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Claire Novak

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. Future Mrs. Crosby. Founder of @hopefulfarmorg. IG: 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.

Another Solid Work from California Chrome — The world's best racehorse did his thing Sept. 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course, working six furlongs in 1:13 1/5. Los Al clockers caught California Chrome in splits of :25 3/5, :49 2/5, and 1:01 1/5 en route to his final time under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney.

McCarthy and the 'General' go for third Grade 1 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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