Martha Claussen

Trainer Pish remains true to Texas despite tough times

Texas, once one of the strongest states for racing and breeding, has faced tough times in the last decade. The lure of higher purses and breeding incentives in neighboring states Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico have driven some of the state’s finest horsemen elsewhere. Fortunately for Texas racing fans, one of its native sons, Danny […]

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Apprentice rider C.J. McMahon on the brink of national prominence

Apprentice rider C.J. McMahon is making quite a splash on the Louisiana circuit, writes Martha Claussen for SureBet Racing News.  The 17-year-old son of Quarter Horse rider Charles McMahon began riding as an apprentice at Evangeline Downs in May of this year, followed by a successful stint at Louisiana Downs then Delta Downs. The young […]

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Coady Photography: A family affair

If you’ve ever wondered about the people who shoot those thrilling race photographs, Martha Claussen has an enjoyable feature on Coady Photography, complete with strange but true stories race day stories and a history of the family-owned company: “The birth of Coady Photography had an unexpected beginning when Jack met the director of marketing for […]

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Handicap This! Plethora of Contests Available for Horseplayers

Strong Trend for Online Contests Gaining Popularity Readers of the Paulick Report are a smart, well-versed group of horseplayers, owners, breeders, and industry professionals. Many are quick to point out the shortcomings of our business, but let’s give credit where it is due. Handicapping contests are trending to online play and it is a winning […]

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Vinery LTD presents the Paulick Derby Index: Switching Gears

It’s that time of year again. Nearly everyone in horse racing gets Derby Fever, and the Paulick Report is no exception. The debate over Horse of the Year between Zenyatta and Blame was the No. 1 story from the time the two crossed the finish line heads apart in the Breeders’ Cup Classic until the […]

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A Handicapping Tournament for Twentysomethings?

The following piece originally appeared in the Dec. 14 edition of SureBet Racing News: Racing handicappers are in general, a competitive breed. They love fleshing out a longshot, picking the winner of the Kentucky Derby, hitting the elusive Pick 6, especially when the carryover exceeds six figures, and commandeering a positive ROI.     For the […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: CELEBRATING MCGOVERN

By Martha Claussen One of the top racetrack executives in the country, Ann McGovern, will bid farewell to the sport on Labor Day. Currently, the president and general manager at Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino, McGovern has been widely respected over the past 27 years for her management roles at tracks across the country. […]

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DERBY PICKS? STAND BY YOUR HORSE

By Martha Claussen Every handicapper, writer and reader of the Paulick Report has at least one tale of woe about a Kentucky Derby pick. I have had several years of near misses. My last bonafide pick was Monarchos in 2001. I loved him in the Florida Derby and would not allow myself to be […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY sponsored by Liberation Farm: A TEXAS TREASURE

By Martha Claussen On May 1 at Churchill Downs, millions will watch the most elite 3-year-old Thoroughbreds compete in the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses is a heralded sporting event, with festive hats, Mint Juleps and two minutes of heart-pounding excitement. The reality is that the majority of all racehorses will never […]

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THE CLAUSSEN CORNER: CATCHING UP WITH BORK

As the Paulick Report continues to grow, we will be bringing on more turf writers and industry insiders to share their opinions and perspective on the racing industry across the country and internationally. Longtime turf writer Martha Claussen, currently with SureBet Racing News, will be writing a piece for the Paulick Report once a month […]

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