Winning Ponies welcomes Dave Johnson and Ed Meyer

March 1, 2012
Hosted by John Engelhardt

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Dave Johnson who has served as Track Announcer for various racetracks over the years, will tell us how he got started in the horse racing industry. He was the "Voice of The Triple Crown" for a quarter of a century. In the second segment, previous host of this show, Ed Meyer will join John Engelhardt to handicap for us this weekend major stakes races from around the country. We are delighted that Ed Meyer's insightful blogs are back on WP website.

Winning Ponies

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On the show we will talk about the Sport of Kings. We will delve into the different features of the website. John Engelhardt will talk about the issues of the day that affect horse racing, such as synthetic surfaces, medication rule changes, the fate of the industry as a whole, VLTs and Casinos, and human interest stories of triumph and defeat. You will also hear our spot play of the week, where John will handicap the feature races for the upcoming weekend, and will give out his best plays. We will keep you abreast racing’s big events. Featured on the show will be guests (trainers, jockeys, jockey’s agents, owners, and celebrity handicappers). Promotional giveaways will be featured, such as brand merchandise and free WinningCredits.

"Winning Ponies" is broadcast live every Thursday at 8 PM Eastern/5 PM Pacific on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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John Engelhardt

You may recognize him as "Racing's Regular Guy." For ten years, John Engelhardt hosted the informative and sometimes irreverent handicapping show from his base at River Downs in Cincinnati, Ohio. He developed a passion for thoroughbred racing as a youngster at Saratoga, and has been able to make his love of the sport his life's calling.

Engelhardt, a native of Syracuse, New York is a graduate of the University of Dayton. His professional career in racing began as the track photographer at Beulah Park in 1983 and he has worked in racing ever since. John produced "The Stretch Run" for eight years, which aired on the CBS affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. For four years Engelhardt co-hosted "The Regular Guy Handicapping Show on HOMER 1530-AM in Cincinnati with former "Winning Ponies" host Ed Meyer.

John served as the President of the Turf Publicists of America in 2009 and 2010, after serving several years as the Midwest Vice-President of that organization. He is currently a consultant for Pinnacle Entertainment handling publicity, public relations, marketing, advertising and special events for River Downs. Under the "nom-de-course" of Heart of an Angel Stable, he has bred and owned thoroughbreds for 18 years.

"Racing's Regular Guy" has been exposed to racing on many levels and greets the sport with enthusiasm and well-rounded knowledge. Tune in Thursdays at 5PM PT, as he welcomes nationally recognized guests, who will help you find those "Winning Ponies.”

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John Charles "Jack" Van Berg

John Charles "Jack" Van Berg (born June 7, 1936 in Columbus, Nebraska) is an American Hall of Fame horse trainer. Born into a horse racing family, his father is Hall of Fame trainer, Marion Van Berg. For nineteen straight years between 1959 and 1977, Jack Van Berg was the leading trainer at Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1976, he set a record for the most wins in a year with 496 and was also the U.S. Champion Thoroughbred Trainer by earnings. The trainer of Gate Dancer, he was voted the 1984 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer and in 1985 he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 1987 he received the Big Sport of Turfdom Award. He is also an inductee of the Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame. On July 15, 1987 Jack Van Berg became the first trainer to win 5,000 races, and by the end of September 2008, he ranked second all-time in career wins among American Thoroughbred trainers. Jack Van Berg is best known for training Alysheba who won the 1987 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and the 1988 Breeders' Cup Classic. He has mentored many top trainers, including Hall of Famer Bill Mott and Frank Brothers, both of whom started off as assistants to Van Berg. View Guest page

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Pete Aiello

Currently Oaklawn Park's racing analyst and Announcer, Pete Aiello is a native of South Florida and a graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program. Mr. Aiello was the track announcer at Hialeah Park and River Downs. He also has called the Quarter Horse meetings the last three years at Hialeah Park, a racetrack that was integral in Aiello’s introduction to racing as a youngster. Aiello got interested in announcing as a child growing up and playing a computer game that simulated races but did not have an announcer. He called his first full card of races while working as an intern at Finger Lakes in New York in 2006. He called races at “bush tracks” in Arizona after that before landing a job as assistant racing secretary, paddock judge, and identifier at Evergreen Park in Alberta, Canada, in the summer of 2007. View Guest page

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Tom Amoss

Tom Amoss is not only one of the country's top leading trainers who has horses on the Kentucky Derby an Oaks trail, but he is also a horse lover at heart. Recently he discovered that a former multiple stakes winner has slipped through the cracks and was in a $4,000 claiming race at Delta Downs. Amoss claimed Populist Politics out of his final winning effort and retired him to Robin Murphy's Poplar Creek Horse Center. Born Nov. 17, 1961 in New Orleans, LA, Tom is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in marketing and a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Tom Amoss had worked with horses while in high school and after completing his education went to work for trainers Frank Brothers, Larry Robideaux, and John Parisella. In 1987 he took out his trainer's license and set out on his own. He has won nine leading trainer titles. Amoss has also served as a racing analyst for TVG and ESPN sports television. In 1998, Tom Amoss was inducted into the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame. View Guest page

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Steve Andersen

Steve Andersen has been with the Daily Racing Form since 1994. His Background is in Quarter Horse racing in California and New Mexico. Steve grew up in Dallas, joined Dallas Morning News sports department in the summer of 1984 between his junior and senior years in high school as a copy boy. He stayed on with the Dallas Morning News until 1989. He also was Ruidoso Downs' Publicity Director in 1989, Currently he is a correspondent for Southern California, a correspondent for California Quarter Horse, and international racing contributing writer. View Guest page

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Frank Angst

Recently The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced Jan. 5, 2015 that The Blood-Horse has won the 2014 Media Eclipse Award in the Audio/Multi-Media Internet category for “Waiting, and Waiting, for Crowning Glory: A generation repeatedly denied a Triple Crown winner looks to California Chrome,” an in depth examination of the difficulties of winning Thoroughbred racing’s greatest challenge, which appeared on on May 28, 2014. Written by Frank Angst, “Waiting, and Waiting, for Crowning Glory” offered a comprehensive multi-media presentation on the various components of the “near misses” of the Triple Crown, which has not been won since Affirmed captured the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes in 1978. The article examined the improbable odds of a horse sweeping all three grade 1 races at distances of greater than 1 1/8 miles; related the stories of the most recent horses who won the first two Jewels of the Triple Crown; and recalled the “spoilers,” the horses that won the Belmont Stakes and denied the Derby and Preakness winners their ultimate goal.The last section of the piece undertook explanations for the reasons behind the Triple Crown not being achieved in 36 years, exploring the changes in breeding, training, field sizes of the Triple Crown races, and fewer starts by horses than previous generations, among other variables. “It is a tremendous honor and I can’t emphasize enough how much of a team effort it was to win this award,” said Angst, a staff writer at The Blood-Horse since 2013 who previously wrote for the Thoroughbred Times for 12 years. “After doing this story, when a horse finally wins the Triple Crown, I will be more impressed and appreciative of the enormous accomplishment it is to sweep all three races.” Thoroughbred Times senior writer Frank Angst has covered sports for more than 20 years and has earned numerous awa View Guest page

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Joe Appelbaum

A Yale graduate, Appelbaum spent 7 years as a college football coach before finding enough success with Thoroughbreds to make horses his full-time career. This will be his third NHC appearance. Joe Appelbaum claimed his first horse in 1999 and won some races and lost his fair share before linking up with Carlos Morales to form Off The Hook in 2002. A breeding, racing and sales company with a farm and training center in Ocala, FL and offices in NYC, Off The Hook has experienced a string of pinhooking and racing successes. Off the Hook is built around the idea that a patient and pragmatic approach early in a horse’s development will lead to lasting competitive excellence at the racetrack. Joe has worked with trainers Tom Bush, Chad Brown, Mike Hushion, Leah Gyarmati, Andrew Lakeman and Todd Pletcher, as well as campaigned NY stakes winners Tamberino (NY), Mighty Eros (NY), Pashito the Che and Turbo Compressor. Most notably, Breeders Cup/Eclipse Award winner Informed Decision. View Guest page

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John Asher

John Asher, vice president of communications at Churchill Downs, has worked in the thoroughbred racing industry as a journalist and a publicist for more than 20 years. Asher joined Churchill Downs in January 1997 and has served in his current position since March 1999, overseeing communications and public relations efforts at the home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby and the flagship operation of Churchill Downs Incorporated. As a radio journalist at WHAS-AM and WAVE-AM in Louisville, Asher earned five Eclipse Awards for Outstanding National Radio Coverage of Thoroughbred Racing. His work on other issues earned such recognition as a National Headliner Award; a Scripps-Howard Award; and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio and Television News Directors Association, and the Kentucky Broadcasters Association, and was honored as the Best Reporter in Kentucky Large-Market Radio seven times, and recognized as Public Relations Practitioner of the Year by the Western Kentucky University School of Journalism and Broadcasting in 2003. A native of Leitchfield, he had earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from WKU and lives in Louisville with his wife, Dee and three daughters. View Guest page

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Jeremy Balan

New staff writer and Assistant Editor for the Blood-Horse covering racing on the West Coast Jeremy Balan is the son of a horseplayer, who was the son of another horseplayer in Baltimore, Md. He grew up going to Santa Anita and Hollywood Park. He learned how to read a racing form in his teens. Prior to joining the Blood-Horse, he was a Sports Writer for the Los Angeles Register and the Orange County Register. View Guest page

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Julie Balog

Julie Balog is the Director of Communications at the Keeneland Association, the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company and a world-class Thoroughbred race course, where she joined in 1999. She has led Keeneland’s media outreach relations efforts. Prior to joining Keeneland, Balog was director of business development and account management at Preston-Osborne, an award-winning public relations firm in Lexington, KY. She also worked at Host Communications, the world’s largest collegiate sports marketing firm, as Assistant Director of Marketing. Balog graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1991 with a degree in Marketing and minor in Economics. She and her husband Mike reside in Lexington, KY with their children Cecilia and Sean. View Guest page

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Mike Battaglia

Mike Battaglia is an American horse racing analyst, race caller and television broadcaster. He is most closely associated with Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. Battaglia has worked most of his career at Churchill Downs and Turfway Park. He has set the morning line odds at Churchill since 1974, and was the race announcer there from 1977 to 1997. He also has worked as announcer at Latonia Park. Besides Churchill, he also has set the morning line odds at many other tracks. He left his position as analyst for simulcast racing in 2008. Battaglia has been a member of the NBC Sports broadcast team for the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since the network gained broadcast rights in 2001. He also worked the Belmont Stakes for NBC from 2001 through 2005, the Breeders' Cup from 1993 through 2005, and various other races televised by NBC from 1993 onward. Mike has been publishing his selections for years, and is considered one of the best handicappers in the game. View Guest page

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Brian Beach

As a child, Beach grew up in Spokane, Washington, where he took frequent trips to the now-defunct Playfair Race Course. His best friend’s father was the clerk of scales there. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in broadcasting and a desire to apply his interest in racing. After several stints at various jobs around the country, Beach was approached by Bob Benoit, the head of marketing and publicity at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields with a job in broadcasting and publicity at the tracks; he accepted. After a few years in that position, Beach became quite familiar with the people on the backstretch. A couple of jockeys approached him, asking him if he would like to be an agent and take their books. Eventually, a young rider named Vann Belvoir asked Beach to take his book. Beach became Victor Espinoza’s agent in January 2013, after he had booked for such jockeys as Kent Desormeaux. Mike Smith and Julie Krone. View Guest page

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Dr. Tom Beckman

Dr. Tom Beckman D.V.M. a graduate of Auburn University has been practicing veterinary medicine for 45 years. He specializes in the treatment of Thoroughbred horses and other large animals. Dr. Beckman is the "On-Call" vet for large animals at the Cincinnati Zoo. View Guest page

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Jason Beem

Jason Beem is currently the track announcer at Portland Meadows in Portland, Oregon. A Northwest native, Beem grew up attending the races at Longacres with his father Mark as a young child and dreamed of becoming a jockey when he got older. Unfortunately, he outgrew them by age 9, so he turned his attention to the other fascination he had at the track, the announcer. Beem has been a lifelong handicapper and took his first job in racing at Emerald Downs in 2004 working as a turf writer and media assistant. He was hired in 2006 to be the announcer at River Downs Race Track in Cincinnati. Halfway through his first season at River, he was offered the announcing position at Portland Meadows. The two tracks ran opposite seasons so for two years Beem drove across the country twice a year. In 2008 he accepted a year round position at Portland Meadows doing media and guest services work. Beem is also working on a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Addictions at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. He has hosted a weekly horse racing show in Portland called "The Winning Ticket" as well as filled in on the weekday sports talk shows on 750am the game sports radio. His first novel "Southbound" is slated for release from Pandamoon Publishings. View Guest page

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Mike Beer handicapper Mike Beer, a native of Saratoga Springs, has been with Daily Racing Form since 2000 and is the co-host of the Daily Racing Form News Desk. He is a regular guest on the “At the Races” radio program, is a featured Daily Racing Form handicapper for the NYRA tracks, and gives special analysis on the New York races at With Dan Illman (also with DRF), Mike Beer co-hosts racing on-line educational program "Night School". View Guest page

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Remi Bellocq

Since October 2011 Remi Bellocq has served as the Executive Director of Equine Programming for Bluegrass Community and Technical College which, since 2006, remains North America’s most successful accredited vocational racing school and home of the North American Racing Academy (NARA). NARA is quickly becoming a key workforce provider offering certificate and degree programs for those seeking careers as either riders and/or horsemen in the horse racing and breeding industries. To date, NARA Jockey Pathway students have won over 1,800 races and nearly $29 million in purse earnings. Likewise, Horseman Pathway students regularly find employment as grooms and assistant trainers with top U.S. trainers such as Todd Pletcher and Ken McPeek. Prior to his current position, Remi was Executive Director and CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. And before moving to Lexington in 2001, Remi spent 18 years working in various management positions at race tracks across the country – most notably Santa Anita Park. A native New Yorker, Remi is a 1984 graduate from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program and currently lives with his wife Bridget and son Alex in Lexington where he also dabbles as a cartoonist – a pastime he inherited from his father, the noted Daily Racing Form cartoonist Pierre “PEB” Bellocq. View Guest page

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Tony Bentley

Bentley, the regular voice of the National Steeplechase Association, has called races at numerous tracks including Fair Grounds Race Course, Canterbury Park, and Delaware Park. In addition to an accomplished career on the racetrack, he has also pursued an acting career and has had roles in three Academy Award winning films: Dallas Buyer's Club, 12 Years a Slave, and The Big Short. View Guest page

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Barry Berkelhammer

Barry Berkelhammer is an accomplished Bloodstock agent. The man who recommended the purchase of two-time Eclipse Champion 'Ashado' (earnings $3,911,440) and Canadian 2-Year-Old Filly Champion 'Fantasy Lake', Barry's keen eye also found clients the likes of Grade 1 winners 'Harlan's Holiday', 'Octave', 'Purge', 'Nothing To Lose' and 'Monba' to name a few. He has the unique advantage of continuing his relationship with his buyers through breaking their purchases at his Ocala-based Abracadabra Farms. He also recommends trainer relationships that would benefit the owners' needs. AbraCadabra Farms began as a modest 20-acre Thoroughbred facility, founded in 1982 by Barry and Tiki Berkelhammer. In 1996, Barry and longtime associate Gary Mottola purchased the former Lucas Farm on 150 acres in south Marion County. Before long, AbraCadabra Farms was on the map turning out some of the best racehorses in the country, including five Kentucky Derby and six Breeders' Cup contenders. View Guest page

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Matt Bernier

Matt Bernier's style and presence on “Horseplayers” led to a position with the Daily Racing Form. He can often be seen giving his analysis of the weekend’s feature races with Dan Illman on DRF’s website
Bernier’s meteoric rise through his appearances on has landed him his own segment “The Matt Bernier Show” that airs every Friday on the site to highlight the weekends best races across the country.
Matt Bernier was the unlikeliest character on Esquire TV’s reality series, Horseplayers. A 25-year-old part-time real estate agent, and full time handicapper, living in the western Massachusetts suburb of West Springfield, Matt turned a first time online tournament win into a starring role on Horseplayers. Bernier affords his Cinderella-like rise to what will always be his all-time favorite horse, Jersey Town. This handicap veteran won at 8-1. Thus a Vegas trip for the National Handicapping Championship was earned. Matt did not win the tournament, but he was noticed. View Guest page

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Michael Beychok

As a part of the Eclipse Awards festivities, and to salute horse players throughout North America, the Eclipses honored Michael Beychok, who won the $1 million first-place prize and title of 2012 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association Handicapper of the Year last January at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The National Handicapping Championship is the pinnacle of all tournaments for horse players and is the culmination of a yearlong series of NTRA-sanctioned local tournaments conducted by racetracks, casino race books, offtrack betting facilities, and horse racing and handicapping websites. The NHC has enjoyed tremendous popularity over the past decade. The first NHC in 2000 had a total purse of $212,000. The total purse of this year's NHC 14 will be $1,750,000. Michael Beychok is a 49-year-old political consultant from Baton Rouge, La., and longtime friend of popular political commentator James Carville. He won last year’s NHC in the most dramatic finish in the history of the event. His final score of $238.60 edged Dave Flanzbaum of Rolling Meadows, Ill., who finished with $237.60. Beychok never led the 480-person competition until the contest was over, scoring with Golden Gate Fields winner Glorious Dancer ($8.20 to win, $3.80 to place) in the event’s final race to slip past Flanzbaum by only $1. Glorious Dancer won that Golden Gate race for Beychok by just a nose. In March, Beychok claimed Glorious Dancer for $6,250 from a race at Golden Gate and later had her shipped to Louisiana, so he could ensure that the filly that changed his life would always have a good home. View Guest page

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Andrew Beyer

Andrew Beyer is an American expert on horse race betting who designed what has become known as the Beyer Speed Figure. In the early 1970s, while working for the Washington Daily News, Beyer did extensive work on the concept of speed figures and wrote books that helped popularize their use. By calculating variables such as the track conditions and the horse's time, Beyer speed figures give a measure of how fast a horse was in a given race. This number can then be used to compare a given horse's "speed" against its competition in an upcoming race, despite the fact that the horses have all run in different races, at different tracks, and are different calibers of horses. Speed figures have come into general usage and many racing forms include them in their publications. Andrew Beyer is the author of four books on racing and has been The Washington Post's horse racing columnist since 1978. He was a member of the class of 1965 at Harvard University. View Guest page

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Dede Biles

Dede Biles is the bloodstock sales editor for The Blood-Horse. She has worked for The Blood-Horse for nearly 30 years. She is a native of North Carolina and she graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and recreation administration. Dede worked for newspapers in North Carolina and South Carolina writing sports before coming to The Blood-Horse. In her last job before coming to The Blood-Horse, she was the sports editor of the Aiken Standard and it was while she was there started writing some about Thoroughbred racing covering the Aiken Training Track, a well-known Thoroughbred training center. Dede covers the current September Sales at Keeneland and has been a great predictor of many of the top sales-toppers. You can find them on the Blood-Horse website. September Stars: These Select Horses Could Shine. View Guest page

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Janice L. Blake

Janice L. Blake is currently loving living near NYC and riding Thoroughbred race horses on the NY circuit of Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. She is married to Hall of Fame jockey Braulio Baeza, and has a seven-year-old calico cat named Pumpkin. Janice began her professional riding career at the age of 13 while working as a guide on a livery trail in Michiana Shores, IN. Following her passion for riding horses, she discovered barrel racing, eventing, show jumping, dressage and, eventually, horse racing. Janice started exercising race horses for P. Noel Hickey in Chicago, IL in 1997. She moved on to riding young Thoroughbred sale horses for Eddie Woods at Classic Mile in Ocala, FL. In 1998. Janice won her first race at Tampa Bay Downs riding “Friendly Goose,” trained by Jason Stodgill. Riding Thoroughbred race horses has taken Janice to DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, Brazil and sundry places in between. View Guest page

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Lisa Blevins

Lisa could take down the $800,000 first prize from a pool of more than $2.5 million at NHC 17 in January. It’s a goal she’s had for more than a decade, since her husband, Jobby Blevins, qualified for NHC IV in 2003. “How much cursing do you want to put in your story?” That’s what Lisa Blevins asks before describing her reaction to earning a berth into the world’s richest and most prestigious handicapping contest. She did it last Saturday with a cagey pick in the final race of a qualifier on Blevins moved from ninth to first when she was the only player in contention to select Hard Aces, the $17.80 winner of the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita. Lisa and Jobby have been together 30 years and the mutual interest in racing that brought them together has evolved into an interest in all things pari-mutuel. The couple met at Newport High School in Northern Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. Much of their early time together was spent at Turfway Park and River Downs. View Guest page

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Michael Blowen

Old Friends' founder and President Michael Blowen discovered his unique bond with Thoroughbreds while working as a volunteer groom at Suffolk Downs during the 1990s, eventually buying and racing a small stable of claiming-level horses before leaving his position as Arts & Entertainment reporter and film critic for The Boston Globe to become operations director for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

That move to Kentucky gave Michael an even greater appreciation for plight of older, displaced Thoroughbreds and led him to the idea of creating a permanent retirement home in the Bluegrass for horses who need a place to go when their working days are over. View Guest page

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Steve Bourmas

Steve Bourmas, or “LaserMan” as he is known from coast to coast in the industry, is considered the leading expert on Equine Photobiostimulation Sports therapy in American Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing. As a therapist, Steve has worked both on human and equine clients, preparing horses for Graded Stakes races and football players for the NFL playoffs. Through his experience working with racehorses of all classes, Steve has developed techniques beyond the typical protocols for hocks, knees, back, and joints. His protocols for rehabilitation, pre-performance conditioning, maintenance, and post-performance therapy, designed to get results and protect racehorses, have led to multiple graded stakes wins, track and world records, and a BC win. Steve has a keen eye and unique way of examining a horse, which enables him to forecast how each musculoskeletal dysfunction could affect the horse, and what needs to be done immediately to stabilize the situation to prevent further damage. View Guest page

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William "Buff" Bradley

Buff Bradley was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky, and began working at age ten on his father's farm performing such duties as foaling mares, prepping mares for the breeding shed, sales prepping, breaking and training yearlings, and galloping layups. While being involved with the daily operations of the training center, he also took classes at night and graduated in 1989 from Kentucky State University with a degree in business management. In 1989 he left his father's training center and went to work on the racetrack as an assistant trainer for the late Clarence Picou. During a four year stay with Clarence, he oversaw strings at Remington Park, Oaklawn Park, and Louisiana Downs. His biggest day with Clarence came in the 1991 Super Derby when the horse he helped care for won; Free Spirits Joy defeated champions Best Pal, Olympio, and Lite Light. In 1993 he took out his trainer's license and won his first race with his fifth starter for his only owner at the time, the late John Franks. In 1994 he had as many as ten horses for Mr. Franks, who in that year won the Eclipse Award for Owner of the Year. Bradley Racing Stable has grown to have many owners, including his father, who is his biggest client. His father, Fred Bradley, has a great love for the game and has worked hard to upgrade his stock each year so that he may train for him on the Kentucky circuit. Together with his father, they have bred and raised several stakes horses including G1 winner and multi-millionaire Brass Hat. Buff commented about Brass Hat after his win in the 2004 Ohio Derby, "Breeding and foaling him on the farm, raising, breaking and doing everything with him from day one, it's been so gratifying." Brass Hat earned over $2,000,000 and is now retired at Indian Ridge Farm. His home-bred Champion Eclipse Award winner Groupie Doll has just repeated in the Breeders' Cup Fillies and Mares Sprint and she was subsequently sold. View Guest page

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William 'Buff' Bradley

William 'Buff' Bradley was born and raised in Frankfort, Ky, and began working at age ten on his father's farm performing such duties as foaling mares, breeding shed prepping, sales prepping, breaking and training yearlings, and galloping layups. While involved with the daily operations of the training center, he also took classes at night and graduated in 1989 from Kentucky State University with a degree in business management. In 1989 he left his father's center and went to work on the track as an assistant trainer for the late Clarence Picou. During a 4 year stay with Clarence, he oversaw strings at Remington Park, Oaklawn Park, and Louisiana Downs. With Picou he learned a lot about bringing young horses along and being patient with them. In 1993 he took out his license and trained for his only owner at the time, the late John Franks. In 1994 Mr. Franks won the Eclipse Award for Owner of the Year. Brass Hat, Groupie Doll, Town Queen and Chief Export are among his notable ones View Guest page

