Gaudet Takes On Expanded Role At NYRA

by | 07.17.2017 | 1:07pm
Gabby Gaudet

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that respected racing analyst Gabby Gaudet will undertake an expanded role with NYRA, working on the broadcast team for the 2017 Belmont Park fall meet, and continuing through Cigar Mile Day on December 2 at Aqueduct. In 2018, Gaudet will return to NYRA beginning with the Wood Memorial in April at Aqueduct Racetrack and remain as a racing analyst through November, covering Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga Race Course.

As previously announced, Gaudet will rejoin NYRA's broadcast team for the 2017 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, contributing daily to “Saratoga Live,” “Talking Horses” and the NYRA simulcast shows.

Gaudet, daughter of thoroughbred trainers Eddie and Linda Gaudet and sister to trainer Lacey Gaudet, began as a racing analyst and paddock reporter for the Maryland Jockey Club in 2013. In addition to working at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, she has since covered racing nationally at Arlington Park, the Breeders' Cup and Gulfstream Park. She joined NYRA for the first time for the 2016 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

“After the success of the inaugural season of ‘Saratoga Live', this felt like a natural fit and the next step in my career,” said Gaudet. “I'm looking forward to covering more top racing at NYRA on both the simulcast and innovative ‘Live' shows with the talented team already in place.”

Added Tony Allevato, President of NYRA Bets and Executive Producer of NYRA TV: “We are excited to have Gabby become a permanent fixture on NYRA's live network broadcasts. She has the unique ability to bring both a horsewoman's and handicapper's perspective to NYRA's TV and simulcast shows. Her addition to our current roster of on-air talent puts NYRA's Live shows on par with any racing telecast in the country.”

The 2017 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course, which includes 69 stakes worth $18.775 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 21, through Labor Day, Monday, September 4. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays.

“Saratoga Live,” NYRA's flagship show presented by Claiborne Farm, will be available in 75 million households nationally through FOX Sports 2 and regionally through MSG+, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Ohio and the Altitude Sports Network.

Beginning on July 21, Saratoga Live will be broadcast nearly every day of the meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and features a broadcast team that includes host Greg Wolf, handicapper Andy Serling, analyst Paul Lo Duca, paddock analyst Maggie Wolfendale, and trainer Tom Amoss in addition to Gaudet.

  • Craig

    I think Gabby does a wonderful job and this is another good get, and it’s good for racing too. I think a lot of us are getting tired of the TVG dog and pony show. Keep up the good work Gabby!

  • M. Ball

    Is she dating Paul Lo Deadbeat?

    • Gabby Gaudett

      As I matter of fact, yes. We are a happy couple.

      • The cold hard truth

        Hopefully, you can help him pick a few winners!

    • Gabby Gaudett2

      No….I am trying to hook up with Andrew Sterling.

    • john

      HOPE NOT

  • Jay Stone

    Excellent spot for a hard working and talented young lady. Be careful Larry she has hidden talent as a racetrack announcer.

  • Anthony Fontaine

    I will miss seeing her at Laurel

  • Smitty

    What’s the real reason Jason Blewitt got fired? They let him go and now go out and hire two new people,something more to this story maybe Paulick Report can find answer thanks.

    • Gate To Wire

      I don’t think there is a great conspiracy here. After Tony Allevato took over as Executive Producer he brought in Greg Wolf temporarily at Saratoga just for weekends and then eventually let Jason go replacing him with Wolf.
      This happens often….a new Executive takes over and makes changes. Allevato use to be at TVG and preferred Wolf to Blewitt.
      I think the broadcast is much weaker with Wolf, Amoss and LoDuca but Allevato calls the shots and that is the team he put together.

      • Smitty

        I get that but after 18 years out the door,I think he deserved better.Just feel there’s more here.

    • Framarco

      Yes, I agree. Jason was fired under very mysterious circumstances. Now, with the Gabby and Lo Duca hirings, it has just become a “trade” of Jason for those two. Very strange

  • Brian Wayne

    Great hire! I’ve watched Gabby at GP & Md. She does bring a unique perspective to the broadcasts. Nice to see a hard working millenial succeed, a rarity in this generation but well-deserved.

  • Racing Fan

    Loves picking chalk every race.

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