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The Friday Show: Horse Of The Year And A Trivia Question

On June 6, when American Pharoah crossed the finish line triumphant in the Belmont Stakes, it appeared the race for Horse of the Year was a done deal. After all, he had just completed the first Triple Crown in 37 … Continue reading

Gorajec Dismissal Would Be Assault On Racing’s Integrity

It’s been almost 42 years since the “Saturday Night Massacre” of Oct. 20, 1973, when President Richard Nixon ordered his attorney general to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal. In a dramatic turn of events, Attorney … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Regulators Keep Racing Public In The Dark

If you thought things couldn’t get worse in Pennsylvania horse racing after the jockey whip caper in the fouth race at Parx Racing on Sept. 21, think again. Surely you know about the whip caper. It happened when Angel Castillo … Continue reading

The Friday Show: The Breeders’ Cup Comes Home

It’s not business as usual with the start of Keeneland’s fall meet Friday. There’s a palpable buzz — not just the power tools helping to boost the track’s capacity for an unprecedented event, but also a feeling of anticipation as the … Continue reading

Longtime Arlington Park Director Of Racing William Thayer Dies At 89

William A. Thayer, whose nearly 50-year association with Arlington Park in Chicago’s northwest suburbs dates back to the Marjorie Everett ownership era in the 1960s, died on Tuesday at the age of 89. Mr. Thayer first came to Arlington in 1964, … Continue reading

One Giant Leap For Transparency At Thoroughbred Auctions

Transparency at Thoroughbred auctions has come a long way since 1969, when astronaut Neil Armstrong was listed as buyer of a $14,000 colt by Hill Rise out of the Mahmoud mare, Likely Prospect, at the Keeneland July Yearing Sale. Armstrong … Continue reading

New York Commission Approves Cobalt Threshold, Additional Drug Rules

The New York State Gaming Commission unanimously proposed a series of updates to the state’s codes for post-race drug testing Thursday, including adding a threshold for cobalt. The commissioners agreed to language that would make it a violation for a … Continue reading

‘Hey, That’s My Whip!’ Astonishing Stretch Run At Parx

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. We have a controversy in Pennsylvania horse racing. This one involves two jockeys at Parx Racing, Angel Castillo and Pierre Hernandez Ortega. If those names are familiar, it’s because they were the riders … Continue reading

PR Special Keeneland September: A Departure From The Status Quo

As Book 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets underway, the Paulick Report is pleased to bring you the latest edition of the PR Special, available online or in print on the sales grounds. Ray takes a look at … Continue reading

PR Special Keeneland September: A Fresh Bowl Of Alphabet Soup

As Book 2 of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale gets underway, the Paulick Report is pleased to offer another edition of the PR Special, available here and on the sales grounds. Natalie Voss looks at Horse Country, the new Central … Continue reading

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