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Letter To The Editor: Swing The Pendulum Back Toward Breeding For Soundness, Stamina

I would like to respond to Ryan Metzger’s letter to the editor published in the Paulick Report on Aug. 28, 2023. As a former turf writer for United Press International and Bloomberg Sports, for which I covered the Kentucky Derby and many major racing events of the 1990s, I am like many others appalled and […]

Letter To The Editor: One Horse Owner Is Getting Out Of The Game After Saratoga Breakdowns

I have been mesmerized by horses from a young age. I was fortunate enough to own three horses before I went off to college. From there I played polo, rode in the intercollegiate horse shows early years, and eventually became a veterinarian. My first racing memory was Proud Clarion in the Derby, and Dancer’s Image […]

Letter To The Editor: Industry Reactions To New York Thunder Ring Hollow

When a national tragedy happens in the United States, in the moments after we are often met with a common phrase, “Now is not the time for politics. It is the time for thoughts and prayers.” Fast forward to a couple months to the next tragedy and the same utterance can be heard from the […]

Casner: Synthetic Tracks Are Safer – Here’s Why

Horse racing is at a survival tipping point. The catastrophic breakdowns that continue to haunt our industry at all tracks racing on dirt is sickening.  The decisions that are made in the short term will determine whether horse racing can endure as we know it. The American public has no tolerance for what they perceive […]

Del Mar Summer: For Top Jockey Agent Craig O’Bryan, Retirement Can Wait

Second generation jockey agent Craig O’Bryan called it a career a few years back after representing some of the game’s top riders for nearly a half century, including four Hall of Famers: Eddie Delahoussaye, Gary Stevens, Alex Solis, and Corey Nakatani. He grew up in the game as the son of the late George O’Bryan, […]

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Answering Reader Questions With Gary Contessa

We’re switching things up a bit on this week’s episode of The Friday Show. If you follow us on Instagram or subscribe to the Paulick Report Insider Patreon feed, you’re familiar with our “Ask Me Anything” video series, where a member of our staff answers reader questions about horse racing, or whatever else passes through […]

Bandoroff: Visionary Anthony Manganaro Saw The Big Picture

Anthony Manganaro wasn’t out to make friends. He was out to change an industry he loved. He was a street fighter, a former labor organizer, and he was willing to fight. When one idea hit a dead end he came up with another one and another one and, well, you get the idea. He never […]

Rudulph: ‘I Don’t Belong Here In Horse Racing’

Ken Rudulph, long-time analyst for TVG and later FanDuel TV, tweeted the following open letter to the horse racing industry Aug. 21 addressing fan questions about his departure from the network. On May 15, TVG/FanDuel released a statement indicating Rudulph had been taken off the air for making what it called “disappointing comments online about […]

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Does The King’s Plate Go Through Kalik?

An overflowing entry box for Canada’s most important Thoroughbred race, the $1-million King’s Plate, suggests that this year’s field of Canadian-bred 3-year-olds is without a standout. Seventeen horses are expected to be in the starting gate, with two others on the also-eligible list for Sunday’s race, the highlight of a 13-race card that begins at […]

Del Mar Summer: Where Celebrities Came To Play

In 1979, shortly after I moved to Southern California from Chicago, a friend from the Midwest came to visit and said she wanted to see Hollywood celebrities. “I hear you can buy maps showing where all the stars live,” she said. It was true. You couldn’t drive along Sunset Boulevard without seeing someone on the […]