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Horse Racing Correspondent — 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. Instagram: traveling_lass

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.

A Derby Rookie's First Churchill Morning

A Derby Rookie's First Churchill Morning
bloodhorse.com — There was a media throng swelling, rain pelting the roof of Barn 25, and an on-the-muscle horse to cool out April 30- Exaggerator, who had just powered through his final pre-race workout for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.

A 'Hometown Horse' in the Arkansas Derby

Derby-Focused Baffert is Over 'Pharoah' Blues

Derby-Focused Baffert is Over 'Pharoah' Blues
bloodhorse.com — Trainer Bob Baffert has gotten over his "I miss 'Pharoah' " blues. With a new Triple Crown season upon us, the Hall of Fame horseman is focused on the last major hurdle on the way to this year's Run for the Roses-getting Rebel Stakes (gr.

Return to Track Delayed for Nyquist

Return to Track Delayed for Nyquist
bloodhorse.com — Kentuckians will have to wait a little longer to see the current favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hit the track at . , who was to have trained this morning in the bluegrass for the first time since winning the April 2 Florida Derby (gr.

California Chrome Brilliant in World Cup Win

California Chrome Brilliant in World Cup Win
bloodhorse.com — A year later, a year better for California Chrome in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). After coming up second in last year's edition of the event, a wide trip throughout in the about 1 1/4-mile dirt trek did not hamper the 2014 Horse of the Year in the slightest March 26 at Meydan.

Lani Headed to KY After UAE Derby Win

Lani Headed to KY After UAE Derby Win
bloodhorse.com — Kentucky-bred Lani is headed back to his roots while representing Japan after earning his way into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II) score.

World Cup Report: Something About 'Chrome'

World Cup Report: Something About 'Chrome'
bloodhorse.com — Stand on the Meydan surface and soak up the morning sun, and watch California Chrome stride out onto the racetrack. There's his signature ear prick, a turn of the head toward snapping cameras-the look of eagles. It's looming, Chrome's chance at redemption, as these last few days to the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) count down.

California Chrome Draws Wide for World Cup

California Chrome Draws Wide for World Cup
bloodhorse.com — California Chrome drew wide for his March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) quest, a bid to go one better after running second in 2015. But if trainer Art Sherman is bothered by post 11 in a field of 12, he's not letting it show. "Listen, the outside is good...

Tepin Set for Season Debut in Endeavour

Tepin Set for Season Debut in Endeavour
bloodhorse.com — Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner enjoyed a few weeks kicking up her heels in South Florida after beating the boys Oct. 31, but now it's time for Robert Masterson's Bernstein runner to get back to work. Looking to launch a campaign that could include another run at the boys at in the Maker's 46 Mile (gr.

California Chrome to Run Feb. 25 in Dubai

California Chrome to Run Feb. 25 in Dubai
bloodhorse.com — California Chrome will run in a 2,000-meter (1 1/4 miles) handicap Feb. 25 at Meydan Racecourse to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) rather than racing on the March 5 "Super Saturday" program, assistant trainer Alan Sherman confirmed Jan. 26.
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May 06, 2016

One race to go and it's #kyoaks time! Ready for Catch a Glimpse to kick some Edgewood butt. pic.twitter.com/f5jVsIaB74

May 05, 2016

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