Cummings: Parting is such sweet sorrow

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Four-and-a-half years ago, I couldn’t have told you what a furlong was and had never heard the name Ray Paulick. This month I leave my position as President of the Paulick Report a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association and counting this future Hall of Famer as one of my closest friends.
 
I’ve learned so much from Ray over these years and am blessed to hold some great memories with him. We’ve traveled around the country together and raised $300,000 for Breeders’ Cup Charities. We’ve created five full time jobs in a terrible economy and built a following few believed we could. We worked 16-hour days every day for 2 years before we hired even our first employee. In the early days of the Paulick Report, our readers received news updates from a Walmart shopping cart, the side of every major highway in the Midwest and from a fast food restaurant inside the Magic Kingdom.
 
We kept up that stamina because a) we had no other choice and b) we knew something was happening. We saw traffic steadily increase. Significant money flowed in from two charity fund drives we held early on. And over time, the advertising community showed enough belief in what we were doing to invest their dollars in our product.

While I am proud of the contributions I have made on the business side, there is no Paulick Report without the superhuman dedication my close friend and Kevin Bacon look alike possesses. I have never seen anyone work harder and have more passion for his or her craft than Ray. There’s a reason he’s the best in the world at what he does. Ray Paulick never quits. And above all, Ray has proved to me and everyone else in the Thoroughbred industry the opportunity that lives in second chances.
 
But it was never my intention to run a Thoroughbred website long term. Publishing is not my passion and while there have been thrills along the way, I eventually became an ad salesman with a fancy title.
 
There are worse fates for sure, but I was fortunate to have a new opportunity come about. I now find myself on the marketing side of this business and have a newfound passion for my professional life.
 
There are so many people to thank for this wild and fantastic ride. Any list must start with Rob Whiteley of Liberation Farm. Rob’s advertising support and belief in what we were doing made our early years possible. Those who enjoy the Paulick Report today should take a moment to thank him for his vision.
 
If you look at the site today, there’s hardly a stallion farm not currently advertising with us and judging from the early returns on our recent demographics study, this is a wise investment. But it wasn’t always that way. A big thanks goes to Airdrie Stud and Walmac Farm for being the first to jump into our waters with both feet.
 
So many other advertisers contributed to where we are today, but I’m wise enough to not start naming names as I’ll certainly forget someone. You know who you are. Know that I am forever grateful for you believing in what we have created.
 
To our readers, you are the lifeblood of the Paulick Report. There have been times we have butted heads, but know that we have a great affinity for your contributions and feedback. We are humbled the site we have created has become a daily destination for so many. Simply put, thank you.
 
We also wouldn’t be here today without the contributions of Scott Jagow, Mary Schweitzer contributing writer Frank Mitchell and others who have served as some of the best and most reliable colleagues we could have ever asked for. You are a big reason why I feel okay about leaving at this time. Know this is hardly goodbye (although you may wish it was…)
 
To my wife Nikki, thank you for understanding when I’d have to pop out of bed at 1 in the morning to post a story Ray just wrote or check my phone every five minutes for breaking stories or respond to a reader’s email while walking hand-in-hand in the mall. Should every man be so lucky to love his wife the way I love you.
 
Thank you to Carol, Chris and Meg Paulick for welcoming me into their home daily and not hating me as the guy who always was interrupting dad during dinner. You are forever part of our extended family.
 
I leave the Paulick Report at its strongest point ever. If you wanted to buy a banner ad today, we couldn’t sell one to you (but please keep checking back; we’ll find room for you). And that’s ultimately the reason for my exit. It’s time for the next challenge. It’s time for someone else to build on the foundation I have laid.
 
As Shakespearee once wrote, “Parting is such sweet sorrow.” Couldn’t have said it better myself…so I won’t.

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  • Nucky Thompson

    You went out on a high note Brad. I was at Santa Anita to hear your stirring rendition of the National Anthem . Thank you for helping make the Paulick Report the first thing I open every morning. You will be missed – you were the eggs to Ray’s bacon ! Good luck in your new venture.

  • Nucky Thompson

    You went out on a high note Brad. I was at Santa Anita to hear your stirring rendition of the National Anthem . Thank you for helping make the Paulick Report the first thing I open every morning. Good luck in your new venture.

  • Joyce

    Brad,
    You did an awesome job and entertained us along the way! You may have been an “ad salesman with a fancy title” but you worked hard for your clients and we appreciated your care, concern and good humor. Also, we salute your fundraising efforts for some great causes over the year. Well done . . . best of luck in your next venture.

