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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.

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.

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.
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Apr 27, 2015

@WelbourneStud Dortmund is like a dinosaur and American Pharoah like a panther. Hard to separate but both impressive. Also like Materiality.

Apr 27, 2015

@WelbourneStud Thanks very much! Try to hit the highlights and direct viewers to our online reports for full info. :-)

Apr 27, 2015

Very nice update on California Chrome -- sent Julian Muscat out to Rae Guest Racing (@RaeGuestRacing) to check in...

Apr 27, 2015

RT @horseracinghl: @ClaireNovak @NotTheToddster I can confirm he said he is "quietly rooting for Pacquaio". Smart man :)

Apr 27, 2015

Heard rumors @Notthetoddster likes Pacquaio, but didn't get a chance to ask him myself yet.

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