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Ryan Brady

Ryan was born into the horse industry through his father who was involved as an owner, trainer and equestrian dentist. He grew up helping and watching horses in his care until finally seeing racing outside of the Ohio circuit when he saw Cigar run on television in 1995. That's when he officially became a fan of horse racing and his love of the game has only grown stronger since. He spent most of his time at his home track of Thistledown with some winter trips to Mountaineer as well growing up. In 1999 that was halted as he had osteosarchoma bone cancer in his leg that had to be replaced with a metal rod. During that time he was watching the 1999 Breeder's Cup from Gulfstream Park and saw a segment about a group called K.T.T.C. (Kids To The Cup). Little did he know that winning an essay contest would change his life forever. Ryan is currently a major force in exhuming two-time Ohio Champion Glacial Princess and moving her to Old Friends Farm since Beulah Park is being demolished. View Guest page

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Caton Bredar

Award-winning journalist Caton Bredar grew up in the shadow of Arlington Park and held a variety of licenses on the racetrack including exercise rider, owner, trainer and racing official before turning her attention to broadcasting. The grand-daughter of Hall of Fame jockey Ted Atkinson, Bredar began her television and radio career in Chicago before moving on to Florida, New Jersey and California, ultimately settling in Louisville, Ky. Bredar initially worked as a news anchor for the NBC affiliate, WAVE-3 for which she researched, wrote and co-produced the Eclipse, Emmy and SPJ Award-winning documentary ‘A Legend Re-Affirmed – 30th Anniversary of the Last Triple Crown.” Prior Bredar lived in Los Angeles, where she was the first on-air talent hired for the then fledgling horse racing channel TVG. She is a contributor to publications such as “Horseplayer”, “Trainer” and the Chicago Sun Times. She can also be heard every Saturday on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s weekly "Down the Stretch." View Guest page

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Doug Bredar

As a jockey agent, Doug Bredar may be the most credentialed in the country, with over 25 years of experience in almost every aspect of the sport from coast to coast. He served as racing secretary at Gulfstream Park and Louisiana Downs and as director of racing and racing secretary at Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Turf Paradise and Prairie Meadows. He was the assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator at Hollywood Park. Bredar elected to leave the confines of the racing office and use his knowledge of the game and nationwide contacts to try his hand as a jockey agent. Five years ago, when French-born jockey Florent Geroux was trying to break into the Chicago circuit, he was lucky to ride two or three races a day. But jockey and agent persevered. Now, thanks in part to a manic travel schedule, Geroux is the hottest Midwest-based rider in the country, and leading rider at the Kentucky Downs meet. Bredar and Geroux are currently atop the standings at the Fair Grounds meet. View Guest page

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Donna Barton Brothers

Donna Barton Brothers, born April 20, 1966 in Alamogordo, New Mexico, now serves as an horse-back riding reporter and analyst for NBC Sports' Triple Crown coverage and a reporter and analyst for TVG Network, at Churchill Downs and the Fair Grounds. She also exercises horses at Churchill Downs. She is one of the most decorated female jockeys of her time, retired in 1998 with more than 1,100 career wins and still ranks third on the money list. Brothers hails from a family of riders, including her siblings, as well as her mother who was, in 1969, one of the first women to be licensed as a jockey. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky. Brothers began her professional riding career in 1987. She was one of D. Wayne Lukas' first call jockeys in the 1990s and rode numerous stakes winners, at the time making her the second leading female jockey money earner of all time. Barton retired in 1998, married trainer Frank Brothers, and then became involved in television broadcasting. She started as an interviewer at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, then as an on-air racing analyst for Churchill Downs. She started in 2001 covering NBC Breeders' Cup as their only reporter on horseback. She attended college from 2002-2005. Presently she covers Keeneland's Spring and Fall meets for TVG. In 2011 she released the book, "Inside Track: Inside Guide to Horse Racing". View Guest page

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Steve Byk

Race writer/broadcaster Steve Byk launched in 2003, where his feature writing, race previews and editorials began attracting a loyal following. A contributor to The Blood-Horse since 2004, he joined ‘At the Races and Beyond’ on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2005, and began hosting ‘At the Races with Steve Byk’ in 2007. This is thoroughbred racing’s only national daily news and talk show and features a roster of the leading voices in the game from every perspective. Trainer Chuck Simon and Steve introduced Dee Tee Stables in 2006 as a way to bring fans into the game as owners at a minimal cost. For as little as $500, more than 125 partners have joined and seen 4 current Dee Tee runners compete at Saratoga, Belmont, Keeneland, Churchill Arlington and Turfway as owners. Steve is well known at Saratoga for his Carolina Barbecue Co. Cafe, and as the host of the Thoro-Graph Weekend Seminars. He was named to the NTRA's Horseplayers’ Coalition Advisory Panel in 2008. View Guest page

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Scott Calder

Scott Calder is Sales & Marketing Manager at Ashford Stud, which is located in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass, and is Coolmore’s home in America. While now much larger in size, the initial Ashford consisted of 465 acres. That land was originally part of an important cattle farm owned by Col. Edmund H. Taylor Jr. who founded the Old Taylor Distilleries, Known as Hereford Farm, the property was developed around 1912 and operated as a cattle farm up until the late 1970s. At that time, Dr. Bill Lockridge began to transform the farm into a state of the art stud farm.

After 3 years of construction, Ashford opened its doors for the 1982 breeding season. The stallion roster was headlined by Storm Bird, who was trained by the legendary Vincent O’Brien and later included such stallions as Storm Cat, Thunder Gulch, Hennessy, Tale of the Cat, Woodman and and Giant’s Causeway. Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner American Pharoah is now joining the roster. View Guest page

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Rick Capone

Rick Capone is a volunteer at Old Friends and is currently the sports editor for The Woodford Sun in Versailles, Ky., which is near Lexington. He has been in the writing profession since 1985, starting as a technical writer with IBM, while also doing some freelance sports writing, mostly about his favorite sport, volleyball. In 2006, Rick moved to Lexington, Ky., to work as editor of Coaching Volleyball magazine for the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and soon discovered he had a passion for something bigger than volleyball – horses. In 2009, he visited Old Friends, where he met Michael Blowen and approached him with the idea of writing a book about the horses of Old Friends. Michael liked the idea, and they began the project. However, at the time, Old Friends began accepting so many horses, Rick could not keep up, and the project was put on hold. In 2014, things came full circle when The History Press approached Michael about doing a book on the History of Old Friends. Michael suggested Rick for the project, and the result is the new book 'History of Old Friends, A Home for Retired Thoroughbreds.' View Guest page

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Wayne Catalano

Wayne "The Cat" Catalano has had an amazing career in the sport of horses racing. He developed his amazing work ethic when he started out on the backstretch of the Fair Grounds working for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. Catalano went on to a long and successful career as a jockey and has been able to transfer his skills as a horseman to that of one of the country's most successful trainers. He has two horses in the top 10 points standings for both the Kentucky Derby (Uncontested) and Kentucky Oaks (Farrell). On Saturday Feb. 25, 2017 he will send Farrell to post in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra at the Fair Grounds against last season's Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Valadorna. View Guest page

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Steve Cauthen

Steve Cauthen (born May 1, 1960 in Covington, Kentucky) is an American jockey. The son of a trainer and a farrier, he grew up in Walton, Kentucky around horses, which (along with his small size) made race-riding a logical career choice. He rode his first race on May 12, 1976 at Churchill Downs; he finished last, riding King of Swat. He rode his first winner (Red Pipe) less than a week later. His rise to prominence was meteoric; he was the nation's leader in race wins in 1977 with 487. In only his second year of riding, he became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season. He won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey and the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in the United States and was selected as Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, as well as being named as ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year. In 1978 he became the youngest jockey to ever win the U. S. Triple Crown, riding Affirmed. He was voted the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1984 that honors a rider whose career and personal conduct exemplifies the very best example of participants in the sport of thoroughbred racing. However, as he left his teens and matured, he had increasing problems making weight. In 1979 he moved to England, where jockeys normally compete at higher weights, and became a highly successful rider there. He married his wife Amy, also a Kentucky native, in 1992 and they have three daughters. View Guest page

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Greg Charkoudian

Greg Charkoudian is Multimedia Projects Manager for Thoroughbred Times. A native of Springfield, Massachusetts and graduate of SUNY Morrisville's Equine Racing Management program, he worked as an assistant trainer in both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing prior to joining Thoroughbred Times in 2000 as an advertising copywriter. Greg's interest in audio/visual production stemmed from a working relationship with renowned equine photographer Tony Leonard, which eventually landed him in his current position. Along with Thoroughbred Times Managing Editor Tom Law, Charkoudian won the 2011 Eclipse Award in the multimedia/Internet category for Thoroughbred Times' "On the Scene" coverage of the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs. View Guest page

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Indian Charlie

There are no sacred cows in the sport of thoroughbred racing when it comes to the pen of the legendary “Indian Charlie.” He has been publishing his humorous and sometimes scathing newsletter since 1994. He works the backstretch, sales rings and press boxes for any and all inside information on the movers and shakers of the sport – and everybody is fair game. As he states on the masthead of his publication –“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story!” View Guest page

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James R. Chiapetta

James R. Chiapetta, D.V.M., J.D., serves as Senior Patent Counsel for Boston Scientific Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for managing a three quarter billion dollar patent portfolio including management of patent prosecution and litigation in the U.S. and internationally. He also conducts clearance investigations for new products and processes as well as due diligence investigations of technology acquisition targets. Prior to this engagement, Dr. Chiapetta was an Intellectual Property Attorney at Merchant & Gould, P.A., Minneapolis, MN, USA for seven years. He serves on the board of directors for Andx Inc., WinEase LLC, and Integrative Genomics LLC. He has served on the External Advisory Board for the Food Animal Biotechnology Center and the Equine Program Audit Improvement Board, both at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his legal career, Dr. Chiapetta practiced equine medicine for eight years. He holds numerous accreditations through the US Patent and Trademark Office, the US District Court, and the Supreme Court of Minnesota. He holds a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law; and D.V.M. and B.V.M. from the University of Minnesota. View Guest page

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Joe Clancy

Joe Clancy started his journalism career at the University of Delaware in 1986 or so, with a first byline about the presidential bid of Pete du Pont (the campaign obviously did not go well). Since then, he's covered high school sports, college sports, semi-pro baseball, the lifeguard Olympics, a pumpkin chunking competition, the odd Phillies and Orioles games and any number of topics involving Thoroughbred racing – for The Saratoga Special, Steeplechase Times, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, Daily Racing Form, The Irish Field and others. He's been published in the New York Times, the Philaelphia Inquirer, the Baltimore Sun, and also The Whale newspaper, the Cecil Whig newspaper and The Softball News. He is a writer, editor, publisher and owner of ST Publishing, Inc., parent company of the Internet site.

In 2012, he was named editor of Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, a monthly magazine published by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association. Joe is about to receive a Media Eclipse Award for Writing for "Horse of a Lifetime". He lives in Fair Hill, Md. with his wife Sam, sons Ryan, Jack and Nolan, and their dog Katie. View Guest page

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Sean Clancy

Sean Clancy is a critically acclaimed writer and former champion jockey who's had a lifelong association with horses. Sean's father, Joe Clancy Sr., trained flat and steeplechase horses and instilled in sons Sean and Joe Jr. a love of racing. Sean had quite a career as a jockey, riding steeplechase races professionally for 13 years, winning a total of 152 races and a national championship in 1998. He was the 10th highest winner of all time upon his retirement in 2000. Clancy is the author of Saratoga Days and co-author of The Best of the Saratoga Special. He has also written for the Daily Racing Form, The Blood-Horse, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and Newsweek among others. Clancy is editor/publisher of ST Publishing, based in Fair Hill, Maryland. ST Publishing produces The Saratoga Special, Steeplechase/Eventing Times, The Special at Keeneland, Thoroughbred Racing Calendar, and other projects. View Guest page

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Stacie Clark

Stacie Clark, raised in Ontario, Canada, is the daughter of thoroughbred trainer Joan Clark and owner Peter Clark. Growing up around racing, her parents’ passion for the industry soon became her own. Galloping horses in the mornings and working in the Media and Publicity Department in the afternoons.
After graduating with Combined Honors in Media Communications, Stacie went on to work in the Toronto, Ontario Film and Television industry. After four years as an Assistant Editor, Stacie put her career in television on hold and from 1993 through 1996 she rode as a jockey in Ontario and was nominated for the 1994 Sovereign Award as Outstanding Apprentice in Canada.
When Woodbine Racetrack expanded its television department in 1999 the cross over to Associate Producer and Racing TV Commentator was a natural one. In more recent years, Stacie’s focus has turned to the development of Thoroughbred retirement initiatives.
Currently, Stacie serves on Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. View Guest page

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Mindy Coleman

Mindy Coleman is the counsel for the Jockeys’ Guild, Inc., the organization representing professional jockeys in American Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The Guild was founded in May 1940 and has approximately 1,270 members, including active, retired and permanently disabled riders. The purpose of the organization is to represent jockeys throughout the country and to monitor developments in local, state and federal laws affecting the racing industry, and in particular, the jockeys. Ms. Coleman’s childhood was spent in the Northwest, in Eastern Oregon and in Idaho. She grew up with a passion for horses, including dressage and jumping horses, as well as race horses. Her family had both Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racehorses, which ran in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2001 with her B.S. and received her J.D. from Gonzaga University in 2004. From December of 2004 until she became in-house counsel for the Jockeys’ Guild in 2009, Ms. Coleman had a private practice where she focused on bankruptcy and construction litigation. View Guest page

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Terence Collier

Terence Collier, the director of Marketing at Fasig-Tipton Sales and the Senior Sales Announcer has been with the Lexington, Kentucky based company since 1976. They are holding a unique sale on Monday featuring many stakes horses currently racing. The select yearling auction season kicks off at Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky headquarters July 15, and this year there’s a bonus. Immediately following the yearling session, Fasig-Tipton will offer a new auction: the summer sale of selected horses of racing age. With this sale, Fasig-Tipton is attempting to establish a new tradition of selling an estimated 50 to 65 “horses with meaningful racing potential to showcase to the sport’s leading buyers,” as chief executive Boyd Browning describes it in the auction’s promotional material. It might seem a bold step to launch a select racing-age sale at a time when yearlings traditionally are in the limelight, and at a place that does not have a training track for the racing-age stock to show off their abilities. But Browning and Bayne Welker, Fasig-Tipton’s vice president for sales, said the market is ripe for such a racing-age outlet, and that the company’s detailed online catalog will give bidders plenty of ways to assess a runner’s performance. View Guest page

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Larry Collmus

Larry Collmus (born October 13, 1966) is a Thoroughbred horse racing announcer. A native of Baltimore, Collmus has called at numerous racetracks around the country. He is currently the announcer at Gulfstream Park and Monmouth Park, and has sometimes called at Suffolk Downs. Collmus got his start by calling his first race at Bowie Race Track in 1985 at the age of 18. In 1985 and 1986, he served as the assistant announcer at Laurel Park, Pimlico, Bowie and Timonium Racetrack in his native Maryland. In 1987 he became the youngest announcer in the country after being named to call the races at Birmingham Turf Club in Alabama. After Birmingham, Collmus moved to California and became the announcer at Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco area, a position he held until 1991 when he moved to take over announcing duties at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, Massachusetts. Collmus' move to a major summer racing circuit occurred in 1994 when he became the announcer at Monmouth Park, host of the 2007 Breeders' Cup. After spending 2 years as the winter announcer at Aqueduct Racetrack, he became the full time announcer at Gulfstream Park in 2007. In addition, Collmus has called races at Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park, Santa Anita Park, and the Meadowlands as well as numerous races broadcast on ESPN, Fox and CBS. On April 27, 2011, Larry Collmus was announced by NBC Sports as the new race caller for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. The position previously held by long time NYRA announcer Tom Durkin. View Guest page

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Patricia "P.J." Cooksey

Patricia "P.J." Cooksey is a trailblazer for women in the sport of racing. The Ohio native started in the leaky-roof circuit of West Virginia and made her way to the Kentucky Derby and became the first woman to ride in the Preakness Stakes. A leading rider at several tracks in the Midwest, Pat Cooksey reigned as the top female rider in North America before Julie Krone assumed that mantle. View Guest page

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Jon Kenton Court

Jon Kenton Court was born November 23, 1960, in Gainesville, Florida. Having grown up in Florida, Jon began riding in Colorado at the now closed Centennial Park in 1980. He rode in Louisiana for 12 years before moving to Kentucky and Indiana in 1995, where he was a top rider at Hoosier Park from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, he gained his 2,000th win at Kentucky Downs. In 2004, he moved to California tracks on the advice of trainer Doug O'Neill after winning titles at Ellis Park Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Turfway Park, Kentucky Downs, and Birmingham Racecourse. He rode his 3,000th winner at Santa Anita Park on April 7, 2005. Court received the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in February 2007. Court was one of the jockeys featured in the first season of Animal Planet's 2009 reality documentary 'Jockeys' before he moved his tack back to Kentucky. Jon Court was announced as the 2015 recipient of the Mike Venezia Memorial Award, which was presented on Memorial Day at Belmont. View Guest page

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Ben Creed

Jockey Ben Creed is the leading graduate of the North American Racing Academy founded by Hall of Fame Jockey Chris McCarron. The native of Louisville had no previous riding experience, but through a chance meeting with jockey Mark Guidry he learned about the newly formed school. After an internship with trainer John Sadler, Creed took out his jockey’s license and since then has won two riding titles at Turfway Park. Creed became the first graduate of NARA to win 500 races. View Guest page

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Ben Creed

Ben is a red-hot bug rider at Turfway Park. He is a graduate of the North American Racing Academy in Lexington, Kentucky for Chris McCarron. Mr. Creed won his first race at Indiana Downs this summer, and even though he is an apprentice, he won the Turfway Park fall riding championship. View Guest page

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Steven Crist

Steven Crist, who has more than 30 years of experience as a racing journalist, was a New York Times reporter and columnist from 1981 through 1990; founding editor-in-chief in 1991 of The Racing Times, which introduced statistical innovations that have since become industry standards; and a vice president of the New York Racing Association from 1995 to 1997. In 1998, he formed an investment group that purchased Daily Racing Form, where he was CEO until 2002 and continues to serve as its Editor & Publisher Emeritus, and a columnist and blogger. He is also a longtime member of the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and the Eclipse Awards Steering Committee. Crist is the author of the books “Offtrack,” “The Horse Traders,” “Betting on Myself,” and “Exotic Betting.” View Guest page

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Dan Cronin

Picking a winner is one thing, picking winners consistently is another. Dan Cronin, or Keeneland Dan, as his Twitter followers know him, is a professional horseracing handicapper. Dan can lay claim to "professional" because of his 25 plus years of horseracing knowledge and the extensive research that he does to pick winners on a consistent basis. Almost too good to be true, this son of a legendary handicapper Hap Cronin and brother of Cincinnati Bearcat NCAA basketball coach Mick Cronin, grew up at River Downs and Turfway Park, and has had some terrific documented hits. They include sweeping a card 14 times with his 1st pick selection winning the entire card. Some big name race days, he had the 2010 Breeders Cup late Pick 4; 2011 Breeders Cup early Pick 4 and nailing the 2012 Travers Day rolling Pick 3 from the 1st through the 12th races. View Guest page

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Ed Crothers

Ed Crothers, The Equine Analyst, grew up on a farm in southern Ohio. Ed's father was a blacksmith and horse trainer, which is what instilled the love of horsemanship in him at a very young age. Working with his father exposed him to a large number of horses some of which were very disrespectful. As his riding ability increased he found himself riding more and more problem horses. By the age of sixteen Ed had begun training and breaking on his own and was embarking on a path that would lead to a career in the equine industry. After graduating high school Crothers went to work as a farm manager for the Delmar farm in West Union, Ohio. Two years later he accepted a farm manager position at Classicway Farm in Morow, Ohio. This was a big step up, as the daily boarding was 400 to 500 thoroughbred horses. This move was the most significant change in Ed's horsemanship. It happened with his routine interaction with the veterinarians and chiropractors that worked at the farm. He began to see that often bad behavior was the cause of health issues and not attitude problems. One could say that this was an awakening to the holistic approach of horsemanship that Ed has used for many years now. Ed stayed at Classicway Farms for four more years before accepting a new position. As his reputation grew in Ohio he began to break an increasing number of horses. Over the last 12 years Ed and his staff at Cedar Brook Farm have broke and trained over 3100 horses including horses that others could not break. Ed has continued to use and perfect the techniques that he has developed over the years, by combining all the lessons he has learned. His holistic approach to horsemanship is to use veterinarian and chiropractic treatment to ensure soundness before beginning training. Currently Ed is entrusted with the care and stud career of stallion Arctic Bright View – better known as “Silver” to the public – one of the selected horses starring in the recently released “The Lone Ranger.” View Guest page

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Matt Darby

Speed Silks is the brand name of a product line consisting of silks, helmet covers, jockey pants and boot sleeves. All Speed Silks gear is form-fitting and made entirely of Aero Dimplex®, a patented technical fabric that’s uniquely textured to reduce drag.

Aero Dimplex is the world’s most aerodynamically-efficient fabric between 14 and 47 miles per hour. Twenty jockeys competing in this year’s Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita —including winners Bayern and Goldencents¬— were wearing Speed Silks®, a new patent-pending aerodynamically-engineered equine jockey uniform.

Darby Racing Technology, LLC sold the first set of Speed Silks in August of 2013; they have since been worn in multiple graded stakes victories and Triple Crown races. Darby Racing Technology has acquired the likes of Baffert Racing, Conquest Stables LLC, Reddam Racing LLC, Team Valor and many other notable stables and owners as clients. Speed Silks creator Matt Darby says he was thrilled to hear from representatives from both barns, especially since they contacted his company so soon after he opened his doors.