  • Joyce

    Brad,
    You did an awesome job and entertained us along the way! You may have been an “ad salesman with a fancy title” but you worked hard for your clients and we appreciated your care, concern and good humor. Also, we salute your fundraising efforts for some great causes over the year. Well done . . . best of luck in your next venture.

  • Ida Lee

    I can’t start my day without checking out the PR. I send my best wishes in your new endeavor. By the way, you guys look great in the above photo.  P.S. Now, I’m going to take a deep breath and grab my hankies  before checking out the Animal Kingdom to stud in Australia and Awesome Feather retired articles.  

    • Tigertail22

      Why would you need hankies when reading those stories?

      • Ida Lee

        Thank you for asking. I need the attention today. Both Animal and Awesome are two of my most adored TBs. Now, Awesome is gone so I won’t be seeing her again and Animal will be following soon. I’m still misty-eyed over Shack.  Bittersweet definitely. Thus the tears flow and hankies needed.

  • Ida Lee

    I can’t start my day without checking out the PR. I send my best wishes in your new endeavor. By the way, you guys look great in the above photo.  P.S. Now, I’m going to take a deep breath and grab my hankies  before checking out the Animal Kingdom to stud in Australia and Awesome Feather retired articles.  

  • John Scheinman

    Congratulations and best in the future. That I wasn’t mentioned in this farewell is a deep affront I will get past. I look forward to a long, splendid friendship with you, one that features repeated snubbings. . . In all seriousness, Brad Cummings, you terrific on so many levels it is a wonder. I know the Paulick Report will be fine, but it will be different. I’ll cherish the memories (and videos) of “The Brad & John Show” (who else would let me crawl out from under the desk to start the show?) and Del Mar and Oaklawn and all the other fun and game I was lucky enough to be a part of with this team. Proud to know you, plain and simple, and I am certain, with your outlook, wherever you go, success is right alongside.
    John Scheinman 

  • John Scheinman

    Congratulations and best in the future. That I wasn’t mentioned in this farewell is a deep affront I will get past. I look forward to a long, splendid friendship with you, one that features repeated snubbings. . . In all seriousness, Brad Cummings, you terrific on so many levels it is a wonder. I know the Paulick Report will be fine, but it will be different. I’ll cherish the memories (and videos) of “The Brad & John Show” (who else would let me crawl out from under the desk to start the show?) and Del Mar and Oaklawn and all the other fun and game I was lucky enough to be a part of with this team. Proud to know you, plain and simple, and I am certain, with your outlook, wherever you go, success is right alongside.
    John Scheinman 

  • Penelope_Miller

    Brad, congratulations on all of your accomplishments and best of luck in the future! 

  • Penelope_Miller

    Brad, congratulations on all of your accomplishments and best of luck in the future! 

  • Stanley inman

    Brad,
    One of the great gifts of this sport-
    Meeting so many cool people like yourself;
    Ray’s got some big shoes to fill,
    Best of everything

  • Stanley inman

    Brad,
    One of the great gifts of this sport-
    Meeting so many cool people like yourself;
    Ray’s got some big shoes to fill,
    Best of everything

  • Ken

    Brad, all the best to you in the future. I want to thank you and Ray for the opportuinty to work with you on the fund raiser when BC was here in Ky.It was an amazing experience to see how generous our industry is with the charities you supported and the fun and passion you and Ray brought to the event.Most of all, it was an opprtunity to make a new friend in you.Thanks for allowing me to be a part.

  • Ken

    Brad, all the best to you in the future. I want to thank you and Ray for the opportuinty to work with you on the fund raiser when BC was here in Ky.It was an amazing experience to see how generous our industry is with the charities you supported and the fun and passion you and Ray brought to the event.Most of all, it was an opprtunity to make a new friend in you.Thanks for allowing me to be a part.

  • PTP

    Hey Urlacher,

    You’ll get my vote whenever you run for the Louisville GOP. I’ll miss your man-love with O Crunk, and the fact you look 11 inches taller than Bacon in every published picture.

    Cheers and good luck,

    PTP

  • PTP

    Hey Urlacher,

    You’ll get my vote whenever you run for the Louisville GOP. I’ll miss your man-love with O Crunk, and the fact you look 11 inches taller than Bacon in every published picture.

    Cheers and good luck,

    PTP

  • WILLIAM L. ANTON

    Like the others, I open my day with the PR.  I also realise you were/are a great part of this adventure. However, if it is time to move on then do so.  Do so knowing what you have contributed and all of us readers thank you for your Herculean effort. Much success in your future endeavors. Best wishes and conrats.

