thoroughbred racing

View From The Eighth Pole: The Disappearing Iron Horse

I recently took a trip down memory lane with Tom Durkin, the race caller who worked the announcer’s booth for the Breeders’ Cup’s inaugural running at Hollywood Park in 1984 and didn’t relinquish the microphone until after the 2005 edition, when the telecast moved from NBC to ESPN. Durkin gave fans a chance to relive […]

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Sports Creek Raceway Could Bring Thoroughbreds Back To Michigan

The potential sale and reopening of Sports Creek Raceway could bring Thoroughbred racing back to the state of Michigan in 2019, reports mlive.com. In April this year, Hazel Park unexpectedly closed, leaving the state without Thoroughbred racing for the first time in 88 years. Applications for meeting and track licenses are in the works with the […]

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Live Racing Returns To Suffolk Downs This Weekend

Suffolk Downs will host the third scheduled live racing and food truck festival weekend of the summer this Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5. On Saturday, the average field size is 11 horses per race and 148 total horses have been entered for the day which features over $500,000 in total purses and awards. The $100,000 Jill Jellison Memorial Dash […]

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Los Alamitos’ Summer Thoroughbred Festival Kicks Off Thursday

The first thoroughbred meet of 2018 at Los Alamitos will begin Thursday, June 28. The 12-day Summer Thoroughbred Festival will continue through Sunday, July 15 with racing – with one exception – conducted on a Thursday–Sunday basis. There will be holiday racing Wednesday, July 4 prior to a dark day Thursday, July 5. Racing will resume Friday, July 6. Post time will be 1 p.m. The three-week […]

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What Did You Read? Top Stories Of 2017

As 2017 winds down, it’s time to take a look back at the most popular stories of the year, per Paulick Report tradition. This year’s group is a diverse one, with readers following some of the legal cases we reported, debating regulatory issues, but also delighting in some of the uplifting and educational pieces we […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Old Hard-Back,’ Five-Time Kentucky Derby Winner

It is worn down, stretched a bit thin in places, and bears the subtle scars of 40 years of use. Some of its stitching is frayed, but the smooth, well-oiled grain of the leather suggests there is more than meets the eye. Though it bears little resemblance to its slick and shiny modern cousins decorating […]

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Irishmen Ryan, Dilger Strike Back-To-Back Gold In Kentucky Derby

Mike Ryan comes from Ireland’s County Meath, just outside of Dublin, where he was raised on his family’s horse farm. Gerry Dilger, growing up in County Clare in western Ireland, couldn’t wait for each school day to end so he could get to his ponies. Both men knew what they wanted in life at an […]

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PR Special OBS April: A Snapshot Of Racing, Region By Region

The Paulick Report is once again pleased to offer a special print publication, available here and on the grounds of the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. In this edition of the PR Special, Ray Paulick examines the state of Thoroughbred racing and breeding across America in the first of a two-part series.  In […]

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Tim Capps, Former Racing Executive, ‘Ultimate Mentor,’ Dies at 71

Longtime Thoroughbred racing executive, journalist and most recently director of the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville, Tim Capps, died Saturday at the age of 71. Capps had been hospitalized since mid-February following a stroke. Tributes to Capps flowed in on social media, many from former students in the U of L College […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: UPS Driver Grant Trains Millionaire, G1 Winner

Little-known trainer Gaston Grant describes his journey with millionaire New Jersey-bred Green Gratto as “once in a million.” Whatever the odds attached to their success, they are long. Grant remains in the early stages of building his credentials as a horseman as he scrambles to find time to oversee his small stable at Aqueduct Racetrack while maintaining […]

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