Ray’s Paddock

How Dr. Edward H. Fallon Streamlined The Breeding Season

Advances in knowledge and technology have made the chances of getting a mare pregnant during the breeding season as high as they’ve ever been, and that efficiency has shaped the breeding industry’s schedules and production into what we know today. The difference in a few days for getting a mare ready for the breeding shed, […]

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After PETA Scandal, West Virginia Tracks And Horsemen Making Plans To Institute Necropsy Program By January 2020

West Virginia’s racing commissioners reacted with horror and outrage to a series of photos distributed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) several weeks ago, and vowed that change would be coming as a result.  PETA published a set of photographs taken by an unnamed whistleblower which appeared to show the body […]

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PR Special Keeneland November Sale: Back In Time With Woodburn Stud

The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale rolls on into Book 2 and the Paulick Report is there with another edition of the PR Special. In this issue, features editor Natalie Voss enters the Kentucky Farm Time Capsule to look at the long and storied history of Woodburn Stud, the home of the breed-shaping stallion Lexington […]

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Breeders’ Cup Mum On Mongolian Groom’s Exam History

If you’re looking for details on the veterinary exam history of Breeders’ Cup Classic runner Mongolian Groom, who was fatally injured in the Santa Anita stretch on Nov. 2, you’re not going to get them any time soon. The horse, who suffered multiple fractures of the lower part of his left hind cannon and upper […]

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‘A Gun To Our Heads’: California Trainers Struggle With What Lies Ahead

The Sunday morning after the Breeders’ Cup dawned over horses working at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., just as they had on Saturday, as they had a year ago, and probably as they had 40 years ago. Exercise riders soothed anxious mounts, grooms gave baths to steaming horses, and horse lovers sipped coffee at Clocker’s […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Safety Is Paramount

Organizers of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships chose to stay at Santa Anita, despite pressure related to a rash of equine fatalities at the track earlier this year. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue of protecting racehorses given that backdrop. Plus, some background on a jockey […]

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‘It Sent A Chill Through Me’: Remembering The Infamous Breeders’ Cup ‘Fix Six’

At some point during most Breeders’ Cup weekends, at least one race will be won by a horse most people threw out. When a longshot sticks a nose in front, no one is happier than the victorious horseplayer. There was at least one occasion, however, when a big upset proved three bettors’ downfall.  In 2001, […]

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After Masochistic, Breeders’ Cup Out-Of-Competition Testing More Comprehensive Than Ever

When horses load into the gate for this year’s Breeders’ Cup, it will mark the first time that every single American-based entrant has had at least one out-of-competition test (OOCT) performed before they were cleared to compete.  Like most regulatory programs, people didn’t think much about the Breeders’ Cup OOCT program until something went wrong. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Hosts With The Most?

The Breeders’ Cup is back at Santa Anita for the 10th time in its history. In fact, the World Championships have gotten quite cozy between California and Kentucky the past dozen years. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick ponder other future host sites for the event, plus how might […]

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