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Testing, Testing: How Strong Are Racing’s Drug Testing Programs?

When the state of Maryland released a call for proposals from laboratories interested in taking on the state’s post-race testing, Dr. Rick Sams, director of the HFL Sport Science Lab in central Kentucky, read over the rules carefully. The request … Continue reading

Like Golf’s ‘Masters,’ Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland Could Be Iconic Tradition

There are more than a few comparisons that can be made between Augusta National Golf Club, which just held its 78th Masters Golf Tournament, and horse racing’s Keeneland Association, currently celebrating its 78th anniversary. Both are historic icons for an … Continue reading

National Handicapping Championship: At a Crossroads?

In this week’s season finale of the reality show, Horseplayers, on Esquire Network, viewers went behind the scenes of the 2014 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. The show’s 10 episodes chronicled the year-long journey of several handicappers trying to … Continue reading

Bonnie: Why I Support the Water Hay Oats Alliance

(Editor’s Note: Ned Bonnie has a unique perspective on medication issues and the federal government’s involvement with them, having formerly served as an attorney for the National HBPA in opposing legislation in the U.S. Congress that would regulate the use … Continue reading

Dave Mason: On Music, Racing, and ‘Live at Belmont Park 1978′

Most fans of our sport know 1978 was the last year a horse won American racing’s Triple Crown. The rivalry between Affirmed and Alydar reached a dizzying crescendo on the afternoon of June 10, 1978, when the two horses locked … Continue reading

Lessons From SeaWorld: Perceptions Can Be a Killer

Horseracing has company. SeaWorld officials are under the microscope because of a film released in 2013 alleging cruelty to the orca whales that for decades have been entertaining tourists at the company’s theme parks in Florida, Texas and California. Defenders … Continue reading

Establishing a Talent-Based Authority in Racing

(Editor’s Note: For more than 20 years, Lexington advertising executive Fred Pope has advocated a business model for horse racing that collectively puts the owners of the best horses in a position of authority through the creation of a “major … Continue reading

Remembering Hub Johnson: He Gave So Much to the Sport He Loved

I noticed as I drove to the Castle Post on Monday afternoon that the grass in central Kentucky is finally beginning to look green. Foals are frolicking in the fields at Calumet and, of course, the Derby is right around … Continue reading

Gulfstream Park Diaries: On the Right TRAC

The Paulick Report is in South Florida to share the experience of Gulfstream Park during Florida Derby Week. Gulfstream Park, together with Calder Race Course, Florida’s horsemen, and jockeys, funds Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care (Florida TRAC). Florida TRAC’s … Continue reading

Gulfstream Park Diaries: It Takes a Village

The Paulick Report is in South Florida to share the experience of Gulfstream Park during Florida Derby week. One thing that stands out about the track is the “village” that is built around it.  With a variety of dining, shopping, … Continue reading