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PLETCHER CHARGED WITH BREEDERS’ CUP PROCAINE POSITIVE

The California Horse Racing Board has filed a complaint against trainer Todd Pletcher for violation of CHRB Rules 1843.2, 1844 (a) (b) (d), and 1887 after the Maddy Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, reported that a sample taken from a horse in his care, Wait a While, exceeded the regulatory threshold for procaine.  […]

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PLETCHER POSITIVE: DRUG USED WITH PENICILLIN

By Ray Paulick Procaine, the local anesthetic detected above threshold levels in the Todd Pletcher-trained filly Wait a While when she finished third in the Oct. 24 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita Park, is used in association with penicillin G to prolong the minimum inhibitory concentration of the drug; in […]

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ADW DISPUTE: A LINE IN THE SAND

By Ray Paulick The dispute that’s prevented out-of-state horseplayers from betting on Hollywood Park races through account wagering or advance deposit wagering (ADW) companies is about money, of course. Isn’t it always? The same issues shut down account wagering on Churchill Downs, Calder Race Course and other tracks earlier this year. No one who’s […]

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MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: HIALEAH BACK TO HIBERNATION

By Ray Paulick Well, it was fun while it lasted, this dream of someday returning to Hialeah Park to enjoy horse racing in its most beautiful setting. Since making my first trip there in 1988, when the South Florida track already was in severe decline, I’ve held out hope that someone, somehow could restore it […]

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MIKE MITCHELL’S CALIFORNIA RAPSHEET

By Ray Paulick Californian Mike Mitchell has produced a steady stream of winners – mostly in the claiming ranks – since taking out his trainer’s license in 1974. He also has been cited quite regularly for various rules violations, including numerous medication and medication procedural infractions, by track stewards and the California Horse Racing Board, the latest […]

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SADLER, MULLINS ‘TAKE LEAVE’ FROM TRAINERS’ BOARD

By Ray Paulick John Sadler, the leading trainer at the recent Del Mar meeting whose barn was raided Aug. 18 by California Horse Racing Board investigators amidst allegations of multiple postive tests for anabolic steroids in horses he trains, has taken a “voluntary leave of absence” from his position as president and as a member […]

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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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ROID RAGE

By Ray Paulick The definition of the term “illegal” has always been a bit fuzzy in the horse racing world, especially among trainers. Several years ago I asked a very prominent horseman point blank if he was giving the blood-doping agent EPO to his horses as racing’s rumor mill had it. His response was […]

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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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