Ray’s Paddock

PR Special Keeneland January: ‘Always Loved A Fighter, Man Or Horse’

The first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale opens Monday at 10 a.m., and the Paulick Report once again offers a print publication online and on the sales grounds. In the Keeneland January Book 1 edition of the PR Special, Joe Nevills enters the Kentucky Farm Time Capsule to examine the […]

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The Friday Show: What Should Happen In Horse Racing This Year?

A new year is upon us, and with it comes a combination of new challenges and old ones for the business of Thoroughbred racing. In our first Friday Show of 2019, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss five topics they’d like to see some progress on in the coming year. Watch the Friday Show below […]

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Seven Months Later, No Consequences For Oklahoma Horsemen Violating 24-Hour Medication Rule

There’s an old saying in politics, originating I think in the Watergate scandal, that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. It’s a phrase that may as well have evolved in horse racing. When I recently reviewed 2018’s top stories on the Paulick Report, I was reminded of Joe Gorajec’s dogged investigation into post-race […]

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One To One: Q & A With Woodbine Entertainment CEO Jim Lawson

Jim Lawson in 2015 was named chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment – Canada’s largest racetrack company, which owns and operates Woodbine near Toronto and Woodbine Mohawk Park, a harness track 30 miles to the west in Milton. Ontario. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as board chairman of Woodbine Entertainment. Lawson is also chairman […]

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What Did You Read? Top Stories Of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our most popular stories of the year. We’ve done this for the past several years at the Paulick Report. Find previous editions here, here, and here. As usual, the stories that were most important to you this year were a mixed […]

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A Very Muddy Christmas: Working Through A Kentucky Winter

I started leasing my own property in July of this year, with a delightfully old-fashioned four stall barn and two spacious paddocks just outside of Louisville. I have two horses of my own, a big off-track Thoroughbred and a 21-year-old pint-sized Arabian. A friend also boards her similarly-sized Quarter Horse mare in the field with […]

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Opening Day At Santa Anita: One Of Our Sport’s Greatest Treasures

I’ll never forget my first visit to Santa Anita. It was the winter of 1979 and I was living in Chicago. I should say I was eager to flee the Windy City after a January that saw sub-zero temperatures for two weeks and snowfall that eventually would accumulate to more than 90 inches. City streets […]

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Kentucky Court Of Appeals: Absolute Insurer Rule Is Constitutional; Kitten’s Point Medication DQ Upheld

The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday reversed a lower court decision that had overturned a positive drug test and rendered horse racing’s absolute insurer rule unconstitutional in Kentucky. Court of Appeal Judges Gene Smallwood, Debra Lambert and Sara Combs sided with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a case centered around Kitten’s Point, first-place […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Graded Stakes Committee Lacks Common Sense

I have no doubt that the men and women who serve on the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee are well intentioned. They want to be fair and consistent in assessing the relative quality of stakes races run each year before assigning Grade 1, Grade 2 or Grade 3 designations that ultimately […]

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The Friday Show: All About The Timing?

It was announced this week that a pilot project by Equibase at Keeneland showed promise for timing workouts in the future using GPS technology. In this edition of the Friday Show, the Paulick Report’s Scott Jagow and Joe Nevills discuss the potential for the program. Plus, what are the prospects for a new wager at […]

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