Ray Paulick, Author at Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

View From The Eighth Pole: How Transparency Can Build Greater Confidence In The Game

Horseplayers like to complain. They invent more conspiracies than Rudy Giuliani. I’ve hung around the track long enough and gotten enough emails, phone calls and text messages to have heard everything from how the photo finish operator is shaving off noses  to how stewards work in cahoots with jockeys to cash a bet. But sometimes […]

Unsealed Documents Show Surick Guilty Plea, Agreement To Cooperate In Federal Probe

Recently unsealed court documents show that Standardbred trainer Nicholas Surick pleaded guilty to multiple charges in October 2020 as part of a cooperating agreement with the Southern District of New York in its federal probe into horse doping. Surick faced up to 30 years imprisonment if found guilty on drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy and […]

‘A Man With A Heart’: Alec Head, 97, Renowned French Horseman, Passes

To say that France’s Head family has had an enormous impact on Thoroughbred racing worldwide would be understating the matter. Multiple generations of the family –  beginning with William Head, carrying on through his son, Alec, and then to Alec and wife Ghislaine’s son Frederic (Freddy) and daughter Christiane (Criquette) – have put their stamp […]

View From The Eighth Pole: Lessons From ObamaCare

The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, didn’t have the smoothest rollout after being signed into law by then President Barack Obama in March 2010. The federal legislation affording more Americans the opportunity to obtain health insurance passed on a party line vote (Democrats in favor, Republicans opposed). After becoming law, ObamaCare was challenged […]

Northern California Trainer Jonathan Wong Records 1,000th Career Win

Trainer Jonathan Wong recorded the 1,000th victory of his career on June 11 at Golden Gate Fields when Evin Roman guided first-time starter Opening Buzz to a seven-length score in a maiden special weight race for 3-year-old fillies run over the Albany, Calif., track’s Tapeta surface. The California-bred daughter of Stanford was bred and owned […]

It’s A Boy! Derby-Winning Trainer Reed Has Surprise Foal From Filly In Training At Belterra Park

Rich Strike’s 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby wasn’t trainer Eric Reed’s only May surprise. Three weeks after Rick Dawson’s Keen Ice colt stunned the racing world with his stretch-running victory at Churchill Downs, another 3-year-old trained by Reed – this one a filly – did something equally unusual, delivering a foal while in training […]

‘Little Guy Has Nowhere To Go’: Lexington’s Ashwood Training Center Closing July 1

In early April, trainer Sherri Boland moved her small stable of eight horses  from Florida to the Ashwood Training Center on Russell Cave Road just outside of Lexington, Ky. The daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Bill Boland had enough confidence that setting up shop there was the right thing to do that she bought […]

Judge Tosses Jury’s $1.5 Million Award In Vaccarezza Lawsuit Against Vet Baker

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles has overturned a jury’s verdict awarding $1.5 million in damages and interest to horse owner-trainer Carlo Vaccarezza and his wife, Priscilla, who sued equine veterinarian Dr. Vincent Baker and his Equine Medical Center for negligence in a case dating back to 2014. Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr. threw […]

Texas Racing Commission Threatens To Shut Down Racing Over HISA Oversight

The Texas Racing Commission has said pari-mutuel wagering will not be conducted at Texas racetracks on live or simulcast wagering if the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority asserts control over regulatory supervision on July 1, 2022, as scheduled. The Paulick Report obtained a copy of a May 20 letter to HISA chief executive officer Lisa […]

View From The Eighth Pole: Getting Ready For HISA

“Ready or not, here I come!” That battle cry from the children’s game of Hide and Seek could also serve as the mantra for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, the racetrack safety portion of which will go into effect on July 1, as mandated by federal law. The Anti-Doping and Medication Control portion of […]