Ray Paulick

View From The Eighth Pole: Practice What You Preach On Equine Safety

The first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held at Keeneland racetrack in October 2006 and brought together a respected group of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys veterinarians, racetrack officials and regulators. The summit was arranged months after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro sustained a severe injury in the Preakness that eventually took his life. […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Horse Racing’s Moments Of The Year

Each year for the past two decades, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has offered fans the opportunity to choose horse racing’s standout moment from the prior year. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the candidates for 2019’s moment, revisiting many of them and sharing their thoughts. Watch […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: American Exceptionalism In The Graded Stakes Process

In December 2018, I suggested the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s American Graded Stakes Committee lacked common sense when it came time to assigning designations to the best races in this country. Nothing has changed in the last 12 months to convince me otherwise. I wrote then that the committee – armed with reams of […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Trends From A Decade?

With the calendar having flipped to 2020, the Paulick Report looks back on the last ten years in the horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss five developments of the past decade that have had a profound influence on the sport of racing. Share your thoughts […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Three Biggest Horse Racing Issues In 2020?

It’s fair to say the U.S. horse racing industry wouldn’t mind putting 2019 behind it, considering the controversy that plagued the sport throughout the year. And that wish is about to come true, but what will be the top stories of 2020? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: New Whip Rules, Pegasus Changes?

California racing has seen several policy changes this year when it comes to horse racing safety. The latest proposal would restrict the use of riding crops by jockeys during races. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the proposal and what it might mean for the sport. Plus, a […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Surface Changes?

A horse racing industry that has seen plenty of turmoil in 2019 gathered together this week to share ideas and debate the course for the future. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss one of the prominent topics at this week’s Global Symposium on Racing — synthetic racing surfaces […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Making Jockeys Part Of The Solution

Javier Castellano was mad. Not fighting with Calvin Borel mad, but the Hall of Fame jockey was mad enough as he recalled a story from a few years ago that bothers him to this day. Castellano had been sitting quietly while a panel of jockeys and racetrack executives exchanged ideas about how the two groups […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Lessons From The Past About Toothless Tigers And Herding Cats

Twenty-five years ago, Brian McGrath was introduced during a luncheon at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan as horse racing’s first “commissioner.” Well, maybe not the commissioner for all of horse racing – just for the racetracks who were members of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, which had hired him. McGrath had no juice with regulatory bodies, […]

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Breeders’ Cup News Minute Powered By DRF Formulator: Saturday Selections

Future Stars Friday at the Breeders’ Cup produced an intriguing mix of winners, including favorites and unexpected longshots. In this edition of the Breeders’ Cup News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick tackle the championship Saturday card and share their picks for the major races. Hint: They like a lot of longshots. Plus, a DRF […]

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