Matt Darby and his wife Darci designed Speed Silks over two years, and built the product from the ground up exclusively for use by jockeys. Both their blueprint and manufacturing process allow for seamless designs; no matter how complex the silks pattern, no seams are added to the garment, as the colors are dyed directly onto the Aero Dimplex fabric. The state-of-the-art dye sublimation process allows for very bright, saturated colors and razor sharp detail. Speed Silks are available with an optional thumb-sleeve cuff, modeled after the jerseys worn by competitive cyclists. Darby says it’s testament to the “form-follows-function” philosophy he stuck to during the design process View Guest page

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Steve Davidowitz

Steve Davidowitz, a veteran reporter, columnist and handicapper who has worked at racetracks from coast to coast, is a passionate lover of the racing game – and an equally passionate critic of its shortcomings. Davidowitz takes aim at its rascals and reprobates and at an industry that too often fails to address and resolve its most troubling issues. He is the author of "Bettin Thoroughbreds" and "The Best and Worst of Thoroughbred Racing". View Guest page

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Patrick Alan "Pat" Day

Patrick Alan "Pat" Day was born October 13, 1953 in Brush, Colorado. He is a four-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1991. Day also received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1985, given annually to a North American jockey who demonstrates the highest standards of professional and personal conduct. In 1995, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship". Day has ridden winners of U.S. Triple Crown races nine times. Day was quoted in a recent interview on the TVG Network's "Legends" program that Easy Goer was the best horse he ever rode in his career. In 1991, Pat Day won the Canadian Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup Distaff aboard the future Hall of Fame filly Dance Smartly. He is the only jockey to have ridden at least one mount in each of the first 20 Breeders' Cups, and ranks second all-time in Breeders' Cup winners, with 12. Day is also the all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs and Keeneland Race Course, the two largest tracks in his adopted home state of Kentucky. In 1989, he set a North American record when he won eight of nine mounts in a single day at Arlington Park. Early in his career, he had serious substance abuse problems with both drugs and alcohol, but became a born-again Christian in the early 1980s. He has been involved with the Race Track Chaplaincy of America since his conversion, and is currently the racing industry's representative on the board of that organization. After undergoing hip surgery that forced him to miss the Derby for the first time in 21 years, Day announced his retirement on August 3, 2005 after a 32-year career that saw him ride 8,804 winners, fourth on the all-time list, and set a North American record for prize money won, with his mounts earning nearly USD 298 million. He said he would retire and commit the rest of his life purely to spreading the Gospel. Day and his family reside in the Lake Forest subdivision in Louisville, Kentucky. Lil E. Tee in 1992 scored one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Kentucky Derby. His jockey was Pat Day; This was Pat Day's first and only Kentucky Derby victory. View Guest page

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William Denzik

William Denzik operates a small stable with 3 horses at the present time. But with Covey Trace's big win on Saturday night in the $350,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3), the filly by Stevie Wonderboy provided her trainer’s small stable with its biggest moment. Bill and the partner that owns her with him (Brook T. Smith Investments LLC), are getting their feet deeper in racing as Bill says "we’re getting into it pretty big and we’ll probably be buying some more horses."
When trainer William Denzik had Covey Trace in his stable as a two-year-old, he knew she had ability. “She fought shins all through her two-year-old year that weren’t bad but stopped her from being who she really was, so we gave her the time off, let it heal and when she came back she started working pretty good. She’s always been a smooth moving filly that we always thought might be really ok.” View Guest page

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Ed DeRosa

Ed DeRosa grew up going to the track with his grandfather, who pretty much taught him to read (words and past performances) by letting him flip through the Daily Racing Form when he was done with it. He got into journalism in college, working for the school paper and eventually the small-town daily near his school. He recalls "I loved the rush of telling a story" and hoped that one day he would be able to combine his profession and hobby. Thoroughbred Times expanded its editorial department with the addition of Thoroughbred Times TODAY in spring 2002, and that's when DeRosa joined the paper. Ed DeRosa is Director of Marketing for Bloodstock Research Information Services (BRIS) and a lifelong Thoroughbred racing enthusiast and astute handicapper. Ed joined Churchill Downs Inc. following nine years as a writer and editor with Thoroughbred Times. He is currently marketing director and publicity director at View Guest page

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Gary DesRoche

Gary DesRoche has been involved in the Racing Industry in one form or the other for 56 years. He has been a hot walker, groom and owner of thoroughbred race horses. Nowadays he is a genuine holistic equine therapist. He has developed the LEG SAVER in 1998 and have been developing it for all horse disciplines. He has been adding and improving his wave for all this time. Gary states 'we did not know that we could treat so many ailments both in lameness and in illnesses issues". A number of conclusions have been reached that were never thought to be a problem for athletic horses. He proclaims "I treat and improve the treatments even today as I work on horses almost everyday." View Guest page

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Harvey Diamond

Louisville’s Dr. Harvey Diamond is the founder and racing manager for the Skychai Racing LLC. He is a lifelong horse lover whose dad would get young Harvey out of school to go to the races. Skychai claimed Da Big Hoss for $50,000 last spring and now has won four races and three stakes, including the $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) last fall at Kentucky Downs and the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3) in his last start. Other Skychai horses have been Twinspired, winner of Turfway Park’s WEBN Stakes; River Downs’ 2008 Cradle Stakes winner Night Action; and multiple stakes-winner Cherokee Triangle. Skychai also bought 25% interest in Hansen before he won the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the Tapit colt going on to capture New York’s 2012 Gotham Stakes and Iowa Derby. Diamond, a physician, is an owner and president of Occupational Physician Services, which has evolved into one of the most distinguished and well-respected practices in the occupational health field. View Guest page

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Ramon Dominguez

Ramon began riding horses at age 16 in Venezuela, despite the strong disapproval of his father, who wanted him to become a doctor. At his father’s suggestion, he started to learn show jumping instead, but after about a year he slipped away to a nearby training center, where he began getting on racehorses. After about a week, his father found out and ended up “being very supportive.” Dominguez, however, had to promise to finish high school. He came to the United States from his native Venezuela in 1995, and began riding in 1996 at Hialeah Park. First win was aboard Solo Moondance in March of that year. More recently he won the 2009 Spring/Summer Belmont Park riding title with 98 wins, 27 more than Rajiv Maragh, also led the Saratoga standings with 45 wins, and was also the leading earner with $2,734,486. On October 2, he became only the fifth jockey in history to win 300 races in one year at New York's Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga. The other riders to accomplish the feat were Angel Cordero Jr., Steve Cauthen, Mike Smith and Eibar Coa. Mr. Dominguez met his wife Sharon at Delaware Park, where she galloped horses in the mornings and ponied in the afternoons. They married the day after the 2001 Belmont Stakes, but delayed their honeymoon until January of 2002 because of the opportunity to win the national riding title. Although leading rider at Delaware Park for 2004-2007, Ramon finally switched his tack permanently to New York in 2009. View Guest page

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Eddie Donnally

Eclipse-Award winning writer and former jockey Eddie Donnally released his new book "Ride The White Horse: A Checkered Jockey's Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption". Donnally as a jockey rode for 19-years in over 10,000 races from coast to coast and his life was a roller coaster ride that included drug addiction, involvement with the notorious Whitey Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang, a miraculous jail cell conversion that led to his current position as a hospice chaplain. View Guest page

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John G. Dooley

John G. Dooley John graduated from St. John's University NY with a B.S. in 1987. He joined the NYRA Press Office Staff in the fall 1987 until sometime in 1991. After leaving there he joined Thistledown Racetrack as their track announcer from 1991 to 1996. In September of 1996 he rejoined the NYRA as the assistant announcer in the Simulcasting Department. That lasted till March of the following year when he picked up to go to Lone Star Park where he was their announcer till 1999. The following year he started as announcer at Arlington Park and picked up the announcer job at Fair Grounds in 2004 both until present. View Guest page

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Bill Doolittle

Kentucky Derby Book author Bill Doolittle knows the racetrack. Bill is a noted horse racing expert, with a specific interest in the Kentucky Derby. In fact, he is the only sportswriter to pick the last four Kentucky Derby winners in a row! Bill’s Kentucky Derby experience doesn’t end at the turf. Over the years, he has learned quite a bit about other aspects – historical, cultural, culinary and social – of the two-minute horse race that has become a two to three week party across the entire Bluegrass State. View Guest page

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Linda Dougherty

Linda Dougherty has been covering thoroughbred racing in New Jersey for more than two decades, writing for the Daily Racing Form, the Blood-Horse, The Trentonian, Mi-Atlantic Thoroughbred, The Horse of Delaware Valley and The Racing A New Jersey native, Dougherty is a longtime member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association and has owned and bred thoroughbreds.
She is now the author of “The Golden Age of New Jersey Horse Racing” a book about the long and colorful history of the sport in the Garden State. View Guest page

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Dick Downey

Dick Downey, a native Kentuckian, is an attorney and retired Circuit Judge. In 2003, he founded The Downey Profile a seasonal website dedicated to coverage of the Kentucky Derby, the Triple Crown Trail and other events. Attorney in private practice 28 years. Retired, then worked at Kentucky Legal Aid part-time helping poor people for seven years. Retired again, then appointed by Gov. Beshear as a Family Court judge to fill out the unexpired term of a deceased judge. Now retired again. The Downey Profile is a seasonal website. Dan is regularly credentialed media by major tracks in the U.S. His interest in determining how the Kentucky Derby is won began in the late 1990’s reading material by Jennie Rees. This was followed by hundreds of hours of research of Derby PP’s going back to 1973. View Guest page

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Sophie Doyle

Jockey Sophie Doyle upset champion Judy the Beauty with her well timed ride aboard Fioretti in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland - a "Win and You're In Filly & Mare Sprint Division" race. Sophie hails from a racing family in England and is the sister of James Doyle who rides for Godolphin in Europe. Sophie was the leading female apprentice in England and has an interesting story to tell about growing up in a riding family and her transition to the American style of riding. View Guest page

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Joe Drape

Joe Drape is a reporter for The New York Times who has covered thoroughbred racing for nearly two decades. He is a two-time Eclipse Award winner for outstanding coverage of horse racing. His book, "Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend," is a biography of Jimmy Winkfield, the last African American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. It was awarded the inaugural winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, given annually to a work that contributes to the literature surrounding thoroughbreds. In 2012, he co-authored The New York Times series "Breakdown: Death & Disarray at American Racetracks" that prompted widespread reform in drug rules and penalties and won several prizes for investigative journalism. Its companion documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award. He is the author of six books, including he New York Times Bestseller "Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen." View Guest page

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Tom Drury

In June of 2016, Claiborne Farm has removed horses from the care of Al Stall, Jr., and distributed them to various trainers. Multiple graded stakes winner Departing, who Claiborne owns in concert with Adele Dilschneider and who hadn't won a race since June of 2015, was transferred to the barn of Tommy Drury. And in his first start under Drury's name, Departing stormed home a two-length winner of the $100,000 Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes on the Indiana Derby undercard at Indiana Grand. View Guest page

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Pat Dupuy

Pat Dupuy, the son of the late jockey and longtime trainer Johnny Dupuy, literally grew up on the backstretches in New Orleans, Louisville, New England and Chicago. He got his trainer's license at age 18 in 1978, and the past 30 years he has been literally a hands-on trainer, with a handful of horses at a time and doing much of the work himself to meet his dad's old-school standards. Teaming with owners Chet Miller and Susan Weiss of Simpsonville, Ky., Dupuy has had the best years of his career, including claiming Strike Impact for $25,000 in 2009, a horse he had for six years, winning two stakes and placing in six others, and a third in the Grade 2 Firecracker. Their current stable star, the 4-year-old filly I'm a Looker, a $4,500 yearling purchase by Miller who on Saturday dominated Mountaineer Park's $100,000 West Virginia Secretary of State Stakes. Dupuy is married to Jennie Rees, a longtime turf journalist now specializing in racing communication, advocacy and fan education. View Guest page

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Tom Durkin

The recently retired track announcer Tom Durkin, a long time Standardbred owner, will be an equity partner on horses within the West Point Thoroughbred partnerships, including the promising 3-year-old filly Phantom Phasr (Ghostzapper-Ballistae, by Mizzen Mast) who is scheduled to make her debut this winter. In addition to his ownership interests within the organization, Durkin will work directly with Finley and West Point’s Chief Operating Officer, Tom Bellhouse in business development and partnership relations. Durkin, who made his final call at Saratoga Race Course on August 31, will be honored on Saturday night 1/24/15 with the Eclipse award of Merit for a lifetime of outstanding achievement in the Thoroughbred industry. He called races at numerous race tracks throughout the Midwest before moving to Hialeah Park in 1981. Three years later, he was named track announcer for the inaugural running Breeders’ Cup which aired on NBC. He retained that position for 21 years, until the races shifted to ESPN in 2006. In August 1990, Durkin began a remarkable 24-year tenure with the New York Racing Association. Throughout his time with NYRA, he served as the voice of the Belmont Stakes, and on eight different occasions, Durkin was behind the microphone when the Triple Crown was on the line. His account of Real Quiet’s thrilling Triple Crown near-miss against Victory Gallop in the 1998 Belmont stands as one of the most dramatic calls in the history of sports broadcasting. View Guest page

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Robert Earle

Founder and CEO of 123gaming, Rob combines his IT expertise with a passion for racing and gaming, and over 20 years of management experience at senior level. Rob has worked in a variety of senior management positions for large corporations such as Qantas Airlines, Bull Information Systems, Wang, AT&T Global Information Systems, NatWest Markets, Royal Bank of Scotland and Cantor Fitzgerald (, the world's largest share broker. As a former director of Addington Raceway in New Zealand, Rob also has a long-standing relationship with the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club, and has since devoted himself to developing 123gaming.

Rob believes that racing and betting are first and foremost about fun. He has a lifelong association with, and love for horse racing, stretching back to his youth in New Zealand as a stable hand. In his spare time he enjoys amateur harness-racing driving, and breeds standardbred horses at home. Robert enjoys Advanced Amateur Driver status, allowing him to compete in live Televised Tote Advanced Amateur Races. Robert's vision, energy, and innovative ideas combined with a big personality and love of horse racing, make him an outstanding figurehead for 123gaming. View Guest page

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Bob Ehalt

Bob Ehalt has been an avid fan of Thoroughbred racing since that day in June of 1971 when he and his father walked from their Queens Village, N.Y., home to Belmont Park to see Canonero II fall short in his bid for the Triple Crown. A veteran sports writer and correspondent for Thoroughbred Times magazine, Bob has covered horse racing for more than 20 years and has won three awards in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest for his coverage of the sport. Now working at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, Bob has also owned Thoroughbreds since 1995 and was a member of the syndicate that raced Tale of the Cat. He also writes a racing blog for View Guest page

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Stewart Elliott

Elliott who was born March 1, 1965, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada grew up in a horse racing family. His father was a jockey for many years, his mother rode show horses and was a riding instructor, and his uncle owns a racing stable in Canada. At age seven, his family moved to race in Hong Kong where they remained for six years before coming to the United States. Stewart began riding professionally at age 16, mainly at Philadelphia Park Racetrack. A steady, hard worker, he has been the racetrack's leading jockey for many years. On May 13, 2003 he reached a prestigious milestone, riding his 3,000th career winner. On January 18, 2009 he won the 4,000th race of his career at Philadelphia Park. In 2004 was Stewart's big break when on May 1, 2004, Elliott became the first jockey in twenty-five years to win the Kentucky Derby in his first appearance in the race. His horse, Smarty Jones, became the first unbeaten Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977. Two weeks later, Elliott rode Smarty Jones to a record-breaking win in the Preakness Stakes. In the Belmont Stakes, the third leg, Elliott took Smarty Jones out early and the colt made a valiant effort, but was passed by Birdstone in the end. During his breakthrough year in 2004, Elliot won 262 races out of 1,363 mounts with earnings of $14,533,061. View Guest page

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Richard Eng

Richard Eng covers the Horse Racing industry. "Handicapping for Dummies" is one of the many handicapping books he wrote. He also is a writer for Las Vegas Review Journal and the Daily Racing Form. View Guest page

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Jody Evans

Jody has been a racing fan and handicapper since his father took him to Latonia Race Course over 40 years ago. In Junior High he would study the racing form at school, some times skipping afternoon classes and take the Metro Bus to River Downs now Beltera Park. In sixth grade he reserved the copy of Seabiscuit (before Laura Hilldenbrand's version) so much that at the end of the school year his teacher presented him with the book at assembly in front of the entire student body. In the past he has been a semi regular on the old Regular Guy Handicapping Show with John Engelhardt at River Downs and spent a season giving his selections out on the River Downs web site where his top selection won nearly 40% of time. This past year he reunited with John Engelhardt to handicap the Saturday Afternoon card at Beltera Park. Currently he follows the New York circuit as well as the Gulfstream Park Championship meet, Keeneland, the major stakes days, and of course Beltera Park. View Guest page

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Gary Falter

Gary Falter, a Columbus, Ohio native, joined The Jockey Club Information Systems, Inc. in February 2000. He served as Vice President of Development and Operations until 2012. During that time frame Gary was responsible for the development of commercial products for horsemen including the Equineline Portfolio service, the Horse Farm Health-book software for tablets and more recently the iPad Sale Catalog App. Since 2012, Gary has been leading Thoroughbred OwnerView, a nationwide industry initiative to encourage Thoroughbred ownership. Gary has also owned and bred Thoroughbreds for 32 years and maintains a small breeding operation at his Red Fox Farm in Versailles, Ky. In 2009, Gary and his wife Cindy were awarded with a Sovereign Award as the breeder of the Champion Turf Mare in Canada, Points of Grace. Gary previously served on the board of the Ohio Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners and currently serves on the board for the University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union. Gary and his wife Cindy have five daughters, nine grand kids and have been foster parents for 11 years. Gary is a former high school football coach and his favorite pastime is fishing. View Guest page

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Jude Feld

Jude Feld has loved Thoroughbred racing since his youth. He began his horseracing career in 1978, making charts for the Daily Racing Form at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky under the tutelage of legendary trackman Jack Valentine. After a stint as assistant trainer to Doug Udouj in the Bluegrass State and to Julio Canani in California, Jude took out his own trainer’s license in 1980. Retiring from training in 2000, Jude became a racing publicist, public handicapper and bloodstock consultant. In 2003, he was honored with an Eclipse Award, alongside G.D. Hieronymus, for their collaboration “If it was easy…everyone would do it”, which he wrote and G.D. produced for Keeneland. He won another Eclipse Award as part of the Horse Racing Radio Network broadcasting team for their coverage of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic. View Guest page

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Sid Fernando

Sid Fernando is president of and Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. (WTC), owner of eNicks. A former bloodstock editor and columnist at Daily Racing Form, Sid is an internationally known pedigree writer whose articles have appeared in leading thoroughbred racing and breeding publications around the world, including Owner-Breeder, Racing Post, North American Trainer, The Thoroughbred Times, Thoroughbred Daily News, Turf Diario, and Pacemaker. Sid also is an accomplished youth travel baseball manager. In 2007 his 10U Brooklyn Bulldogs travel team journeyed south to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they won the Triple Crown Summer Nationals, a national championship. The 2010 squad played 14U in the spring as a predominantly 13U squad, and at the end of July, 2010, Sid retired from more than a decade of coaching. He is now fully immersed in breeding and racing. A 1982 graduate of Vassar College with a degree in Art History, Sid lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife of 25 years, Cynthia, a longtime criminal defense attorney and public defender who now clerks for a NY Supreme Court judge; and his baseball-playing son Joe, 16. His son John, three years older than Joe, died on March 19, 2011, at age 17. View Guest page

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Bill Finley

Bill Finley is a veteran freelance writer for the New York Metropoltian newspapers and radio host. He won the 2010 Media Eclipse Award and writes for ESPN.Com Finley is known for his articulate opinions on the sport of racing. View Guest page

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Sue Finley

Sue Finley spent her childhood commuting to Belmont Park from her home in Weston, Connecticut. A cum laude graduate of New York University with Bachelor's Degrees in French and Journalism, she began an internship in the NYRA press department while still a senior at NYU and accepted a full-time position at the track in her final term. She earned a scholarship for NYU's Master's program in French, but the lure of Belmont Park proved to be too great, and she left graduate school after a semester to concentrate on her racing career. She remained at NYRA for eight years, rising to the position of Senior Media Coordinator, and left in 1991 to work as a researcher for ABC's Wide World of Sports. In 1992, she took a job at one of ABC's properties, the American Championship Racing Series, where she served as Director of Administration and Publicity. In 1993, she and ACRS founder Barry Weisbord took over the production of the Thoroughbred Daily News. Finley's written work has appeared in USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Thoroughbred Record and the Blood-Horse, among other publications, and she served as a feature producer for numerous ESPN horse-racing telecasts. She lives in Fair Haven, New Jersey with her husband, Bill, a writer, and their two children. For 12 years, she was the First Vice President of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a national organization dedicated to the humane retirement of former racehorses. She is currently pursuing a Professional Certificate in fundraising from NYU's George Heyman Center for Philanthropy. View Guest page

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Terry Finley

Terry Finley is the CEO of West Point Thoroughbreds. He has put together numerous successful partnerships while inviting new owners into the racing game on various levels. He himself, was part of Always Dreaming's scintillating victory in the Kentucky Derby. West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc. is a leading horse racing partnership management company headquartered in Saratoga Springs. A graduate of West Point, Finley is a former Army Captain and Airborne Ranger who holds an MSBA from Boston University and has served on numerous racing industry boards. He has been passionately involved in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 30 years, gaining hands-on experience working with thoroughbreds as a teenager and starting his company in 1991. View Guest page

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Judd Fischer

Judd Fischer is the farrier for North America’s most popular horse – California Chrome. Following in his uncle’s footsteps, he started shoeing horses at the age of 23. He started with show jumping horses and soon picked up some thoroughbred farms, eventually finding his way to the tracks in California. On the advice of a regular trainer he worked for, he was recommended to Art Sherman and has been doing his horses footwork for almost seven years. View Guest page

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Margo Flynn

Margo Flynn is currently the Vice President of Marketing at Tampa Bay Downs. She joined their staff in December of 1995, as the Director of Public Relations and spokesperson for the track. She was then promoted to Vice President in 2001, where her duties covered the spectrum from advertising and marketing to day-to-day operations of the track. Prior she held a similar position at Rockingham Park, NH, for several years where her duties included handicapping, media, horseman and customer relations, marketing, sponsorships & special events, promotions, seminars, and also production and on-camera television work for the racetrack. Margo has been involved with the thoroughbred and harness industry her entire life, first as an assistant for her father for a number of years, and then as a trainer on the New York and New England racing circuits between 1983 and 1993. She currently is a part owner of several thoroughbreds racing in Florida and Monmouth Park. View Guest page

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Conor Foley

Growing up in Lexington, Kentucky Conor was drawn to the thoroughbred business since a young age. His experience in the industry began during his teenage years when he gained hands on experience working with horses while also analyzing data at Equibase. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Conor accepted a position as the Stakes Coordinator for the Breeders’ Cup. This job allowed him to experience the entire scope of the North American thoroughbred industry. By managing the Stakes program for the Breeders’ Cup for several years, Conor had an intimate view of the best horses and horseman in America. After four years at the Breeders’ Cup, Conor was awarded a place in the Darley Flying Start program. This is a full time, two-year international management training program for potential thoroughbred industry leaders. Management training is provided by established universities including the University College Dublin and the University of Sydney. During this program, trainees live and learn in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Dubai and Australia. Each trainee receives a full scholarship from HH Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai. Graduates of the program are employed in the UK, the USA, Dubai, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, India, Japan, Ireland, New Zealand, Brazil, China and South Africa. Alumni from the Darley Flying Start form a global network of professional relationships in both established and emerging racing nations. After completing the Darley Flying Start program, Conor accepted a job with Darley’s American operation. During five years with Darley America, Conor was responsible for analyzing and predicting the success of individual racehorses and sires as well as the overall commercial thoroughbred market. In addition to his degrees from college and the Flying Start program, Conor has also earned a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) View Guest page

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Robert Forbeck

Robert Forbeck has been a lifelong fan of thoroughbred racing. Daily Racing Form has hired him for the newly created position of National Advertising Director. Forbeck most recently was Sales Manager at iHeartMedia in Cincinnati, Ohio, the leading media group in the Greater Cincinnati market. Prior he was Director of Marketing and Communications for Turfway Park from 1997-2001. where he directed all sales, marketing and communications initiatives for the Kentucky track and co-hosted “Turfway Track Talk” with Winningponies columnist Ed Meyer. He also worked in Hollywood Park’s press box for a season and got his entrance into racing as intern at River Downs under the tutelage of Winningponies host John Engelhardt. An avid racing fan and seasoned handicapper, Forbeck follows the sport closely and attends the races regularly. He and his father have both qualified for the National Handicapping Championship in the past. View Guest page

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Anna Ford

Anna Ford from New Vocations will be our first guest. She is the program Director in charge of the Thoroughbreds & Adoption Office. This program starting this week, will produce the simulcast television feed for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race which will run informational slates that feature retired racehorses available for adoption. The slates will include a photo of the horse, biographical info, what they will be most suitable for in retirement (ie. trail riding, show jumping, etc…) and contact information for the farm where the horse is located. All of the featured horses will be from recognized racehorse adoption and aftercare organizations, such as the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and CANTER. “It is very important to utilize as many promotional avenues as we can to help provide good homes for our retired racehorses,” said Dan Silver, director of racing operations at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course. The informational television slates are a joint venture between Penn National Race Course and the Pennsylvania HBPA. “Our simulcast feed reaches thousands of viewers around the country and is a natural platform for informing people about horses available for adoption. We will continue to work with the Pennsylvania HBPA to find new and unique ways to raise awareness for thoroughbred adoption and aftercare.” View Guest page

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Peter Thomas Fornatale

Peter Thomas Fornatale is the contest editor for Daily Racing Form and a bestselling author. He has written three racing books: 'Six Secrets of Successful Bettors' (with Frank Scatoni), 'May The Horse Be With You' (with Harvey Pack) and 'The Winning Contest Player.' He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Susan, daughter, Perrin, and a black lab named Mugs. View Guest page

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Bob Fortus

Bob Fortus has been the Turf Writer for The Times-Picayune for over two decades. His writing talents are not limited to the Crescent City. He covers the national racing scene and in 2009 he was presented with the Old Hilltop Award for covering racing with excellence and distinction. The following season he won the 2010 New York Racing Association's Joe Hirsch Memorial writing contest recognizing the best print coverage of the Belmont Stakes. View Guest page

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Brad Free

Brad Free is based in Southern California covering Santa Anita, Del Mar, Fairplex, and Hollywood Park. He joined Daily Racing Form in 1992 and is the author of "Handicapping 101: Finding the Right Horses and Making the Right Bets." Brad provides a daily analysis of the races. Each day during the meet, Brad Free offers his insight and analysis of the entire card. View Guest page

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Gina Gans

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Gina Gans has over a dozen years experience with training thoroughbreds, racehorse care, and exercise riding. After graduating from Ohio State University, where she earned a bachelor of sciences degree in animal science and a minor in agriculture business, Gina joined the Tim Hamm Racing Stable as an assistant trainer. She served as Hamm's traveling assistant for six years, managing all aspects of an on-the-road training operation comprised of as many as 30 thoroughbreds. "We are excited to have Gina on the EQUIX team, especially with the 2-year-old sale season coming up," said Suzanne Smallwood, EQUIX president. "Gina's strong racing background is an ideal fit for us and she offers our clients a high degree of experience in selecting young racing prospects for purchase." In addition to her bloodstock selection duties, Gina will have a role in EQUIX's ProStride digital stride length and motion analyses that are part of the firm's 2-year-old sales View Guest page

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Jim Gluckson

Senior Communications Consultant at Breeders' Cup Ltd., he currently is the owner at Jim Gluckson Communications. In the past he was a Senior Director of Communications at Sports Marketing & Television International (SMTI), and Public Relations Manager at Pepsi-Cola Company. Education: Skidmore College, Miami University. View Guest page

