Lipkin, Lo Duca To Co-Host Inaugural Fan Choice Awards Show

by | 10.14.2019 | 2:17pm

America's Best Racing (ABR), a multimedia fan-development and awareness-building platform designed to increase the profile and visibility of North America's best Thoroughbred racing events with a primary focus on the sport's lifestyle and competition, announced today that Tabitha Lipkin and Paul Lo Duca will co-host the inaugural America's Best Racing Fan Choice Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at 8 p.m. ET at

Lipkin, an Emmy-award winner for the travel show “Private Islands,” is currently a weekend sports anchor and reporter at Fox 5 San Diego. Lipkin got her start working with the best comedians in the industry, as she had internships with both “Conan” on TBS, and “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central before transitioning to work in front of the camera. She is a dive master who has traveled all over the world speaking on ocean conservation and encouraging women to dive. In 2019, she moderated a panel at the United Nations for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. She has covered racing at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and also been featured in an America's Best Racing “Wired” video at the 2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Lo Duca, a veteran horse racing analyst and four-time Major League Baseball All-Star, has served as a broadcaster on NYRA's acclaimed Saratoga Live program since 2017. Prior to joining NYRA, Lo Duca was a horse racing analyst for seven years with TVG. Lo Duca was the Sporting News Player of the Year in 1993 while at Arizona State University and subsequently was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played 11 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1998-2008, earning four All-Star selections for three different franchises from 2003-2006 as a catcher. He played part of his first seven big-league seasons with the Dodgers before being traded to the Florida Marlins in the middle of the 2004 campaign. Lo Duca was then traded to the New York Mets, where he backstopped the club to a 97-win regular season and an appearance in the National League Championship Series. He concluded his career with the Washington Nationals in 2008.

“We're honored to have Tabitha and Paul co-host the inaugural Fan Choice Awards,” America's Best Racing President Stephen B. Panus said. “Tabitha and Paul are big fans and great ambassadors of our sport. And we're so thankful for our many fans across the country who deserve to have their voices heard and votes counted. We strongly believe in empowering our passionate and avid fans and are excited about giving them a platform to exercise their fandom.”

The digital and social media-centric America's Best Racing Fan Choice Awards will debut later this fall with voting open Nov. 6-20, shortly after the 2019 Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Upon the conclusion of the voting process, ABR will produce, in conjunction with the New York Racing Association, a digital video show to unveil the winners of the America's Best Racing Fan Choice Awards, which will air at on Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT, and subsequently will be aired on Fox Sports 2.

For additional information regarding the America's Best Racing Fan Choice Awards, please visit

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