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Up And Up: A Closer Look At Rising Stud Fees For 2016

Stud fees are going up next year, especially at the top end of the bloodstock market. The increases are going to make profitability for Thoroughbred breeders that much more challenging. The Paulick Report looked at the 45 North American stallions … Continue reading

Optimism Abounds From Europe’s Japan Cup Hopefuls

At Friday night’s lavish Japan Cup welcome party, Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, hope sprang eternal among connections of the European entrants to the Group 1 fixture. Several attendees speculated that America’s The Pizza Man would have been a contender for top honors … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving From The Paulick Report

On this Thanksgiving Day, I’d like to take the opportunity to say a heartfelt “thank you” to our readers, advertising partners, the Paulick Report staff, contributing writers and photographers, and especially the men and women who, day in and day … Continue reading

Brewster: Asmussen ‘Cruelly And Unjustifiably Defamed’

It’s time to move on. Finally. Twenty months have passed since People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a sensational hidden-camera video that purported to portray Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen’s stable as a callous operation that treated horses … Continue reading

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Important Points

Everything appears to be going smoothly in preparation for Saturday’s $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, a race that features a field of 10 juveniles this year. They’re not only racing for the $600,000 winner’s share of the purse, but also … Continue reading

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Been There, Done That

There’s a certain skill to successfully stepping up a lightly raced 2-year-old into graded stakes company or to handling a young, green racehorse in the heat of battle. That’s why experience plays an important role in a race like the … Continue reading

Delta Downs Jackpot Daily Update: Early Derby Dreams

We’re pleased to once again have Delta Downs track announcer Don Stevens to guide us through the days leading up to Saturday’s marquee 2-year-old race, the Delta Downs Jackpot. The Grade 3, $1 million event anchors an 11-race card that … Continue reading

Time For A Change? Veterinarian’s List No Safe Harbor For Racehorses

On Jan. 27, 2015, six Thoroughbreds went to the post for the second race at Turf Paradise, but only five came back. Four-year-old Time for a J fractured the sesamoids in his left front leg and was euthanized on the … Continue reading

Commentary: Lasix Industry An Out-Of-Control Juggernaut

Now that the dust of American Pharoah’s Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year’s Breeders’ Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless debate over the pros and cons … Continue reading

Transparency And Twitter: A Good Partnership For Racing

On the same day that California Horse Racing Board stewards voted not to sanction Hall of Famer Kent Desormeaux for a ride in which critics say he quit just before the finish line, I was made aware of a ruling … Continue reading

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