  • WILLIAM L. ANTON

    Like the others, I open my day with the PR.  I also realise you were/are a great part of this adventure. However, if it is time to move on then do so.  Do so knowing what you have contributed and all of us readers thank you for your Herculean effort. Much success in your future endeavors. Best wishes and conrats.

  • Tigertail22

    Why would you need hankies when reading those stories?

  • Marianne

    You will be missed. I miss you already. Thanks for being so great to us. What a great wife you have. As always, keep the faith.

  • Marianne

    You will be missed. I miss you already. Thanks for being so great to us. What a great wife you have. As always, keep the faith.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SusanKayne Susan Kayne

    Brad, You have built the best site in the thoroughbred world. Thank you for contributing to the betterment of the equine industry. All the very best to and yours as your journey continues. It has been a privilege to cross paths.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SusanKayne Susan Kayne

    Brad, You have built the best site in the thoroughbred world. Thank you for contributing to the betterment of the equine industry. All the very best to and yours as your journey continues. It has been privilege to cross paths.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mollyjorosen Molly Jo Rosen

    Not only one of the game’s good guys, but an amazing person to know. Will miss your wit within the PR’s pages, but can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mollyjorosen Molly Jo Rosen

    Not only one of the game’s good guys, but an amazing person to know. Will miss your wit within the PR’s pages, but can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you!

  • RayPaulick

    Brad, 

    As Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, “We’ll always have Paris.” (Except in our case it’s Paris, Ky.) Simply stated, the Paulick Report would not exist today without you. Thank you.

    Ray

  • RayPaulick

    Brad, 

    As Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, “We’ll always have Paris.” (Except in our case it’s Paris, Ky.) Simply stated, the Paulick Report would not exist today without you. Thank you.

    Ray

  • Janet Griffin

    Good racing luck as well as a happy holiday.

  • Janet Griffin

    Good racing luck as well as a happy holiday.

  • Ida Lee

    Thank you for asking. I need the attention today. Both Animal and Awesome are two of my most adored TBs. Now, Awesome is gone so I won’t be seeing her again and Animal will be following soon. I’m still misty-eyed over Shack.  Bittersweet definitely. Thus the tears flow and hankies needed.

  • Hovdey

    Best of luck Brad in your new endeavors.

  • Hovdey

    Best of luck Brad in your new endeavors.

  • Barbara

    Proof that two nice guys can finish in a dead heat for first. 

  • Barbara

    Proof that two nice guys can finish in a dead heat for first. 

  • Merv Huber

    Agree with many others that I check PR multiple times a day. Congratulations on all you’ve done, and the very best of luck in things to come. – Merv

  • Merv Huber

    Agree with many others that I check PR multiple times a day. Congratulations on all you’ve done, and the very best of luck in things to come. – Merv

  • Rachel

    We’ll miss you..come visit!

  • Rachel

    We’ll miss you..come visit!

  • Watcher

    Much ado about nothing.

  • Watcher

    Much ado about nothing.

  • Indulto

    BdC,
    Good work and good luck.

    Thanks for your contribution to giving horseplayer-related issues greater visibility.

    Sincerely,
    Indulto

  • Indulto

    BdC,
    Good work and good luck.

    Thanks for your contribution to giving horseplayer-related issues greater visibility.

    Sincerely,
    Indulto

  • Elizabeth Ovelman

    Brad,

    Best of luck in your new adventures! Enjoyed meeting you at F-T in November. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from you!!

    Elizabeth

  • Elizabeth Ovelman

    Brad,

    Best of luck in your new adventures! Enjoyed meeting you at F-T in November. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from you!!

    Elizabeth

  • Helendmar

    I’m shattered, Brad, to hear you are leaving.  You were such an integral part in the launching of the Paulick Report and contributed so much to Ray’s success.  You will certainly be missed by all of us involved and we wish you much good luck with your next endeavor.

  • Helendmar

    I’m shattered, Brad, to hear you are leaving.  You were such an integral part in the launching of the Paulick Report and contributed so much to Ray’s success.  You will certainly be missed by all of us involved and we wish you much good luck with your next endeavor.

  • ManuelAdum

    Congratulations and good luck on the move as it sounds that it is all for the better.

    Don’t forget to call if you ever need an RV driver.

  • ManuelAdum

    Congratulations and good luck on the move as it sounds that it is all for the better.

    Don’t forget to call if you ever need an RV driver.

