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

Horses. Journalism. Bikram yoga. Lit fic. #longform. The ocean. Sleeping on planes. Waking up in new countries. @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.

The Buzz: California Chrome vs. Shared Belief — This Saturday, Feb. 7, Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male California Chrome will face off with Shared Belief, the 2-year-old champion of 2013, in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.


Palace Malice Sustains Minor Foot Bruise — Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice threw a shoe while galloping Jan. 28 and sustained a minor bruise to his left front foot, causing a slight delay in his training regimen in Aiken, S.C. The 5-year-old son of who turned in his first breeze of 2015 on Jan.

Court Picks Up Mount on Take Charge Brandi — Champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi will get a new rider when she makes her sophomore debut Jan. 31 at Oaklawn Park, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. Willis Horton's newly-turned 3-year-old daughter of Giant's Causeway was ridden to victory in the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenille Fillies (gr.

Palace Malice Returns to Worktab in Aiken — Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice turned in his first breeze of 2015 on Jan. 22 in Aiken, S.C., his initial recorded move since getting returning to training in mid-November after a layoff at Three Chimneys Farm.

California Chrome Sews Up HOY Honors — California Chrome, a colt who was running against his fellow California-breds at the beginning of the season, soared through his conditions and emerged Horse of the Year as the annual Eclipse Awards were presented Jan. 17 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

Hoppertunity Continues Rise in San Pasqual — Around this time last year, Hoppertunity still had 20 days to go before breaking his maiden. On Jan. 10 at Santa Anita Park, the colt who became a grade I winner at the end of the season continued his rise with a solid score in the $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes (gr.

That Handicapping Show: The Starlet — Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos featuring Take Charge Brandi. Continue Reading →

Wise Dan Recovering Well as Season Ends — On a cold December morning at , two-time Horse of the Year stood near the front of his stall keeping a sharp eye on a group of yearlings as they trotted past. The youngsters were newly arrived from trainer Charlie LoPresti's nearby Forest Lane Farm and the 7-year-old champ viewed their occasional spooks and squeals with pricked ears and an air of experienced superiority.

Young Trainer Handal Prepares for First Start — Every morning in the black before sunrise, Raymond Handal swings a leg over a 4-year-old filly and heads out to the main track at Belmont Park. Wundahowigothere is the strong-minded sort, so Handal has taken to riding her as early as possible-even before most conditioners have their first sets ready to go.
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