America’s Best Racing Notebook

ABR Notebook: Out of the Gate with the HKJC’s Bill Nader

The latest edition of America’s Best Racing’s Notebook interviews Bill Nader, Executive Director of Racing for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The Hong Kong Jockey Club oversees Sha Tin Racecourse, located north of Hong Kong Island, as well as Happy Valley Racecourse, which is located in downtown Hong Kong. Nader has been with the HKJC […]

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Seitz: Racetracks Should ‘Make it Easier and More Fun to Own Horses’

In the most recent edition of America’s Best Racing’s Notebook, Anna Seitz says that racetracks need to “make it easier and more fun to own horses.” “I have been in this business my whole life and still have problems when we run horses for our partnerships. It’s intimidating and frustrating,” Seitz said. Seitz, who grew […]

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Play Ball: Quinn Suggests NBA Advisory Model to Steer Racing

Chris Quinn, vice president of business development for Palace Sports & Entertainment, believes that racing could benefit from an industry-supported advisory team. Quinn sites the NBA’s Team Marketing and Business Operations group, which advises all league teams on business operations and marketing, and provides a consultant to work with each team individually. “Racing has tried […]

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Cohen to Old Racing Industry Insiders: ‘Let Us Try to Fix Your Mess’

Legal analyst and journalist Andrew Cohen recently admitted that his biggest annoyance is a resistance of racing’s old guard toward improvements to the business. When asked by America’s Best Racing what his biggest pet peeve is, Cohen answered, “Old horse racing industry insiders, who are largely responsible for the state’s dismal condition, having the nerve […]

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Stevens: ‘Racing Needs A National Commissioner’

In the most recent edition of America’s Best Racing’s Notebook, Angie Athayde Stevens called for a national commissioner for horse racing, saying that she would like to see the sport embrace more “transparency, consistency, and unity” along with additional sponsorships for jockeys and trainers. “Racing needs to have a national commissioner if there is to […]

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Olympic Swimming Coach Splits Focus Between the Pool and the Track

Bob Bowman, coach of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, told the America’s Best Racing Notebook that he loves inspiring very successful trainees like Phelps in the pool, and hopes to be part of a big win on the racetrack. Bowman was introduced to racing in 1992 by a colleague, and has recently enjoyed success with Cerro […]

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Ms. Racing Queen: ‘Racing Is Amazing’

Tatiana Schoeppler, the reigning Ms. Racing Queen, said in a recent interview with America’s Best Racing that although she was a casual fan of the sport before she won her title, she has come to fall in love with racing even more thanks to her experience as an ambassador for racing via the Stronach Group. […]

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Mike Smith Shooting For the Stars

Jockey Mike Smith, who will pilot Palace Malice in this year’s Kentucky Derby, tells America’s Best Racing he would like to someday be a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show because “I know she doesn’t care for horse racing, and I would like to talk to her about that someday.” He would also like to […]

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Contessa: ‘I Would Absolutely Revive Racing in New York’

When asked in a recent interview with America’s Best Racing what his fantasy job would be, longtime trainer Gary Contessa replied that he would like to be CEO of NYRA. “I would absolutely revive racing in New York,” Contessa said. Contessa, who has been a fixture on the New York training circuit since the 1980s, […]

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Motion Still Soaking Up World Cup Win

In a recent interview with America’s Best Racing, trainer Graham Motion reported that he was still in a trance following Animal Kingdom’s win in the Dubai World Cup on Saturday. “It was very comparable to the whole Derby experience—somewhat disbelief,” said Motion. “The last sixteenth of a mile all you’re thinking is, ‘I hope someone […]

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