Chelsea Hackbarth, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Nothing Like A Horse That Really Inspires You’

When his second-generation homebred Stitched was beaten almost 32 lengths in his first start, Nathan McCauley could have lost faith in the Mizzen Mast colt.  Instead, assistant trainer Travis Foley called Nathan and urged him not to give up just yet. “I was thinking, ‘Okay, what’s the cheapest maiden claiming race they run at the […]

What Have We Learned From Over 1,000 PET Scans Of Racehorse Fetlocks?

One of the overarching themes from the 10th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit at the Keeneland sales pavilion on Wednesday, June 22, was that prevention and early monitoring are going to be the key to reducing racetrack fatalities and injuries in the future. “If you’re only looking at horses on race day, you […]

Wearable Technology Helps New York Identify ‘At Risk’ Horses In Prospective Study

The 10th Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit – conducted on Wednesday, June 22, at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. – included a presentation on “Equine Wearable Technology,” which moderator Joe Appelbaum of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association likened to the popular Fitbit devices seeing widespread use in the fitness and health technology realms. […]

HISA Clarifies ‘Search & Seizure’ Rule On Private Farms

During a Thursday webinar hosted by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority CEO Lisa Lazarus issued clarifications about the much-maligned “search and seizure” rule. Listed as Regulation 5830 (B), which has not yet been approved by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  and is still open for public comment, the rule states: […]

‘I’ve Never Seen One Like Him’: Flightline Ultra-Impressive In Met Mile

Despite a slow break and being boxed in early, 2-5 favorite Flightline remained undefeated with a six-length runaway victory in Saturday’s $1 million, Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. Owned by Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Woodford Racing, the 4-year-old son of Tapit ran a mile over the […]

Clairiere All Heart To Defeat Malathaat In Ogden Phipps; Champ Letruska Fades To Finish Last

Stonestreet Stables homebred Clairiere posted a 9-2 upset in Saturday’s Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park, battling last year’s 3-year-old filly champion Malathaat all the way down the stretch to win by a head. The 3-5 favorite, champion older mare Letruska was pressured early and faded to finish last in the five-horse field. […]

Weekend Lineup Presented By Del Mar Ship & Win: Six Stakes Saturday Beneath The Twin Spires

This weekend’s stakes action is highlighted by the “Stephen Foster Preview Day” at Churchill Downs, which offers six stakes worth $200,000 apiece on Saturday’s card. Though only two of the stakes are graded, the listed races have drawn Grade 1 winners like Pauline’s Pearl (Shawnee Stakes) and Americanrevolution (Blame Stakes) for what ought to be […]

Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: World Traveler, Female Jockey Michel Will Prove She Belongs At Churchill

French-born jockey Mickaëlle Michel will have her first U.S. ride this Thursday at Churchill Downs, named aboard a 20-1 shot in the featured turf allowance race for trainer Graham Motion.  The 26-year-old made the move to Kentucky after more than four years winning races in six different countries, including on the dirt in Japan, because […]

‘Saint Gabriel’: Rich Strike’s Exercise Rider Known For So Much More Than His Skill With Horses

There is one important face you won’t see in the winner’s circle photographs from this year’s Kentucky Derby. Perhaps one of the most vital parts of the team, Rich Strike’s regular exercise rider Gabriel Lagunes watched the race from the clocker’s tower on the Churchill Downs backstretch. “I cried after he won,” Lagunes said. “Before […]