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About Us

The Paulick Report was launched in 2008 by co-founders Ray Paulick and Brad Cummings. What began as a blog page has grown into North America's leading independent horse racing publication. We bring readers not just race results, but business news, personality profiles, and horse health content from around the web and from our own stable of contributors.

The publication's ethos is to shine light on the horse industry, highlighting its triumphs and its challenges in hopes of encouraging thoughtful discussion and solutions.

Soon after its foundation and thanks partly to this mission, the Paulick Report gained a reputation for its investigative reporting, tackling stories others have not. In 2013, publisher Ray Paulick was presented for the Stan Bergstein Writing Award for his story on a drug violation at Tampa Bay Downs. The Bergstein Award was created specifically to honor investigative journalism in horse racing. The Paulick Report had pieces nominated for the award in each subsequent year, including in 2016, when editor-in-chief Natalie Voss garnered a record four nominations for the award. In 2016, Voss also won the media Eclipse Award in the News/Enterprise category for her story on head injuries in jockeys.

A link to all the Paulick Report's investigative stories is available here.

The Paulick Report has received additional accolades for its features. In 2014, editor-in-chief Scott Jagow won a Sovereign Award for his four-part video series “Woodbine Diaries.” In 2016 contributor John Schienman won the media Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary for his profile of Andy Beyer. In 2019, bloodstock editor Joe Nevills picked up the Eclipse in the same category for a feature on now-defunct Mount Pleasant Meadows in his native Michigan.

In 2020, the Paulick Report was the publisher of three Eclipse Award-winning entries as Voss swept both writing award categories for writing with a feature about an off-track Thoroughbred who took a long path home and a three-part series on the evolution of Thoroughbred aftercare. Additionally, photographer Alex Evers snapped the Eclipse Award-winning photo of the 2020 Kentucky Derby field entering the first turn before an empty grandstand; that photograph was published as part of a feature on the unusual feeling of America's biggest race without fans.

The Paulick Report has experienced tremendous organic growth in readership since its foundation and is considered by many readers to be an essential part of their daily news consumption.

For more information about reaching our readership through advertising, please contact Emily Alberti at (859 913.9633).

Ray Paulick

Ray Paulick's only Eclipse

Publisher

Necessity being the mother of invention, I started the Paulick Report with Brad Cummings in 2008 after spending 30-plus years in various jobs and wearing out my welcome at the Chicago Daily News/Sun-Times Newspaper Syndicate in Chicago, Daily Racing Form in Los Angeles, and Thoroughbred Times, Racing Times and Blood-Horse Publications in Lexington, Ky. I became a Kentuckian in 1988.

I try to take my job seriously, but myself not so much. The best thing I've done throughout my career is surround myself with smart people to make up for my own shortcomings. So far it's working.

I haven't owned a horse since I was 15 years old and living on a farm in Illinois. That was a long time ago. And I prefer the grandstand to the press box or Turf Club.

 

 

 

Natalie Voss

Editor-in-Chief

Natalie Voss started with the Paulick Report as an intern soon after its inception while working toward her bachelor's degree in equine science, which she received with honors from the University of Kentucky. In addition to editorial work, she sought experience in various parts of the equine industry, including breaking yearlings, preparing/showing yearlings at sale, retraining off-track Thoroughbreds, and assisting in public relations for an equine hospital. She returned to the Paulick Report in early 2013 as a weekend editor and features writer and is a three-time Eclipse Award winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Nevills

Bloodstock Editor

A native of Edmore, Mich., Joe Nevills grew up on four-furlong sprints and $4,000 claiming tags, learning the industry from his grandpa, who bred Thoroughbreds and raced them at Detroit Race Course, Great Lakes Downs, and Mount Pleasant Meadows. He has covered bloodstock and auction topics for Thoroughbred Times and the Daily Racing Form, and he joined the Paulick Report as bloodstock editor in 2018. A year later, he earned a Media Eclipse Award for “Biting The Dust: A Long Goodbye To Mount Pleasant Meadows,” a highly personal piece looking back on the fallout from the closure of his home track. Joe also analyzes major races with his own unique spin as The Haiku Handicapper.

 

 

 

 

Chelsea Hackbarth

News Editor

A lifelong equine enthusiast, Chelsea Hackbarth has ridden and worked around horses for over 20 years. Ten of those years have included Thoroughbreds, both on and off the track. The breed's heart and athleticism drew her to racing, and she spent five years working on racetracks all across the Midwest. Chelsea has groomed $2,500 claimers at the now-defunct Beulah Park in Ohio, outridden at Prairie Meadows in Iowa, and ponied the Kentucky Derby in 2014 at Churchill Downs.

Chelsea started with the Paulick Report in 2015, adding an insider's perspective to the team and writing weekly features about trainers, owners, and jockeys across the country. She continues to pony on racetracks in Kentucky for big event days, including working with Breeders' Cup Turf winner Enable at Churchill in 2018, and several Breeders' Cup contenders at Keeneland in 2020.

 

 

Emily Alberti

Director of Advertising

Emily Alberti joined the Paulick Report in 2013 as our advertising director and has been broadening clients' reach throughout the Thoroughbred industry for over 15 years. Alberti's father was a trainer and growing up in the industry provided her hands-on experiences at the track and farm.  Before coming to the Paulick Report, her experiences included work in a veterinary clinic, horse transport, breeding farm and sales, all of which made a conversion to advertising a natural fit. Emily takes a customized approach with each and every client, building solid relationships along the way. Her expertise drives both farms and tracks to the finish line.