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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 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.

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.

American Pharoah Arrives at Belmont

bloodhorse.com — Zayat Stables' Triple Crown contender American Pharoah arrived June 2 at Long Island MacArthur Airport and soon after walked off a horse van at 3:40 p.m. at Belmont Park, ready for his run at history in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Preakness: Lights, Camera ... Lukas?

bloodhorse.com — 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

bloodhorse.com — 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.
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Jul 01, 2015

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Jul 01, 2015

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Jul 01, 2015

@rdickey249 no problem. Also check out the Gay Talese Reader for an example of some excellent writing, although not specifically on sports

Jul 01, 2015

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Jun 30, 2015

Enjoyed visiting some awesome therapeutic riding programs the past cpl days incl this one, Hooves of Hope! pic.twitter.com/BxSQSvCERY

Jun 30, 2015

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Jun 29, 2015

You can join in supporting my non-profit trip to work w/ families impacted by special needs in Peru here: joniandfriends.org/support/7BD129…

Jun 29, 2015

Huge thanks @jayemesssam @BH_AEberhardt, @KMJ575757 for donations to upcoming @JoniandFriends Peru trip! You ladies are awesome & inspiring!



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