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Horse Racing Correspondent — 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. Founder of @hopefulfarmorg. Instagram: traveling_lass

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.

McCarthy and the 'General' go for third Grade 1

espn.go.com — Assistants rode past on stable ponies. Trainers drove from track to barn and back. Exercise riders swung aboard prancing thoroughbreds and hustled out onto the oval. Many were saddling their second and third sets of the morning, some outfits with as many as 30 horses to work.

American Cleopatra Breezes for Baffert

bloodhorse.com — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent American Cleopatra-the 2-year-old full sister to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah -through her first official breeze at Santa Anita Park June 17. The Pioneerof the Nile filly got three furlongs in :35 3/5 when working on the outside in company under exercise rider Dana Barnes.

Showers Loom on Belmont Day

bloodhorse.com — Somewhere down in the Louisiana bayou, some friend or family member of the brothers Desormeaux must be working some old cajun magic as the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) draws near. On Belmont Day, with Preakness Stakes (gr.

Go Maggie Go Soars in Black-Eyed Susan

bloodhorse.com — Lightly raced but perfectly primed for a big effort, Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go soared to her second grade II victory May 20 in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) at Pimlico Race Course. The 3-year-old Ghostzapper filly came off a fourth-place finish in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr.

A Derby Rookie's First Churchill Morning

bloodhorse.com — There was a media throng swelling, rain pelting the roof of Barn 25, and an on-the-muscle horse to cool out April 30- Exaggerator, who had just powered through his final pre-race workout for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr.

A 'Hometown Horse' in the Arkansas Derby

Derby-Focused Baffert is Over 'Pharoah' Blues

bloodhorse.com — Trainer Bob Baffert has gotten over his "I miss 'Pharoah' " blues. With a new Triple Crown season upon us, the Hall of Fame horseman is focused on the last major hurdle on the way to this year's Run for the Roses-getting Rebel Stakes (gr.

Return to Track Delayed for Nyquist

bloodhorse.com — Kentuckians will have to wait a little longer to see the current favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hit the track at . , who was to have trained this morning in the bluegrass for the first time since winning the April 2 Florida Derby (gr.

California Chrome Brilliant in World Cup Win

bloodhorse.com — A year later, a year better for California Chrome in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). After coming up second in last year's edition of the event, a wide trip throughout in the about 1 1/4-mile dirt trek did not hamper the 2014 Horse of the Year in the slightest March 26 at Meydan.

Lani Headed to KY After UAE Derby Win

bloodhorse.com — Kentucky-bred Lani is headed back to his roots while representing Japan after earning his way into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a March 26 UAE Derby (UAE-II) score.
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Jul 23, 2016

RT @KevinModesti: California Chrome gets all he can handle from Dortmund, prevails in long duel. Chrome 4 for 4 in 5-year-old season. On to Pacific Classic.

Jul 23, 2016

Seriously never been so nervous for a horse race in my freaking life. Thank goodness he came home safe. #GoChrome

Jul 23, 2016

RT @ShermanRacing: Race day! @DelMarRacing San Diego H. Safe travels & Go Chrome! Photo:Taylor Made/Laura Donnell https://t.co/fA9M5fXrSi

Jul 21, 2016

Donating to Liv Takes Rwanda to support a great young woman's quest to make this world a better place  https://gofund.me/livtakesrwanda  via @gofundme

Jul 21, 2016

"McCarthy had a horse again, and it was time to get to work." For @espnhorseracing on Tom McCarthy, General Quarters  http://espn.go.com/sports/horse/news/story?id=5277057 

Jul 12, 2016

Awesome B-Roll of some lovely Thoroughbreds and key insights on the market as the yearling sales season kicks off...  http://fb.me/8kPgM8sA9 

Jul 05, 2016

@alyssejacobs pls send private jet to LEX, will bring cheese to go w/ wine.


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