The Paulick Report celebrates its fifth anniversary today, which, if nothing else, gives me an opportunity to thank the many people who have made this milestone possible.
When this website was launched on June 16, 2008, with the goal of providing an independent voice to the Thoroughbred industry, if someone had set an over-under line of five years, I would have taken the “unders” without hesitation.
Somehow, we've overcome the odds.
Brad Cummings and I were the entire staff for the first couple of years, working long days and weeks on end with little time away from the keyboard or telephone. Brad knew absolutely nothing about the horse business when he started, but he was a quick study, immensely talented, and incredibly hard-working. I feel fortunate that he put up with me as long as did, leaving at the beginning of 2013 to take on a management position with PM Advertising agency. I can say without any doubt that the Paulick Report would not have survived had I not had the good fortune of working with Brad.
We also would not have been able to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for Breeders' Cup Charities over the last four years of the Breeders' Cup of Bust fundraisers. Brad was a driving force in this effort to give back to the industry, and though it will not be the same without him the tradition will continue in 2013.
Our staff expanded gradually, and we now have five people working full-time on the Paulick Report: myself, editor-in-chief Scott Jagow, editors Mary Schweitzer and Natalie Voss, and director of advertising Emily Alberti. They are all pros, and I'm proud of the work they do.
None of this would have been possible without you, the readers – the Thoroughbred owners, breeders, trainers, industry professionals, horseplayers, and casual fans – who visit the site regularly, comment on articles, and provide feedback on what you like about the Paulick Report and where we can do better.
There are more places than ever before to get your news on the global Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry, so we try to be the one-stop shop: timely, comprehensive, compelling, and sometimes irreverent. We don't shy away from controversy, in large part because of the encouragement we hear from readers to tackle the tough subjects the industry faces.
The advertising community has been overwhelmingly supportive and I appreciate their willingness to be associated with a publication that can, at times, step on some toes. We would not survive without your support, so thank you very much for allowing an independent voice to exist.
It has been a very gratifying run for me personally, and I cannot begin to thank all of the individuals who have offered encouragement, support, and counsel over the years. You know who you are, so please accept my heartfelt gratitude. I'll try not to let you down.
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