Pick 4 Score?

If you’re seeking a a great betting opportunity this weekend, look no further than Saturday’s card at Delta Downs. The track will host a special $200,000 guaranteed Pick 4 for races 4-7.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Hall of Fame Power

As is usually the case with this race, the 2014 edition of the Delta Downs Jackpot is shaping up to be a highly competitive affair featuring 10 promising juveniles. In addition, several of this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Lukas Leads the Charge

We’ve started counting the days until Saturday’s card featuring the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, which always seems to create momentum toward the following year’s Kentucky Derby.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Penn National Arrests: One Year Later

It’s been a year since three trainers and a clocker at Penn National racetrack in Grantville, Pa., were indicted on federal criminal charges in a wide-ranging investigation that remains active to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Law Firm Claims NYRA Owes Nearly $4 Million in Legal Fees

Like an old wound that won’t heal, the Getnick & Getnick law firm retained by prior management of the New York Racing Association as business integrity council went to U.S. Bankruptcy Court... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Stewards’ Rulings: Time for a Change in Racing’s Officiating System?

I think most reasonable people will agree that stewards made the wrong call in last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic by not disqualifying the front-running winner Bayern for the incident at the start... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Horse of the Year? It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

Who is Horse of the Year for 2014? That’s an easy one. No one, at least not yet. The year isn’t over. While many of the divisional titles in Eclipse Awards competition unquestionably were sewn up as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

McKinzie, Unick Had a Shared Belief in Creating $1 Million Bonus

There’s a lot on the line for morning-line favorite Shared Belief in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. For starters, there is the Candy Ride’s gelding’s perfect record of seven... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Love Being Number One’

When Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson succumbed to melanoma in April 2011, widow Barbara Banke had two choices: disperse the stock and sell his vineyards or soldier forward. Banke said for her, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: From the Classroom to Career

I knew it would be hard going, but I didn’t realize how hard. In the early fifties there was considerable prejudice against women going into what was considered “men’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Was a Woman in a Man’s World’

Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: Pens Mightier Than Swords

There may be places on the racetrack where women are still outnumbered, but the press box is no longer one of them. In fact, the glass-fronted rooms usually occupying a spot near the announcers’... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Caused a Sensation, I Know It’

In the process of researching our piece on important, early female owners from the pages of history, I came across a couple of owners who did not campaign influential horses but made international... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Report on Drug Testing Should Be Sobering Wake Up Call

“Unacceptable.” That’s how James Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, described the status quo for drug testing in American horse racing. Gagliano and others from The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: Wagner Forged Her Own Path in Handicapping World

When Judy Wagner first started making waves in the male-dominated arena of handicapping contests, she heard a few whispers. “Here comes the real handicapper now,” someone would say as her... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Frustration Builds Over Drug Testing Delays at LGC Lab

The two investigators for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission weren’t making a courtesy call last Thursday when they drove from Indianapolis to the LGC Science equine drug testing laboratory in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘Lovable Eccentrics’ and Other Early Pioneers

It’s not so uncommon these days to find women at the helm of a great horse’s breeding or racing career; in fact, there are now syndicates made up entirely of women. In the first part of the 20th... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Remembering the ‘Unconquerable, Invincible, Unbeatable’ Cigar

Thanks for the memories. I may have seen better horses than Cigar in my racing lifetime, but no horse took me to places like he did or allowed me to experience the range of emotions this game can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Women in Racing: The View From Here

Mid-week ahead of the Belmont Stakes, I looked up from vexing video production software and looked around the press room. Sea of dress shirts, clacking keyboards, two people debating about a baseball... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

What Next for O’Neill? Possibly a Lengthy Suspension in California

The New York State Gaming Commission suspension of Doug O’Neill set in motion steps that could have far-reaching implications beyond the stipulated settlement that was intended to sideline the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Menifee: Korea’s Sunday Silence

Though many American racing fans may remember him mostly as the big bay who finished second to Charismatic in the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Menifee is making a serious impact in the racing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Pope: Where’s the Game-Changing Innovation for Racing?

A few weeks ago, Apple presented its latest innovations, including a smart watch and a new way of paying for goods and services. In a short time, the company has literally changed the world with its... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Follow the Line: Popular Thoroughbred Sires in Sport Horses

When it comes to repurposing off-track Thoroughbreds for other equestrian sports, not all trainers and riders hold pedigree in equal credence. Some professionals say a horse’s conformation and way of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Lost Art: Marketing OTTBs by Pedigree Not So Black and White

At last week’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, buyers were wandering the sale grounds with catalogue books in hand, scouring the bold type for their next sprinter, miler, turf, or classic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

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...