  • Nick Kling

    Brad,

    Good luck with the new project.  You and Ray put together a fine site and you should be proud.

  • Nick Kling

    Brad,

    Good luck with the new project.  You and Ray put together a fine site and you should be proud.

  • ExactaGirl

    Good luck Brad; you brought lots of talent and enthusiasm to the Paulick Report!

  • ExactaGirl

    Good luck Brad; you brought lots of talent and enthusiasm to the Paulick Report!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1096788047 Pattie Mulderig

    Best of luck to you, Brad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1096788047 Pattie Mulderig

    Best of luck to you, Brad!

  • Kris

    Good luck to you, Brad.  The Paulick Report is one of my few daily internet stops.

  • Kris

    Good luck to you, Brad.  The Paulick Report is one of my few daily internet stops.

  • William Koester

    Brad, all the best, I’m glad our paths have crossed. The new group is lucky to have you. I’m looking forward to seeing you down the road. All right Ray get to work !

  • William Koester

    Brad, all the best, I’m glad our paths have crossed. The new group is lucky to have you. I’m looking forward to seeing you down the road. All right Ray get to work !

  • Caroline

    Congrats on this next stepping stone and best of luck Brad..

  • Caroline

    Congrats on this next stepping stone and best of luck Brad..

  • Mary Forney

    Best of luck in your new job, Brad! It was great to work with you when I was on board the Paulick Report. I expect to see you at the races. :)

  • Mary Forney

    Best of luck in your new job, Brad! It was great to work with you when I was on board the Paulick Report. I expect to see you at the races. :)

  • KBEquine

    I’ve been reading the Paulick Report from the beginning – thanks for everything you’ve done.

  • Elliot Bellen

    Best of luck. You guys are the best thing that have happened to racing in my 50+ years of involvement.

  • KBEquine

    I’ve been reading the Paulick Report from the beginning – thanks for everything you’ve done.

  • Elliot Bellen

    Best of luck. You guys are the best thing that have happened to racing in my 50+ years of involvement.

  • Tinky

    Congratulations and good luck, Brad!

  • Tinky

    Congratulations and good luck, Brad!

  • Peebubba

    Brad you were a breath of fresh air for racing…despite your politics. Good luck.

  • Peebubba

    Brad you were a breath of fresh air for racing…despite your politics. Good luck.

  • http://racingfuture.com/ Dennismills

    Brad,  when the renewal of Racing in Ontario is locked down and Racing Future moves on to work with new fans for our sport, I will always remember that You and Ray played central roles in making it all happen. Thank You so much for you caring and responsiveness. Dennis Mills

  • http://racingfuture.com/ Dennismills

    Brad,  when the renewal of Racing in Ontario is locked down and Racing Future moves on to work with new fans for our sport, I will always remember that You and Ray played central roles in making it all happen. Thank You so much for you caring and responsiveness. Dennis Mills

  • Dressyourhorse.com

    Parting is such sweet sorrow – How true! It is sad to see a capable individual who has added so much leave, even for good reasons. Yet we can certainly cheer the person on to achieve more and flourish in all ways! That is my wish for you.

  • Dressyourhorse.com

    Parting is such sweet sorrow – How true! It is sad to see a capable individual who has added so much leave, even for good reasons. Yet we can certainly cheer the person on to achieve more and flourish in all ways! That is my wish for you.

  • Bill Casner

    Brad and Ray and the PR team,
    Prior to the Paulick Report there was no true reporting in our industry. The other publications didn’t dare report anything negative for fear of alienating their subscribers or advertisers. All you got was “softball reporting”. The Paulick Report has provided that watch dog reporting that is so important if we are ever to recognize and address our challenges. You deserve a Pulitzer Prize for industry reporting–if they gave one.Thanks for all that you have accomplished and the service you will continue to provide.Bill Casner

  • Bill Casner

    Brad and Ray and the PR team,
    Prior to the Paulick Report there was no true reporting in our industry. The other publications didn’t dare report anything negative for fear of alienating their subscribers or advertisers. All you got was “softball reporting”. The Paulick Report has provided that watch dog reporting that is so important if we are ever to recognize and address our challenges. You deserve a Pulitzer Prize for industry reporting–if they gave one.Thanks for all that you have accomplished and the service you will continue to provide.Bill Casner

  • http://Bellwether4u.com James Staples

    Gotta do what U gotta do!!!…Great luck on your new adventure…ty All…

  • http://Bellwether4u.com James Staples

    Gotta do what U gotta do!!!…Great luck on your new adventure…ty All…

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