The Paulick Report is pleased to introduce a new monthly feature, “Little Red Feather Presents Partners in Racing: Five Questions With …”
Kenny Mayne is a sports journalist at ESPN where he has been entertaining sports fans since 1994. Before ESPN, Kenny earned his stripes at KSTW-Seattle, where he honed his witty style as a weekend sports anchor for seven years. Kenny also brings an athletic background to his profession.
Mayne was an honorable mention All-American quarterback at Wenatchee Valley Junior College in Wenatchee, Wash., before transferring to UNLV, where he famously become Randall Cunningham's back-up. For all his accomplishments, Kenny is most proud of becoming the first manager in MLB Celebrity Softball history in 2001 and being the first eliminated in the second season of Dancing With the Stars.
His first horse, the stakes placed Guts Game, earned $163,706.
Can you tell us about the first horse you ever owned?
I had a small part, a hoof, in an animal named Guts Game. I was brought in by my friends, Billy Koch and Gary Fenton. At the time their Little Red Feather operation was pretty small. My $7,500 made them what they are.
How did you get started at ESPN?
I got my start at ESPN by not accepting “no” for an answer. I wasn't hired the first go around because I didn't know the fifth pitcher on the Cubs. Still don't.
What do you love most about horse racing?
I love the whole of it. The works, the beauty of the horses and landscapes. I love the action and the test of trying to predict what will happen.
What is the main reason you co-own with others?
The main reason I co-own is because I don't have $450,000 to buy a horse solo. And the newsletters!
If you were horse racing commissioner for a day, what one change would you make?
I would do promotion of the sport differently to attract a younger audience. I need to be paid if they want my plans.
The monthly feature “Little Red Feather Presents Partners in Racing: Five Questions With …” will introduce an individual with shared ownership in one or more Thoroughbred racehorses. Click here for more information on Little Red Feather partnerships.
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