Ray Paulick

Ray Paulick is a former editor of The Blood-Horse magazine.

Articles by Ray Paulick

Kentucky Bill Would Require Ownership, Medical Disclosure at Sales

Legislation that would require disclosure of ownership and veterinary records of horses sold at public auction was filed in the Kentucky House on Thursday, along with a bill amending dual agency legislation that was passed into law in Read More

Beyond Barbaro

There is no question 2006 was the year of Barbaro. The unbeaten colt was sensational on that first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs, turning in a performance in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) that lifted the hopes of racin Read More

Stopping Steroids

Progress in racing's war on drugs started with a report in August 2000 from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Task Force on Racing Integrity and Drug Testing at The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The following Read More

Synthetic Surfaces: Spanning the Globe

It's difficult to get away from talk of synthetic surfaces, whether it concerns racing in North America, Asia, Europe, or Dubai.

At this year's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs Nov. 4, a prominent European horseman said surfaces such as Read More

Hollywood Races Sunday After Addressing Cushion Track Complaints

Hollywood Park planned to conduct a full card of racing on its Cushion Track Sunday, one day after jockeys complained late in the day about "waves," or clumps of synthetic material, that a track official said were caused by problems with the Read More

Final Turn: Helping the Horses

The proposed strategic plan that came out of last month's Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit is one of those documents or white papers that most likely will land in one of two places: the Thoroughbred industry's dust-gathering burial Read More

Surgeries and Steroids

A survey of buyers of Thoroughbred weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds discovered that surgeries to correct conformation defects have a significant influence on whether or not someone will buy a horse at public auction.

In fact, 28.4% Read More

Tuesday Update: Barbaro

"Barbaro is doing very well. He's actually better today than he was even yesterday, and he was pretty good yesterday," Dean Richardson DVM, Dipl. ACVS, reported in a Tuesday morning news briefing at the University of Pennsylvania's New Read More

Three Barns Quarantined for EHV at Churchill Downs

The Blood-Horse and The Horse have learned that three barns at Churchill Downs have been put under quarantine because of a possible outbreak of an equine viral respiratory disease. Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's Read More

Sweet Catomine Retired; Will Be Bred to A.P. Indy

The 2004 2-year-old filly champion, Sweet Catomine, whose fifth-place finish as the favorite in the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) was followed by a controversy over her physical condition, has been retired.

"After the Santa Anita Read More

Surgery to Address Roman Ruler's Ridgling Condition

Fog City Stable's Thoroughbred Roman Ruler, fifth as the 2-1 favorite in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, is scheduled to undergo surgery Nov. 7 to remove an undescended testicle.

"He's a cryptorchid Read More

California Latest State to Focus on Equine "Milkshakes"

Random pre-race testing for "milkshakes"--the loading of bicarbonates through a stomach tube to reduce fatigue-causing buildup of lactic acid--began at Santa Anita Park in late February, but the California Horse Racing Board is referring to the Read More

European Buyers Face New Tax on U.S. Imports

European horse buyers may be subject to an excise tax of at least 5% on horses they purchase and bring home from the United States as a result of trade sanctions imposed against the U.S. on March 1 by the European Union (EU).

Horses are Read More

Death of a Derby Winner

The Blood-Horse magazine reported that 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand died sometime in 2002. He likely met his end in a slaughterhouse in Japan, where his career at stud was unsuccessful.

Ferdinand earned nearly $4 million, Read More

Death of a Derby Winner: Slaughterhouse Likely Fate for Ferdinand

(Reported by The Blood-Horse, 7/25/03) Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who went on to capture the following year's Horse of the Year title with a dramatic victory over 1987 Derby hero Alysheba in the Breeders' Cup Read More

Derby Winner War Emblem Having Problems in the Breeding Shed

War Emblem, North America’s champion 3-year-old male of 2002 who was sold to Japan’s Shadai Stallion Station for nearly $18 million in September, is having difficulties covering mares in his first year at stud and his owners are negotiating a Read More

"Fact Book" Details Effects of MRLS in Kentucky, Other Industry Numbers

The number of mares bred in Kentucky in 2002--the year after mare reproductive loss syndrome first hit--fell by 3.4% from 2001, but the state's broodmare population remains 33% higher than it was a decade earlier, according to figures released b Read More

Medication, Regulatory Matters on Front Burner

While the Thoroughbred industry makes an aggressive push toward unification on the issue of drug testing and medication, two organizations involved in the regulation of racing--the Association of Racing Commissioners Read More

MRLS Kentucky Economic Impact: $336 Million

More than 30% of the anticipated 2002 Thoroughbred foal crop in Kentucky was lost due to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) this spring. The economic cost to the state from losses suffered by all horse breeds will total nearly $336 million, Read More

Federal Legislation Would Ban Horse Transportation for Slaughter

The American Horse Council reports that federal legislation has been introduced that would make it a federal crime to transport horses for the purpose of slaughter. Rep. Tom Reynolds, a second-term Congressman from western New York, Read More

"Herbal Advantage" Product Causes Positive Drug Tests

An undisclosed number of positive tests for the class 3 drugs phenylpropanoloamine and norpseudoephedrine has prompted the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to urge trainers to scrutinize any herbal products or food supplements they feed thei Read More

Many Kentucky Mares Now Holding Pregnancies at Normal Rate; Impact Seen at 21% of Crop

An informal survey of Central Kentucky farms on May 21 suggests the worst may be over as far as mare reproductive loss syndrome is concerned. While heavy losses already have been incurred, particularly involving maiden and barren mares bred in Read More

Foal Losses 'Devastating' to Family-Run Jonabell Farm

John A. Bell III reached into his pocket and pulled out two sheets of paper with the cold, hard facts. "Well, here's the bad news," he said. Bad news, indeed, for the family-owned and operated Jonabell Farm that Bell founded in 1956. Of 76 mares Read More

Estimate: Foal Losses Could Have $150 Million Impact on Kentucky Economy

With Kentucky's share of the Thoroughbred foal crop in the United States at an all-time high of nearly 30%, the repercussions of the excessive foal loss that many Central Kentucky farms are experiencing may be felt for years to come. Read More

Strangles Cases Move Time, Site of 'Repo' Horse Sale

"Just when you think it can't get much worse, it got worse," said Boyd Browning, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auction firm, on Feb. 5. Browning was discussing complications involving the Read More