Saturday, August 9, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Alivia Cotter

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Racing's Future: Alivia Cotter



"“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.

Meet Alivia Cotter


From Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 15-year-old Alivia Cotter has been a fan of horse racing for four years. She promotes horse racing through her Instagram account,@sprinkledinkles, and her YouTube channel, @babypenny9. . ."

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Ryan Martin

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Racing's Future: Ryan Martin



"“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.

Meet Ryan Martin

From Louisville, Kentucky, 21-year-old Ryan Martin believes he is the person most passionate about racing to be featured in “Racing’s Future” to date. Having been a racing fan for about as long as he can remember, his love and passion for the sport began when his dad would take him to Churchill Downs as a little boy. That love and passion that he developed at a young age has only continued to grow. Now an equine business major at the University of Louisville, Ryan is studying to someday work in the racing industry. Last summer, he interned with the Saratoga Special, a newspaper that is distributed during the summer meet at Saratoga. Through this, he was able to interact with many prominent horsemen, including Todd Pletcher, Shug McGaughey, John Velazquez, and Rosie Napravnik. He is currently a tour guide at the Kentucky Derby Museum, and at the beginning of the year was the public relations intern for the museum. . ."

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

HRN: Morning Track Stars: Allyson Walker

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Morning Track Stars: Allyson Walker



"As the rest of the world remains dark and still, exercise riders arise and head to work. Their morning is not spent in an office, doing paperwork or typing on a computer. Their morning is spent on the backs of Thoroughbreds - animals much bigger than themselves, creatures with minds of their own, large beings that could injure a rider in the blink of an eye. Regardless, these riders work together with these horses as a crucial part of the team that prepares the equine athletes for each race. They do not receive the same recognition that the riders of the afternoon - jockeys - do, nor do they garner the attention that the owners, trainers, or horses do. Despite this and the adversity they face, exercise riders lay it all on the line. For this, they deserve respect.

Please enjoy my first installment of a new series ("Morning Track Stars") featuring exercise riders, the first of which features Allyson Walker, Will Take Charge’s regular rider. . ."

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Monday, July 28, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Katie Hindt

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Racing's Future: Katie Hindt



"“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.

Meet Katie Hindt

Katie Hindt, a 15-year-old from Fair Hill, Maryland, has been riding since she was 18 months old and started pony racing five years ago in the Delaware Valley Point to Point Association. She currently races her large Arabian pony, Garrett (AKA Under the Influence), who is a winner at the Genesee Valley Hunt races in upstate New York. She currently works as an exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard as a working student and is in pursuit of her jockey’s license. . ."


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Sophia Ochoa

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Racing's Future: Sophia Ochoa


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“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.



Meet Sophia Ochoa

From Washington, 16-year-old Sophia Ochoa has been a fan of racing for about four years. She runs several racehorse fan pages, including Palace Malice's fan page on Facebook. . ."

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

HRN: Racing's Future: Shyain Christopher

Each time I post a new article on my Horse Racing Nation blog, I post a notice on this blogThese notices include an excerpt from the beginning of that article and a link to the piece. My latest Horse Racing Nation article is. . .

Racing's Future: Shyain Christopher


"
“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.


Meet Shyain Christopher

While growing up in Fresno, California, 16-year-old Shyain Christpher has always loved horse racing. Her love for horse racing began when she was 10, when she watched Big Brown win the Kentucky Derby. Her love for the sport intensified when she moved to a home near Golden Gate Fields. She has previously held an internship with Aggie Ordonez, daughter of jockey Pete Anderson, and is pursuing more internships in the industry with hopes of someday becoming a racehorse trainer. . ."

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Monday, July 14, 2014

HRN: Lone Star Park's 2014 Spring Meet in Photos

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Lone Star Park's 2014 Spring Meet in Photos

"2014 is only halfway over and it has already been one of the craziest years of my life. Between preparing for and competing at horse shows on a larger scale than I ever have before in my life and completing my senior year of high school, life has been hectic. All of these things have been very exciting, but unfortunately, as a result, my time to enjoy and write about racing has greatly diminished.

In years past, I have enjoyed numerous spring and summer days at Lone Star Park. However, this year – due to my busy schedule and Lone Star’s new format of primarily night racing – I made far fewer visits to my home track than I would have liked. Yet, each and every time I was there, I was in my happy place. And this year, I was sure to make memories that last forever – in the form of photographs.

Unfortunately, I was only able to be in attendance for one of Lone Star’s stakes races during this year’s Thoroughbred meet: the Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III). However, I enjoyed all of the racing I was in attendance for, as well as the morning works I made it out to see and my visit with 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Lone Star is not a major headliner and has fallen upon hard times, but it is my happy place.

Please enjoy 25 of my favorite photographs I took at Lone Star this year. . ."

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