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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 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.

That Handicapping Show: The Starlet

equineproject.com — Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Starlet Stakes (gr. I) at Los Alamitos featuring Take Charge Brandi. Continue Reading →

Wise Dan Recovering Well as Season Ends

bloodhorse.com — On a cold December morning at , two-time Horse of the Year stood near the front of his stall keeping a sharp eye on a group of yearlings as they trotted past. The youngsters were newly arrived from trainer Charlie LoPresti's nearby Forest Lane Farm and the 7-year-old champ viewed their occasional spooks and squeals with pricked ears and an air of experienced superiority.

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?
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Dec 23, 2014

How I did on Twitter this week: 8 New Followers, 7 Mentions, 3.72K Mention Reach. How'd your week go? via sumall.com/myweek

Dec 17, 2014

If you haven't checked out our awesome Newsmakers of 2014 #interactive, do it now! So cool! bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/f…

Dec 17, 2014

@PenelopePMiller oh my gosh HOW is he a year old already?! So cute but jeez, time flies.

Dec 16, 2014

RT @full_stride: All 17 hands of champion @WillTakeCharge at @Three_Chimneys. Not surprising that his first book filled quickly! pic.twitter.com/9GJsTyjrr4

Dec 15, 2014

Cordero, Arcaro, and Pincay... Never know what you might find at the Nicholasville Twice-As-Nice! pic.twitter.com/oDKCS4oWL6

Dec 12, 2014

I see college students these days and I'm all "awwww... So cute... Babies!!!" #oldlady



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