Ray Paulick

The Friday Show: Kentucky Derby Match Game?

There could be some last-minute adjustments to the field, but in general we know which horses will line up to contest the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby in a couple of weeks. Now that all of the prep races have been run, it’s time to look back and see what we’ve learned, and to […]

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Los Angeles Times’ Decision On Racing Coverage Rankles Some At Least

Do newspapers matter? The answer to that depends on whom you ask. They matter to a 90-year-old horseplayer named Mel Brooks, a Santa Anita Park regular who is also known for making a few movies over the years: “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Spaceballs,” among many others. They matter to his good friend, […]

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The Friday Show: Purse Inflation, Derby Chaos?

In recent days we’ve learned the two richest races in horse racing plan to become even wealthier. The Pegasus World Cup has upped its purse to a whopping $16 million, and the Dubai World Cup could still top that with its desire to reclaim the title of world’s richest race. In this week’s The Friday […]

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New Drug Testing Protocols Making A Difference At Oaklawn Park?

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., rolls into its final week of live racing today, highlighted by the 44th annual Racing Festival of the South, a cluster of stakes races culminating with Saturday’s closing day Grade 1, $1-million Arkansas Derby, the $750,000 Oaklawn Park Handicap (G2) and the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3). Friday’s […]

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The Friday Show: Failure To Coordinate, Off-Track Woes?

The issue of not coordinating off times for major races struck again last weekend, much to the displeasure of fans and horseplayers. Plus, Twinspires bettors in California may be shut out of playing the state’s racetracks due to the lack of an agreement concerning on-track versus off-track wagers. In this edition of The Friday Show, […]

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Tweet Tweet! Putting Some Sunshine On A Twitter Takeover

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (and if you aren’t following me on Twitter, why the heck not?) may notice something a little different on Monday. Why, for example, will the @raypaulick Twitter feed be full of news, photos and information about the Florida Thoroughbred industry? Why will it seem like someone far more educated and […]

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The Friday Show: Wrong Horses, Arrogate’s Place?

This week, the Paulick Report looked into a case of mistaken identity at Will Rogers Downs, where a horse ran under the wrong name in a race. This isn’t the first time a mistake like that has been discovered. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue and […]

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The Friday Show: Shocking Results, Weighing History?

Jockey Roman Chapa is already facing a lengthy suspension at least, plus felony charges for alleged use of an electrical device in a race in Texas, but in this edition of The Friday Show, we ask how far could this possibly go? A new photo of Chapa has surfaced that may shed light on further […]

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The Friday Show: A Numbers Game, Hole In The Derby Trail?

It was a record-setting week at OBS March, with the 2-year-olds in training sale hitting all-time marks for gross and average, plus selling more than five horses at $1 million or more. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the current state of the auction marketplace. Are new […]

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For His Strength, Record, Garrett Gomez Deserves Hall Of Fame

If Garrett Gomez had cancer, he’d already be in the Hall of Fame. But because he suffered from addiction, a disease most people don’t understand and one that many refuse to even acknowledge, a majority of Hall of Fame voters since 2011 have been weighing the two-time Eclipse Award-winning rider’s perceived moral weakness instead of […]

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