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Empire State: An Intriguing History Of The New York Thoroughbred

The Paulick Report is headed to New York this summer, as we launch a new series about the Thoroughbred industry in the Empire State. We’ll be delving into recent developments that have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Wesley Ward On Royal Ascot: ‘You’ve Got To Bring Your Best’

Trainer Wesley Ward had a topsy-turvy week at Royal Ascot in England. On Wednesday he sent out the Scat Daddy filly Acapulco – a $750,000 purchase from the McKathan Brothers consignment at the OBS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

An Unlikely Ally? Getting To Know The Humane Society Of The United States

The announcement last month that the Jockey Club and Breeders’ Cup would join forces with the Humane Society of the United States to back a federal anti-doping bill was a surprise to some in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘If You Came For The Horses, It’s A Great Time To Be Alive’

I believe there are two things that bring people through the gates of a racetrack for the first time: horses, or people. If you came for the horses, it’s a great time to be alive. At American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Protecting A Legend: Insurance Costs Behind A Triple Crown Winner

As American Pharoah rests in his stall at Churchill Downs, recovering from his Triple Crown victory, his connections will be mapping out the horse’s next moves. Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Ahmed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mitchell To Retire As General Manager Of Juddmonte Farms

Philip Mitchell will step down from his post as general manager of Juddmonte Farms later this year. He will spend the next six months working closely with his team at Juddmonte to ensure a smooth... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

When The Cheaters Get It Wrong: Cobalt Latest In A List Of Misestimations

The horse is a complex creature; so complex that even to those looking to give him a chemical boost, he can remain a mystery. Last week’s meeting of the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council focused... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Change Needed In New York’s Drug Testing Policy

The New York State Gaming Commission was none too happy with a Natalie Voss article published in the Paulick Report earlier this year calling into question the state’s drug testing program under Dr.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside the North American Racing Academy: Final Exams

Early May brings with it warm breezes across the gallop field at the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. The grass has grown so long that North American Racing Academy executive director Remi... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

‘Triple Frown’: Derby Dreamers Who Woke Up Before The Preakness

As racing turns its eyes from Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course, the annual speculation begins anew—will the winner of the roses pick up the Black-Eyed Susans and carry on fresh hopes of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Recap, Belmont Cap, Whip Controversy?

The 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby is in the books, and the horse everyone was talking about before the race got the job done. It’s the third consecutive year the post-time favorite has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Oaks, Derby Victors Show How To Win With Class

There is something to be said for winning with class. That characteristic was shown in spades on Friday when Lovely Maria gave former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones his third victory in the Kentucky... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby 141 Edition

Based upon the early returns at Churchill Downs, there’s a chance this year’s Kentucky Derby will break another attendance record. And with good reason. The weather forecast is great,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Juleps, Show Bets, And Heels: Kentucky Derby Do’s And Don’ts

Churchill Downs has a couple of new rules for Kentucky Derby 141 that reflect the changing times, including bans on selfie sticks and remote controlled aircraft. But aside from the official list of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Kentucky Derby PR Special: Derby Numbers, Spelling Errors, And Longshots

With all of the anticipation around this year’s talented Kentucky Derby field, the annual Derby Trainers’ Dinner did not disappoint. Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas, Todd Pletcher, Mike de Kock, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: What’s The Story With This Kentucky Derby?

We only need to look back one year to reaffirm that Kentucky Derby lore is filled with rich storylines, following the compelling journey of California Chome through last year’s Triple Crown... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: OBS April Sale Day 1

The Paulick Report is pleased to once again offer a special print publication for the OBS April Sale of Two Year Olds in Training in Ocala, Fla.. The PR Special will be distributed on the sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website fo... Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Conquering The Butterflies

As the gallop field at the back of the Thoroughbred Center brightens from brown to green, students in the North American Racing Academy’s introductory Racehorse Riding Skills class are also coming to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Angles And Memories, A Letter From Afar

With the Kentucky Derby just two short weeks away and the field almost set, it’s time to think about how to dissect what appears to be one of the stronger fields in recent memory. Speaking of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Mott Goes To The Mat For Assistant Denied Immigration Visa

A U.S. District Court judge handed down a decision last week in a case brought by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott against government officials related to an employee’s visa denial. Judge Reggie Walton... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: On Derby Points, Speed Figures, And Stronach’s Vision

Saturday’s the final opportunity for Kentucky Derby contenders to grab points they might need to get into this year’s field of 20. In this third year of the Road to the Kentucky Derby... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Slumps, Speed, And Perfection: Challenges Loom For Derby Contenders

Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Florida Derby winner Materiality don’t know that only seven of 24 horses who came to the Kentucky Derby with perfect records left Churchill Downs still unbeaten.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Malaise, Royal Dissension?

