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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.

Secret Circle Powers Home in Golden Shaheen — Secret Circle powered home March 28 in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I), holding off the late run of Super Jockey after running down a determined Rich Tapestry.

Live Chat - Friday, March 27 at NOON EDT — Join us to talk about this weekend's races, including the Florida Derby, the Louisiana Derby, and the Dubai World Cup races.

Preakness Winner Pine Bluff Confirmed Dead — Pine Bluff, winner of the 1992 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and a multiple graded stakes winner for breeder John Ed Anthony's Loblolly Stable, has been confirmed dead by his final owner, Danny Fred Duncan of Duncan 21 and Change Farm near Trinity, Texas.

American Pharoah Romps in Rebel — American Pharoah bobbled at the break but never looked back, galloping gate-to-wire to win the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) by 6 1/4 lengths in his season debut March 14 at Oaklawn Park ( VIDEO).

Surgery Goes Well for 'Brandi'; Back to Lukas — A minor operation March 12 to place a pin in the right knee of champion 2-year-old filly Take Charge Brandi was a "textbook surgery," Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas reported March 13 at Oaklawn Park.

Champion Wise Dan Back at the Track — Two-time Horse of the Year will begin tack-walking and is expected to undergo further evaluation in two to three weeks as to whether he will continue progress toward a return to the races in 2015, trainer Charlie LoPresti said March 2. Morton Fink's 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding missed a run in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr.

Gulfstream Park Cancels Card in Deluge — Gulfstream Park canceled the remainder of their Feb. 28 card as a deluge pelted the South Florida area, with the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes (gr. II) and the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) among the events lost on the 12-race program.

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.
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Mar 27, 2015

See who Tom & I like this weekend! RT @BloodHorse: That Handicapping Show: La Derby/Fl Derby #TC15

Mar 25, 2015

Things my mother says: "on a more positive note, did you hear about the giant asteroid that's headed our way?" ???!!!!!

Mar 25, 2015

RT @ChadBHarmon: Sad news. Really enjoyed meeting Tim & Lisa's Booby Trap in the Saratoga Stakes Barn 8/13/10. @BloodHorse @BH_CNovak http:…

Mar 25, 2015

@RobertYates1982 lol. Voice of experience. But thankfully -- so far -- not ever before KY Derby.

Mar 25, 2015

@RobertYates1982 someday someone's gonna tweet something like that about me. Maybe "Shoe repair in press box on Novak, before KY Derby 2015"

Mar 20, 2015

Amazing MT @GMA 22mo whose lifeless body was pulled from creek revived aftr 101 minutes of CPR

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