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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. #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.

Preakness: Lights, Camera ... Lukas? — Judge horse racing's sophomore class of 2015 in human terms, and American Pharoah and are your varsity athletes. Talented and accomplished, they get letterman jackets and make headlines, overshadowing classmates with their natural ability. Headed into the May 16 Xpressbet Preakness Stakes (gr.

El Kabeir Scratched From Kentucky Derby — Justin Zayat of Zayat Stables has confirmed multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir will not run in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy did not train the morning of May 1 and is dealing with what could be the beginnings of a quarter crack or abscess.

Derby is Baffert's Show Again — The crowd ebbs and flows around Barn 33 at Churchill Downs -curiosity seekers, racing pundits, and members of the media mixed in. Women in flowered hats stand beside credential-laden videographers. Photographers angle for a shot between shoulders. Little kids wonder what the fuss is about... all this for the horses.

Wise Dan Back to Jogging on Track — It got quiet at with the end of the spring meet, as attentions shifted to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). So few noticed when Amy LoPresti headed down the horse path on a stable pony April 25, accompanied by a long-striding chestnut.

Shared Belief Diagnosed With Hip Fracture — It turns out Mike Smith's intuition was right. The Hall of Fame jockey likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from further injury by pulling him up in the Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 18, as diagnostic work performed in the following days revealed a non-displaced fracture at the point of the gelding's right hip.

California Chrome Under Saddle at Newmarket — Defending U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome had Robbie Mills aboard for the first time April 15 at Newmarket, getting acquainted with the rider who will be his regular partner in the Rae Guest yard.

Arkansas Derby (gr. I) — Zayat Stables' homebred American Pharoah continued his tour de force of the Oaklawn Park 3-year-old prep series April 11, blowing away seven rivals in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) with an impressive 8-length score.

California Chrome Arrives in Newmarket — California Chrome arrived in Newmarket April 1 and is settling in at the yard of trainer Rae Guest, who will supervise the U.S. Horse of the Year's preparations for a tilt at Royal Ascot.

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.
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May 28, 2015

RT @knightfdn: Honoring excellence in digital #journalism: Don’t miss deadline this Friday for @ONA Awards; $60k in prizes #OJA15

May 27, 2015

RT @DerbyFan78: I usually refrain but anyone questioning Wise Dan's return to light training knows absolutely nothing about Dan/connex & sh…

May 27, 2015

RT @RaeGuestRacing: Latest update on California Chrome's build up to Royal @Ascot now online via our website…

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