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Development of detection methods for some drugs can be extremely difficult for testing laboratories
Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

(Second of a two-part series. Click here to read part one.) In U.S. racing, each state has the sole authority to regulate all racing within its borders. There is no central, unifying authority. This has led to state-to-state differences in medication rules, drug testing procedures and penalties for violations. These differences often can be stark. In […]

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Combating A Culture Of Cheating: A Matter Of Trust

(First in a two-part series.) Horse racing has a culture of cheating. Its problem is drugs. It’s what the public calls doping. The methods differ, as do the drugs. At one end of the spectrum, horsemen and veterinarians inject horses on race day with a wide variety of drugs or other foreign substances. This practice is […]

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Trainer Valorie Lund
Turf Paradise Breakdown: The Other Side Of The Story

It’s been more than 30 years since Valorie Lund got her career started as a Thoroughbred trainer at bush tracks in Elma and Yakima, Wash. Since 1985, according to Equibase, Lund has saddled some 4,667 starters and won 575 races. While her stable consists mostly of claiming horses, she’s had some good ones, including Atta […]

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Waterhouse (at right) with training partner Adrian Bott (left) and Antonacci (center) at Magic Millions
An American In Gold Coast: Intern Reflects On Differences In Training Methods

When friends ask University of Pennsylvania student Philip Antonacci what he did over winter break from school, he’ll have a more interesting answer than most. Antonacci spent his break on Australia’s Gold Coast, following up on a summer internship with trainer Gai Waterhouse last year. Antonacci, 23, spent his two-month summer vacation studying Waterhouse’s training […]

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Fair Grounds starting gate
New Protocols, More Tests: Fair Grounds EHV-1 Outbreak ‘At Least A 45-Day Process’

As the first group of barns at the Fair Grounds Race Course near the end of their state-mandated equine herpesvirus quarantines, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture has been working to define the procedures which will allow those barns to be released from quarantine. Following a meeting earlier in the week between horsemen, USDA representatives, veterinarians, […]

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Jamee Ryder wipes away tears after the horse she helped prep sold for $600,000 AUD
You ‘Do It For The Love’: The Story Behind A Horse’s Sale At Magic Millions

A yearling’s appearance in the sales ring represents the culmination of two years’ work by breeders, owners, bloodstock advisors, veterinarians, and sales agents. But the final hammer price is also indicative of success for a group of often-overlooked people: those at the end of the horse’s shank. For farm managers, foaling and assistant managers, and […]

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The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is entering its 31st year
Voss On Magic Millions Sale: Differences Down Under

This week, the Paulick Report is in Queensland, Australia, bringing you news and features from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Racing Carnival. As Frank Mitchell detailed in this week’s Bloodlines column, the Gold Coast yearling sale started as an innovative concept full of risk for its backers. “I think there was a […]

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PR Special Keeneland January: Beer For Your Horses

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. In this edition of the PR Special, Denise Steffanus examines the possible benefits of beer for horses through interviews with trainers, farm managers, and a nutritionist.  In the […]

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Both Fair Grounds and Delta Downs had two-horse races earlier this month, due to quarantine-related scratches
EHV-1 Scare, Shipping Bans Decimate Fields At Louisiana Racetracks

As Christmas Day approached, things were looking very positive at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The track was showing significant increases year over year in handle and field sizes averaged around nine per race, up a horse per race from a year earlier. Then, the call came in that a horse in Barn […]

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PR Special Keeneland January: Alydar’s Dam, Calumet’s Broodmare Influence

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.  In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss examines the impact of Alydar’s dam Sweet Tooth and of Calumet Farm’s broodmares throughout the recent decades. In […]

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