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Turf Writer — ESPN
As seen in:  ESPN
Covers:  kentucky, thoroughbreds, horse racing, jockeys, trainers, sports, horses
Doesn't Cover: grass

Horses. Journalism. Bikram yoga. Lit fic. #longform. Sleeping on planes. Waking up in new countries. Wine. The ocean. @BH_CNovak t.co/SloZAAOaVn

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.

Young Trainer Handal Prepares for First Start

bloodhorse.com — Every morning in the black before sunrise, Raymond Handal swings a leg over a 4-year-old filly and heads out to the main track at Belmont Park. Wundahowigothere is the strong-minded sort, so Handal has taken to riding her as early as possible-even before most conditioners have their first sets ready to go.

Weanling Daughter of Champion Zenyatta Dies

thehorse.com — The filly, known as Z Princess, was euthanized Oct. 28 after a paddock accident. Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt The team connected to champion Zenyatta reported a saddening loss Oct. 29 when a weanling War Front filly out of the 2010 Horse of the Year was euthanized following a paddock accident at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky.

Weanling Daughter of Champion Zenyatta Dies

bloodhorse.com — The team connected to champion Zenyatta reported a saddening loss Oct. 29 when a weanling filly out of the 2010 Horse of the Year was euthanized following a paddock accident at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. "We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Zenyatta's filly, affectionately nicknamed Z Princess," reported Zenyatta.com, the website overseen by owners Jerry and Ann Moss.

Diminuitive 'Vicar' Faces BC Dirt Mile Test

bloodhorse.com — Take a look at Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) contender Vicar's in Trouble, and Tobey Maguire's line as the jockey Red Pollard in Seabiscuit comes to mind: "Though he be but little, he is fierce."

Catching Up with 2013 Breeders' Cup Winners

bloodhorse.com — Some have retired, a hearty few race on-but regardless of where they are today, the winners of last year's Breeders' Cup World Championships will always have their place in history. Here we check in with the 14 runners who put on a great show in 2013.

Wise Dan to Miss Breeders' Cup Mile

bloodhorse.com — Morton Fink, owner of two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, informed Breeders' Cup officials Oct. 13 that the winner of the past two editions of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) has developed a non-displaced fracture at the bottom of the cannon bone of his right front fetlock.

Covello Weighing Dirt Mile for River Rocks

bloodhorse.com — For every big-name contender expected to arrive at the Breeders' Cup World Championships every season, there are several whose connections agonize over the decision to send them there. How will a runner handle the step up in class? Is shipping an issue? What if the potential starter still needs to be nominated as a horse of racing age?

Covello Considers Dirt Mile for River Rocks

bloodhorse.com — For every big-name contender expected to arrive at the Breeders' Cup World Championships every season, there are several whose connections agonize over the decision to send them there. How will a runner handle the step up in class? Is shipping an issue? What if the potential starter still needs to be nominated as a horse of racing age?

Ricardo Beats Baze in Champions Challenge

bloodhorse.com — Jorge Ricardo took the Sept. 18 Champions Challenge at Hipodromo do Cristal in Brazil much the way he has won more than 12,000 races in his 38-year career-with an against the odds finish and a sweepingly emotional victory.

Wise Dan Victorious in Bernard Baruch Return

bloodhorse.com — The champ is back. Two-time Horse of the Year , making his first start since returning after May 16 colic surgery, held off 29-1 shot by a nose to win the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Race Course. Morton Fink's homebred gelding covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:39.08 Aug.
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Nov 19, 2014

Great writing. Love it. MT @GlennStout: read this profile of a D1 basketball assistant: sbnation.com/longform/2014/…

Nov 19, 2014

Instagram photo of the day is a cheeky visitor to my office windowsill... Check out Traveling_Lass for more! pic.twitter.com/TdT2VOzMn3

Nov 18, 2014

RT @JustADCohen: This is just haunting, a photo essay/interview @MarshProj you shouldn't miss: themarshallproject.org/2014/11/18/the… via @MarshallProj

Nov 18, 2014

RT @joe_depaolo: Couple pics from today. First, here's Manny Pacquiao talking with the media: pic.twitter.com/343zWxMB54

Nov 15, 2014

The gentleman's friends went shopping for dinner with this list: pic.twitter.com/EMi2a2fn6Y

Nov 14, 2014

@Pullthepocket I think I just peed my pants reading all of these.



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