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The Notebook February 13, 2014

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Out of the Gate with ... Greg Wolf

Greg Wolf is an avid follower of UCLA men’s basketball and played the sport as much as he could. At UCLA, he became an on-air sports personality with the campus radio and television stations. He scored particular success as host and producer of the popular UCLA Bruin Talk television show, which lead him to a career in sports. After graduating from UCLA, Wolf worked at the CBS affiliate in Fresno for two years before moving on to FOX Sports as a writer for the network’s national prime-time sports show. After a couple of years at Fox, he sent a demo tape to the office of TVG. The tape, backed up by his solid experience, landed him a job when TVG launched in the summer of 1999. Currently, Greg serves as the host of “The Jockey Club Tour on Fox” and also as an anchor for Fox Sports 1.

Name: Greg Wolf

What I do for a living: Television Sports Anchor

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: I auditioned for the horse racing network TVG in 1999 and got the job!

My favorite racetrack: Saratoga and Keeneland. It’s a dead heat.

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Opening day Del Mar

Other sports/teams I follow: UCLA football/basketball, Big East, ACC, PAC 12 hoops, 49ers

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: More fan interaction, seeing their excitement.

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Interviews asking the same questions with the same responses from trainers/jockeys.

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Hoofbeats, rush, pick 4

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Santa Anita on opening day after Christmas

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Zenyatta

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: My first Breeders’ Cup in New York City. I could do no wrong at the windows.

Best racetrack food can be found at: Tokyo Racecourse – hands down the best!

My favorite jockey: Iggy Puglisi

My favorite trainer: Charles LoPresti

My heroes: Those who follow their dreams

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Calvin Borel

My philosophy on life: It’s short, make the most of it. Go after what you want and don’t take no for an answer.

Favorite quote or motto: Be the CEO of your own life.

Favorite animal other than a horse: Koala bear

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: I was at the John Elway Stanford/Cal game for “The Play.” One of the most famous sports finishes in history. Surreal.

Favorite food: Pizza – DiFara’s in Brooklyn.

Favorite vacation spot: Any beach with good weather and I’m happy.

Favorite city: New York – by a mile

Favorite musician/band: Miles Davis

Favorite all-time movie(s): “The Godfather”

Favorite TV Show: “The Walking Dead”

Favorite hotel: NOT the Hard Rock in Vegas. They woke me up five times before 8 a.m. once.

Websites I visit daily: Foxsports, Blood-Horse, TDAmeritrade, Rivals, msn, Yahoo!

What I drive: I’ve had the same car for seven years and hopefully for another 100,000 miles.

Pet peeve: Handicappers who get bounced in a wager and say what they should have done instead.

Favorite movie about horse racing: “Seabiscuit”

Which actor would play me in a movie: Steve Carrell

Alma Mater: UCLA

Favorite radio shows/channels: AM 570 Fox Sports LA, sports talk radio, "Petros and Money," KCRW 89.9 FM (Los Angeles NPR affiliate), Jim Rome

Best book I recently read: A book about the Five Points in New York – the story of the “Gangs of New York.”

Favorite memento: John McEnroe’s autograph, I met him during a tournament in 1980.

Favorite dessert: Another serving of the main course. I love to eat.

Favorite drink: Blanton’s

Favorite scent: The ocean

What I like about my job: I love covering different sports, being at live events. There’s no better excitement.

Favorite tech gadget: My Microcell. Without it I’d have no cell reception at my house!

Twitter Handle: @WOLFonFOX

People I follow on Twitter: I use it for work, so sports teams, writers, reporters. And God. He’s hilarious.

No. 1 Bucket-List item: Get to Italy

 

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Congratulations to Juanita Webb, winner of this week's Fan Photo contest!

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