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The Experimental Free Handicap: A Retrospective With Tommy Trotter

Editor’s Note: Thursday, The Jockey Club will release the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap, with assigned weights from a committee comprised of P.J. Campo, Ben Huffman, Martin Panza and Tom Robbins. Racing historian and author Edward L. Bowen takes a trip … Continue reading

Paulick Report Launches New Horseplayers, Horse Care Content

Two new sections to enhance reader experience have been added to the Paulick Report. The sections, Horseplayers and Horse Care, are self-explanatory in the content they provide and come in the wake of a December 2014 independent readership survey of … Continue reading

Chapa Charged With Felony for Alleged ‘Buzzer’ Use

Jockey Roman Chapa has been charged with a felony by the Harris County district attorney in connection with his alleged use of an illegal electrical device while riding Quiet Acceleration to victory in the Richard King Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park … Continue reading

Paraplegic Former Jockey Anne Von Rosen: ‘I Will Walk Again’

“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—and that is the basis for all human morality.” John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage Paraplegic former jockey, Anne Von Rosen, is writing her … Continue reading

The Horse Racing State of the Union for 2015?

“America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” … Continue reading

‘Horse Country’ and Tourism: Time To Work Together

While the birth of Horse Country Inc., a non-profit to promote equine tourism in Central Kentucky, captured the public’s attention last week, organizers say it has been a long time in the making. The idea began, as so many great … Continue reading

Chapa Summarily Suspended in Texas, Pending Investigation

Jockey Roman Chapa, whose career has been interrupted twice for carrying an illegal device used to stimulate horses, has been summarily suspended by Texas Racing Commission stewards investigating his ride aboard Quiet Acceleration, winner of the $50,000 Richard King Stakes on Saturday … Continue reading

California Chrome Wins Horse of the Year at Eclipse Awards Ceremony

The votes are in and counted. The tuxedos altered to fit expanding waist lines. The spray tans applied. Saturday night was Eclipse Awards night in South Florida. Once again, Gulfstream Park played host to Thoroughbred racing’s annual night of celebration, … Continue reading

Blame to Take Over Breeders’ Cup Twitter Account on #StallionSaturday

Haven’t you always wanted to ask 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame if maybe he felt just a little bit guilty for handing the popular mare Zenyatta the first and only defeat of her 20-race career? Well, now’s your chance. … Continue reading

Monarch-MidAtlantic Simulcast Dispute: Fees Should Reward Live Racing

The impasse between the MidAtlantic Cooperative and Monarch Content Management, a company that negotiates simulcast agreements for The Stronach Group and several other racetracks, has continued into its second month with no end in sight. The dispute means horseplayers who … Continue reading