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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.

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!

Wise Dan Back in Keeneland Breeze — Two-time Horse of the Year wasted no time getting back to business after being cleared to resume full training June 30, as trainer Charlie LoPresti sent him out to his first breeze in more than eight months July 17 at . The 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding at 10 a.m.
Jul 17, 2015

Any morning you get to watch Wise Dan breeze is a happy, happy morning....

American Pharoah to Haskell — Ahmed Zayat has decided that the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park will be American Pharoah's first start after a historic 5 1/2-length triumph in the June 6 Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I).
Jul 02, 2015

For full story with quotes from Zayat, Baffert, and Monmouth reps on American Pharoah headed to Haskell, click here:…

Jul 02, 2015

Another day in the life - spent am with Wise Dan, spent pm talking to @jazz3162, Bob Baffert, and @MonmouthPark reps:…

Jul 03, 2015

RT @BH_CNovak: ICYMI, our story on American Pharoah's planned Haskell run -- see what Zayat & Baffert had to say!…

Genuine Reward to Old Friends — Genuine Reward, one of only two living foals produced by 1980 Kentucky Derby (gr. I)-winning filly Genuine Risk, has found a new home at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center near Lexington. The 22-year-old stallion, who had been at stud near Sheridan, Wyoming, was discovered via an advertisement on Craigslist offering him to a good home for "$500 or best offer."
Jul 02, 2015

Genuine Reward, son of Derby-winning filly Genuine Risk, will grow old in peace w/help from author Laura Hillenbrand.…

Wise Dan Cleared to Resume Full Training — Two-time Horse of the Year has been cleared to resume full training, trainer Charlie LoPresti said June 30. His connections are hoping for a return to the races this fall. The 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding has been on an every-other-day schedule jogging and galloping at since doctors at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington gave Lopresti the green light May 26.
Jun 30, 2015

RT @BCRacingguy: 2-time @BreedersCup Mile winner & 2-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan Cleared to Resume Full Training…

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Nov 14, 2015

RT @BH_EMitchell: @BH_JBalan on #CalifornaChrome's lastest work. Dubai, Pacific Classic, and #BC16 on next year's schedule.

Nov 10, 2015

How I did on Twitter this week: 34 New Followers, 13 Mentions, 8.67K Mention Reach. How'd your week go? via

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