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Horse Racing Correspondent — ESPN
As seen in:  ESPN, WBUR Boston, WNYC
Covers:  kentucky, thoroughbreds, horse racing, jockeys, trainers, sports, horses
Doesn't Cover: grass

Horses. Journalism. Bikram yoga. #longform. Sleeping on planes. Waking up in new countries. Online Features Editor @BH_CNovak Instagram: traveling_lass

Claire Novak's Biography

Claire Novak is one of Thoroughbred racing’s most recognizable writers. Currently online features editor for The Blood-Horse Magazine in Lexington, Ky,, she is the winner of the 2011 Media Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary, the 2012 Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award for Feature/Commentary, and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing.

Novak has covered racing for some of the nation’s best-known outlets including The New ...

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Eclipse Award

2011 - Feature/Commentary
Horse Racing's highest honor.

Louisville Metro Journalism Award

2008 - Sports Writing - Magazines

How is social media changing news?

Social media has completely revamped the face of news reporting, sending us hurtling into a real-time age of snap decisions.

What's your favorite social network?

Twitter, with Instagram as a close runner-up.

What story are you most proud of writing or working on?

My Rene Douglas feature, because I was able to obtain excellent access and, in turn, convey the heartbreaking emotion of his injury.

California Chrome to Run Feb. 25 in Dubai — California Chrome will run in a 2,000-meter (1 1/4 miles) handicap Feb. 25 at Meydan Racecourse to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) rather than racing on the March 5 "Super Saturday" program, assistant trainer Alan Sherman confirmed Jan. 26.

Love the Chase in Kentucky, Going to Tapit — As the days count down to California Chrome 's comeback in the Jan. 9 San Pasqual (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park, the 2014 Horse of the Year's dam continued her own journey with a trip to Kentucky.
Jan 06, 2016

California Chrome's mom to be bred to top KY sire. Love the Chase in Kentucky, Going to Tapit |… #Chromies @CalChrome

California Chrome Works Six Furlongs — Stretching out for the first time since returning to trainer Art Sherman's barn in October, California Chrome breezed six furlongs Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Clocker Russ Hudak caught the defending Horse of the Year in splits of :25 4/5 and :49 4/5, giving him 1:13 4/5 for six furlongs with a gallop out in 1:28 3/5 under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney.

California Chrome Continues Los Al Progress — Horse of the Year California Chrome is "preparing himself really well" for a comeback, according to trainer Art Sherman. The 4-year-old Lucky Pulpit colt, who won the 2014 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and took the Preakness Stakes (gr.

Obviously a Sentimental Runner for BC Mile — In the quiet of those last few mornings, Mike Mitchell still came to the barn. He walked the shedrow managed by his assistant and somehow often found himself at a solid bay's stall. That horse, he would later tell his son-in-law, "Gave me so much joy in the midst of so much darkness."
Oct 28, 2015

I love the Mitchell family and everything they stand for. Hoping Obviously runs the race of his life and comes...

Beholder Misses Training Due to Fever — Champion racemare missed her first day of training for the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Oct. 20, when she spiked a slight temperature after shipping from California to Kentucky Oct. 19. Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said the 5-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes had a fever of 101.3, while "her normal is 100.3."

American Pharoah, Beholder Work for Classic — By Frank Angst and Claire Novak On a morning when Spendthrift Farms' was slated to tick off one of three remaining works prior to the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the champion racemare unexpectedly shared the Santa Anita Park worktab with her rival.

California Chrome Back to Sherman Next Month — Reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome looked quite at home Sept. 25 at Taylor Made Stallions during a fan day hosted in his honor, but the colt has more to do before settling into retirement. A final soundness exam Oct.

American Pharoah to Continue Racing — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will point for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after all. Despite comments following the colt's runner-up finish in the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I) which indicated he was considering retirement for American Pharoah, owner Ahmed Zayat announced Sept.

Wise Dan Works, Woodbine Mile Most Likely — A vacationing clocker meant the Aug. 17 move of was not recorded at , but trainer Charlie LoPresti said the two-time Horse of the Year moved closer to a likely start in the Sept. 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) with his third straight breeze on dirt.
Aug 18, 2015

Very happy to write such a positive update on Wise Dan!

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Feb 10, 2016

RT @SITimLayden: According to @racingpost, some breeders are getting 2-for-1 deal w/American Pharaoh, essentially half price.…

Feb 08, 2016

"Stolen by masked gunmen, never found." A fine piece from @milttoby on the disappearance of a legend. #longreads…

Feb 02, 2016

My week on Twitter: 25 New Followers, 18 Mentions, 95 Mention Reach, 6 Retweets. How's your audience growing? via

Jan 30, 2016

Horrible fire here in Lexington today. Prayers for safety of those battling the blaze.…

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