Ray Paulick

Rock and a Hard Place: Behind the Breeders’ Cup Lasix Decision

Was it merely a change of heart that led the Breeders’ Cup board of directors to back away from their 2011 decision to ban race-day medication in all of its championship races beginning in 2013? Or could it have been the financial projections given to the board for this year’s event if some owners and […]

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RIP Adalin Wichman, Creator of Eclipse Award Statue

Tributes and a full obituary will be forthcoming, but the Paulick Report has learned of the death on Sunday of the internationally acclaimed Kentucky artist Adalin Wichman. Among her many legacies is the coveted Eclipse Award statute she was commissioned to sculpt by the former Keeneland  and Thoroughbred Racing Associations executive J.B. Faulconer. Ms. Wichman […]

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Trainers in a Pickle After Oklahoma Ruling

A District Court judge in Oklahoma County, Okla., has ruled against four Thoroughbred and Quarter horse trainers who sought a temporary restraining order to lift a ban imposed on them by Remington Park earlier this year. The four trainers – Robert Demitt, Rodney Harmon, Jeffrey Heath Reed, and Karl Broberg – have either been suspended […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Lasix – A Racetrack Practitioner’s Perspective

Dr. Don Shields has been a Southern California racetrack practitioner for more than 25 years since his graduation from the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. While he has specialty training in diagnostic ultrasound and has performed numerous stem-cell and platelet rich plasma treatments to injured tendons and ligaments of horse, Dr. […]

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West Virginia Officials Widen Program Trainer Probe

Racing officials in West Virginia have scheduled a hearing on Saturday to look into allegations that Scooter Davis was using program trainers – including his father Billy Ray Davis and Douglas Shanyfelt – while serving a six-month suspension for multiple clenbuterol violations last summer. Stewards at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town races have ordered […]

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Florida Racing Dates: Is It Really About Live Racing?

Gulfstream Park says it’s all about live racing. Calder says it’s all about live racing. But I’m beginning to wonder: Is the dates conflict that will have the two South Florida Thoroughbred tracks running head to head beginning in July really about live racing? Thursday was the deadline for Florida’s pari-mutuel facilities to submit to […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Foaling Complications

Rachel Alexandra’s post foaling complications drew a great deal of media and public attention when the 2009 Horse of the Year was hospitalized following the birth of her second foal, a filly by Bernardini, just over two weeks ago. A team of reproductive specialists at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where the […]

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Annual Non-Profit Salaries Survey: Executive Pay Falls

Just as so many American families and small businesses across the country have done some belt tightening in recent years, so, too, have numerous non-profit organizations serving various segments of the horse racing and breeding industry. In the Paulick Report’s exclusive survey of 22 national, state and local organizations that filed Form 990 with the […]

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Veitch Wants Life at Ten Case Reopened

Former chief Kentucky steward John Veitch has filed a motion in Franklin Circuit Court to reopen the case, currently in the state’s Court of Appeals, that led to his suspension and ultimate dismissal by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission involving the Life at Ten incident in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs. […]

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