Paulick Report Staff

Does A Z Bar Shoe Spell Derby Doom For Girvin? Not Necessarily

News this week that Kentucky Derby contender Girvin’s repeatedly delayed workout schedule is due to a quarter crack the colt incurred last week has many fans and handicappers rearranging their tickets to leave him off. The Daily Racing Form’s observation a day prior of Z bar shoes on both the colt’s front feet had already […]

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Trainers Claim Contamination Causing Naproxen Positives At Charles Town

  Ahead of Charles Town Race’s centerpiece stakes card Saturday, featuring the Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, a number of trainers say they have concerns about the track’s receiving barn. Charles Town has seen a rash of positive tests for naproxen, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (the human form is sold as Aleve). According to rulings reports […]

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Kentucky Commission Adopts RCI Model Drug Rules

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to accept model drug rules set by the Association for Racing Commissioners International. Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the commission, said the updates represented about a year’s work and more than 175 individual edits to bring the state’s rules in line with ARCI. Scollay […]

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What’s The Deal With TCO2, Anyway?

An announcement from the Arkansas State Racing Commission in early March that it would begin randomly testing Oaklawn Park runners for elevated TCO2 was widely lauded as another step toward improved integrity in the state. The commission adopted a TCO2 threshold in February which brought its rules for allowable levels in line with national standards. […]

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Barn Buddies: The Yearling And The Wolf

In the life of our Barn Buddies series so far, we have met Thoroughbreds with all sorts of unusual companions. Cats, dogs, ducks, goats, sheep are all favorites. I’m not sure anyone can top a 17.2-hand yearling named Foozie, who belongs to decorated writer and Paulick Report Horse Care contributor Denise Steffanus. When he was […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Former Jockey Kevin Krigger Mulls Comeback

When jockey Kevin Krigger walked away from racing in 2014, the year after he piloted Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby, he didn’t intend to return to the game. Krigger took several consecutive spills in 2014, one of which gave him a second fracture of the L3 vertebrae. It was not his first spinal injury, and […]

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Three Years In, North American Association Of Racetrack Vets Maintains Critical Approach To Medication Reform

Medication reform in Thoroughbred racing has long been an alphabet soup. There’s the ARCI (Association of Racing Commissioners International), the RMTC (Racing Medication and Testing Consortium), the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners), and more recently, the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), among other organizations stirring the kettle. The past three years, one […]

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Kentucky One Step Closer To Uniform Medication Rules With Council Vote

Kentucky regulators came a step closer to bringing the state’s regulations in line with the National Uniform Medication Program (NUMP) on Tuesday afternoon when the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council voted to approve drug classifications, penalty schedules, withdrawal guidelines and thresholds set out by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Kentucky has been partially in line […]

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Eight Years After Its Creation, Equine Injury Database Shows Improvement In U.S. Racing

The Equine Injury Database recently released data from 2016, showing the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts for American racehorses since the Database began keeping records in 2009. The fatality rate for 2016 was 1.54 per 1,000 starts and includes horses that died within 72 hours after a race. That figure is based on data […]

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‘A Step In The Right Direction’: Kentucky Governor Signs Law Adding Sanctions For Those Convicted Of Cruelty To Horses

A new law signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin this week is being heralded as a “step in the right direction” toward improving the state’s laws on animal cruelty. HB 200, which was passed unanimously by both the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate, will allow courts to order a person convicted of animal cruelty […]

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