It's been nearly two and a half years since Brad Cummings and I started this little website called the Paulick Report and neither one of us really knew what kind of reception we would get from readers and the racing and breeding industry's advertising community. We had a low budget but high hopes that we could become a destination where a cross-section of Thoroughbred industry professionals, investors, and enthusiasts would come to get the latest news, analysis and opinion from around the racing world and share their point of view with others.
We didn't anticipate the world economic crisis that exploded less than three months after our launch or the serious downturn that has seen foal crops decline, racing dates cut, and pari-mutuel handle plummet to its lowest point in more than a decade. But lo and behold, we're still alive and kickin'. In fact, we have sustained steady growth since our June 2008 debut and are the fastest-growing website in the Thoroughbred business. We thank our readers and advertisers for their support and encouragement to cover the industry with clarity, independence, and a critical eye.
One thing that has not changed – at least until now — is our basic design. Your loyalty has shown us that good content can overcome mundane web architecture. We have been contemplating a site upgrade for some time, but it was not until we teamed up with Nashville-based Digome that we found the right partner to help take us to the next level and better serve you.
For your ease, we are organizing our news in the following sections: The Biz, People, Racing, and Bloodstock. My articles and opinion pieces will be found a section called “Ray's Paddock.” And anyone that has a question about the industry or wants my perspective on a subject can go to the “Ask Ray” page and … well … Ask Ray,.
We also encourage you to sign up for a Paulick Report account at the top of the new page. We won't ask too many personal details, we promise! This will allow you to be able to take part in the previously mentioned Ask Ray section as well as participate in contests and other offerings we will be bringing to the Paulick Report community.
One of the things we've done since our inception was feature the voices of independent bloggers covering racing or breeding from a different perspective, and we are going to continue to do so with our “Best of the Blogs” in the Blogs section. In the same section, we will be featuring Inside The Paulick Report which will keep you up to date on the latest happenings and new developments in the world of the Paulick Report.
And your favorite weekly features (The Weekender Pedigree, The Paulick Report Forum, American Graded Stakes Standings, Good News Friday and Weekend Stakes: Where to Watch) will now have a permanent home in our Features tab, where you can easily find archived articles as well as the latest offerings.
Additionally, we will soon be introducing Graded Stakes videos along with independently produced videos and interviews from around the world. And every story on the Paulick Report can now be sent to your friends and colleagues by email, Facebook and Twitter. Look for the tabs towards the top of each story.
I'm sure we'll have some hiccups along the way. That happens with nearly any redesign, so please bear with us. And of course we want to hear from you. Please send any feedback on how we might improve the new site or those features you really enjoy by sending an email to [email protected].
Again, thanks for being part of our community. We got this far with you and we'll continue to get better because of you. So perhaps better put, thanks for BEING our community.
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