Paulick Report Staff

RACHEL ALEXANDRA WALTZES TO VICTORY

By Ray Paulick After two disappointing defeats earlier this year, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra scored a romping victory over four overmatched opponents in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Regular rider Calvin Borel never used the whip on the 4-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly, who sat second, […]

Continue reading
LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM

Trainer Carl O’Callaghan came to New York from Ireland as a teenager 18 years ago and found the living was anything but easy. Homeless for a time, sleeping under bridges and eating out of dumpsters, he made his way to Belmont Park, and then to California, exercising horses at first and then opening a public […]

Continue reading
ZEVENTEEN!

By Ray Paulick Zenyatta made number 17 one of her most suspenseful victories ever, getting up in the final few strides to pass a stubborn St. Trinians and win the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap by a half-length at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Under Mike Smith and carrying top impost of 129 pounds, the undefeated, […]

Continue reading
HOW DOES ZENYATTA’S 17-IN-A-ROW COMPARE TO OTHER WINNING STREAKS?

By Ray Paulick They all get beat, or so the saying goes. Eclipse never did though. In fact, the English colt retired in 1771 with a perfect record of 19-for-19 because there was no competition left to take him on. You know the saying: “Eclipse first, the rest nowhere.” Colin was undefeated, too, winning 15 […]

Continue reading
SHOULD NYRA GO TO SHORTENED SEASON, INCREASED PURSES?

Jeff Gural, owner of two upstate NY harness tracks and partner of SL Green, told Paul Post of The Saratogian that NYRA should look to its neighbor to the South when evaluating the road ahead. Quite simply, fewer dates and larger purses. “Every other sport has an opening day and an end — the […]

Continue reading
LANE’S END brings you THE WEEKENDER PEDIGREE: BLAME

By Frank Mitchell More than the weather is heating things up. Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta both showed their form in victory over the weekend, Quality Road reinforced the evidence that he is the best older colt in America with his Metropolitan Handicap a fortnight ago, and now Blame has won his seventh race from 10 […]

Continue reading
UPDATE: PA COMMISSION INVESTIGATING PENN NATIONAL TRAINING INCIDENT

By Ray Paulick UPDATE: The following statement was received by the Paulick Report from NTRA President and CEO Alex Waldrop: “Allegations like this are deeply troubling and, if found to be true, do a great disservice to the many individuals and industry organizations who have made a commitment toward demonstrating that the health and safety […]

Continue reading
THAYER: I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT I GOT THE INCENTIVE PASSED DURING THE (2009) SPECIAL SESSION AFTER…PEOPLE IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY WERE TRYING TO DESTROY ME

In the aftermath of the Breeders’ Cup press conference on Friday, Ron Mitchell of the Blood-Horse discussed the possible role controversial Kentucky state Sen. Damon Thayer played in bringing the Breeders’ Cup in Louisville in 2011. Mitchell points out that while Thayer helped pass a tax incentive for the Breeders’ Cup if the event returned […]

Continue reading
TENTATIVE DEAL STAVES OFF SHUTDOWN OF NEW YORK AGENCIES, RACETRACKS

After threats that the entire state of New York would be shutdown by June 25th, enough Republican senators will end their boycotts of weekly emergency appropriation bills to all the state to remain open. Read it at the Blood-Horse Then come back to the Paulick Report and let us know what you think […]

Continue reading
FREE OUR STATS!

By Ray Paulick Ken Griffey Jr. announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on June 2, the same day New York jockey Richard Migliore said he would never ride again because of injuries sustained in a racing accident. Griffey and Migliore were stars in their sports, and both men were highly respected by their peers. […]

Continue reading
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram