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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 http://muckrack.com/ClaireNovak

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.

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.

Target on Wise Dan for Bernard Baruch Return

bloodhorse.com — If ever there was a time to beat , that time is now. You can practically see that thought percolating in the minds of trainers at Saratoga Race Course, where the two-time Horse of the Year has been training all summer.

Travers Upset: V. E. Day Over Wicked Strong

bloodhorse.com — Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the best horse in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I)-but it wasn't the one everyone was betting on. upset fellow Jerkens trainee and Jim Dandy (gr. II) winner Wicked Strong by a nose in the 1 1/4-mile 'Midsummer Derby' Aug.

Chrome Set for Pennsylvania Derby Return

bloodhorse.com — California Chrome, the unlikely hero of this year's Triple Crown series who won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his return from a brief layoff in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20.

LoPresti Leans To Woodbine Mile for Wise Dan

bloodhorse.com — Trainer Charlie LoPresti was still mulling over comeback options for but seemed more inclined to settling on one after sending the two-time Horse of the Year through his third dirt work at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 16.
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Oct 21, 2014

How I did on Twitter this week: 22 New Followers, 15 Mentions, 38.4K Mention Reach. How'd your week go? via sumall.com/myweek

Oct 19, 2014

RT @horseracinghl: Added Toffey "We're trying to keep some perspective on it. This filly has given us so many great moments, it's about taking care of her."

Oct 19, 2014

RT @horseracinghl: (cont) "At this point we just have to look out for her. According to Richard, there is no scenario right now in which she would run."

Oct 19, 2014

RT @horseracinghl: Said Toffey re: Beholder out of the Distaff "She had a great work yesterday and this morning had a pretty high fever. (cont)

Oct 19, 2014

RT @horseracinghl: Ned Toffey from @spendthriftfarm confirms that champion @Beholder_Filly will miss her title defense in BC Distaff after spiking a fever.

Oct 19, 2014

At the races for fun, just bet Empress Maker to win -- thanks @GrahamMotion for helping me impress the boyfriend & make $$ on my day off

Oct 18, 2014

#racinggirls #overheard "It's a lot drunker out there than I realized!" Happy Keeneland, everybody.

Oct 18, 2014

#racinggirls #overheard "I have no concept of world geography, but at least I know international post times!"



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