Ray’s Paddock

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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KEENELAND: LEXINGTON’S FORT KNOX

By Ray Paulick In his wildest dreams, Hal Price Headley could not have imagined what eventually would develop from the 145-acre plot of land and training center on Versailles Road outside of Lexington, Ky., that he was asking his fellow horsemen and Blue Grass residents to buy from John Oliver Keene in 1935. His proposal […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: AUG. 10-16

By Ray Paulick The past week was all about closed-door industry committee meetings in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., designed to save racing from itself. Such is the nature of an industry that is run by a handful of self-appointed “leaders,” who then like to show off their might during a thunderous display of power […]

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A ‘GENUINE’ PLACE IN HISTORY

By Ray Paulick In the winter and spring of 1980, as a relatively new racing fan living in Southern California I was confident that I had discovered the certain winner of that year’s Kentucky Derby: a colt named Rumbo, who had a few mental quirks but possessed a powerful stretch run. Rumbo finished second in […]

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ROUND TABLE ROUNDUP

By Ray Paulick What’s different this time, different enough to herd the cats that refuse to be herded? Speakers at the Jockey Club Round Table on Matters Pertaining to Racing have been calling, encouraging and hoping for change for most of the 50-plus years that this annual gathering has been going on. Whether […]

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SADLER MAY SUE

By Ray Paulick Red-hot California trainer John Sadler may also be hot under the collar after California Horse Racing Board investigators raided his barn Monday morning in an apparent search for prohibited medications. So hot, in fact, that Sadler told the Paulick Report he and his attorney are considering legal action against the regulatory […]

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CHRB COMMENT ON BARN SEARCHES

By Ray Paulick Dr Rick Arthur, who gave up his equine surgery and veterinary practice in 2006 to become medical director for the California Horse Racing Board, commented on the regulatory agency’s policy regarding barn searches and the calling of positive tests for prohibited medications in horses. Arthur, a former president of the American […]

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SATURDAYS WITH SADLER

 By Ray Paulick California racing fans who are curious why Del Mar’s leading trainer, John Sadler, reportedly has had 18 horses test positive for steroids since July 1 will have the opportunity to quiz him on the subject during a “Donut Days” promotion at the Southern California seaside racetrack Saturday morning from 8-10 a.m. […]

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