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Garrett Gomez

Gomez learned to ride by watching his father, Louie, who was a jockey at many tracks in the Southwest United States. When Gomez was in the tenth grade, he dropped out of school to start his career as a jockey, and began riding at Santa Fe Downs in New Mexico in September 1988, picking up his first victory at that venue aboard Furlong Circle. After a stint riding on the California Fair Circuit, Gomez switched his tack to the Midwest and rode at Ak-Sar-Ben and Fonner Park in Nebraska. Gomez was the second leading apprentice rider in 1989, racking up 182 winners. In the mid 1990s, Gomez's career began to take off. He won back-to-back runnings of the Arkansas Derby in 1994 (with Concern) and 1995 (with Dazzling Falls). Two years later, he captured the "Mid-America Triple" at Arlington Park by winning the American Derby, Arlington Classic, and his first Grade I, the Secretariat Stakes, all aboard Honor Glide. After battling substance abuse issues and serving jail time in 2003, Gomez returned to riding in 2004. He was able to regain his previous success, and by the end of 2005, not only had he conquered his personal demons, he was one of the top go-to jockeys in the business. Gomez has continued to enjoy more success in the last few seasons. He won the Eclipse Award for the Outstanding Jockey again in 2008 and was a finalist for that award in both 2009 and 2010, and wound up winning four straight earnings titles until that streak was snapped in 2010. Among his many Breeders' Cup races wins is the 2010 Classic aboard Blame. Gomez is one of 5 jockeys to be considered for induction into racing's Hall of Fame for 2013. View Guest page

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Sam Gooding

Sam Gooding, a returning instructor, comes to the Kentucky Horseshoeing School with an exceptional set of skills. Following Sam’s graduation from KHS in 1996, he served as an apprentice to Mitch Taylor for 2 years. Following his apprenticeship, Sam left for Texas where he continued his training in the field, under the tutelage of Jim Poor, CJF. In the following years, he honed his skills both under the horse and in the forge. Sam Gooding, CJF is both an accomplished tool-maker and horseshoer, having proven his skills by being named to the American Farriers Association US Horseshoeing Team in 2005 and placing in the top 10 finishers at the 2005 World Championships in Calgary, Canada. Sam is a gifted instructor, having shown his affinity for the classroom during his advanced training with Taylor and throughout the many clinics he has given during his years in the field. View Guest page

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Jim Goodman

Previously Publicity Director at River Downs and currently Assistant to Simulcasting Director Jim Goodman at Keeneland and in charge of their new ADW wagering system "Keeneland Select", Mr. Ed Meyer was the host for this show for about a bit over 2 years and contributed greatly to its success. View Guest page

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Jeff Greenhill

In an age where many horses are retiring at 3, Jeff has the unique ability to keep horses sound. El Bomba ran until he was 13 and won in his 100th start, while T.K.'s Turn won 6 in a row as a 10-year-old. He has had two stakes winners in the past three weeks and has a multiple track-record setter in his stable. Greenhill is big on putting together partnerships and taking advantage of state-bred programs. A graduate of Auburn University he was a Chemical Engineer, who retired at 38 to pursue his dream of training race horses. He started as a hotwalker for D. Wayne Lukas. You can learn more about him at

Since his last appearance on the show, his horses have won titles such as Indiana Horse of the Year and Ohio 2-year-old Champion. Jeff ranks in the top 10 trainers in North America who have won at least 9 races with an overall win percentage of 34%. He closed out his 2014 season with Indiana-bred 'In A Jif' winning over open company in the Holiday Inaugural at Turfway Park. View Guest page

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David Grening

David Grening is the most recent winner of the Walter Haight Award presented by the National Turf Writers and Breeders. This award is about the most meaningful award a racing writer can earn during his career because it signifies the admiration of his colleagues. Previous winners include Andrew Beyer, Steven Crist, Jay Hovdey, Bill Nack and the legendary Joe Hirsch. Grening joined on with the Daily Racing Form in 1998 and is considered one of their top writers and handicappers covering the New York racing scene and he is an integral part of the paper’s Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup coverage. View Guest page

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Marty Grunder

Horse owner Marty Grunder discovered his entrepreneurial spirit as a young man with a lawn mower and grew that passion into a multi-million-dollar company. Along that journey, his success story was amplified by The New York Times and acknowledged with numerous honors, including three “Entrepreneur of the Year” awards by various institutions. He continues to serve as CEO of Grunder Landscaping Co. in Dayton, Ohio, employing and leading more than 40 individuals, but Marty’s true passion lies in working with other CEOs, organizational leaders, and business owners to help them drive results. Marty began owning thoroughbreds in the early nineties and raced primarily in Ohio. He lives in Dayton, Ohio, with his wife Lisa, three daughters Emily, Kathleen and Lillian, and son Grant and is active as a volunteer in his community. View Guest page

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Eric Halstrom

Eric Halstrom grew up in Bloomington and had two sports passions as a young athlete — baseball and soccer. But he attained an appreciation for the sport of horseracing while attending Canterbury Park regularly with his parents during his childhood and teen years.
Halstrom attended high school at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield. He attained all-conference and all-state honors as the Stars’ starting shortstop before heading off to college at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Halstrom studied business at Mankato before finishing college and receiving a degree in the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program. His first job at Canterbury Park was as a mutuel manager in 1997 before he decided to accept the vice president and general managerial positions at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans from 2008 to 2013. Halstrom returned to Canterbury to supervise all departments associated with racing as VP of Racing Operations in 2014. View Guest page

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Eric Hamelback

Eric Hamelback is the CEO of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. He is the former general manager of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Farm and resides in Paris, Ky. with his wife Debra and two children. Originally from Frierson, Louisiana Hamelback attended Louisiana State University where he graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Systems. He and his family moved to Paris Kentucky in 2008 after living in the Versailles/Midway Kentucky area for 8 years and then in Ocala Florida for 5 years.
As CEO of the National HBPA, Eric serves as representative for the largest horsemen’s group in North America. Currently he represents the National HBPA and its member horsemen on several of industry boards which include the American Horse Council Racing Committee, the unWanted Horse Council Education Committee, the RMTC, the NTRA Safety Alliance, the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, as well as the Racing Commissioners International. View Guest page

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Tom Hamm

Tom Hamm is the General Manager at Taylor Made Sales Agency. It is the time of the season for the major sales and Taylor Made leads the nation in success stories. Tom oversees all aspects of the sales, from prepping at the farm to the nuances showing and going to the sales ring. California Chrome is also at the farm now and Tom may be able to give us insight into his current status. Tom joined the company in August 2006. He is a second generation horseman and has over 25 years experience in thoroughbred breeding. View Guest page

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Evan Hammonds

Evan Hammonds has worked at The Blood-Horse for 15 years, first as managing editor in 1998 and was named executive editor in 2007. Prior to that, he worked for eight years at Daily Racing Form in their main offices in New Jersey and Arizona. Growing up in Lexington, Ky Evan learned the basics of handicapping from his grandmother, who took him to Keeneland during the spring meets and taught him how to read past performances when he was 8 or 9 - that's some grandmother! While not afraid of playing favorites, his greatest monetary score at the track came in 2012 with 15-1 Derby winner I'll Have Another. He currently resides in Versailles, Ky. View Guest page

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John Hancock

John Hancock is a third generation horseman who has been at Ellis Park for 49 years. He first wrapped a horse’s ankles when he was 6-years-old. Hancock is taking a different approach. Having managed mostly lower-end stock throughout his 30-year stint as a thoroughbred trainer, Hancock has turned to 2-year-olds and it’s been working well for him. Trainer John Hancock, who is also on the Board of the Kentucky HBPA, has some promising 2-year-olds at Ellis Park and is looking forward to the 2016 meet. Hancock, 50, said he has been coming to work at the same barn at Ellis since he was 6. His mother, wife, daughter, and brother all are key in the operation, with most of them holding down outside jobs while helping to keep the stable running smoothly. Hancock said he has about 16 horses at Ellis, mostly 2-year-olds including two which are Debutante starters. View Guest page

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Kendall Hanson

Dr. Hanson is the breeder and majority owner in Eclipse Award winner Hansen. He is a graduate of Indiana University and its School of Medicine, paying for most of his first year of medical school with money he made betting horses, a pursuit he learned from a co-worker while working at a Ford plant in Indianapolis. Dr. Hanson moved to Kentucky in 1988 because of his love of thoroughbreds and is head of Interventional Pain Specialists in Crestview Hills. He has owned racehorses for about 30 years. View Guest page

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Steve Haskin

Steve Haskin (born 1947 in New York) is an award-winning American horse racing journalist and author. A former Wall Street employee, Haskin was entranced by the "Sport of Kings". He gained recognition for his annual coverage of the Kentucky Derby, and worked as a national correspondent for the Daily racing form before joining The Blood-Horse thoroughbred magazine, as a senior editor. Steve Haskin is the author of several books on Thoroughbred horse racing and its personalities to name a few: "Baffert: Dirt Road to the Derby" (1999), "Dr. Fager" (2000), "John Henry" (2001), "Horse Racing's Holy Grail: The Epic Quest For The Kentucky Derby" (2002), and "Kelso" (2003). View Guest page

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Brad Hennegan

The Hennegan Digital Kitchen's production of "Ironman Perry Ouzts," directed by the Hennegan brothers, has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television-Feature. The production tells the story of 61-year-old journeyman jockey Perry Ouzts, It's the second Eclipse Award for Brad and John Hennegan, who won the television features category in 2008 for "First Saturday in May." In "Ironman Perry Ouzts," the Hennegan brothers capture a few days in the life of the 11th-leading Thoroughbred jockey of all time by wins, following Ouzts during his daily routine at Belterra Park Gaming near Cincinnati, Ohio, that included working four to five horses in the morning and then riding as many as nine races in the afternoon. The program includes interviews with trainer W.J. Danner, jockey John McKee, and Ouzts's wife, Toni, who is a groom at Belterra. Brad Hennegan credits Belterra Park publicist John Engelhardt for bringing Ouzts's story to their attention through Engelhardt's Facebook news feed. View Guest page

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John Hennegan

Before Hennegan Brothers took flight, John worked in various creative environments in television, radio, print and film, with a special focus on writing and physical production. The Hennegan Brothers wrote, produced, filmed and edited "First Saturday In May", one of the greatest racing documentaries ever created. It chronicles the journey of a diverse cast of six hard-working trainers as they jockey for position along the 2006 Kentucky Derby trail. In addition to providing and inside look at the amazing people who dedicate their lives to the sport of horse racing, the film features never-before-seen footage of a young Barbaro – the horse who captured the fascination of the world. After attending the University of Virginia, John now calls Brooklyn, NY home with his wife and two children. In between trips to the racetrack, they foolishly root for the Mets, Giants and Rangers. View Guest page

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Mark Hennig

Mr. Hennig got his start in horse racing while working for his father, trainer John Hennig. While attending Grove City High School, he worked before and after school helping at the barn. He graduated from high school in 1982, and studied veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University. During the summers he returned to horse racing, and went to Saratoga with trainer Neil Howard in 1984. He then went to work for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg in Southern California in May 1987 at age 22. Hired by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas in September 1987, he became his assistant in New York for two years, and was thereafter entrusted with his own division at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Gulfstream Park and various other racetracks. In 1995 he moved his stable to New York, and began training horses for Edward Evans, but have since split. View Guest page

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Brian “B.J.” Hernandez

Brian “B.J.” Hernandez has always been considered a quality rider since he vied for the Eclipse Award as leading apprentice in 2004. One of the many graduates of the Louisiana School of Hard Knocks, Hernandez is well respected on the Kentucky riding circuit and has worked for many of the top trainers. A smart thinking, hard-working, quality jockey who has “flied under the radar,” he was the early pilot of Horse of the Year Rachael Alexandra and most recently won the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes aboard Fort Larned, a potential Handicap Horse of the year. View Guest page

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Brian Hernandez, Jr.

Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. was born Nov. 3, 1985 in Lafayette, LA. He began riding professionally in 2003 and got his first win on Nov. 29 at Delta Downs.
B.J.’s father, Brian Hernandez Sr., was a jockey, and his brother Colby Hernandez and his sister Courtney Hernandez also ride. Brian, or “B.J.”, began galloping horses for trainer Dale Angelle at age 12 and began his riding career at Delta Downs in November 2003, exercising horses in the mornings before high school classes and riding at night. After graduating from high school in May 2004, he headed to Churchill Downs, where he rode for a few weeks before returning to Louisiana and capturing his first riding title at Evangeline Downs.
In 2004, Brian Hernandez, Jr. was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. In 2009 he rode Rachel Alexandra to two wins. On November 3, 2012, his 27th birthday, he won the most important race of his career aboard Fort Larned, in the $5 Mil Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. View Guest page

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Marcus Hersh

Daily Racing Form columnist Marcus Hersh will be our guest handicapper. He concentrates his efforts on the Fair Grounds and Chicago racing scene. Hersh has worked for the Daily Racing Form for over a decade and is the co-international correspondent and a Daily Racing Form features writer. View Guest page

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G.D. Hieronymus

Keeneland director of broadcast services G. D. Hieronymus accepted the crystal trophy award for Keeneland, which secured its sixth Simulcast Award for production excellence Oct. 8th, 2013 at the International Simulcast Conference in Lexington, KY. Hieronymus directs a video crew responsible for the presentation of Keeneland's live race product to its simulcast outlets. Technical use of high-definition video and multiple cameras covering the paddock, post parade, and races--specifically providing multiple views of horses has earned Keeneland many Simulcast Awards in recent years. Entries for the award are no more than 30 minutes in length and contain one complete race presentation, including pre-race features and graphics, the race itself, and any post-race replays and/or wrap-ups. Hieronymus's crew also cover their annual sales meet, and this year will be covering the 2015 Breeders' Cup races at Keeneland. View Guest page

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Jerry Hollendorfer

At the time of his Hall of Fame induction in May of 2011, Jerry Hollendorfer ranked in the top 10 in all-time wins and purse earnings among North American trainers. Born in Akron, Ohio, Hollendorfer arrived in California in the late 1960s and began working as a groom at Bay Meadows. He later went to work for trainers Jerry Dutton and Jerry Fanning in various capacities before taking out his own training license in 1979. Success didn’t come overnight for Hollendorfer. He failed to win more than 16 races in any of his first six years as a licensed conditioner. However, things began to change for Hollendorfer when he won 56 races in 1985. The next year that total increased to 117 and he eclipsed $1 million in purse earnings for the first time. That same year, 1986, also marked the first time Hollendorfer won the training titles at the Northern California tracks Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows. Hollendorfer’s first stakes winner was Novel Sprite, a $16,000 claimer. Under Hollendorfer’s care, Novel Sprite went on to win more than $400,000 and was named Claimer of the Year in 1986. From 1986 through May of 2008, Hollendorfer won 37 consecutive training championships at Bay Meadows and 32 in a row at Golden Gate Fields. Hollendorfer won his 5,000th race in December 2007 at Hollywood Park. Through August 2013, he ranked third in all-time wins with 6,493 and seventh all-time in purse earnings with $142,027,093. Hollendorfer has also been in the top 10 in wins for the past 26 years (1987 through 2012) and has ranked in the top 10 in earnings 12 times in his career. In 2010, Hollendorfer won five Grade 1 races: The Kentucky Oaks, Alabama, Las Virgenes and the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Hollendorfer shows no signs of slowing down. In 2012, he surpassed 200 wins and $5 million in purse earnings for the 16th consecutive year. He also registered 26 stakes wins in 2012, including nine graded events. View Guest page

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Jonathan Horowitz

Jonathan Horowitz began announcing at the age of 14 when he became the youngest person ever to call a horse race in the United States at California’s Los Alamitos Race Course in 1999. He is currently the racetrack announcer at Zia Park in Hobbs, New Mexico, and at Arapahoe Park outside Denver where he performs various other racetrack responsibilities as well. For several years he was also the American guest announcer at the Glorious Goodwood Festival in England. In addition to announcing, Horowitz works for the Publishing Office at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. where he was a contributing author for the book Football Nation about 400 years of history of football in American life. At the Library of Congress he also contributed to books about presidential campaign posters and Hebraica. He is the author of The One and Only: A Sports Quiz Deck of Definitive Games, Teams, Players, and Events, published by Pomegranate Communications. Horowitz holds a bachelor’s in mathematics and journalism from the University of Southern California and a master’s in kinesiology specializing in sports business and statistics from the University of Maryland, College Park. View Guest page

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Terry Houghton

Terry Houghton, 46, a native of Burlington, KY began his riding career back in 1987 at Detroit Race Course and has averaged more than 180 wins a year while primarily campaigning in the Midwest and Florida. Along the way Houghton has earned leading-rider titles at Tampa Bay Downs, Mountaineer Racetrack, Detroit Race Course, Pinnacle Race Course, and the 2015 Winter/Spring title at Mahoning Valley Race Course. Overall Houghton has ridden in 33,470 races and his mounts have earned more than $54 million. He recently won the Jockeys Guild Award for Comeback Rider of the Year. View Guest page

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Jay Hovdey

Jay Hovdey has been executive columnist for Daily Racing Form since 1998. Previously, he covered horse racing for The Blood-Horse and the Thoroughbred Record, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Reader's Digest. He is the winner of four Eclipse Awards and the author of the biographies "Whittingham - A Thoroughbred Racing Legend" and "Cigar - America's Horse." He has just recently released his latest book – Long Rein: Tales From The World of Horse Racing, which contains 81 individual stories that he has authored over the years. View Guest page

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Dan Illman

Dan Illman is the Handicapping Editor and host of the Daily Racing Form News Desk. He joined Daily Racing Form in 1998 and was promoted to handicapper two years later. Illman's “Spa Babies” and “Keeneland Babies” columns are also featured on during the Saratoga and Keeneland meets. Prior to DRF, Illman worked as racing writer, analyst, and handicapper for Sports Eye Inc. In 2005, Illman authored the book Betting Maidens and Two-Year-Olds, and he released the DVD Trip Handicapping in 2008, both for DRF Press. He also co-hosted the weekly New York City-OTB TV show “Out of the Gate” from 2007-2010. Illman lives in Brooklyn, New York. View Guest page

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Les Instone

Les Instone has been involved in the Thoroughbred industry since 1984 as a handicapper and horse owner. Originally from Chicago, Les attended Georgetown College falling in love with the Bluegrass region of central Kentucky. Currently, Les is VIP Customer Service Manager with online wagering service, a division of Churchill Downs based in Lexington. He previously held positions with Bloodstock Research Information Services and BrisBET which are now owned by CDI. He also worked for two years at Mare Haven Farm in Lexington. Les has conducted handicapping seminars since 1984 including handicapping seminars at Keeneland during the live meet on Saturday mornings in the Paddock (saddling area) for 13 years, as well as for other tour groups attending Keeneland or other racing events such as the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup. He is also an occasional guest on sportstalk radio shows, "That Handicapping Show" on, and was the substitute announcer for "Post Time Race Results" radio show on WLXG 1300 AM for 15 years. View Guest page

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Scott Jagow

Award-winning journalist Scott Jagow, Editor-in-chief of Thoroughbred Racing’s Paulick Report, spent the early years of his career inbroadcasting, first as an anchor/reporter on local radio and TV, then as anNBC News producer and host of the popular radio business show, Marketplace,on NPR stations nationwide. Living in Los Angeles, Jagow fell in love withhorse racing going to Hollywood Park and Santa Anita and in 2010 decided tofollow his passion, earning a mid-career degree from the University ofLouisville’s Equine Industry Program before joining the Paulick Report. Helives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife Megan. View Guest page

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Dick Jerardi

Dick Jerardi has been the racing writer for the Philadelphia Daily News since 1985. He has written articles about every major horse race in the world for the Daily News, and hundreds of free-lance articles for a variety of horse racing publications. Dick’s vast knowledge of the sport has earned him notoriety on ESPN, NBC, and ABC Sports while covering the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races since the mid-1980s. He is also a two-time recipient of the prestigious Red Smith Award for best stories about the Kentucky Derby as well as an Eclipse Award winner for his feature on Barbaro. View Guest page

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Allen Jerkens

Nicknamed “Giant Killer” (which he does not like) for the many upsets of champion horses Mr. Jerkens has orchestrated, and “Chief” for his remarkable horsemanship and knowledge. His given name is Harry. Mr. Jerkens has been involved with horses his entire life. His father, Joseph, was a captain in the Austrian cavalry before emigrating to the United States. Mr. Jerkens was going to the barn with his father, who took care of H.T. Peters' polo ponies, hunters and jumpers, when he was a pre-schooler. Later his father bought a riding academy and would always fool around with an old racehorse. Mr. Jerkens wanted to be a jockey but grew too big. During the summer of 1945, at the age of 16, he galloped horses for trainer Steve Lawler at the old Aqueduct Racetrack. The following year, Mr. Jerkens tried steeplechase riding on horses his family owned. He did not return to school after he turned 16. He and his father went into business together at Aqueduct. The Jerkenses started with five horses, some of which they acquired in a sheriff’s sale. Mr. Jerkens got his license in 1950 at the age of 21. An owner named Larry Gottlieb offered him some horses to train. Joseph Jerkens died in 1951. His first winner was Populace at Aqueduct on July 4, 1950. In 1975 at the age of 45, Mr. Jerkens became the youngest trainer elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Museum of Racing. View Guest page

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Corey Johnsen

Corey has been recently the force behind This website's stated mission is to promote and celebrate the sport of horse racing by showcasing jockeys from across the nation and around the world. By utilizing social media and other vehicles, will bring fans closer to these talented, fit and fearless athletes with stories and statistics you won’t find anywhere else. They understand their responsibility to the industry, and a majority of proceeds from their sponsors will go the Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund. Corey Johnsen is the President of Kentucky Downs, the European-style race course located in Franklin, Kentucky, and the Vice President and Partner in Richland Hills, Inc. Since graduating from Arizona State University, 30 years ago, Johnsen has been involved in the horse racing industry. Prior to investing in the Kentucky horse racing and breeding industries, Johnsen was the President of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, which hosted the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Mr. Johnsen has received numerous national honors. From 2005-2007, he was the President of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, an organization which represents 43 of the most successful Thoroughbred tracks in North America. He has worked at Lone Star Park, Remington Park, Arlington Park, Louisiana Downs and Turf Paradise during his career. View Guest page

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Billy Johnson

Since late 2000, Billy Johnson became the jockey agent for Deshawn Parker. They have made a great team ever since with Deshawn becoming the Leading Rider in the North America wins for 2010 & 2011. They are currently in the top 5 in wins for the 5th straight year, an impressive accomplishment. Billy started going to the racetrack with his father when he was 5 years old. When he was 15, he followed in his brother’s footsteps working in various positions until he became his assistant trainer. He worked as a racing official at Beulah Park where he held several job titles including entry clerk, clocker, placing judge and identifier. He left Beulah in the early 1990’s going to Mountaineer Park getting his start as a jockey agent for Maureen Andrews (currently a state steward at Mountaineer Park). View Guest page

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Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson's first experience with horse racing was a visit to Arlington Park in 1971. His love affair with the sport, however, began after watching Secretariat win the Triple Crown in 1973. For nine years, Dan worked as a reporter for a suburban Chicago newspaper and was a correspondent and photographer for Blood-Horse Magazine and the Thoroughbred Times. For the past 22 years, Dan has covered horse racing at Prairie Meadows for the Des Moines Register. He was inducted into the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame in 2006 for his award-winning journalism. View Guest page

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Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson has been a working member of the Thoroughbred and Standardbred horseracing industry for more than forty years. Starting at Cahokia Downs and Fairmount Park in Southern Illinois in 1965, Johnson has been Track Announcer, Journalist, Television and Radio Producer and Broadcaster. For a quarter century, Dave was the "Voice of The Triple Crown" for ABC Sports. When those races moved to NBC television, Dave moved to radio. He has been a member of the broadcasting teams for Premiere Radio, Westwood One and Clear Channel, calling The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for national radio audiences for more than 10 years. Over the years, Johnson has served as Track Announcer for Hialeah, Cahokia Downs, Fairmount Park, Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Saratoga, Marlboro and Santa Anita. Dave is a 1966 American History graduate of Southern Illinois University, and now lives in New York City. View Guest page

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Gary Johnson

Professional Handicapper Gary Johnson has seen the sport of racing from many sides. An accomplished trainer, he won 26 meets at Thistledown and one at Mountaineer Park. In 2001 he finished 7th nationally in number of wins with 205 victories, in 2000 he was ranked 13th and in 2002 18th. Gary has also worked as a jockey agent, chart caller for Equibase and is the current track handicapper for Beulah Park. A consummate handicapping contest competitor, over the past several years Gary has consistently qualified for the National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. View Guest page

