Ray Paulick

View From The Eighth Pole: Breeders’ Cup Can Run But Not Hide From Safety Concerns

The Breeders’ Cup board of directors meets on Thursday, June 27, and a key topic for discussion almost certainly will be whether or not to maintain the organization’s commitment to hold this year’s two-day championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2. The easy decision would be to say that things are […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Lessons From Royal Ascot?

This week, the Thoroughbred racing world’s attention has been focused on the majesty of the annual Royal Ascot meet near London. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what makes the five-day event so special and captivating. What elements of Royal Ascot might U.S. racing events emulate? And what […]

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View From The Eighth Pole – Horse Racing At The Crossroads: Reform Or Die

The headline reads “The Breaking Point,” followed by the statement: “A rising toll of racetrack breakdowns has shaken public confidence and put the Thoroughbred industry at a crossroads.” The article speaks of the apparent fragility of the modern Thoroughbred and the increasing reliance on corticosteroids and other therapeutic medications in the American racehorse and whether […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Niall Brennan Stables: Belmont Stakes Toss Or Keep?

With just 24 hours left before the final leg of the Triple Crown, all is thankfully quiet on the Belmont Park backstretch. Nothing left to do but figure out the winner of Saturday’s 151st running of the Belmont Stakes. In this Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick play a game called Toss […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Talking Safety And Business

As the third leg of the Triple Crown approaches, the safety of horses and jockeys continues to take center stage, as it should, between stakeholders in the horse racing industry and by others outside the sport. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss some of the conversations taking place […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Niall Brennan Stables: Rhythm, Patience And Favorites?

What does it take for a horse to win the 1 1/2-Mile, 12 Furlong “Test of the Champion” Belmont Stakes? A number of things, of course. In this edition of The Triple Crown News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the factors that have propelled recent winners to victory in the third leg of […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Weeding Out The Bad Apples?

The national spotlight continues to burn hot on the Thoroughbred racing industry, with California lawmakers weighing in on the sport this week and media outlets giving their take on the future of the horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the investigations of equine deaths at […]

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‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Five Questions On The Kentucky Derby DQ Controversy

It’s been a wild week in the horse racing industry, to put it mildly, and The Friday Show responds with a lively discussion befitting the moment. Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick answer a series of “inquiries” about what happened with the Kentucky Derby disqualification of winner Maximum Security Saturday, whether it was the right call […]

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