Ray’s Paddock

HETTINGER: A MAN WHO LOVED HORSES

Saturday was a bad day for horses. One of their best friends in the world, John Hettinger, passed away at the age of 74. No one fought harder to end the slaughter of horses in the United States than John Hettinger. He was tireless and passionate about ending slaughter. He talked about it, wrote […]

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KEENELAND: BLOGGING MONDAY’S FIRST SESSION

By Ray Paulick The Paulick Report will be live blogging and/or providing frequent updates from Monday’s first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale from Lexington, Ky. The sale is scheduled to kick off at 10 a.m. EDT, but as most auction viewers know sessions do not begin on time. First, a bit of news […]

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SADLER, MULLINS ‘TAKE LEAVE’ FROM TRAINERS’ BOARD

By Ray Paulick John Sadler, the leading trainer at the recent Del Mar meeting whose barn was raided Aug. 18 by California Horse Racing Board investigators amidst allegations of multiple postive tests for anabolic steroids in horses he trains, has taken a “voluntary leave of absence” from his position as president and as a member […]

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KEENELAND DAY ONE: DUBAI ACCOUNTS FOR 27%

By Ray Paulick All the economic indicators were down at Monday’s opening session of Keeneland’s bellwether September yearling sale — to no one’s surprise. The world economy is slumping, financial markets are turbulent, the American racing industry is going through hard times and even the U.S. dollar’s recent strengthening was a case of bad […]

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INDIAN CHARLIE AUTHOR MUSSELMAN AVID READER OF PAULICK REPORT

By Ray Paulick Ed Musselman, the former Churchill Downs tour guide, groom, jockey agent and trainer who publishes the Indian Charlie newsletter that is distributed during some race meetings and Thoroughbred auctions throughout the United States, has proven to be an avid reader of the Paulick Report, which England’s Pacemaker magazine said in its September issue […]

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DAY TWO: RAY PAULICK FROM THE KEENELAND SALE PAVILION

By Ray Paulick Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed struck again Tuesday morning to purchase the first seven-figure yearling of the Keeneland September sale’s second session when he stood in the back-ring area with bloodstock adviser John Ferguson and bought an A.P. Indy filly out of the Grade 1 winning Smart Strike mare Shadow Cast for $1 […]

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‘LIVE BLOGGING’ KEENELAND’S EXPANSION FORUM

By Ray Paulick These really must be the dog days of summer! Why else would the Paulick Report decide to “live blog” tonight’s public forum at Keeneland, which will give regular folk in the community a chance to sound off on expansion plans the auction company and racetrack is planning? Keeneland […]

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COLONEL JOHN: TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL?

By Ray Paulick WinStar Farm’s Colonel John may have had an advantage over his 11 rival 3-year-olds in last Saturday’s $1-million Travers Stakes when it was learned that jockey Garrett Gomez was carrying an angel on his shoulders. Gomez, who miraculously put Colonel John’s nose on the wire millimeters in front of Mambo in […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP: A NEW HOME?

By Ray Paulick The Keeneland Association cuts no corners when it comes to construction. The many additions that have been made to the racetrack over the years are almost undetectable, as they are done in the same style and quality as the original grandstand/clubhouse structure. It’s no surprise, then, that Keeneland has contracted with the […]

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SUMMER OF SLUMP

By Ray Paulick Thoroughbred breeders are on pins and needles in the days leading up to the bellwether sale that determines the state of the commercial market and the financial well-being of thousands of people engaged in the business of breeding, raising and selling racehorses. There is always an air of uncertainty as […]

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