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Jeff Johnston

Johnston wrapped up at age 41 his 20-year career as a jockey based in Kentucky and Ohio, to become the Midwest Regional Manager for the Jockeys Guild. He covers most states in the Midwest, New York and New Jersey. He began riding at the age of 12 at the bush tracks in Iowa. When he did turn 16, he won his first race in Hastings, Nebraska at Queen City Downs. Johnston, an Iowa native, has a B.S. Degree in Business and Equine Administration from the University of Louisville, and now lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife, Jo Lynn, the former marketing director at River Downs and their children. Johnston has won more than 1,500 races in his career and more than 20 stakes at River Downs, where he has won several riding titles. View Guest page

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Julie Kagno

Julie Kagno grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but her professional career has taken her from the U.S. to Dubai, China, India, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. She began her career as a hot walker and moved up through the ranks, from exercise rider to Jockey, primarily competing at tracks in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. She fulfilled multiple racing official positions in the U.S., including Clerk of the Course, Placing Judge and Identifier at tracks from Prairie Meadows, Iowa to Delaware Park to Gulfstream Park, Florida. Pursuing international opportunities led to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as an Administrator for the Emirates Racing Authority which led to Asia, as the Racing Administration Manager for the China Horse Club. After backpacking in Cambodia and Thailand (and visiting racetracks in Bangkok and Chiang Mai), she returned to the U.S. as a Judge for the American Competitive Trail Horse Association. View Guest page

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Dan Kenny

Dan was born in Johnstown, PA. He graduated with a BA from Loyola University in New Orleans. In 1972, Dan jumped from journalism to the bloodstock arena of the Thoroughbred world. In addition to being a bloodstock agent, Dan is an auction sales announcer, appraiser, consultant, breeder, handicapper, and has 23 years experience as a television commentator with NBC, ESPN and CBC. He also produced a documentary about racing and breeding in Russia, entitled "Sport of Kings in the Land of the Czars." Dan currently resides in Lexington, and is owner of Sunny Blossom Farm. View Guest page

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Dean Keppler

Contributor to KEPP'S KORNER. A handicapping analysis located in the HORSEPLAYERS section of PAULICK REPORT available Wednesday through Sunday. The new section is designed for the simulcast player that focuses on trainer angles and spot plays. KEPP'S KORNER provides exclusive analysis for tracks in New York, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey and Southern California using a combination of DRF Formulator, trainer stats and his own personal trainer-stat data records. Dean Keppler has been handicapping Thoroughbreds for over 30 years, and is the former Director of DRF Press for Daily Racing Form. During his 8-year tenure at DRF, he orchestrated the organizing and creation of over 45 horse racing titles. He's authored two handicapping books for DRF titled: "Trainer Angles" and "Betting the Kentucky Derby," and has published several handicapping articles for Horseplayer Magazine. View Guest page

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Jonathon Kinchen

Kinchen, a 33-year-old (b. July 1, 1982) realtor who has taken the contest world by storm since playing his first tournament less than two years ago, is now eligible for a $2 million bonus should he go on to win the 17th Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) Presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas, set for Jan. 28-30 at Treasure Island. Coupled with an $800,000 first-place prize at NHC 17, Kinchen will compete for a $2.8 million payday. Jonathon Kinchen of Austin, Texas, won four National Handicapping Championship (NHC) qualifying contests in his first full year of play and earned 19,026 points overall to win the 2015 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour, which ended Sunday following a three-day tournament at Del Mar’s Surfside Race Place. As 2015 NHC Tour champion, Kinchen earned $75,000 and an automatic berth to NHC 18 in 2017. View Guest page

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Byron King

Byron King, a native of Louisville, Ky., is the Kentucky handicapper and columnist for Daily Racing Form. A graduate of the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program, he initially worked as the paddock host and morning-line odds maker for Sam Houston Race Park before joining DRF in 1995. Since that time, he has covered racing from across the country for the Form, with his primary focus now being on the Kentucky circuit, and Churchill Downs in particular. In addition to his handicapping and reporting duties for the Form, he is a horse owner and breeder, and has helped identify numerous eventual stakes winners for private purchase for clients. View Guest page

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Mark Klein

Mark Klein makes laughter his living and horses his hobby. A professional comedian for 30 years in venues ranging from cruise ships to comedy clubs, this veteran headliner now entertains at corporate events, country clubs, and dinner theaters. He is a partner in No Joke Stable, based at Churchill Downs, and handicaps the old fashioned way - sipping an Old Fashioned. Mark was a frequent guest handicapper on The Regular Guy television show. Mark lives in Louisville Kentucky. He is a husband, father, and official walker of the "dumbest dog in the world." View Guest page

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Steve Koch

March 12th, 2015, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that Steve Koch has been named Executive Director of the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance. Koch will assume the new role April 6 and will be based out of the NTRA’s main office in his hometown of Lexington, Ky. As head of the Alliance’s operations, Koch will oversee the industry’s only accreditation program assuring the establishment and implementation of uniform standards for racetrack safety and integrity. Koch (pronounced “Cook”) comes to the NTRA with 15 years of industry experience, including the last seven spent as Vice President of Thoroughbred Racing for the Woodbine Entertainment Group. “Steve has built his reputation on maintaining high standards for safety and integrity at Woodbine. " Koch joined the team at Canada’s leading racetrack operator in 2003 and has held the titles Director of Racing, Director of Backstretch Operations, Manager of Backstretch Operations, and Projects Manager. “I’m very proud to join an organization as highly regarded as the NTRA,” said Koch. “Safety and integrity represent the most critical issues facing our sport and I look forward to helping the industry adopt the highest standards possible for the benefit of horses, riders and the betting public. Koch is the Alliance’s second executive director. He succeeds founding executive director Mike Ziegler, who left the NTRA in January to become Executive Director of Racing for Churchill Downs, Inc. Prior to joining Woodbine, Koch spent four years working for the Keeneland Association and he grew up as a horseman at Claiborne Farm. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Kentucky. The NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance is a standing organization whose purpose is to establish standards and practices to promote safety and integrity in horseracing and to secure their implementation. View Guest page

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Willie Koester

Mr. Koester is currently Chair of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, and also a current member of the Ohio State Racing Commission, of which he was the former Chair. He has been involved as an owner/breeder of thoroughbreds for over 30 years, and studies bloodlines and breeding of thoroughbreds. He currently owns 3 mares, 2 2year-old and 1 yearling after selling one at Keeneland in January. He has traveled inspecting stallions throughout Europe, including Coolmore Ireland. Mr. Koester believes that all race day drugs should be eliminated in North American Racing, as they are hurting the breed. He is a firm believer that the sport someday must stand on it's own, without the benefit of casino money. Mr. Koester is a life long resident of the west side of Cincinnati. View Guest page

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Joe Kristufek

Joe Kristufek is a self-proclaimed horse racing "ambassador," and fan development has always been his passion. In addition to serving as the Churchill Downs paddock host, Kristufek is also the face of "Racing 101" for America's Best Racing, a fan development specialist for Horse Racing Nation, the morning-line maker for Arlington Park and Kentucky Downs and the handicapper and racing writer for the Daily Herald newspaper in his native Chicago. Joe has developed and executed several horse racing-related, fan-education projects. He is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association and works on the Dubai World Cup notes team. Joe was the on-air talent for Hawthorne's between-race presentation in the 1990s, and served as a on-air host and content coordinator for The Racing Network in 2000-2001. He was the owner, producer and host of popular racing magazine "Horsin' Around TV". Joe has co-owned horses in partnership and loves playing in handicapping contests. View Guest page

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Julieann Louise "Julie" Krone

Julieann Louise "Julie" Krone (born July 24, 1963, Benton Harbor, Michigan), is a retired American jockey. In 1993, she became the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race when she captured the Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair. In 2000 she became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Julie Krone appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the issue of May 22, 1989. She is one of only eight jockeys so recognized (the others are Willie Shoemaker, Bill Hartack, Eddie Arcaro, Johnny Longden, John Sellers, Robyn Smith and Steve Cauthen). Krone also was the only woman to win riding championships at Belmont Park, Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, The Meadowlands and Atlantic City Race Course. Krone retired for the first time on April 18, 1999, when she embarked upon a broadcasting career in horse racing. From 1999–2000 she worked as an analyst for TVG Network, then worked as a paddock analyst for Hollywood Park from 1999–2002. She came out of retirement at Santa Anita Park in November 2002. After a good start to the 2003 season, she fractured two bones in her lower back and spent the next four months recovering. She returned to lead the 2003 Del Mar jockeys in purse earnings, then went on to become the first woman jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race when she rode Halfbridled to victory in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. Her mother, Judi Krone, was an accomplished equestrian who died a few days before Christmas of 1999. Krone has an autobiography entitled "Riding for My Life", which also serves as the basis for the upcoming feature film on Julie's life, entitled "The Boys Club". View Guest page

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Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey, has been a racing fan since the mid-1970s. He graduated from Rutgers University, got a job as a newspaper reporter, and eventually landed at Daily Racing Form. He and his wife, Karen, moved to Lexington, Ky. in 1994, and have been there since. Mr. LaMarra has been the News Editor of The Blood-Horse magazine for more than 10 years. He is an award winning writer and is featured on their website with his weekly video handicapping segment of the race of the week. View Guest page

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Corey Lanerie

Veteran Midwest-based jockey Corey Lanerie has been named the winner of the 2014 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Lanerie, currently competing at Gulfstream Park, plans to venture to Santa Anita Park to accept the award in March or April. The Louisiana native who won his first career race in April 1991 at Evangeline Downs outpolled four other finalists: David Amiss, Dennis Carr, Aaron Gryder, and Scott Stevens. Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most highly coveted honors in all of racing as it recognizes those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. Born Nov. 13, 1974, in Lafayette, La., Lanerie, began galloping horses at age 9, and like so many Cajun riders before him, rode at bush tracks prior to officially launching his professional career. A winner of more than 3,500 races, Lanerie has won multiple riding titles at Churchill Downs and was leading rider at Churchill's 2013 autumn meeting. He has also been leading rider at Ellis Park in Kentucky and at three Texas tracks — Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park, and Retama Park. Born to ride, Lanerie's grandfather was a trainer who owned horses; his father, Gerald, became a trainer following a career as a jockey. Held in the highest regard by horsemen and fellow jockeys wherever he has competed, Lanerie currently resides in Louisville, Ky., with his wife, Shantel, and their young daughter, Brittlyn. The Woolf Award was created to honor and memorialize the legendary jockey Woolf, known as "The Iceman," who was regarded as one of the greatest big money riders of his time. Last year's Woolf Award was won by Mario Pino. View Guest page

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Nancy LaSala

Nancy LaSala has served as Board President of Permanently Disabled Jockeys’ Fund (PDJF) since its inception in the spring of 2006. In January of 2009, she additionally accepted the role as Executive Director. Among her duties in that capacity is the administration of the fund in accordance with the by-laws set by its board of trustees. LaSala’s business background is highlighted by her 30-year employment with a global leader in power generation. Currently, she is responsible for contract administration and commercial activities. Nancy is a native of Chicago and resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband Jerry, retired jockey and their daughter Dina. View Guest page

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Tom Law

Tom Law is the Managing Editor of ST Publishing, Inc., the award-winning publishing company that produces The Saratoga Special and Steeplechase Times. He is expected to assist in marketing, sales, and editorial efforts at a satellite office in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in early 2013. Law, a native of Saratoga Springs, is currently the vice president of the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters, which he served as president of from 2006 to 2012. The former longtime managing editor for Thoroughbred Times, Law was recognized in 2011 with the Eclipse Award in the Multimedia/Internet category for coverage of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup. He is a two-time winner of the Bill Leggett Breeders’ Cup Writing Award and the winner of the Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Award.Along with Joe and Sean Clancy, Tom helps operate the popular racing website View Guest page

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Tom Leach

15 years as "Voice of the Wildcats" for University of Kentucky football and 11 seasons for men's basketball, Tom Leach has been honored by his peers as Kentucky Sportscaster of the Year four times. He was also two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for coverage of thoroughbred racing. In his free time he wrote "Rich Tradition", a book about Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks and his turnaround of the Wildcat football program. Tom is a native of Paris, KY and is married to former Lexington TV news anchor Robyn Rabbeth. They have two children: Connor, 19 and Caroline, 13. You can follow Tom's coverage of the Cats at " " and follow him on twitter @tomleachky. View Guest page

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Dave Litfin

Long-time public handicapper on the New York circuit for the Daily News, Metro Turf, Sports Eye, Racing Action and Daily Racing Form, Dave Litfin is currently penning the weekly "Litfin At Large" column for and working for the New York Racing Association and at out-of-state tracks on a free-lance basis. He is also the author of "Dave Litfin's Expert Handicapping," a comprehensive treatment of the pastime that is especially insightful regarding how speed figures should be related to other fundamentals of handicapping such as form, class, pace and trainers. View Guest page

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Barbara Livingston

Livingston was just ten when, in 1971, she first aimed a camera toward the Thoroughbred world. Two years later, she photographed greatness as Secretariat whisked past in a Saratoga workout. By the next year, when she watched Ruffian dominate the 1974 Spinaway, she had decided upon her goal: to record racing history. Livingston studied the work of the great equine photographers of yesteryear: Skeets Meadors, Bert Clark Thayer, Allen Brewer, C.C. Cook. She graduated from Syracuse University (1984) with a degree in Experimental Photography. Soon after graduation, Livingston's first Blood-Horse cover appeared. Livingston is the author of five books published by Eclipse Press in Lexington, Kentucky. FOUR SEASONS OF RACING (1998), OLD FRIENDS, VISITS WITH MY FAVORITE THOROUGHBREDS, (2002), BARBARA LIVINGSTON'S SARATOGA, (2005), MORE OLD FRIENDS (2007), and HORSES: IN LIVING COLOR (2009). The world-renowned Daily Racing Form writer, Joe Hirsch, said of Livingston, "Racing is a colorful enterprise that lends itself to photography. But few have the sensitivity and skill to capture mood and feeling with camera the way the great artists do in oil and bronze. Livingston does." View Guest page

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Richard Lundy

Richard Lundy spent six years as an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham. He went on to train for Virginia Kraft Payson and won the 1984 Travers Stakes with Carr De Naskra. He was hired by Allen Paulson to train his horses the day after the 1988 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs. The following year, Lundy won 15 stakes and $3 million and had the 1989 Eclipse Award winner as the nation's best older horse in Blushing John. In addition, he trained Jade Hunter, who won both the Donn Handicap and Gulfstream Park Handicap in 1988; Opening Verse, 1991 Breeders' Cup Mile winner; Fowda, 1991 Hollywood Oaks and Monmouth Oaks winner, and Dinard, 1991 Santa Anita Derby winner. After retiring from training he partnered with Dr. Steven Allday in the creation of LubriSyn. Dr. Allday is considered a top specialist in the area of lameness in horses. The only active ingredient in LubriSyn is hyaluronan. Hyaluronan (HA) is naturally found in our body as part of synovial fluid, the viscous substance that cushions and lubricates your joints. Synovial fluid allows two adjacent cartilage caps to glide upon one another with minimal friction. It is currently being used by many of the top trainers in the country. View Guest page

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Michael "Mike" Manganello

Michael "Mike" Manganello (born 1941 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a retired American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey. He got his start working for trainer Odie Clelland as a stable hand then began riding professionally in 1959 and earned his first win on March 3, 1960 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. On June 25, 1964 he rode five straight winners at Ohio's Thistledown Racecourse. He was a long-time fan favorite at Florida Downs in Oldsmar, Florida where he won four races on a single day on February 15, 1968, set a season record with 75 wins in 1969, and by 1975 had won five riding titles. His five wins in the Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes is the most by any jockey as at 2009. In 1970, Mike Manganello won the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky aboard Dust Commander then rode the colt to a commanding five-length victory in the most prestigious race in American horse racing, the Kentucky Derby. View Guest page

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Mary Mannis

Thoroughbreds at every price range are led out of the ring sales at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland and on to a van heading to their future. What exactly are the next steps to get them to a successful future at the races?
Mary Mannis heads Break To Race Breeze Racing, a training facility in Paris, Kentucky where according to Mannis, "Our goal is to start your yearlings in a manner that they experience as positive, thorough, and sane. Our aim is to graduate a healthy, sound, fit, and mentally prepared young race horse that is able to withstand the rigors of training and racing at the highest level." View Guest page

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Dr. Carl Mattacola

Dr. Carl Mattacola, the director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program and a professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky, will oversee the study at all of Kentucky’s thoroughbred racetracks: Turfway Park, Keeneland Race Course, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs. It is scheduled to begin this summer. “This project will leverage the full resources and knowledge base of University of Kentucky’s Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) and the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) to help create the first national protocol for concussion management in jockeys.”
A licensed athletic trainer, Mattacola received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and his Masters and PhD degrees in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. His research has focused on factors that relate to athletic injuries and rehabilitation. View Guest page

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Paul Matties

NHC veteran Paul Matties of Ballston Spa, N.Y., topped a field of 629 entries to win the $800,000 first-place prize and an Eclipse Award as Horseplayer of the Year at this weekend’s 17th annual Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) presented by Racetrack Television Network and Treasure Island Las Vegas. The NHC offered record overall cash and prizes totaling $2,778,760. The 46-year-old Matties (b. Nov. 19, 1969) amassed a winning score of $399.50 over the three-day tournament from 53 mythical $2 Win and Place bets over 3 days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Paul Matties, a frequent NHC qualifier, is the older of the Matties brothers by three years. They have another brother, Gregg Matties, a trainer in New York, and father Chick Matties was a racing enthusiast who won the inaugural Horse Player World Series handicapping contest. “My brother Duke’s the greatest,” Matties said. “He was rooting for me more than he was rooting for himself the whole time." View Guest page

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C.P. McBride

C.P.(Mac)McBride a member of the DMTC media staff at the seaside racecourse since 1981, has been in the racing industry since 1971, including stints with The Morning Telegraph and Daily Racing Form. A native of the New York/New Jersey area, he previously worked as a newspaper man, freelance writer and editor after graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans and serving a tour as an officer in the Marine Corps. He and his wife, Mary, have been married since 1974 and have lived in San Diego since 1977, where they raised two sons. View Guest page

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Chris McCarron

Winner of the Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey in 1974 and the Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey in 1980, Chris McCarron led North America by races won three times and by money won four times. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989. Not one to rest on his laurels, he founded the North American Racing Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Chris is a wealth of knowledge of the sport on so many levels and his enthusiasm is infectious. He has won 6 Triple Crown races: - Kentucky Derby 1987 on ALYSHEBA, 1994 on GO FOR GIN, - Preakness 1987 on ALYSHEBA, 1992 on PINE BLUFF, - Belmont 1986 on DANZIG CONNECTION, 1997 on TOUCH GOLD. After 28 years in the saddle, he was color analyst for major races, including Triple Crown events and the Breeders’ Cup, on ABC, NBC, ESPN, HDNet and TVG. View Guest page

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Matt McCumber

Matt McCumber a long-time lover of horse racing who first got hooked on the sport traveling the county fair circuit as a kid with his grandfather’s standardbreds, became an avid fan and horseplayer during the early days of Cigar’s great streak in the mid-90’s. He has been part-owner in a few thoroughbred syndicates, a Thoroughbred Club of America member, a strong advocate for the sport on many levels and most importantly, a dedicated handicapper and horseplayer (although mostly weekends since the day job gets in the way). While the day job hinders his handicapping at times, it also includes lots of travel perks that allow him to frequent some of the premier races and race meets around the country (& a few in Australia). View Guest page

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Pellom McDaniels III

Pellom McDaniels III has been a professional football player, an inventor, an artist, an author and a professor. He's still many of these, but his chief title at Emory is faculty curator of the African American collections in the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library (MARBL), where he has been on staff since July. He brings a new focus to MARBL, on African Americans and sports. The Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs has opened a traveling exhibit on jockey Isaac Burns Murphy as part of Black History Month. McDaniel's recently authored The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy. He was one of the most dynamic jockeys of his era. Still considered one of the finest riders of all time. Murphy was the first jockey to win the Kentucky Derby three times, and his 44% win record remains unmatched. Despite his success, Murphy was pushed out of Thoroughbred racing when African-American jockeys were force off the track and he died in obscurity. More than the story of a great athlete, The Prince of Jockeys honors a man who epitomized the rise of the black middle class. Murphy helped prove that African-Americans were not only worthy of citizenship, but capable of representing the best in humanity. The exhibit, on the second floor in the Pollard Gallery, is based on the biography of Murphy recently written by Pellom McDaniels. The exhibit features a series of panels that explore the contributions of not only Murphy but also other African Americans to horse racing. McDaniels will be at the museum from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 to discuss and autograph the book, titled "The Prince of Jockeys: the Life of Isaac Burns Murphy." View Guest page

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John McDulin

Mr. McDulin currently writes for the Daily racing Form. He also creates the charts for Equibase. He has called races, set the morning line at various tracks, held the role of Stakes Coordinator at two tracks, and worked on radio as a professional handicapper. View Guest page

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John McEvoy

John McEvoy, a former editor and executive columnist for the Daily Racing Form, is now the author of six mystery novels and 'High Stakes' is his most recent and 5th featuring the colorful racing character Jack Doyle. Two of his books won Ben Franklin Awards from the Independent Publishers' Association. He has been a horse owner and widely published poet. View Guest page

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Marty McGee

Marty McGee has won the 2013 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the Feature/Commentary category for his article, “For Desormeaux, Conflicting Views on his Struggles,” where McGee traces the journey of Kent’s life in biographical detail, though his battles with alcohol, the break-up of his marriage to his wife, Sonia, his complicated relationship with his children, a second marriage, and his quest to regain the trust of trainers he once rode for on a regular basis. McGee, born and raised in Louisville, Ky., has worked at the DRF since 1992, following six-and-a-half years as a handicapper and racing writer in the sports department of the Baltimore Sun. McGee, a 1982 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in journalism, has worked as the chief correspondent for the Form at Keeneland and Churchill Downs for 20 years; has been on writing assignments to more than 15 states; and has attended the last 40 runnings of the Kentucky Derby in his hometown. View Guest page

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David McGlothin

A native of Seattle, Washington, David has several decades of experience with horses. Beginning with his first show horse in the early 1970's, David graduated with his Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University, and two years later he earned his Masters of Science in Reproductive Physiology from that same institution. Upon earning his graduate school degree, David became manager of the Magic Valley Stallion Station in Idaho. In 1981 David arrived at Harris Farms as Manager of the Horse Division. During his tenure, the Harris Farms Horse Division has nearly tripled in physical size from 160 acres to over 450 acres. Additionally, the equine population of the Horse Divisions has quadrupled to its present number of over 400 horses. Under the tutelage of David, the Harris Farms breeding, racing and boarding operation has flourished. The farm has produced in excess of 50 stakes horses, campaigning throughout California and nationally. David is dedicated to the California thoroughbred industry and has served as an adjunct faculty member at West Hills College in Coalinga. At West Hills, David has taught courses in Equine Science for future industry employees and students of the equine industry. View Guest page

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John McKee

McKee's father, David, had been a jockey in the late 1970s and early ’80s. ... John was inspired to become a jockey after seeing his father’s win pictures. He grew up in the Cincinnati area where he was always around horses, learned to ride at an early age, and was a star wrestler in high school … His parents tried to discourage his desire to become a jockey but at 17 he got his start with Thoroughbreds at Poplar Creek Farm near Bethel, Ohio, and learned to be an exercise rider. At his father’s suggestion, McKee became acquainted with legendary jockey’s agent Eddie Campbell, best know for launching the career of Racing Hall of Fame rider Steve Cauthen … Campbell served as his early mentor and first agent when McKee rode his first race on March 15, 2002 at Turfway Park. By the end of the River Downs meeting, he won 114 races to break Cauthen’s 1976 record for an apprentice at the track and led the jockey standings. He then took the fall riding title at Turfway Park in 2002. John was a finalist that year for an Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice, and became a journeyman rider on June 6, 2003. In 2004, he was leading rider at Oaklawn Park and at Churchill Downs' fall meeting. In 2007, he returned to Turfway to win the Holiday Meet title. John followed Pat Day’s career when he was a youngster and the two later became good friends. “He’s set a lot of examples for me,” McKee said several months prior to Day’s retirement in 2005. “I try to copy him and be the person and the jockey he is now. There’s so much to learn from somebody like him.” John McKee earned his 1,000th win March 30, 2008, at Turfway Park. View Guest page

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Kiaran McLaughlin

Mr. McLaughlin currently has a barn of just over 120 horses. He was introduced to racing through his friendship with trainer James Burchell's son, Greg. He worked for the Lukas operation until February of 1992 to become the agent for jockey Chris Antley until November of 1993 when he started training for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum in Dubai. Early on he had worked for trainers James Burchell, John Hennig, Mark Casse, Dave Kassen and Tim Muckler before joining the D. Wayne Lukas stable at age 24. His large stable doesn’t leave Mr. McLaughlin with much time for hobbies, but he does manage to get some poker playing in now and then. McLaughlin nearly made it through Day 2 of the main event of the 2007 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. View Guest page

