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Durkin’s Last Call: A Storyteller Who Will Be Missed

When NYRA track announcer Tom Durkin hangs up his microphone on Sunday, it will be the end of an era for many race fans. So much has been written in tribute to the announcer’s 43-year career that Durkin quipped Tuesday … Continue reading

Test Results Show Cobalt Abuse ‘Likely Occurring on a Daily Basis’ in Indiana

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission will consider emergency rules next Thursday, Sept. 4, to regulate cobalt, a potentially dangerous substance to horses that many believe mimics blood-doping agents like erythropoietin (EPO). If the commission approves the recommendations made by executive director … Continue reading

Court Battle Sullies Feel-Good Story of Rescue Racehorse, Magna Fortuna

What began as the well-publicized story of a miracle foal that made it to the winner’s circle in support of responsible ownership has turned swiftly into a cautionary tale featuring court hearings, allegations of trespassing, and bitter infighting between some … Continue reading

Racing Needs Owners Like Rome, Who Can Handle the Ride

Have seen a lot of people come and go in the horse business, especially among the ranks of owners. Too many have gone, and that’s one of the industry’s major problems today, for the shortage of horses that racing currently … Continue reading

Sound of Silence: Horsemen Voice Concern Over Equine Medical Records Transfer

When a trainer puts in a successful claim on a horse, they can summon the animal’s pedigree, race history, and recorded workouts with a few taps of the iPhone—but one record that doesn’t come up, even when the horse moves … Continue reading

UPDATED: Pool Manipulation? Suspicious Betting Spotted in Thistledown Race

Was Sunday’s fifth race at Thistledown racetrack in Ohio a textbook case of how to beat the bookie? That’s what one Paulick Report reader thinks, and the evidence is pretty compelling. Missjeanlouise was odds-on favorite in the six-horse field of … Continue reading

Duchossois: Cooperation, Consolidation Is the Way Forward for Racing

At 92, you’d think Richard Duchossois would take time to enjoy the finer things in life. That’s not his style. Instead, the man known around the racetrack as Mr. D is often the first one in the Arlington Park executive … Continue reading

Bad Link: TOBA’s Sales Integrity Program and Dr. Berman’s Love Quiz

What do car rentals in Mexico, Bob stroller accessories and Dr. Berman’s Love Quiz have to do with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association bringing new owners into horse racing? Good question. I’ll try to answer that, but first let … Continue reading

‘He Lied Like Nobody’s Business’: A Racing Con Man and His Trail of Deception

Five months ago, Jonathan Pippin was living large. A small-time Ohio grifter who had convinced a handful of Twitter followers to invest in horses he didn’t own, Pippin had been working for months at hooking a bigger fish, one of … Continue reading

Hall of Fame Inductions: ‘This is a Sport for Dreamers’

Two Thoroughbreds, a jockey, and a trainer were inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame at a Friday morning ceremony in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Curlin, Ashado, Alexis Solis, and Gary Jones were among the contemporary entrants, while … Continue reading