The 141st Run for the Roses should be a lot clearer after this weekend, which features three of the final four major prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. It’s a last chance to gauge... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Testing Times

The mood in the Thoroughbred Center’s Barn 30, like in many college libraries and coffee shops in mid-March, is decidedly more anxious than usual. It’s the second day of midterms for the nine... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

RMTC: Cobalt Data Analysis Has Been Problematic

The following is a response to a column by Ray Paulick earlier this week concerning the approval of a threshold level for cobalt by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium: The Paulick Report... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derbies And Rainbows, On The Scene At Gulfstream

It’s one of the biggest weekends on the racing calendar, featuring the Florida Derby, the Louisiana Derby, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup, where Horse of the Year California Chrome is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

‘Strongest Sale In Years’: Expansion Works For OBS March

Several factors contributed to the strength of the 2-year-old market at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s expanded March auction in Ocala, Fla., last week. First and foremost, there was a deep pool of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: A Surprising Derby Trend, And Some Weight With That Lasix?

The battle over race-day medication in U.S. horse racing may go dormant from time to time, but the forces pushing for change continue to work towards their goal — despite resistance from many... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Warm Ups And Cool Downs

Piloting 1,200 pounds of fire-breathing horseflesh takes more than a gentle hand and good instincts—it requires an athlete. Jockeys are recognized, pound for pound, as some of the strongest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day 2: A Sales Legend, Speightstown, And Itsmyluckyday

The OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training resumes Wednesday in Ocala, Fla., and the Paulick Report is once again on-site to distribute a special print publication for sale-goers, also available... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

PR Special OBS March Day 1: Injury Rates For Sale-Prepped Juveniles?

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer its special print edition on the grounds during this week’s OBS March Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training in Ocala, Fla. In today’s edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Derby Talk And Synthetic Moves

We’re fast approaching the most important prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. This weekend features the 2015 debut of American Pharoah, the colt that could go favored on the first... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

New York’s Drug Testing Program Has Its Own ‘Style’

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Attorney Drew Mollica repeated the phrase, utterly mystified a few days after his client, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was handed a fine and suspension for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Story Updates: Vazquez Back In Action; Morales Lands In Louisiana

Updates on some stories from the recent past. – Trainer Juan Vazquez is back in business, though not in Maryland, where he was told by Maryland Jockey Club officials last month he is no longer... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: No Heavy Lifting Required?

Welcome back to The Friday Show, the Paulick Report’s look at leading stories of the week in the racing and Thoroughbred industries, plus some items you may have missed. In this week’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: One Tough Ticket Or Ray’s Couch?

For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, the Jockey Club is expected to announce today... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Big Problems: Future Seems Bleak For Racing In Texas

I’m not the only one who let my imagination run wild in 1987 when the Texas legislature authorized a state-wide referendum to bring pari-mutuel racing back to the Lone Star state. After all, this was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

States Should Follow California’s Crackdown On ‘Program Trainers’

The California Horse Racing Board took an important step last week to try and clean up the scourge of the “program” or “paper” trainer. By definition, a program trainer is the person whose name is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Mergers, Acquisitions, And Rail Positions

It was an eventful week in the horse racing industry, specifically with respect to how it is covered on television. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick delve into the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...

Giving Back: Racing Industry Comes Together For Horse-Crazy Girls

When Jim Mulvihill, director of media and industry relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, went through his mail at his Lexington office in late January, he had a somewhat atypical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my webs... Read More...

The $2,500 Derby Dollars Contest Returns: It’s Free To Play, Sign Up Now

The Derby Dollars Contest is back! For the second consecutive year, West Point Thoroughbreds, the Gold Standard in Racing Partnerships, and 123bet.com, home to the daily competitive 123racing Pick6... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Two And A Half Years Later, Still No Action Against Vets In Louisiana Dermorphin Cases

“I should have been a vet.” That’s what Louisiana trainer Anthony Agilar said in 2012 when he received a three-year suspension from the Louisiana State Racing Commission after two of his horses... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: Chrome Vs Belief, Geldings, And Whips In The Hand

Every Friday is different, and this one is a doozy. Not only is it Friday the 13th, but it’s also Valentine’s Day eve; plus, today kicks off a long weekend of racing that includes a pair... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Racing At Every Convenience Store: Cummings’ EquiLottery Bid Takes Stage In Kentucky

Like Robert F. Kennedy and George Bernard Shaw before him, Brad Cummings is one of those people who doesn’t see things and ask “Why?” but dreams of things and asks “Why not?” I got to know Cummings... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Shared Belief, California Chrome Give Racing A Moment To Savor

There are no guarantees in life and certainly none in horse racing. A quarter century ago, two tremendously-talented horses – Sunday Silence and Easy Goer – blazed their way through the 1989 Triple... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

The Friday Show: ‘Turf Love’ And The Showdown At Santa Anita

The Paulick Report is pleased to introduce The Friday Show, our version of TGIF. To end each week, we’ll give further insight into top stories, industry developments and big races, as well as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

A Moving Target? Understanding the RMTC’s Progress

Since its 2001 foundation, the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has made strides toward its goals of a nationally uniform set of medication rules and rigorous state drug testing lab... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for fu... Read More...

Experimental Free Handicap Carries Less Weight Than It Used To

There was a time when the publication of weights on the Experimental Free Handicap was a big deal. Owners and breeders pumped up their chests with pride after seeing their horse listed as among the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...