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Kenneth G. McPeek

Kenneth G. McPeek was born August 2, 1962 in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and was raised in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from Tates Creek High School and then the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He obtained his trainer’s license in 1985. Kenny has won over 115 stakes in his career, with over 40 of them graded. In 2002, he won the Belmont Stakes with Sarava. He has won back-to-back Spinster Stakes' with Take Charge Lady in 2002 & 2003 and back-to-back Gulfstream Park Turf Handicaps with Hard Buck (BRZ) & Prince Arch in 2004 & 2005. Other Grade 1 victories include the Florida Derby, Ashland S., Blue Grass S. and most recently the Darley Alcibiades S. with Dream Empress for the third time in his career. Kenny is currently involved in creating a racing app through Horseracesnow and will be explaining the creation and the many uses of this innovative racing tool. View Guest page

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Ed Meyer

Ed Meyer is the track announcer and morning line-odds maker for Belterra Park and Casino, since the refurbished old River Downs into a combination track and slots gambling destination, was reopened in early May 2014. He has worked at Turfway Park, River Downs, and Keeneland. He is an avid handicapper, and has qualified for the NTRA / DRF Handicapping Championships and placed four times in the money in the Horse Player World Series in Las Vegas. He has hosted multiple radio shows in the Cincinnati market and was an on-air handicapper. Ed was the original Winning Ponies Radio Show host, and has been writing and blogging for Winning Ponies since 2008. Ed was also Publicity Director at River Downs. While host of this show Ed had some memorable guests and was instrumental to its original success. Ed Meyer was the player services administrator for Keeneland Select, Keeneland's Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) service. View Guest page

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Terry Meyocks

Mr. Meyocks is currently the National Manager of the Jockeys' Guild Inc. Prior to forming MORE (Meyocks and O'Hara Racing Entreprises, Inc.), he has worked within the thoroughbred industry since graduating from Loras College in 1972. In April of 2004 Meyocks was named special assistant to the commissioner of the National Racing Association (NTRA) and later served as Vice-President for the NTRA Racing & Industry Memberships. In December of 1996 he was named Chief Operating Officer of New York Racing Association and remained with NYRA until April of 2004. Prior to that Meyocks was hired in 1979 as Racing Secretary for Calder Race Course, then in 1991 was hired at Gufstream Park to become Director of Racing and he stayed at both tracks until 1993. Other tracks where he served in different capacities include Oakland Park, Arlington Park, Hawthorne, Churchill Downs, Hialeah Park, Delaware and Liberty Bell. View Guest page

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Katie Mikolay

Mikolay’s first exposure to racing came at a young age, attending Arlington Park with her family. In 2001 Mikolay secured an internship at Arlington, which she parlayed into another job as co-host of Horsin’ Around on Fox Sports Chicago. A graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago, she is the racing analyst at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the second year. A 32-year-old native of Elk Grove Village, Ill., Mikolay has performed similar duties at Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago and Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa, which she still works at during their summer meet for four seasons. In addition to hosting the daily Churchill Downs Simulcast Network production of live Fair Grounds racing, Mikolay co-hosts the pre-race Fair Grounds Today show. She also contributes to as both a handicapper and blogger. View Guest page

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Craig Milkowski

Craig Milkowski is the chief figure maker for TimeformUS. He is the founder of, where he developed an innovative approach combining final times and fractional times into one overall rating for each race horse in every race. He has refined the approach to include pace projections for upcoming races based on prior results. His methods earned a loyal following for well over a decade at his website, which in turn spurred the move to TimeformUS. Craig served for 23 years in the United States Air Force, retiring in 2008 from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Belgium, where he was a network administrator. View Guest page

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Penelope Miller

Penelope Miller is the Senior Manager of Digital Media for America's Best Racing. Miller has been involved with the racing industry for most of her life, having grown up on a Thoroughbred farm near Ocala, FL. After graduating from Georgetown University in 2003, Miller worked in several areas of the racing industry including foaling, breeding, and working at Tampa Bay Downs before beginning her career at America’s Best Racing in 2011. View Guest page

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Mandy Minger

Mandy Minger, Vice President of Marketing, has been with Daily Racing Form since 1992. Minger began her career in thoroughbred racing as a groom at Philadelphia Park and in the publicity department at the Atlantic City Race Course. In 1991, she joined The Racing Times and, following the publication's closing, moved to Daily Racing Form as marketing coordinator in 1992. She held various marketing positions before assuming her current position in 2000. Minger is President of the Turf Publicists of America, a member of the Eclipse Awards Steering Committee and is active in thoroughbred retirement causes. She has been a guest speaker at the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program and has been profiled in Horseplayer Magazine's "Women in Racing" series. She manages the title sponsorship of the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship and actively contributes to the national marketing efforts of thoroughbred racing. Minger earned a B.A. in Literature from Richard Stockton State College in Pomona, N.J., where she was sports editor of her college newspaper. She travels annually to San Pedro Sula, Honduras where she does mission work at Our Little Roses orphanage. Minger resides outside of Philadelphia, PA with her husband and two daughters. Old Friends Equine awarded the Bobby Frankel Award to the staff of the Daily Racing Form on June 5, 2013 in recognition of the publication’s 90-page glossy tribute to the famous racehorses (with 2002 Belmont Stakes winner Sarava is on its cover), who now reside at the famous Kentucky retirement facility. Michael Blowen, president and co-founder of Old Friends Equine, and previous guest on this show, presented eight staff members of the racing industry publication with the award during a fundraising gala at Oheka Castle in New York. The award, named for the late New York-based Thoroughbred trainer Bobby Frankel is presented to people and organizations who best exemplify the Old Friends mission to help ex-racehorses at the end of their racing days View Guest page

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Eric Mitchell

Eric Mitchell, 47, joined Blood-Horse Publications in October 1999 as a senior staff writer for The Blood-Horse. Prior to that Mitchell was a reporter and columnist for Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal in Charlotte, N.C. He also spent more than eight years as a reporter and senior reporter for the Ocala Star-Banner, covering Florida's horse industry among other subjects. Mitchell was originally hired as a business writer. He now covers the stallion and farm news as Bloodstock Editor and manages BloodHorse MarketWatch, Stallion Register, and the Auction Edge sales guide. View Guest page

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Frank Mitchell

Frank Mitchell is author of "Racehorse Breeding Theories", as well as the book "Great Breeders and Their Methods: The Hancocks". In addition to writing the column "Sires and Dams" in the Daily Racing Form for nearly 15 years, he has contributed articles to Thoroughbred Daily News, Thoroughbred Times, Thoroughbred Record, International Thoroughbred, and other major publications. In addition, Frank is a private consultant to breeders on pedigrees, matings, and conformation. View Guest page

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Rick Mocklin

Rick Mocklin has been involved in the Thoroughbred racing industry for 39 years in a number of capacities. In 1974, he was the youngest track announcer in the country when he announced his first race at Jefferson Downs in Kenner, Louisiana at the age of 17. "I had just graduated from Chalmette High School in May and got a chance to announcer a few races the first week in September. “I was hired as the full time track announcer on September 10th, 20 days shy of my 18th birthday. I'm proud to say that I was a member of the Jefferson Downs family until it closed in November of 1992." Since then, Rick has announced at a number of race tracks around the country, including the New Orleans Fair Grounds, and has also worked as a Director of Communications, on-track television host, handicapper and odds maker. Currently Rick is working as a jockey's agent and manages the careers of jockey Richard Eramia and formerly had the book of Leandro Goncalves. "The race track has given me a lot of opportunities to do a lot of different things and meet a lot of different people. Working for Richard and Leandro has allowed me to stay in Louisiana on a year-round basis while they ride at the Fair Grounds in the winter and Louisiana Downs in the summer." Rick Mocklin is returning for the fourth consecutive year to emcee and host the Louisiana Italian American Sports Hall of Fame banquet and awards presentations to be held this January. Mocklin, 56 years-old, is a native New Orleanian with deep Louisiana - Italian family heritage. "It is a privilege to be the host of this prestigious event which honors a number of Italian-Americans that have achieved great success in their respective professions, whether it be civic, musical, social or sports." Rick was recently inducted into the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame for his accomplishments, contributions and dedication to the sport of Thoroughbred racing. Rick was officially inducted in March of 2012, and for only the second time in the history of the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame, was the lone inductee. View Guest page

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Eric Moomey

Eric Moomey, a 42-year-old lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, won one of the final brick-and-mortar National Handicapping Championship (NHC) qualifier of the year at Monmouth Park on Dec. 27 to clinch the title of 2014 Daily Racing Form NHC Tour Champion and the $75,000 first-place prize. Should Moomey go on to win the 16th Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Television Network, Sovereign Stable and Treasure Island Las Vegas, set for Jan. 23-25 at Treasure Island, he will receive a $2 million bonus in addition to that event's first prize of at least $750,000 (the complete purse breakdown will be announced prior to NHC 16). "I've got as good of a chance as anyone," Moomey said. "The one thing I have going for me is that I tend to run on hot streaks of about six to eight weeks." With a background in mechanical and astronomical engineering, Moomey has an insatiable appetite for data and knows what to do with it. His win in the NHC Tour comes less than three years after he played in his first handicapping contest. "When I got started I did some homegrown data analysis and looked for trends that are not obvious," he said. "There are various programs out there that help provide me with the data I use but generally I'm looking for anything that's unique or different." Moomey's success is only the latest in a line of NHC and NHC Tour winners whose methods go well beyond the basic angles and adages that guide casual handicappers. "I've always been good at math and I find it intellectually stimulating. So I can sit there with data and crunch it all day long. It turns out I have a hobby that pays me money. Other people like to go golfing or watch sports; I like to manipulate data. I'm looking for inefficiencies in the marketplace. It's hard to find in the stock market but there are opportunities within horseracing. View Guest page

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Bill Mooney

Bill Mooney is the author of "The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing", which is an authoritative and comprehensive illustrated work of reference. The book tells the story of the "sport of kings" from its earliest inceptions to the present day. It provides essential information on all the top jockeys and the leading owners and trainers and the famous horses. Every personality (human and equine), event and issue of importance in the history of both flat racing and steeplechasing will be referred to somewhere in the book. In addition, the off-track world of racing will be explored through the chapters dealing with gambling, scandals and disasters, social and cultural aspects, media coverage and the business of the racing. Bill Mooney won his second Eclipse Award for magazine writing in 2007. He served as associate editor of the old Thoroughbred Record and The Thoroughbred Times, and contributed to a number of horse racing programs on ESPN. View Guest page

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Paul Moran

For 30 years, more than 22 at Newsday, in New York, Paul Moran has covered thoroughbred racing on its highest level. During that time, he has covered 30 Triple Crown series, every running of the Breeders' Cup Championships, 23 race meetings at Saratoga, won two Eclipse Awards, a Red Smith Award for coverage of the Kentucky Derby and other writing awards from the National Society of Newspaper Editors, Long Island Press Club, Society of Silurians (the oldest press club in New York), Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Magazine Publishers Association. In 2002, he was named New York's best thoroughbred handicapper by the New York Press in its annual "Best of Manhattan" edition. His work has appeared in virtually every racing publication published in the United States and most major American newspapers. He is a licensed owner of thoroughbreds in New York. View Guest page

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James E. (Jim) Morgan

Thoroughbred trainer James E. (Jim) Morgan may be the greatest trainer you may have never heard of with one of the most interesting sports backgrounds. A native of Kentucky, the first horse race he ever witnessed was when Dark Star upset the great Native Dancer in the Kentucky Derby. While born in the bluegrass he made his reputation on the hardwood basketball floors of Dayton, Ohio where he led Stivers High School to be ranked #1 in the state. He went on to become a standout player for the University of Louisville. Morgan played on some very good Louisville teams, including the 1956 National Invitation Tournament champions. He was inducted into their Hall of Fame and his number retired. The Syracuse Nationals of the NBA made him their #1 draft pick, but he elected to teach and coach high school basketball as the salaries (believe it or not) were comparable.

After nine years, Morgan switched to coaching equine athletes and during his career won over 300 stakes races. Based primarily in Kentucky and Ohio, he trained Costly Dream who defeated champion Susan’s Girl in the Berlo Handicap at Aqueduct ; Bold Rendezvous winner of Belmont’s Imperatice Stakes and Brent’s Prince who captured Arlington Park’s Round Table and the Ohio Derby at Thistledown. Morgan trainees won multiple runnings of the La Troienne, Golden Rod and Kentucky Cardinal Stakes at Churchill Downs and the Lafayette Handicap at Keeneland. View Guest page

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Maggi Moss

Maggi Moss is an attorney from Des Moines, Iowa. She was a former chief Prosecutor in Polk County, Iowa and is a former partner in a law firm where she specialized in personal injury, discrimination, and victims' rights. She is currently a sole practioneer specializing in Equine Law. She has owned race horses from coast to coast for 15 years, being the only woman to be leading owner in the country for races won in 2006, and being nominated for an eclipse the same year. She has been leading owner at Aqueduct, Churchill Downs, and Fairgrounds for the past 5 years, and Prairie Meadows for the past 11 years. She has been in the top ten in the United States in both earnings and wins for the past 8 years, from 2006 to 2013. Ms. Moss is currently concentrating on the protection and retirement of racehorses, and is active in many efforts towards this goal, including President of the only retirement facility in Iowa, H.A.R.T. She is an outspoken advocate on the welfare of Racehorses, and controversial issues involving horse racing. She has used social media on major issues in racing, including race day medication and improvement of the industry. She has also used social media to successfully retire hundreds of racehorses. View Guest page

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Jim Mulvihill

Jim Mulvihill is currently Director of Media and Industry Relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Since October 2009, Mulvihill has served as the communications and pari-mutuel marketing manager at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans. Mulvihill has started his new position on July 15 2014 in New York City with the other members of the NTRA communications department. Mulvihill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., in 2000 and attended the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona in 2000-2001.

He previously served in public relations and communications positions at Lone Star Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston before joining Fair Grounds. He has also written horse racing content for the Associated Press and horse racing publications View Guest page

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Barbara Murphy

Barbara Murphy Barbara is currently the Head of Equine Science at University College Dublin, in Ireland and Chairman and Founder of Equilume Ltd. She has a BSc in Equine Science form the University of Limerick, Ireland where she graduated in 2000; a PhD in Veterinary Science, Gluck Equine Research Center from the University of Kentucky where she graduated in 2007 and a Graduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning, UCD in 2010. After some thoroughbred industry work with Coolmore USA and Darley Ireland, she did some research in chronobiology and the implications of circadian rhythms on equine reproduction, performance and immunology. Her current interest is in mobile blue light therapy solutions for improved breeding efficiency in the horse. View Guest page

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William Nader

William Nader joined he Hong Kong Jockey Club as Executive Director of Racing in April 2007. He is responsible for all aspects of the racing product with specific oversight of Race Planning and Handicapping, International Racing, Operations, Stipendiary Stewards, Equestrian Affairs, Racing Registry, Veterinary Services, Racing Laboratory, Simulcasting and Sponsorship. Mr. Nader is Asia’s representative (Vice Chairman) on the International Racing and Planning Advisory Committee also serves as Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation’s Asian Pattern Committee. Prior to his current position, he worked for The New York Racing Association from 1994 - 2007, holding the title of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before joining the Hong Kong Jockey Club. View Guest page

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Rosie Napravnik

Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik was born February 9, 1988 in Morristown, New Jersey. The daughter of a farrier and a show horse trainer, she has been around horses all of her life. In 2005 she took out her jockey license and since then has been among or at the top of riders in Maryland racing and the top female rider in the United States. In 2006, it was her breakout year when she finished 31st in the national earnings title and was runner-up to Julien Leparoux for the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey that year. She was the leading rider at Delaware Park in 2010 with 126 wins. She became the first woman to win a riding title at Fair Grounds. This season she became the first woman to win the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks when she rode the aptly named filly Believe You Can for trainer Larry Jones, one of her biggest fans. Rosie has moved her tack to the New York circuit where she is currently being sought after to ride for some of the top trainers at Belmont and Saratoga. View Guest page

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Jason Neff

There was a time when American jockeys perfected the art of race riding. The Great Masters brought to the sport the most efficient, aerodynamic, cohesive and exquisite style of race riding ever known. Over time their secrets skills have been lost.....until NOW. "Stylin': Reviving The Lost Art of Race Riding" is a fast paced, entertaining and informative book by author Myles Neff who reveals those lost secrets at last. Fueled by devotion to the sport and backed by a lifetime of careful study, the former jockey, trainer, race riding instructor and life-long horseman shares the powerful dynamics of race riding technique and it’s impact on the outcome of a race.
Woven through stories of his own enlightening years on the track, Neff provides detailed explanations, photographs, and never before released scientific data that will revive this lost art and provide a winning edge sought by jockeys, trainers and racing enthusiasts alike. View Guest page

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Bobby Neuman

Born in 1969 in Los Angeles, CA, Bobby Neuman attended UC Santa Barbara, then University of Arizona (Race Track Industry Program). Bobby Newman started his career in racing as a hot walker and groom for Charlie Whittingham then for Bobby Frankel. He then became a pari-mutuel clerk. His first announcing job was on Arizona Fair circuit (Duncan, Safford, Douglas, Sonoita and Globe), then worked at Sandy Downs (Idaho Falls, ID), The Red Mile, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and Thistledown. Started at Calder in 1999 as Paddock/Television Host and became full-time announcer there in 2005. Married with 1 daughter 9 years old. View Guest page

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Joe Nevills

Joe Nevills, the Daily Racing Form’s sales editor and breeding correspondent, won the second annual Ron Rippey Award for Handicapping Media for his “Who is Bred for the Distance”. He received the award at the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters dinner at The Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington. In 2008, Joe began an internship with Thoroughbred Times, highlighted by the on-site coverage of Horse of the Year Curlin's victory in that year's Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. When he returned to finish his education at Central Michigan University, he founded The Michigan-Bred Claimer, a blog focused on flat racing of all breeds in Michigan. Upon graduation, Joe expanded into freelance gigs with publications including Thoroughbred Times, Midwest Thoroughbred, Arabian Finish Line, Louisiana Thoroughbred and more. Joe joined Thoroughbred Times in August 2011. Since last on our show he is no longer with the Thoroughbred Times but now with the DRF as staff writer on breeding. View Guest page

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James Nicholson

Nicholson provides an intriguing and thorough history of the Kentucky Derby, examining the tradition, spectacle, culture, and evolution of the Kentucky Derby—the brightest jewel of the Triple Crown in his recent book "The Kentucky Derby : How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event". He will also tell us how he got involved in writing about horse racing in the first place. James C. Nicholson recently received a PhD in history from the University of Kentucky. View Guest page

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Ron Nicoletti

Nicoletti, a native of Corona, N.Y., worked for 19 years as Gulfstream's analyst and handicapper. He also worked as television host at Hialeah Park and Calder Race Course and had South Florida's only handicapping show. Ron took time off in 2010 to work on a number of acting projects, including several episodes of USA Network's 'Burn Notice' and the upcoming movie, 'The Killing of a Japanese Bookie'. View Guest page

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Rich Nilsen

Rich Nilsen has qualified 9 times for the National Handicapping Championship (NHC) and is the only player to finish in the top 10 twice in the history of the event. A former executive with Churchill Downs, Rich is the publisher of a new book entitled "Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns - 2011 fall meet edition" which is now available at his website View Guest page

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Claire Novak

Ms. Novak is one of Thoroughbred racing’s most recognizable writers. A Chicago native, she has covered racing for some of the nation’s best-known outlets, including The New York Times, ESPN The Magazine and, the Associated Press, NBC Sports, and Athlon Sports. She is a former staff writer and current correspondent for The Blood-Horse Magazine, and has also served as a guest correspondent for Lady Luck, the seasonal television show produced by horse racing’s leading television network, TVG. In 2009 she was recruited to become the youngest member of that year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships' notes team, a position she maintains to this day. She is a lifelong equestrian and is therefore intimately acquainted with the sport she covers. She is also a member of the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM), the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association (NTWAB), and the Lexington Young Professionals Association. Claire Novak, writing for, earned top honors in The New York Racing Association, Inc.’s (NYRA) fourth annual Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Contest, recognizing the best in print and internet coverage of the 2012 Belmont Stakes, won by Union Rags. Novak won top honors in the feature/advance division for her story that appeared on June 8 on entitled “Unforgettable Day at Belmont Park.” The article chronicled the events of June 8, when Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another was scratched from the Belmont, becoming the first horse in 78 years to win the Derby and Preakness and miss the third jewel of the series. View Guest page

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Matt O'Neil

Matt O'Neil is one of four co-founders of the Fantasy Horse Racing game Orginally from upstate New York, Matt got hooked on the ponies at an early age after a trip to Finger Lakes Racetrack in 1983. Since then he's worked in a variety of thoroughbred industry capacities from hot walker and groom at Saratoga, Keeneland and Churchill Downs to Pedigree Analyst with Werk Thorougbhred Consultants. He's also served stints at Taylor Made Farm and with TrueNicks. In addition to overseeing the development of, he is currently a freelance writer/pedigree analyst and handles the marketing for Adena Springs Farm. Matt has also proudly and excitedly attended every Kentucky Derby since 1992. View Guest page

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Douglas F. "Doug" O'Neill

Douglas F. "Doug" O'Neill (May 24, 1968) is an American Thoroughbred horse trainer. He was born in Dearborn, Michigan, and resides in California, where he trained the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, I'll Have Another. Based at Hollywood Park Racetrack, O'Neill and his family reside in Santa Monica, California. In 1986 he began working in Thoroughbred horse racing as a stable hand and eventually a training assistant. In 1994 he obtained his professional trainer's license and since the early 2000s has been a major figure on the California racing scene, with the largest stable in Southern California and one of the largest and most successful in the United States. He gained national attention for his Breeders' Cup wins and international recognition for winning the 2003 Japan Cup Dirt at Tokyo Racecourse. Two horses trained by O'Neill, Liquidity and Great Hunter, raced in the 2007 Kentucky Derby. This was O'Neill's first and second start in the Kentucky Derby. Canadian owned 'I'll Have Another' won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2012. O'Neil recently won the Santa Anita Derby with 'Goldencents', who is considered one of the favorites for next week's Kentucky Derby. View Guest page

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John O’Neil

John O’Neil, a small-business owner from Huntington Station, N.Y., became the 16th winner of the National Handicapping Championship on Sunday night at Treasure Island in Las Vegas. He got a check for $800,000 for his efforts. O’Neil is a handicapping contest veteran. He has won numerous smaller tournaments back East, including three in a row at one point at Suffolk OTB and two at the Meadowlands. This was the fifth time he’d qualified for the NHC – his best previous finish was in 2011 when he ended up 16th. “That was the beginning of my learning experience,” the 74-year old O’Neil said. “One year I finished with zero. The first track O’Neil ever went to was the long-defunct Jamaica Race Course in Queens in the 1950s. “It was a time where there were no OTBs,” he said. “You either had to go to the track or bet with a bookmaker. We went one day, and I got interested in racing. The information was hard to come by. ”Information is the key to O’Neil’s approach to handicapping these days. “I can’t do what I used to do, which is to look at every race, every horse, by hand,” O’Neil said. “Software helps to save time. I use it to crunch the speed numbers.” Like all the best handicappers, O’Neil is looking for horses that won’t be obvious to everyone. “I look for angles that will bring a horse up to a race,” he said. “Preferably with a bad-looking race or races in his past performances but with a real good shot today. ” With the help of the computer, O’Neil is able to cover a lot more ground than he used to. “Some guys look at two or three tracks because that’s what works for them,” he said. “I like to peruse everything. These bombs can come out of any track, any distance, any surface. I try to keep an open mind and follow my instincts." View Guest page

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Louise Osmond

Louise Osmond is a British documentary filmmaker. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in modern history. Some of her film titles include: "Deep Water" (2006), "Blitz: London`s Firestorm" (2005), "The Beckoning Silence" (2007), "McQueen and I" (2011), "Richard III: The King in the Car Park" (2013), and "Dark Horse" (2015). Before she became a documentary filmmaker, she worked as a journalist and editor in Europe, specifically Brussels, Paris, Rome and Africa. During this time, she was working in the news journalism graduate trainee for the UK network ITN. She has won the "International Emmy Award for Documentary" and had been nominated for the "News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form" and the "British Academy Television Award for Best Specialist Factual" for her work. Dark Horse (2015) is an inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to breed themselves a racehorse. View Guest page

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Amy Owens

As Keeneland Communications Associate, Amy Owens assists Keeneland’s Communications Department with a variety of projects related to races and sales. Owens, who hails from St. Charles, Missouri, is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. She most recently worked as a freelance writer and editor, handling a variety of assignments for publications, organizations and farms in the racing industry. She has assisted in managing Keeneland’s race track press box since 2006, and has served as editor of the track’s race-day program wrap for the past six years. View Guest page

