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A Better Breeders’ Cup Board: Something Old, Something New

Change is good. But not too much change. I think the Breeders’ Cup Members got it just right in the runoff election earlier this week when Bill Farish of Lane’s End Farm was re-elected to a four-year term on the … Continue reading

Easy, Chicken Little: Southern California Racing Holding Its Own

The sky is not falling – at least not in the Southern California horse racing world, where I am in the midst of an annual summer pilgrimage. Hollywood Park has closed for good, and the Los Angeles County Fair apparently … Continue reading

The View From Belterra Park: Bright Future Ahead?

It’s been two and a half months since Cincinnati’s old River Downs reopened as Belterra Park, a shiny new racing and gaming venue that shares its name with the Belterra casino in Indiana.  Both properties are owned by Pinnacle Entertainment. … Continue reading

Wanted: Fantasy League Horseplayers to Play Against Ray

It’s year three of the Breeders’ Cup Fantasy ‘Capping horse racing fantasy league and I invite our readers to once again join in and “Play Against Ray.” It’s for a good cause: Paulick Report will donate to the equine charities of … Continue reading

An Enterprising Opening at Del Mar

You never know what you’re going to see at Del Mar racetrack on opening day, and if you’ve ever been there you know exactly what I mean. But I’m not going to talk about fashion statements or the miracle of … Continue reading

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its name implies, but like so many other veterinary technologies, the treatment can … Continue reading

EquiLottery: An Open Letter to the Industry

Dear industry stakeholders, fans and observers, By now, you have probably heard about the launch of EquiLottery, The Greatest Two Dollars in Sports. We have received coverage from every major publication in the Thoroughbred industry, which helped drive over 5,000 … Continue reading

Message to Perry Martin: Stop Digging

Just when you thought the story of California Chrome and its self-proclaimed Dumb-Ass Partners couldn’t get any weirder, co-owner and co-breeder Perry Martin turned it up a notch. As Nigel Tufnel might say, crank the volume up to 11 when everyone … Continue reading

Voss: Ten Things I Learned From the Welfare and Safety Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation hosted its fifth Welfare and Safety Summit Tuesday and Wednesday, with speakers addressing everything from intra-articular joint therapies to injury statistics for jockeys and exercise riders. Here are a few things I didn’t know before … Continue reading

Something Rotten in Louisiana? HBPA President Loses Authority in ‘Power Move’

“Usually, if it stinks it’s rotten.” Those were the words of Benard Chatters, who was elected president of the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association in April but had virtually all of his powers stripped during a special board meeting less … Continue reading