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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Arrogate At The Bat?

Every athlete has an off-day now and then, but it’s rare to see one that’s on top of the world throw a serious clunker. In this week’s episode of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what happened to Arrogate in the San Diego Handicap, plus some analysis of jockey Mike Smith’s ride […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: They Don’t Always Bring Their ‘A’ Game

There were 16,568 racing fans on hand at Del Mar racetrack to watch Saturday’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap – plus one notable no show. Juddmonte Farms’ Arrogate, billed by some as the Horse of the World, “laid an egg,” in the words of his trainer, Bob Baffert. In what was by far the worst performance […]

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AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Among Trio Notified Of Alleged Class 1 Drug Violations

Judd Kearl, the reigning American Quarter Horse Association champion trainer and 2016 leader in both money and races won in North America, was among three trainers notified on Friday by the Texas Racing Commission that horses in their care allegedly tested positive for the Class 1 drug Nomifensine. Kearl was notified of five alleged Class 1 violations […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Positive Trends?

Last week on The Friday Show, we looked at five of the biggest challenges the Thoroughbred racing industry currently faces. This week, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick examine trends that appear to be going in the right direction. What are some things in the racing business that are trending positive and should be capitalized upon? […]

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Saratoga Start Unlikely For Songbird; Porter Says No Plans To Retire Two-Time Champ At Year’s End

Owner Rick Porter and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer have long indicated that a race at Saratoga Race Course was among the stops they intended to make as part of two-time champion Songbird’s 4-year-old campaign. After an upset scare at hot and humid Delaware Park in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on July 15, […]

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Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Criminal Charges In Dermorphin Case

U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter denied a motion earlier this month to dismiss federal charges against Louisiana veterinarian Dr. Kyle J. Hebert and Essential Pharmacy Compounding. Hebert is accused of providing trainers with injectable vials of dermorphin, a synthetic opioid said to be 30 times more powerful than morphine and which he allegedly obtained […]

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Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per 1,000 starts was down, coming to 1.54 after weighing in at 2.00 when the database started recording data in 2009. No matter where […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine’s Twilight Racing Series: Challenge Accepted?

As we like to say at the Paulick Report, we’ve reached the “Dog Days” of the Thoroughbred racing season. Since it’s somewhat of a quiet time and the middle of the year, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on the current state of the horse racing industry. So, in this episode of The Friday […]

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‘Show’ Us The Money? The Plight Of A Simple Wager

The modern menu of betting options in North American horse racing has reached dizzying levels. Daily Double, Pick 3, 4, 5, 6, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, Super High Five, Pick 6 jackpots, Grand Slams, Place Pick All. You get the idea. But it’s one of the oldest and most basic wagers that has horseplayers in fits, […]

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PR Special Fasig-Tipton July: Danzig’s Rapid Rise To Success

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer its special print publication available online and on the grounds of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale of Selected Yearlings. This edition of the PR Special introduces a new series, “Success Beyond Expectations,” focusing on highly successful stallions who entered stud without great fanfare or a bulging […]

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