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Gary Palmisano

28-year-old Gary Palmisano was born in New Orleans and is the son of long time Louisiana based trainer Gary Palmisano Sr. He attended the University of Louisville, where he obtained degrees in Equine Business and Marketing. In 2007, he started as an intern in the Marketing Department at Churchill Downs. After graduation, Gary transferred to Fair Grounds in his hometown and completed a management training rotation program during which he shadowed leaders of every department within the operation. In 2013, he came back to Louisville as the VIP Player Services Manager for Churchill Downs Race Track and, which is his current role today. View Guest page

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Ron Paolucci

Ron Paolucci is an avid horseplayer from the Cleveland Ohio area who went from playing the horses to owning a Breeders' Cup winner. After watching her first two starts he purchased Ria Antonia privately. With only a maiden win under her belt, trainer Jeremiah Englehart put blinkers on her and new jockey Javier Castellano for the $2,000,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Sent away at 32-1 she made a late run and was bumped by She's A Tiger nearing the wire and was placed first via disqualification. Currently in the investment business Paolucci will share his stories of his early days at the races, his love of the racing game and how he ended up with Ria Antonia View Guest page

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Daryl Parker

Exercise rider, pony boy, and jockey agent, Mr. Daryl Parker eventually became the first black Racing Official in the U.S. He is currently the State steward in Ohio. His son DeShawn Parker, won more races than any other jockey in 2010. View Guest page

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Ray Paulick

Ray Paulick has published the Paulick Report ( since June of 2008. He was the VP/Editorial Director and Editor in Chief of Blood-Horse Publications from 1992 to 2007. He was the Racing Times' Midwest Editor from 2001 to 2002, and the managing Editor at the Thoroughbred Times from 1988 to 2001. He started as a copy editor in Chicago for the Field Newspaper Syndicate in 1975, which he left to go to the Daily Racing Form in 1980. Recipient of the Charles Engelhard Award, Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders/Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, in 2000, Mr. Paulick is on the Board of directors of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation since 2007 and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (filling non-veterinary board seat) from 2003 to 2006. View Guest page

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Mike Penna

Mike is the current president of HRRN and also serves as the anchor for all of its broadcasts. Last year, HRRN broadcast more than 100 of the nation’s best thoroughbred races. In early 2011, Mike and HRRN received an Eclipse Award for coverage of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This year HRRN will provide complete coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Derby coverage will be carried on more than 50 affiliate stations across the country as well as on SiriusXM satellite radio. The coverage will also be broadcast to our service men and women around the world on the American Forces Network and streamed worldwide on the HRRN website. Mike’s passion for racing spans more than 2 decades. In 1989, he stood alongside the rail at historic Saratoga Racecourse and watched as Easy Goer won the Travers Stakes. After cashing his winning ticket on the heavy favorite, he was hooked for life. A native of Pittsfield, MA, Mike and his wife, Michelle, relocated to Lexington in 1997. Mike worked at The Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Times, and Keeneland’s racing office before pursuing his interest in broadcasting. View Guest page

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Mike Penna

Mike Penna first sat down behind a microphone in 2003 when he began co-hosting the popular Saturday morning "Equine Forum" talk show. In 2005, Mike and the late Pete Kules established the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN). In addition to producing the "Equine Forum" every week, the duo started to travel to racetracks around the country, providing fans with live coverage of many of the nation's biggest races. Mike is currently President of HRRN and also serves as the anchor for all of its broadcasts. In early 2011, Mike and HRRN received an Eclipse Award for coverage of the 2010 Breeders' Cup World Championships and in 2013 was honored with the prestigious Old Hilltop Award by the Maryland Jockey Club. Each year HRRN broadcasts more than 100 major thoroughbred stakes races including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup. Mike's passion for racing spans more than 19 years. In 1989, he stood alongside the rail at historic Saratoga Racecourse and watched as Easy Goer won the Travers Stakes. After cashing his winning ticket on the heavy favorite, he was hooked for life. A native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mike and his wife, Michelle, relocated to Lexington in 1997. Mike worked at The Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Times, and Keeneland's racing office before pursuing his interest in broadcasting. View Guest page

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Jeff Perrin

Jockey agent Jeff Perrin is a native of Sydney, Australia and is now a successful jockey agent in the Midwest. Perrin has handled the book of Peruvian rider Edgar Paucar and together they have won over 2,500 races. View Guest page

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John Perrotta

John Perrotta is American turf’s Renaissance man. In more than 50 years in the industry, he has been a hot walker, jockey agent, owner, breeder, racing manager of champions and blood-stock agent. That varied racetrack experience led Perrotta to becoming the technical adviser, writer and executive story editor of the acclaimed HBO series LUCK, a novelist and founder of the Thoroughbred Racing Radio Network that became the popular weekday show At the Races with Steve Byk. He also is a handicapping-tournament player who qualified for the National Handicapping Championship in 2014.
'Half a Chance,' about a down-on-his luck jockey agent who finds himself entangled in a web of deceit and larceny, follows Perrotta’s racing memoir Racetracker: Life with Grifters and Gamblers and his novel If Wishes Were Horses. "The characters in this story have been hanging around for many years at a racetrack in my head, and I hope my readers have as much fun getting to know them as I did creating them." View Guest page

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John Phillips

John Galbreath's grandson John Phillips has been given a lofty task, the continuation of a historic legacy. At the beginning of the 20th century, the legendary Colonel E. R. Bradley developed a top-rate equine facility assembling breeding stock mostly from Europe at his farm named Idle Hour. After Colonel Bradley’s death, John W. Galbreath purchased the core property of Idle Hour in the mid 50’s. Renaming the farm Darby Dan, John Galbreath’s impact on the sport was quick and profound. In 1961, Galbreath imported the undefeated European superstar RIBOT from Europe with huge success followed. Since the days of Colonel Bradley, horse racing and breeding has changed considerably. Similarly, Darby Dan has made the transition from private facility to a commercial one, offering a full array of services. Rooted in a distinguished private history and now flourishing in the commercial present, Darby Dan is a special farm committed to its motto: Devoted to the horse. Dedicated to our clients. View Guest page

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Tyler Picklesimer

Mr. Tyler Picklesimer is currently Racing Secretary for Colonial Downs, and Turfway Park. Prior to his present duties, he was Racing Official at Keeneland, and Churchill Downs, as Certified Racing Steward and Placing Judge. He has been in the racing business in the Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia racing circuits for over 20 years. View Guest page

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Dr. John Piehowicz

For nearly 20 years, Dr. John Piehowicz has been an Equine Veterinarian, and is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. John then opened his small business, Cincinnati Equine, LLC, and built an unparalleled reputation locally as a caring and compassionate physician with a client list that includes 10 Kentucky Derby winning trainers and countless Breeder's Cup winning trainers. He has cared for several Horse of the Year winners over the course of his career and currently cares for trainer Mike Maker's string of runners in Northern Kentucky. Dr. Piehowicz has also given back to his community and to his profession. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Ohio Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association. John is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. View Guest page

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Jeff Platt

Jeff Platt grew up in North Phoenix about 5 miles from Turf Paradise. Long time horseplayer (since 1981,) he bought his first PC in 1984 for the specific purpose of creating a racing database application . Jeff has an Accounting degree and worked for 14 years as an accountant but hated that line of work because as he describes it he was forever "swimming in paper." In 1999 he became a "hired gun" and began doing contract programming work for Fortune 500 companies. In 2003, during a break between contracts, he launched a handicapping database startup called 'JCapper' and in 2008 he became one of the founding members of H.A.N.A. (Horseplayers Association of North America) Jeff appreciates how lucky he is although he may work 60 hours a week, but it never feels like work because he gets to do something he loves. View Guest page

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Jeremy Plonk

Jeremy Plonk has written for all the major horse racing outlets including The Horseplayer Magazine, where he was editor from 2004-2008. He has been lead researcher for major networks NBC Sports and ESPN, to such noted sportscasters as Bob Costas, Jack Whitaker, Charlsie Cantey, Tom Hammond, Chris Fowler and more. He remains on the NBC Sports Triple Crown team today. He has also charted races for Equibase, both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse events, and is a respected handicapping/statistical consultant to Keeneland Racecourse, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Oaklawn Park, and a television handicapper for The Racing Network, England's At The Races, and Remington Park, where he was also a public handicapper. In 2011, he joined partner Joe Kristufek in launching the Night School national fan education online program for the horse racing industry. View Guest page

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Rodney Prescott

Rodney Prescott who has attained his 3,000th career win, is having an eventful December. Earlier this month, he was one of five jockeys nominated for the 2013 George Woolf Memorial Award. Nominations are made and votes cast by members of the Jockeys Guild. The George Woolf Award nomination is not the first time Prescott has been recognized by his peers. As leading apprentice at River Downs in 1994, he was honored with the Rodney Dickens Award, presented by the River Downs jockey colony to the rider who shows outstanding sportsmanship and ability during his first season. Prescott, 38, grew up around horses in his hometown of Portland, Ind., and as a youngster competed in barrel races, chariot races, and pole bending contests. After graduating from high school, he was introduced to racing when Quarter Horse rider Carter Rilie showed him around bush tracks in Illinois and helped him land his first job galloping horses. Prescott first worked with Thoroughbreds at River Downs as a groom for the late Barbara Holbrook, for whom he rode his first mount. A month later, in June 1994, he rode his first winner, also for Holbrook at River Downs. Riding primarily in the Midwest, Prescott was the nation’s second-leading rider by wins in 2005. He holds multiple riding titles from Hoosier Park, where he is the Indiana track’s all-time leader, and also has leading rider titles from Indiana Downs and Turfway Park. He has earned purses totaling more than $35 million. Prescott makes his home in Cincinnati with his wife, Beth Anne, and their children, Anna and Austin. View Guest page

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Jay Privman

Jay Privman covers the Southern California circuit plus such national events as the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup. He is the author of "Breeders' Cup: Thoroughbred Racing's Championship Day" and a contributor to "Champions," and is a six-time winner of the Red Smith Award for best Kentucky Derby story, among numerous other writing honors. He joined Daily Racing Form in 1998. View Guest page

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Tom Quigley

Solid evidence of Southern California racing's investment in Twitter is Tom Quigley's evolution from railbird to salaried Tweeter. Long a fixture on the rail near the paddock at Del Mar, Tom Quigley has parlayed his perfect attendance at the races into a full-time, year-round job. For a number of years, Quigley could be seen at the same spot on the rail adjacent to the paddock at Del Mar. It became known as Quigley's Corner and now has a sign in place during the race meet. For several years, he has tweeted racing information as @Quigleys_Corner from all three Southern California tracks, Santa Anita, Del Mar and Hollywood Park. Each racing day, he tweets live paddock reports, which horses he likes, links to jockey and trainer standings, Pick 6 updates and other helpful handicapping information. Even before Twitter gained in popularity, Quigley was already known to handicappers as the publisher of HorsePlayer Magazine, which he has published since 1994. The publication's focus has been to help fans improve handicapping skills offering articles geared to all levels of handicappers from novice to expert. A little more than one year ago, in January of 2012 Quigley was named the VIP Player concierge at Santa Anita and tasked with helping to lure out-of-state big bettors to Santa Anita. View Guest page

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Mary Rampellini

Mary Rampellini is a correspondent and handicapper for Daily Racing Form. She began contributing to the publication in 1996. She is a native of Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in a racing family. Her father, Ralph Rampellini, was the racing manager for Nelson Bunker Hunt in the 1980s and also broke a crop of 100 to 120 yearlings for him each year at Hunt's training center in North Texas. Ralph Rampellini later served as a racing manager and trainer for John Franks. Mary is currently based in Hot Springs, Ark., and Grand Prairie, Texas, covering Oaklawn Park and Lone Star Park as well as major stakes at other tracks in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. View Guest page

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Eric Reed

Eric Reed is a lifetime horseman from a family of horsemen. His father Herbert trained for over 40 years apprenticing under the guidance of Mack Miller. Eric has trained since 1983 and has grown up with horses his entire life. In 1986 Native Drummer provided Eric his first stakes win in the Forego Stakes at Latonia. He continues his success at tracks across the country. Eric takes a special interest in yearlings and two-year old horses, having developed many good young horses over the years. He had a goal of opening a place like Mercury and thanks to hard work and great clients it has become a dream come true. In developing the facility, Eric was able to pull from his experience over the years and give Mercury all the tools to be a first class equine center for all horses. He wanted the facility to offer full services not only to his owners, but to other trainers needing specialized services and sales consignors needing yearling sales prep. View Guest page

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F. Douglas Reed

As Program Director for the Race Track Industry Program (RTIP), Reed is responsible for its coordination, administration, promotion and fund raising. His teaching duties include Administration of the Racing Department, Race Track Organization, Structure and Financial Management, Racing Business Strategies & Global Perspective. In addition to its academic program responsibilities, the RTIP hosts the world’s largest multi-bred pari-mutuel conference each year.
Prior to his present position at The University of Arizona, Reed served as Vice President of Racing for Santa Fe Racing, Inc. which operated two pari-mutuel facilities in New Mexico. Before relocating to the Southwest, he served as a racing official for 15 years throughout the East and Midwest. He was racing secretary for Arlington Park, Oaklawn Park and Rockingham Park and a racing official at many tracks including Gulfstream Park, Laurel Race Course, The Meadowlands, Monmouth Park, and Pimlico Race Course. View Guest page

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Jennie Rees

Jennie Rees was selected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor and on Feb. 4th, 2015 she is getting the Tom Hammond Media Award along with Chris Collinwood, Don Atkins and Mitch Barnhart at the Lexington Convention Center's Bluegrass Ballroom.

For the last 28 years Jennie Rees has been associated with the Louisville Courrier-Journal as a turf writer. Prior to that, she had a stint of 2 years with the Rochester Times-Union as a sportswriter copy editor. She had graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, with an A.B. in Journalism and Forensic Studies. She was a member and former president of the National Turf Writers Association. Among the many awards she had received, the Eclipse Award for outstanding newspaper and magazine writing, both in 1988 and 1993. She was also a key member of team that won Eclipse Award for on-line/multi-media coverage, in 2008. View Guest page

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Bob Roberts

Bob Roberts is a native Clevelander who grew up in Willowick, an eastern suburb. He knew he wanted to be a sportswriter when his father took him to an Indians game and he asked who those guys were typing on a counter top behind home plate in the upper deck of old Municipal Stadium. "They're sportswriters," said his dad. "That's their job." Roberts began his career at the Mentor Morning Monitor before heading over to The News-Herald where he was named sports editor in 1970 at the age of 22. Roberts was hired by The Cleveland Press in 1973 and returned to The News-Herald when The Press folded in 1982. The Cleveland Plain Dealer hired Bob in 1985 and he remained there for over 20 years before accepting a buyout in 2006. Roberts is a multiple award-winning writer who has covered racing for the Cleveland Press and Plain Dealer for over 40 years. His duties included his daily selections. Roberts covered every Kentucky Derby from Secretariat to Barbaro and is an avid handicapping contest participant. View Guest page

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Byron Rogers

A native of Australia, Byron Rogers has spent many years in the thoroughbred breeding industry. Eight years at Arrowfield Stud and another three years at Taylor Made Farm. At Arrowfield Stud as Stallion Nominations and Bloodstock Manager, he was part of the team that developed the careers of leading sires Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur and Hussonet. And as director of Taylor Made Farms' stallion division, he managed the careers of the likes of Unbridled’s Song, Forestry, and Northern Afleet as well as joint venture stallions Tiznow and Speightstown. Byron also is the co-creator of TrueNicks, a thoroughbred nicking service and in 2011 Byron launched Performance Genetics LLC, a thoroughbred performance evaluation company based in Lexington KY that uses genetic markers, biomechanical and cardiovascular measurements in a machine learning prediction model to purchase racehorses. Current horses purchased using his methodology include Verrazano, Divisadero and Keen Ice. View Guest page

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Darren Rogers

Darren Rogers has publicized the sport of horse racing for nearly two decades. He joined Churchill Downs Racetrack as Senior Director of Communications & Media Services in March 2008 after spending nine years as Director of Media Relations at Lone Star Park and 4 ½ years in the Hollywood Park and Santa Anita publicity offices in his native Southern California. View Guest page

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Randy Romero

Romero who was inducted into Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2010, made an amazing comeback as a jockey after being severely burned over 2/3rd of his body in 1983. He went on to win numerous graded stakes races and three wins in Breeders’ Cup, most notably his amazing ride aboard Personal Ensign in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. In that race he caught Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors in the final stride, keeping Personal Ensign’s perfect record intact. Romero has battled health issues caused by years of self-induced weight reduction regimen to maintain his riding weight. HRTV recently received the 2011 Media Eclipse Award for the production of “Inside Information: Randy Romero.” His family life with his father Lloyd Romero, a horse trainer, was the basis for the movie “Casey’s Shadow.” View Guest page

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Peter Rotondo, Jr.

Peter Rotondo, Jr. has been going to the races since he was 4 months old with his first trip being to Saratoga Race Course. His passion for racing led him to the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program in Tucson, Ariz., where he earned a bachelor's degree. Following school, he worked for one year at Daily Racing Form before moving to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. In 2006, he began working for the Breeders' Cup and holds the position of Vice President of media and entertainment. His experiences have led him to be part of a new reality show for the recently launched Esquire Network. The show is aptly named ³Horseplayers² and follows Rotondo and his castmates on a tour of the best racing venues in the U.S. in the pursuit of the title of Handicapper of the Year and a $750,000 prize at the DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. View Guest page

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Jen Roytz

Marketing and communications director Jen Roytz joined the Three Chimneys team in 2008 and oversees all advertising and marketing, including television and print advertising, social media endeavors, the annual stallion brochure, the web page, public relations, media relations and special events. She also handles all of the farm's equine aftercare efforts and outreach. Jen is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and has a background in both thoroughbreds and performance horses. She earned her BA in advertising and public relations from Morehead State University and completed her MA in Integrated Communication at the University of Louisville. Jen sits on the board of the Make A Wish Foundation’s Kentucky chapter, is on the advisory board for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and is involved with the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass and The Race For Education (a scholarship organization for college-bound kids from racing/breeding families or who have a keen interest in the Thoroughbred industry). View Guest page

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Rich Ruda

Susan Salk

Susan began the blog four years ago after a short stint volunteer writing success stories for CANTER New England. The goal of the site is to help promote the noble breed to the horse-buying public by debunking myths and interviewing real people who purchase ex-racehorses for their daughters, their spouses, or as their competitive sport horse. Many such stories fill this blog. However other stories about horses who are saved at the 11th hour from slaughter, as well as stories about horses who have "saved" their owners—cancer patients, or those struggling with grief or other difficult issues, also fill the site. Some stories about horses and their struggles often turn out to be a mirror reflecting the struggles of man, with the story of Press Exclusive, a horse who nearly died on the way to slaughter, being an example of the strength of the will to live. Susan Salk is a weekend rider who took lessons for many years on race-trained mare Diana (Jockey Club: Revenging Donny) and after that, on un-raced Thoroughbred Hat Trick. After trying other breeds -Morgans, Arabians, the Connemara— the Thoroughbred easily became her favorite because of their forgiving temperament and responsiveness to awkward "cues and signals." No kicking required! Susan lives in the Charlestown Navy Yard with her husband David, a restaurant menu cover manufacturer, and also the first read on every story. View Guest page

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Shane Sellers

Sellers was raised in the small town of Erath, Louisiana, where he discovered his passion for horses at the young age of 11. He received his jockey license when he was 16 and instantly became one of the leading thoroughbred riders in the country. In a career of 26 year career, Shane rode in 14 consecutive Kentucky Derbies, won over 4,000 races, and earned more than $122 million in purses. Even more impressive is Shane’s constant drive to improve the horse racing industry, as he fought for his fellow jockeys and strived to make the sport the best it could be. After a racing injury at Churchill Down in late June of 2012, Sellers saw many of his main clients switching to other riders and rather than go to the Fair Grounds, he elected to stay in Kentucky this winter. He partnered up with trainer Patrick Huffman working on a farm in Lexington, breaking yearlings and working with horses on lay-ups. Sellers emphasizes he is not retiring. As if to highlight that point, he rode one race at Turfway Park last Saturday of this insertion, where he captured the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes with Huffman-trained Night Party. View Guest page

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Andy Serling

Andy Serling host of a couple of shows ('Trips and Traps' and 'Talking Horses'), was passed the torch from the legendary Harvey Pack as the lead handicapper for the NYRA. He grew up in Saratoga Springs and is in his element during the month of August. He is recognized as one of the leading handicappers on the east coast. View Guest page

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Jason Shandler

Jason Shandler has been a racing writer with Blood-Horse since 2004. He hosts the popular blogs "Triple Crown Talk" and "Breeders’ Cup Chat" on He also appears on video weekly on's "That Handicapping Show" with Tom LaMarra which airs on Thursday afternoons. View Guest page

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Jonathan Sheppard

Born on Dec. 2, 1940 in Ashwell England, near Newmarket, the son of a 40 year British racing official, Mr. Sheppard attended Eton College before arriving in America in 1961. One of the first people he met, was legendary steeplechase trainer Burley Cocks. For the next nine months, Mr. Sheppard worked at Cocks' farm in Unionville, Pa. After a brief return to England, he spent the next two years riding races for Cocks, and may have won on about 25 of 250 rides. Mr. Sheppard then turned to training, and soon had a string of six horses. One of his initial clients was Mr. George Strawbridge Jr., owner of Augustin Stable, and one of steeplechasing's most successful owners. They have been together for 43 years. Mr. Sheppard has enjoyed great success both with flat and steeplechase runners and is one of only two trainers (the other being Hall of Famer Sidney Watters Jr.) to be able to do so. View Guest page

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Alan Sherman

Like his father, Alan Sherman is a former jockey, though he jokes he "ate himself" out of that line of work and into his size 9 feet after only a few years.
On the back of a horse or not, being at the track was never up for negotiation as to what Alan Sherman's career path would ultimately involve. Having previously worked under Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham, Alan Sherman began working for his father in 1991, helping to oversee an operation that has had from 25 to 30 horses to as many as 100 at one point.
While the emergence of California Chrome has highlighted the old-school horsemanship Art Sherman possesses, the success of the son of Lucky Pulpit is an equal testament to how much the boy whose father used to catch sleeping in horses' stalls has honed his own craft.
Since the California Chrome wave hit, Alan Sherman says he and his father have picked up a few more clients and that he would like to get the barn back up to about 30 horses again. View Guest page

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Bobby Shiflet

This is the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown and no one captured his essence on film over the years other than photographer Tony Leonard. After his passing last year, many in the industry thought Leonard's work would be broken up, but through Shiflet's efforts he has ensured that his work will be preserved for posterity. Shiflet's goal is to preserve and provide access to his body of work and to keep the memory of of the historic horses he immortalized alive for future generations to enjoy. Secretariat's final time for the Preakness was changed to a track record after review of the tapes this year. Bobby Shiflet put together a partnership to protect photographer Tony Leonard's legacy, and help his widow. View Guest page

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Lenny Shulman

Author and now humorist, Lenny Shulman has a new feature called "Lenny's Place" that airs on the Blood-Horse website. In a new and different twist hLenny Shulman is an Emmy Award-winning writer who has worked in newspaper, magazine, TV, and film. For the past 13 years he has served as Features Editor of the Blood-Horse magazine. He is the author of the book “Ride of Their Lives”, a look at the problems faced by top jockeys in their lives and careers. He is also the writer and producer of “And They’re Off”, a bi-monthly video on As a TV writer Lenny worked nine years as a writer/producer of the popular children’s show “Kids Incorporated”. He also worked for FOX Sports on its NFL pre-game show, for which he won the Emmy Award, and also worked with comedian Andrew Dice Clay on the feature film “Dice Rules” and on several HBO comedy specials. "Long Way From Home" is the first novel from Emmy Award-winning writer Lenny Shulman, in which we follow the exploits of wise-cracking New York author Dan Henry as he lurches forward from unemployed writer to host of a TV sports talk show--with help and hindrance from his brilliant, sex-addicted attorney, and from a murky, mysterious source who feeds him inside information. Dan hits his stride with the job and a beautiful girlfriend, actually achieving status and success. To the surprise of no one, none of it lasts. When the TV deal and his life blow up, Dan strikes off on his own again 1,000 miles away. Despite losing the job that took him halfway across the country, Dan finds his voice. Throwing himself into the story of a lifetime, Dan uses every tool in his arsenal to expose a plot that threatens the life of the most famous racehorse in America as it competes in the Kentucky Derby. In doing so, he brings some familiar villains to justice. Against all odds, Dan becomes a hero. "Long Way From Home" weaves relentless humor through waves of friendship, betrayal, and redemption. It is comedy of a most serious nature. View Guest page

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Dan Silver

Dan Silver has been with NYRA since January 2008, first serving as marketing communications manager before being promoted to director of communications and media relations in April 2009. He previously was director of broadcasting and play-by-play broadcaster for the Missouri River Otters minor league hockey team from 2003 to 2006. Dan has a BA from Haverford College and Masters degrees from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program. View Guest page

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Mark Simon

Advancing its two-prong mission to move beyond the “Horseplayer’s Bible” while accelerating its transformative “Digital First” agenda, Daily Racing Form announces the creation of a new position of Editorial Director, appointing Mark Simon to lead DRF’s editorial operation reporting to John Hartig, CEO of Sports Information Group/Daily Racing Form LLC. Mark Simon joined DRF in October, 2012 from Thoroughbred Times to lead DRF’s newest business venture “DRF Breeding”, a comprehensive package of editorial coverage and new products created to serve the Breeding and Sales segment of thoroughbred racing. In the role of Editorial Director, Simon will continue to oversee “DRF Breeding” but will also lead DRF’s national editorial and content operation that publishes racing news, analysis, handicapping tools and past performance offerings that span DRF’s multi-channel platforms. View Guest page

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Ralph Siraco

Ralph Siraco is a former track announcer who became a turf writer. He currently hosts the racing radio show "Race Day Las Vegas", broadcast on KSHP AM 1400 in Las Vegas, and streamed live through Ralph Siraco has been actively involved in racing communications and programming since 1977 including stints at Hollywood Park, Garden State Park, Fairplex Park and Turfway Park. The "Race Day Las Vegas" shows feature Thoroughbred racing news, handicapping, features, and guests from across the country. View Guest page

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Austin Smith

Trainer Austin “Kep” Smith has been flying under the radar in thoroughbred racing, but is finally getting the recognition he deserves with Nates Mineshaft who recorded a smashing track record in the $400,000 Grade II New Orleans Handicap over some of the top handicap performers in the country. Smith was born into the racing family of George Smith who founded Woodburn Farm in southern Ohio with his partner Dr. Wilburn Johnston. After attending Ohio State University, Austin worked under the tutelage of trainer Richard Lundy for five years before branching out on his own. He will be moving his stable to Keeneland for the upcoming meet so he can be closer to the Pine Club in Dayton, Ohio for their legendary Scallops and Filet Mignon. View Guest page

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Michael Spector

Michael Spector is a horse racing writer currently covering the Saratoga meet for He has written for various horse racing websites for the past 2 years including Danonymous Racing, In The Winners' Circle and recently his articles have appeared on the Paulick Report. He's followed horse racing for over 20 years starting at 13 years old when his father would take him to Saratoga each summer. He now currently resides in the Saratoga area and his Twitter handle is @SaratogaSlim. View Guest page

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Ellis Starr

Ellis Starr, also known as “Ubercapper”, has been studying horse racing and handicapping for over 35 years. Ellis also puts his money where his mouth is by participating in Handicapping Tournaments, recently winning the Derby Wars $30,000 Belmont Shootout. In addition, 2012 marks the seventh straight year Ellis qualified to join an elite group to qualify for the Keeneland Tournament of Champions. Ellis is the National Racing Analyst for Equibase, The Thoroughbred Industry’s Official Source for Racing Information, writing a widely distributed “Race of the Week” story covering the biggest races in North America, which also appear on the racing industry’s fan site, America’s Best Racing, at View Guest page

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Don Stevens

Don attended his first horse race at age 13 while at Longacres in Renton, Washington and has been handicapping races ever since. He has attended John Brooks Broadcasting School in 1994 where he met his mentor, Jim Byers who was the announcer at Remington Park at that time.
Stevens was hired as the backup announcer and Equibase chart caller at Remington Park in September, 1996 then was promoted to assistant media relations director and backup announcer in June, 1998. He took over for Mr. Byers as the full time announcer, simulcast host and TV host of the Remington Report on FOX 25 OKC in August, 1999.
Don was then hired as the track announcer, handicapper and simulcast show host at Delta Downs in 2003. He has called each $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot race except for its inaugural running in 2002 when Chris Kotulak was the Delta Downs announcer.
Don has been married to his wife Jan for 18 years, has three children and makes his home near Lake Charles, Louisiana. View Guest page

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Gary Lynn Stevens

Gary Lynn Stevens (born March 6, 1963 in Caldwell, Idaho) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey, actor, television personality and sports anchor who works for both HRTV and NBC Sports as a horse racing analyst. Although forced to wear a hip brace for nineteen months due to a degenerative disease of the hip, Perthes syndrome, at age 7, Stevens began working for his horse trainer father, Ron, as a groom at age 8. By the time he was 14, he was riding American Quarter Horses. Stevens dropped out of high school, after an all-star wrestling season, to become a full-time jockey. He began his career in 1979 at Les Bois Park in Boise, Idaho, and in his first start had a winner Thoroughbred. From there he soon became a leading rider in Washington. He then moved down the coast into California, becoming part of the leading competitive jockey groups there. In 1993, Gary Stevens became the youngest jockey to surpass $100 million in earnings. Stevens has been in the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes three times, and twice at the Preakness Stakes. He won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times, and he's won eight Breeders' Cup races, making him the fourth-leading money winner in Breeders' Cup history so far. On November 27, 2005, Stevens announced his retirement. After a jockey's career of 27 years, he started working in January 2006 as a racing analyst with TVG. Also that month he joined NBC Sports. Gary Stevens has won numerous awards including the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1996. In 1997, Stevens entered the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and in 1998, he was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in the United States. In 1999, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship". In the 2003 film Seabiscuit, Stevens played jockey George Woolf. In 2011 he became a regular cast member on the HBO television series "Luck" produced by avid horse racing fan and Thoroughbred owner David Milch, starring as an on-the-skids jockey named Ronnie. He returned to the saddle in January of 2013. View Guest page

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Travis Stone

Stone, 30, will describe the racing action for Churchill Downs' on- and off-track audiences when racing returns to the legendary Louisville track for the 2015 Spring Meet on Saturday, April 25. He becomes only the eighth announcer in Churchill Downs' storied history, and will succeed Larry Collmus, who departed after one year for an opportunity to call races at NYRA which offers a significantly larger number of racing dates. Collmus will continue to call the Kentucky Derby for NBC. Stone grew up in Schroon Lake, N.Y. spending summers at Saratoga Race Course and greatly admiring the work of legendary announcers Tom Durkin and Dave Johnson. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta with degree in Communication Arts, he landed his first job as a track announcer at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in 2006 at age 22 and held that post through 2013. When Collmus left Monmouth Park after 20 years to call at Churchill Downs in 2014, Stone was named as his replacement at the New Jersey track. Now he'll succeed Collmus for the second time in as many years. Stone will join an elite fraternity of Churchill Downs track announcers that include Gene Schmidt (1940-60), Chic Anderson (1961-77), Mike Battaglia (1978-96), Kurt Becker (1997-98), Luke Kruytbosch (1999-2008), Mark Johnson (2009-13) and Collmus (2014). View Guest page

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Chantal Sutherland

Former jockey Chantal Sutherland Kruse, who in 2011 became the first female jockey to win the Santa Anita Handicap when she piloted Game on Dude to victory, joined TVG, America’s Horseracing Network, for its coverage of Big Cap Day on March 2. Chantal, who retired from riding last October, joined Greg Wolf, Todd Schrupp, Simon Bray and Matt Carothers as part of the team that provided ramped up coverage of the big race. Because of the historical nature of her Big Cap victory, Chantal will forever be linked with the event and Game on Dude, a repeat winner in this year’s race. In addition to the Santa Anita Handicap, Chantal also rode Game on Dude in two other Grade I wins, the 2012 Hollywood Gold Cup and the 2011 Goodwood, as well as to a heartbreaking second place finish in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Classic. She also won a pair of Grade II stakes aboard the Bob Baffert trainee. “We are very excited to have Chantal join our Big Cap coverage team,” said Kevin Grigsby, TVG’s Vice President of Production. “She not only offers a unique perspective of this iconic event, but also can deliver great insight into Game on Dude.” “I’m excited to be working with TVG and their fantastic production team,” said Chantal. “This is especially exciting because it will bring back wonderful memories! Chantal, who has served as a TVG promotional spokesperson, appeared in the HBO drama, “Luck,” and the Animal Planet reality series, “Jockeys.” While riding, she launched a modeling career, highlighted by a provocative Vanity Fair photo spread. View Guest page

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Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor is one of the team that makes up Taylor Made Sales Agency that has ranked as the Keeneland September Sale's leading consignor by gross 16 times since 1988. His father was the legendary horseman Joe Taylor who developed John Gaines' Gainesway Farm into a leading stallion farm during his 40-year management. The Taylor brothers were bred and raised in the horse business. Their grandfather lived on a farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where he raised Standardbred race horses, and they spent their summers helping him prepare yearlings for the yearly fall sales in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Getting to miss school while they helped out at these fall sales and getting to ride up in the horse vans were major highlights of their young lives. Joe Taylor, their father, grew up on this same farm, born and bred, as were the brothers, with a deep and abiding love for animals and their care. Taylor Made Sales Agency quickly developed a reputation for quality care, and in 1978 expanded its operations with its first Keeneland consignment. View Guest page

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Sen. Damon Thayer

Going to a third ballot, Republican Sen. Damon Thayer was named Republican floor leader of the Kentucky Senate in an election held Tuesday night, November 27 replacing Sen. Robert Stivers of Manchester, KY. Sen. Stivers was elected Senate President and replaces Sen. David Williams who was recently named to a judgeship in Southern Kentucky and had an infamously adversorial relationship with Kentucky's horse industry over the issue of expanded gaming. Thayer supported a measure in a bi-partisan effort with Gov. Steve Beshear earlier this year that would have put the issue of expanded gaming on the 2012 ballot allowing the people of Kentucky to vote on the issue. Thayer works as a marketing consultant in the horse industry and has previously held positions with the Breeders' Cup and Turfway Park. View Guest page

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Bill Thomason

Bill Thomason became President and Chief Executive Officer of Keeneland on September 1, 2012 after being the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, having joined Keeneland in June 2010. Thomason graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Accounting in 1977 and a Masters in Business Administration in 1978. He worked for two years at the accounting firm of Alexander Grant & Co. before joining Mill Ridge Farm, where he worked for 28 years as Financial and Administrative Manager. He is a member of The Jockey Club, a Trustee of the American Horse Council, and a board member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA), Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation, Kentucky Chamber, Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Heart Association and Central Bank Lexington’s Advisory Board of Directors. He formerly served as the assistant treasurer for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders and was a member of the audit committee of Breeders’ Cup Limited. Thomason also previously served as treasurer of the Thoroughbred Club of America. An active community leader, Thomason was chairman of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce (now Commerce Lexington), chairman of the Lexington Arts and Cultural Council and chairman of the Board of First United Methodist Church. View Guest page

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Milt Toby

Milt Toby is an attorney, author, and photographer with a lifelong involvement in the horse industry. He has been writing professionally about horses since 1972, first as a staff writer and photographer for The Blood-Horse and since 1984 as a freelancer for a number of publications. His sixth book, Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, was published in 2011. His earlier books include The Complete Equine Legal and Business Handbook, and Ruffian. Milt’s equine law blog, "Horses and the Law" appears weekly at Milton also maintains a website called Since last on our show his book "Dancer's Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby" is an Award winner. Milt Toby has just penned a new book Canonero II - The Most Improbable Kentucky Derby winner. It is quite a tale from the award winning writer. View Guest page

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Dan Tordjman

Dan Tordjman is a freelance writer, blogger, handicapper and founder of the horse racing website, Dan is "beyond thrilled" to be joining America's Best Racing as a Brand Ambassador in New York. He has worked tirelessly to promote racing on his site and strongly believes in the mission of ABR. "For a while now, I've devoted myself entirely to getting new fans into horse racing and getting long time fans and horse players excited about the game again," he said. "Now, I feel like I'm a part of something so much bigger. I'm not just one voice but rather one of many voices committed to the same amazing goal." Dan was a double major at Syracuse University and graduated with degrees in Communications & Rhetorical Studies and Broadcast Journalism. He has spent much of the past decade traveling the country while working in the TV industry. While working at an NBC News affiliate in South Carolina, he met his amazing wife, Marti. She has been a constant source of support and has encouraged Dan to continue pursuing his mission in racing, even when it's meant poorly timed trips to racetracks from Churchill Downs to Woodbine. Through the use of social media and a strong network he already has in his native hometown of New York, Dan is focused on building new relationships that result in the growth of horse racing's fan base. Dan has shown the ability to effectively interact with people who are new to the game and to get people involved in it. He's encouraged dozens of people to write stories for his website, detailing why they love horse racing and how they fell in love with it. He also uses his site as a forum for handicapping, to host fun contests and to write features of his own about personalities in the industry that capture the very best of what horse racing has to offer. Dan also hopes to wave the ABR flag while promoting multiple charitable causes that are vital to the success and integrity of horse racing. He has already coordinated fundraisers that have raised thousands of dollars for the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund and several off the track Thoroughbred organizations. View Guest page

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John R. Velazquez

John R. Velazquez was born November 24, 1971, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He learned to ride in his native Puerto Rico. On January 3, 1990, he won his first race, aboard Rodas at El Nuevo Comandante racetrack in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. That same year, under the guidance of agent and former jockey, Angel Cordero, Jr., he moved to New York State where he has earned 24 riding titles at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course. In 1998 he won the Breeders' Cup Mile, on Da Hoss. A winner of eight Breeders' Cup races, he has also won graded stakes races such as the Kentucky Oaks, Blue Grass Stakes, Dubai World Cup, E. P. Taylor Stakes (twice), Whitney Handicap, Woodbine Mile, plus the Cigar Mile Handicap. To date in his career, John Velazquez has ridden more than 4,000 winners. In 2004 and 2005 he was the United States Champion Jockey by earnings and was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, he won the Bill Shoemaker Award for top Breeders’ Cup performance by a jockey, winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff with Ashado and the Breeders' Cup Sprint with Speightstown. Velazquez set a Saratoga record with six wins in one card on September 3, 2001. In 2006, he was elected to the Puerto Rico Horse Racing Hall of Fame. In 2009, Velazquez, known at tracks as "Johnny V," was awarded the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. That same year, he led Quality Road to a win at the Florida Derby, knocking off the previously unbeaten Dunkirk in the process. Ironically, he rode Dunkirk to his second-place finish in the Grade l Belmont Stakes. As of October 13, 2013, Velazquez is the all-time leading money winner among North American jockeys. He surpassed Pat Day in the ninth race at Belmont, aboard the filly Bit Bustin. As of that race, his earnings reached $297,922,320 in career purses. View Guest page

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Jen Viens

Equus Interactive was founded by Jen Viens in 2013, a seasoned technology executive with a strong passion for the racing industry. Jen’s vision was to put a plan in place to develop a fantasy game “Race Track Warriors”. Jen partnered with 20 year colleague and technology industry veteran Jordan Olin to help the vision become a reality, along with other key racing industry executives on the Equus Board. The game is set to launch May 8, 2015. It is a daily fantasy league style game in which players select a lineup of jockeys, in a “salary cap” style draft, riding at various race tracks from around the country. Each game is assigned a salary cap in which players must stay at or below when picking their eight (8) jockeys, who are assigned an individual salary. Each jockey receives a score for their mount’s finishing position, and the collective score of each lineup in the game determines the winner. View Guest page

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Rick Violette Jr.

Rick Violette Jr. Rick started showing hunters and jumpers on the East Coast circuit. He first started galloping race horses part-time but eventually chose racing over show horses. Rick graduated from Lowell University in Massachusetts and began working on the backstretch at Suffolk Downs. He was assistant to for Emile Allain at Woodbine Race Track in Canada for 2 years and then went to New York to be an assistant to trainer David Whiteley. He started his own public stable in 1983. Rick has served as Chairman of the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund for more than a decade and has been the President of the National Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and a member of the Board of Directors of NYTHA for many years. Rick performed an invaluable role for NYTHA in the formation of programs such as: English as a second language and the Groom Development Program for backstretch employees. He has developed many New York and Graded Stakes winners including Read the Footnotes, Man from Wicklow, March Magic, Dream Rush and High Finance. View Guest page

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Ed Vomacka

Ed Vomacka is Mahoning Valley's Racing Secretary. It is the newest racetrack on North America. He has been long associated with thoroughbred racing, having been the Racing Secretary at Beulah Park, River Downs, Belterra Park for 12 years. Now with Beulah defunct, he has taken over at Mahoning. View Guest page

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Natalie Voss

Natalie Voss is the features editor for the Paulick Report, where she focuses on issues related to horse health and investigative journalism. A freelancer before joining the Paulick Report full-time in 2013, her work has appeared in the Chronicle of the Horse, Business Lexington magazine, Quarter Horse News, American Racehorse, Acreage Life, The Horse, and The Blood-Horse among others. She resides in central Kentucky, where she competes a very opinionated draft cross mare named Jitterbug in lower-level events.
On January 4th, 2017 the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form (DRF) and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced that Natalie Voss has won the 2016 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Enterprise category for “‘Something’s Wrong With My Brain’ – The Lurking Danger of Concussions for Jockeys,” an examination of head trauma and the racing industry’s response to preventive measures. View Guest page

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Elliott Walden

Before taking out his first training license in 1985, Mr. Walden worked under trainers such as Leroy Jolley, Dennis Ebert, John Godsen. Elliott was a three-time leading trainer at Churchill Downs, as well as two-time leading trainer at Keeneland. In July 2005, Elliott changed roles within the organization, going from private trainer to Racing Manager. In December of 2005, Walden was elevated to the role of Vice President of WinStar Farm, and in November of 2010 he was promoted to President and CEO of WinStar Farm. View Guest page

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Terry Wallace

Wallace retired as track announcer at Oaklawn earlier this year after a 37-year run. Wallace was named “Man of the Year” by the Arkansas Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and after calling his 20,000th consecutive race, and Hot Springs Mayor Mike Bush declared it “Terry Wallace Day.” Terry Wallace, who has been called the “most recognizable voice in Arkansas,” will receive the Mr. Fitz Award during the 52nd annual NTWAB Awards Dinner at the Louisville Slugger Museum in downtown Louisville. Presented annually to an individual or group for typifying the spirit of horse racing, the Mr. Fitz Award is named for the late Hall of Fame trainer Jim “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons. Past winners of the Mr. Fitz Award include 2010 recipient Richard Migliore, Luke Kruytbosch, Calvin Borel, Robert and Beverly Lewis, and Joe Hirsch. View Guest page

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Wesley Ward

Wesley A. Ward (born March 3, 1968 in Selah, Washington) is a retired American Champion jockey and a current trainer in Thoroughbred horse racing. He grew up in the horse racing industry, the son of trainer Dennis Ward. In 1984, Wesley Ward was voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey following a season in which he won riding championships at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and the Meadowlands Racetrack and rode 335 winners. He went on to compete at racetracks in Italy, Malaysia and Singapore before his battles with weight gain led to retirement in 1989. Wesley Ward turned to training, first as an assistant to his father before going out on his own in 1991. He earned his first stakes win as a trainer in 1994 at Hollywood Park, winning the Cinema Handicap. Based in California, he also races at Gulfstream Park in Florida during the winter months. He has 3 children, Riley Ward, Denae Ward, and Jackson Ward. View Guest page

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Mike Watchmaker

Mike Watchmaker is the national handicapper for Daily Racing Form. He first joined the Form in 1980, and was named New York columnist in 1983. He left the Form in 1991 to join The Racing Times, then worked for NYRA, where he was program handicapper and morning line maker before rejoining the Form in 1998. He lives on Long Island with his wife and two children. Mr. Watchmaker handicaps races from all over the country and writes the weekly feature “Weekend Warrior” in the Saturday edition of the Daily Racing Form. View Guest page

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Gary West

Gary West who currently is a frequent contributor to ESPN, was a regular columnist for the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star Telegram. The son of a jockey, West was a college teacher before returning to the racetrack and writing about horse racing. He has appeared as a commentator on racing on ESPN and on CNN, and has hosted his own radio program on racing. He wrote several books about horse racing, and notably "Razoo At The Races: Diary of a Horseplayer" which is one of the funniest books ever written about the racetrack and horse racing. Gary West entertains readers with wit while imparting horseplaying wisdom and insight. West was the President of the National Turf Writers Association 2005-2006. View Guest page

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Kimpton Williams

Kimpton Williams In what could become a trend in the years ahead, a Kentucky-based Grade 1 stakes winner is relocating to Ohio, where the state’s racing and breeding program looks to benefit from the addition of Video Lottery Terminals at seven racetracks and three land-based Casinos. The Cliff’s Edge winner will now stand at Fair Winds Farm in Waynesville, Ohio. Established in 1982 by Kim and Lori Williams, Fair Winds Farm was voted the 2009 Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders State Breeders Award. The farm is also home to Mercer Mill, the state’s leading stallion for eight years. Kim, who is also a board member with the Ohio H.B.P.A. View Guest page

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Jim Wilson

Born in Pasadena, California, and educated at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and the University of California at Berkeley, Jim Wilson began making sports documentaries in 1977. Since then, Wilson has produced and directed more than 25 motion pictures, garnishing critical acclaim for the Western epic Dances with Wolves, winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In 1988, Wilson partnered with Kevin Costner to form Tig Productions, where the duo produced Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard, Rapa Nui, Wyatt Earp, 500 Nations, The Postman, Message in a Bottle, Mr. Brooks and Swing Vote. Wilson’s directorial efforts span a variety of genres, starting with his 1983 film Stacy’s Knights, starring Kevin Costner. Wilson then directed Smart Alec (1986); Head Above Water (1996), starring Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz; Whirlygirl (2004), starring Monet Mazur and Julian Morris; and Laffit – All About Winning (2006), a documentary chronicling the story of jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. In a career spanning more than three decades, Wilson has worked with legendary filmmakers and actors including Tony Scott, Lawrence Kasdan, Kevin Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Gene Hackman, Whitney Houston, William Hurt, Demi Moore and Paul Newman, to name a few. Wilson has won numerous awards including an Oscar, Golden Globe, Spirit Award and Producer of the Year Award. As an equine lover, Wilson has been an avid racehorse owner since 1992. View Guest page

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Alicia Wincze-Hughes

Alicia Wincze-Hughes is an award-winning writer who recently joined the Blood-Horse as their Racing Editor. Previous to that she was the Turf Writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Alicia's communication and writing skills have earned her the honor of being elected by her peers as the President of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.
She recently coordinated the Annual NTWAB Awards Banquet and subsequently covered the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita. Upon returning to Lexington, Kentucky, Alicia joined her Blood-Horse team in full coverage of this week's Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland Mixed Sales that have produced some amazing results. View Guest page

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Eric Wing

Eric Wing is currently Communications Director for, horse racing's #1 destination for player-friendly qualifying contests and low-takeout cash games. A 17-year industry veteran, Eric has previously worked at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the New York Racing Association and Daily Racing Form. He is also the longtime emcee at the NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas. View Guest page

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Vic Zast

Vic Zast was a Thoroughbred breeder and owner during 30 years he spent as a fragrance industry leader. He is the author of the award-winning book "The History and Art of 25 Travers" and the keeper of the "Saratoga Diary" at, which begins tomorrow and runs every racing day during the Saratoga meet. Vic also just wrote this week’s cover story for Thoroughbred Times about three generations at Saratoga. It’s a must-read for anyone who’s been to the Spa or learned about horse racing from his dad. He invented the concept of rewarding a cash bonus to the owners of horses that swept a series of races. He created a publishing company that produced souvenir magazines for horse racing’s biggest races, before anyone thought to make special events a marketing focus for the sport. Vic’s ideas about how to improve horse racing are enlightening and unusual, and often, controversial. As someone who has spent a lifetime marketing products that nobody needs but everyone wants, he rests his opinions on emotion and reaches conclusions through experience. Vic’s attended every Breeders’ Cup - something not many people have done, and this summer will mark the 47th year in a row that he’s been in Saratoga. View Guest page

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Justin Zayat

Justin Zayat is the son of an Egyptian American entrepreneur who had an investment in a beverage company that was later purchased by Heineken. At the tender age of 23 he is already racing and stallion manager for Zayat Stables which his father established in the U.S. after 2007. He just graduated with a degree in economics from New York University, and now runs the family business which owns the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years. His family resides in Teaneck, NJ. View Guest page

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Brian Zipse

Brian Zipse has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. His first memory at the races was seeing Secretariat become a Triple Crown champion by winning the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths. Currently the Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation, the fastest growing racing news site on the Internet, Brian also authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short. As a partner of parent company, Horse Racing Labs, Brian is also involved with the management of Derby Wars, an exciting new online handicapping tournament site. You can also find Brian regularly on most of the social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. View Guest page

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