The Paulick Report Celebrates Five Years

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From left: Ray Paulick, Brad Cummings, Scott Jagow From left: Ray Paulick, Brad Cummings, Scott Jagow

The Paulick Report celebrates its fifth anniversary today, which, if nothing else, gives me an opportunity to thank the many people who have made this milestone possible.

When this website was launched on June 16, 2008, with the goal of providing an independent voice to the Thoroughbred industry, if someone had set an over-under line of five years, I would have taken the “unders” without hesitation.

Somehow, we’ve overcome the odds.

Brad Cummings and I were the entire staff for the first couple of years, working long days and weeks on end with little time away from the keyboard or telephone. Brad knew absolutely nothing about the horse business when he started, but he was a quick study, immensely talented, and incredibly hard-working. I feel fortunate that he put up with me as long as did, leaving at the beginning of 2013 to take on a management position with PM Advertising agency. I can say without any doubt that the Paulick Report would not have survived had I not had the good fortune of working with Brad.

We also would not have been able to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for Breeders’ Cup Charities over the last four years of the Breeders’ Cup of Bust fundraisers. Brad was a driving force in this effort to give back to the industry, and though it will not be the same without him the tradition will continue in 2013.

Our staff expanded gradually, and we now have five people working full-time on the Paulick Report: myself, editor-in-chief Scott Jagow, editors Mary Schweitzer and Natalie Voss, and director of advertising Emily Alberti. They are all pros, and I’m proud of the work they do.

None of this would have been possible without you, the readers – the Thoroughbred owners, breeders, trainers, industry professionals, horseplayers, and casual fans – who visit the site regularly, comment on articles, and provide feedback on what you like about the Paulick Report and where we can do better.

There are more places than ever before to get your news on the global Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry, so we try to be the one-stop shop: timely, comprehensive, compelling, and sometimes irreverent. We don’t shy away from controversy, in large part because of the encouragement we hear from readers to tackle the tough subjects the industry faces.

The advertising community has been overwhelmingly supportive and I appreciate their willingness to be associated with a publication that can, at times, step on some toes. We would not survive without your support, so thank you very much for allowing an independent voice to exist.

It has been a very gratifying run for me personally, and I cannot begin to thank all of the individuals who have offered encouragement, support, and counsel over the years. You know who you are, so please accept my heartfelt gratitude. I’ll try not to let you down.

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  • Richard C

    I gather you hear from those who feel that their toes have been stepped on that they may not like it, but you are fair….by contacting everyone and giving all individuals a chance to comment; and following up, when necessary. That is the bedrock of professional journalism, which has become lost in so many venues due to some major media organizations wanting to be first out of the gate — even if the initial facts ultimately prove to be more fiction.

  • SteveG

    Congratulations, Ray & Company. Best wishes going forward.

  • SusanKayne

    Congratulations! Thank you Ray, Brad & Scott for consistently delivering ALL the news about horse racing. May your next 5 years be filled with growth and success, and may you see the fruit of your labor manifest in ethical positive changes to improve the lives of race horses.

    • Myles

      Couldn’t have said it any better myself…..

  • blackcatlover

    I begin and end my day by reading The Paulick Report.

  • Kim Howell

    Happiest of Anniversaries, Paulick Report! Your open, honest views on our beloved sport have become a racing news touchstone. Bets of luck for the future, may it be long!

  • Patti Davis

    Congratulations, Ray, and to all at The Paulick Report. (And to Brad Cummings; long may you run.) Keep on punchin’, folks. Please continue to NOT shy away from controversial subjects, nefarious characters, and shady dealings. This is the ONE place I come to get the “straight dope” on this industry. Don’t EVER change! (And follow up with the dead Baffert horses, Ray!)

    And three cheers for my favorite sections of The Paulick Report: Good News Friday and OTTBs. Reading those features keeps my faith in this sport. (So does “Breeders’ Cup Or Bust!”)

    Congratulations, again!

    • Myles

      Yes!

  • ejxd2

    Who took the photo?

  • peter.p.

    Congratulations, To the staff at Paulick report enjoy reading the posts.

  • Stephanie

    congratulations

  • Rockbarton

    Thank you and congratulations. Ever consider shopping for Kevlar Parasols?

  • Evelyn Waugh

    Congratulations Mr. Paulick & staff: Yours has been a welcome if divergent voice.

    Best wishes & please keep up the good work :)

  • PTP

    I’m glad I could send you millions of hits from my blog and I humbly take a credit for a lot of your success.

    Regardless….. congratulations to everyone on the team for being a part of it as well.

    PTP

    • Don Reed

      p: You know that someone is going to read that literally, now, don’t you?

      • PTP

        Ha ha. Probably. But that’s ok :)

        PTP

        • Don Reed

          At any rate, you are the envy of this writer, who realized later that every single one of us – except you – wrote a sincere appreciation of the Paulick Five Year Plan, but as we were in the swing of all this, forgot to think of something humorous.

  • LongTimeEconomist

    Well done, Ray. I know you and your staff will make it even better over the next five years.

  • Tinky

    Well done! Keep up the fine work.

  • harrydoodle

    I dont think your gonna get a congats from jane cibelli.By the way keep up the good work

    • Don Reed

      Ray & Co just got a congratulatory message from Rich Dutrow, (somehow, I think it’s a fake). Jane’s should be here any minute now.

  • Rose

    Great work ! This is where I like to get the news. Thanks for the comprehensive reporting.

  • ASL

    Well done and Congratulations to the entire team! Keep up the great work.

  • betterthannothing

    I enjoy watching the PR busting the code of silence. Horses will be safer thanks to your fair and balanced reporting and news. The first 5 years were great and I look forward to the next 5.

  • mike g rutherford

    I love reading the Paulick report ! Read it every day. Mike G Rutherford , Manchester Farm

  • Ida Lee

    Congratulations to all at the PR! My day does not begin until I know what’s going on with my favorite TBs and the PR tells me everything I need to know. I love reading the comments from everybody and I love putting my 2 cents in also. Thank you for giving me a forum to do so. Now, what’s really going on with you and Baffert?

  • STEVEN TYRE CPA

    Always professional and informative..See you at Del Mar Ray..

    Steven Tyre CPA

  • Dana Wimpfheimer

    Congrats to you Ray and The Paulick Report – my first and favorite go-to-site for all horse racing news!! – Dana Wimpfheimer

  • Yo soy fiesta

    Congrats Ray, and thank you for putting the horses and the sport first and not sweeping everything controversial or unpleasant under the rug as has been the case for years in this industry. Here’s to many more years!

  • Linda Dougherty

    I love your site, Ray, and check it several times a day. I especially like it when you tackle stories about prominent trainers getting drug positives and stories that deal with horse slaughter, like the Kelsey Lefevre and Mike Gill debacles in Pennsylvania. Kudos to you and your staff!

  • Kris

    I vary much appreciate this site and the great work Ray and his team do every day. The community here on Paulick Report is one of the best around, with some very knowledgable insiders participating in the online discussions. Keep up the great work!

  • Don Reed

    The bad news is that there’s ANOTHER five years to go. And after that, ANOTHER five…

    Congratulations to everyone on the staff. No one can explain why you’re so tolerant of our printed comments, and all of us should make it real clear that we appreciate this freedom.

    P.S. A guest editorial once in a while from Brad would be a great idea. He has not been forgotten.

  • Eric Kalet

    Congrats! Will be neat to see what’s in store for the next 5 years!

  • jttf

    thank you for telling it like it really is and protecting the horses and jockeys.

  • 4Bellwether666

    Keep look n out for the Horses…

  • Ned Daly

    Ray
    Keep on speaking truth to power. The game needs it and the fans deserve it.

  • THE ENFORCER

    RAY–AS STATED BELOW–CONGRATS ON YOUR EFFORTS..YOU ARE AN ENTREPRENEUR

    WHO TOOK A CHANCE/RISK TO DEVELOP PART OF THE RACING MARKET..THIS IS A GREAT AMERICAN ENTERPRISE STORY..

    YOU WENT ABOUT IT THE RIGHT WAY– I LIKED THE FACT THAT YOU HAD THE BUSINESS MOXIE TO ASK FOR DONATIONS TO HELP–IT WORKED, AS YOU GOT MY CHECK..

    PLEASE CONTINUE TO ALLOW THE TRUTH TO BE TOLD..PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ONE OF THE MEDIA’S PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES IS TO HOLD THOSE RESPONSIBLE — ACCOUNTABLE..THIS MEANS YOU..

    I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PR EVERYDAY..

  • Francis Bush

    Your very best. It takes a lot of solid good fortune to survive in the horse industry. Your report amplifies your past record with the Bloodhorse. Please continue with the same great kind of reporting I have enjoyed over the past 5 years.

  • nu-fan

    Always look forward to visiting your website as well as reading the comments made by others. Never enough time to go through each thoroughly but rarely miss a day without checking out the Paulick Report. Congratulations to you and your staff. You are all doing a super job!

  • Les

    Congratulations Ray. Looking forward to reading PR for many years to come.

  • JJ

    Ray:
    You are the only independent voice in horseracing journalism!! Keep up the good work as this industry needs to be cleaned up so it can once again flourish!!
    FIGHT ON!

  • Charlie Davis

    Congrats Ray and team! Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.paulickreport.com Paulick Report

    What a great tribute! Thank you so much to Ray and the PR staff. From beginning to end, this site will always be one of the things I’m most proud of. And Ray, I appreciate the words above more than you’ll ever know, but there’s no doubt I’d still eating out of dumpsters (figuratively of course) if you had never come into my life. I’m forever grateful.

    Brad Cummings

  • Convene

    When you wrote for Blood Horse, I always read your part first. You were never afraid to write even the unfortunate truths and were always ready to stand up and be counted. People who make it plain where they stand are few and far between, especially those who can – and do – provide the sources for their point of view. I was devastated when suddenly you were gone. Finding the Paulik report (which someone on the Fox Hill forum told me about) was great and I’ve been here ever since. Please don’t ever lose that willingness to state your case and make points that may be controversial. Seeing only one side – especially the rosy side – of anything does nothing to improve what might be wrong. We horse-people are a diverse bunch with widely different points of view, all of whom have something to contribute. Thank you for providing us with a platform on which to offer our insights and ideas. I think the great game of racing is much the better for the existence of the Paulik Report. Now here’s to another 5 years – and another … and another …

  • its post time

    Congrats Ray!!!!!

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