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.