Ray Paulick

It’s Showtime! Movie Theater Mogul Named to CHRB

There is no truth to the rumors being circulated by a Southern California wise-guy that future California Horse Racing Board meetings will feature cushion seats with cupholders, free popcorn, and be screened at 9:30, 11:45 and 2:00 (preceded by trailers for upcoming meetings). However, it is true that Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed movie theater […]

Continue reading
Bramlage Released From Louisville Hospital

Dr. Larry Bramlage was released from University Hospital in Louisville on Monday, four days after suffering a head injury on the Churchill Downs backstretch when he fell off a golf cart. Alex Riddle, spokesman for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where Bramlage is a world-renowned surgeon, said the 61-year-old Bramlage is at […]

Continue reading
A Camera in Every Stall? Merging Derby Security and Marketing

It’s hard to imagine making the Kentucky Derby a much more popular event than it is already, but I have an idea that could lead to increased public interest in the competing horses, heighten the level of security and transparency, and save Churchill Downs money. For this year’s 139th Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Horse Racing […]

Continue reading
Policy to Permit Barrel-Race Betting Ruled Illegal in Florida

It may be too early to strike up the band for a few bars of “Roll Out the Barrels,” but it looks like the gig may be up for backers of pari-mutuel barrel racing in Florida. Those proponents, starting with the group that obtained a permit to conduct barrel racing in the small panhandle town […]

Continue reading
Orb Carries Historic Stables, Hall of Fame Trainer to Kentucky Derby Glory

We can close the chapter on two of the great racing stables of the American turf never claiming victory in the sport’s greatest race, after Orb cruised to a late-running, 2 1/2-length triumph in the 139th Kentucky Derby for owner-breeders Stuart Janney III and Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps and his Phipps Stable. The 3-year-old colt […]

Continue reading
Medication Oversight: Clean Sport Should Be the Goal

There is no grander event in American horse racing than the Kentucky Derby, and it is critically important for the Derby to have a fair and level playing field for every one of its participants. It is a fundamental right for the horses and their connections, and something that will keep this great racing tradition […]

Continue reading
Louisiana Exercise Rider Killed by Horse From Suspended Trainer’s Stable

Jess C. Meche, a 21-year-old exercise rider at Delta Downs racetrack in Vinton, La., died in a training accident on the evening of April 11. Meche, from Church Point, La., was killed when the Quarter horse Czech Revolution fractured both front legs, throwing the rider to the ground. The horse landed on Meche’s head and […]

Continue reading
Luck, Perseverance Made Storm Cat Horse of a Lifetime for Young

Whenever I got the phone call from Mary Agnes in William T. Young’s office, asking if I had time to stop by to chat, I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon. Young usually wanted to challenge me on something I wrote, hoping to convince me that I was wrong. He loved to debate […]

Continue reading
The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Doug O’Neill

Doug O’Neill’s ride through the 2012 Triple Crown with I’ll Have Another – winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness – was anything but smooth. Questions about past medication violations dogged him from his Southern California base to Churchill Downs, to Pimlico, and finally to Belmont Park, where unprecedented security procedures were established, nearly everyone […]

Continue reading
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram