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PR Special Keeneland January: American Pharoah’s First Yearlings

The Paulick Report in once again pleased to offer a special print publication available here and on the grounds at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, Natalie Voss shares attitudes and perspectives from trainers in Great Britain about the use of medication. Frank […]

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Shuback: Foreign Invasion Creates Troubled Times For French Racing

The death last month of the Marquise de Moratalla, for decades one of France’s leading breeder/owners, prompted her longtime trainer, the recently retired Francois Doumen, to remark that “she was the type of owner we don’t have in France anymore.” In fact, Doumen was putting his finger into the wound that has caused much agonizing […]

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Kentucky Farm Time Capsule: Hamburg Place

This profile continues our Kentucky Farm Time Capsule series. Find previous editions on Elmendorf here and Mereworth here. These days, “Hamburg” is the place Lexington residents go to get a bite for dinner or a new pair of shoes. But there was a time, decades ago now, when the stretch of land east of town […]

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Sorry, Wrong Number: Turf Paradise Ending Telephone Wagering

Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Ariz., is pulling the plug on telephone wagering less than three years after the outdated service went into effect. A statement on the Turf Paradise website said: “Effective January 9, 2018, all Phone Betting Accounts for Arizona residents will no longer be active. This includes phone betting accounts with TVG, Twin Spires, Xpressbet […]

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Claimers: ‘A Lot Of People Care’ About Welfare Of Racing’s Working Class Horses

This is our fourth and final installment in the Claimers series. Find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here. Behind the veil of a blue and white checker pattern, Twitter user @NotCloudyAllDay collects and publishes hundreds of race results every week, hoping to alert the public, rescues and racing officials to horses […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Integrity Of The Sport?

It seems to be an annual query for the Thoroughbred racing industry as the current year wanes — what is the top priority for next year? In a recent poll at the Paulick Report, readers gave a fairly definitive answer: Integrity. The question is, what exactly does that mean? In this edition of The Friday […]

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Claimers: Trainers ‘Have to Have Ice Water In Your Veins’ To Drop A Claim

This is the third in a four-part series on claiming racing. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. If it weren’t already a well-established concept in American racing, the premise of the claiming game would probably sound a little like an idea for a failed reality television show. A trainer’s mission, when he chooses […]

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What Did You Read? Top Stories Of 2017

As 2017 winds down, it’s time to take a look back at the most popular stories of the year, per Paulick Report tradition. This year’s group is a diverse one, with readers following some of the legal cases we reported, debating regulatory issues, but also delighting in some of the uplifting and educational pieces we […]

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Claimers: The Rules Governing The Game

This is the second in a four-part series on claiming racing. For part one, click here. Like anything else in horse racing, the rules of the claiming game can be difficult to follow for an outsider. As with drug regulation, the rules governing claiming can be different depending upon which state you’re running in. In […]

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Claimers: Examining The Business That Is Racing’s Bread And Butter

For much of the country, horse racing is the first Saturday in May or the first weekend in November, with millions of dollars in Thoroughbred muscle jogging before a national television audience. Those inside the business realize the average day in the sport is much less glittery, with card after card filled with horses running […]

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