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BRATWURST MISHAP SIDELINES PAULICK REPORT EDITOR

Ray Paulick, editor and publisher of the Paulick Report, has been sent to the disabled list for a few days after suffering a deep gash at the base of the “bird” finger on his right hand in a freak accident early Friday afternoon. The incident occurred at his home in Lexington, Ky., when Paulick stumbled […]

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: CHURCHILL VS. HORSEMEN

Ray Paulick What in the world is going on inside the Churchill Downs Inc. executive offices? It’s slashed purses at Calder Race Course in South Florida by 17% and whacked almost $1 million from the fall stakes program at its home track in Louisville, Ky. Key management changes have been made at Calder and Fair […]

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SQUIRES DENIED EQUAL TIME IN INDIAN CHARLIE

By Ray Paulick (UPDATE: A Paulick Report reader pointed out that by including a link to Indian Charlie or Ed Musselman on our home page, we may tacitly be approving or condoning potentially insensitive or offensive material in the Indian Charlie newsletter. To erase any doubts, we do not approve or condone such material. The […]

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JONES SUSPENDED FOR CLENBUTEROL POSITIVE

By Ray Paulick Stewards at Delaware Park have suspended trainer Larry Jones for seven days, fined him $500 and ordered a purse redistribution following a hearing on Tuesday concerning the discovery of a higher than permitted level of Clenbuterol in a post-race test for Two Bucks Stable’s Stones River, who won a June 8 allowance race […]

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MIKE MITCHELL’S CALIFORNIA RAPSHEET

By Ray Paulick Californian Mike Mitchell has produced a steady stream of winners – mostly in the claiming ranks – since taking out his trainer’s license in 1974. He also has been cited quite regularly for various rules violations, including numerous medication and medication procedural infractions, by track stewards and the California Horse Racing Board, the latest […]

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: HIALEAH — A MORTAL LOCK

By Ray Paulick Best unintentionally funny line of the week came from John Brunetti, the owner of Hialeah Park. Discussing a conversation he had with Halsey Minor about the technology wizard’s interest in buying and reviving the shuttered South Florida racetrack, Brunetti was quoted in a trade publication as saying: “I have told […]

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MARKET CRISIS HITS THE HORSE BUSINESS

By Ray Paulick While Congress begins deliberations on the proposed economic bailout package that could cost taxpayers as much as $1 trillion, Thoroughbred owners and breeders are beginning to feel the effects of the turbulence on Wall Street and other world markets. The financial markets meltdown came smack dab in the middle of […]

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WHO OWNS KEENELAND?

By Ray Paulick In the 46 years since the Breeders’ Sales Company – a co-op established by Central Kentucky breeders — was handed over to Keeneland, the Lexington, Ky., auction house/racetrack has gross receipts of more than $13.5 billion through its sales of weanlings, yearlings, 2-year-olds in training and breeding stock. During that time, the […]

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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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