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View From the Eighth Pole: No Horse Racing Commission, No Transparency In Florida

It didn’t take long for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. to find the winner’s circle after being reinstated at Gulfstream Park by the Hallandale Beach, Fla., track’s owner, The Stronach Group, which reportedly handed the Venezuela native a six-month suspension in November for having unlabeled medication in his barn. Granpollo Stable’s Gran Greyfrost won a low-level […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Calling All Champions

Every January, the Thoroughbred industry honors its best from the previous year by bestowing awards in various categories. The ceremony for the 49th Eclipse Awards takes place next week at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. In this edition of The Friday Show, Paulick Report editor-in-chief Scott Jagow and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills reveal their votes […]

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When It Comes To Lasix And Federal Legislation, Horse Racing Has Been Here Before

As a new year begins, some racing jurisdictions will begin considering or implementing a furosemide (Lasix) phaseout. In December, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a partial phaseout starting for 2-year-olds of 2020. Earlier last year, The Stronach Group and the New York Racing Association, together with Churchill Downs Inc., Los Alamitos, and […]

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PR Special Keeneland January Sale: Quality Road And His Research Grants

The 2020 auction season kicks off at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, and the Paulick Report is once again part of the proceedings with the PR Special. In this issue, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills writes about how the meteoric rise of Lane’s End stallion Quality Road has been a multi-million dollar windfall for the […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Practice What You Preach On Equine Safety

The first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held at Keeneland racetrack in October 2006 and brought together a respected group of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys veterinarians, racetrack officials and regulators. The summit was arranged months after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro sustained a severe injury in the Preakness that eventually took his life. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Horse Racing’s Moments Of The Year

Each year for the past two decades, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has offered fans the opportunity to choose horse racing’s standout moment from the prior year. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the candidates for 2019’s moment, revisiting many of them and sharing their thoughts. Watch […]

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Stocks And Studs: When Thoroughbreds And Investment Funds Mix

When revelations broke in late November that Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the big-spending new ownership group of mysterious origins, had been named in a money laundering case in New York, the racing world was abuzz. According to sales records, Phoenix has spent tens of millions of dollars in bloodstock over the past three years. Its website states […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: American Exceptionalism In The Graded Stakes Process

In December 2018, I suggested the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee lacked common sense when it came time to assigning designations to the best races in this country. Nothing has changed in the last 12 months to convince me otherwise. I wrote then that the committee – armed with reams of […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Trends From A Decade?

With the calendar having flipped to 2020, the Paulick Report looks back on the last ten years in the horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss five developments of the past decade that have had a profound influence on the sport of racing. Share your thoughts […]

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David Blee And The Power Of The Mentor

(Editor’s note: David Cooper Blee died on Dec. 29 at the age of 66. Among other things, in his professional life he was vice president of Runnymede Farm in Paris, Ky., an internationally recognized expert in the field of nuclear energy, and an advocate for the Thoroughbred industry through his involvement with the Kentucky Equine […]

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