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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.

Wise Dan Back in Keeneland Breeze

bloodhorse.com — 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.... fb.me/4jhpTpnQ8

American Pharoah to Haskell

bloodhorse.com — 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: bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/a…

Jul 02, 2015

Another day in the life - spent am with Wise Dan, spent pm talking to @jazz3162, Bob Baffert, and @MonmouthPark reps: bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/a…

Jul 03, 2015

RT @BH_CNovak: ICYMI, our story on American Pharoah's planned Haskell run -- see what Zayat & Baffert had to say! bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/a…

Genuine Reward to Old Friends

bloodhorse.com — 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. bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/a…

Wise Dan Cleared to Resume Full Training

bloodhorse.com — 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.

Solid Debut for Cal Chrome Sister Hope's Love

bloodhorse.com — a full sister to 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, made a strong debut June 13 at Golden Gate Fields when running a close second in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight race for 2-year-old fillies ( VIDEO).

Churchill-Bound American Pharoah Star of Show

bloodhorse.com — American Pharoah was thriving in his role as Thoroughbred racing's latest superstar June 7, one day after winning the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and becoming the first horse since 1978 to sweep the Triple Crown.
Jun 07, 2015

A champion you can pet. Churchill-Bound American Pharoah Star of Show bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/a… via #GoPharoah

Belmont S. presented by DraftKings (gr. I)

bloodhorse.com — As if American Pharoah did not have enough going for him in his quest for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes presented by DraftKings (gr. I), there was a torrential downpour early with more rain forecast for later.

Another Shot At The Triple Crown At The Belmont Stakes

wnyc.org — Another Shot At The Triple Crown At The Belmont Stakes The 147th Belmont Stakes are set to take place Saturday. Called "The Test of the Champion," the high-pressure horse race is the final leg of the Triple Crown, coming after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Another Shot At The Triple Crown At The Belmont Stakes

hereandnow.wbur.org — The 147th Belmont Stakes are set to take place Saturday. Called "The Test of the Champion," the high-pressure horse race is the final leg of the Triple Crown, coming after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. All eyes are on American Pharoah, the horse that has a shot at becoming the 12th in history to sweep the three races.

American Pharoah Gets First Look at Belmont

bloodhorse.com — American Pharoah felt so good this morning at Belmont Park that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert decided to let him get a full look at the racing surface.
Jun 03, 2015

"That's the whole key: Keep him happy." American Pharoah Gets First Look at Belmont bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/a… #TripleCrown

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Jul 30, 2015

@janetpattonhl went with @horseracinghl last wk, did not live up to our (admittedly high) standards.

Jul 28, 2015

@fdoos sadly that is an auto-tweet that goes out from the monitoring service I use! I would never tweet out the stats otherwise. ;-)



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