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The Notebook January 15, 2014

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Out of the Gate with ... Bill Nader

Bill Nader is the Executive Director of Racing for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, where he has worked since 2007. The Hong Kong Jockey Club oversees storied Sha Tin Racecourse located north of Hong Kong Island as well as Happy Valley Racecourse, which is nestled in the heart of downtown Hong Kong. Before joining the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Bill Nader worked at the New York Racing Association for 14 years.

Name: Bill Nader                   

What I do for a living: Executive Director, Racing – Hong Kong Jockey Club

How I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: My father

My favorite racetrack: Sha Tin

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Hong Kong International Races

Other sports/teams I follow: Baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, tennis, golf

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Fans

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Fragmentation

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Excitement, dedication, strategy

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Rockingham Park

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Secretariat

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: 2001 Breeders’ Cup at Belmont Park, six weeks after the 9-11 attacks

Best racetrack food can be found at: Happy Valley and Sha Tin, Hong Kong by a wide margin

My favorite jockey: Too close to call

My favorite trainer: H. Allen Jerkens

My heroes: Mickey Mantle, Bobby Orr, Martin Luther King

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

My philosophy on life: Greatest show on Earth

Favorite quote or motto: “Try not to become a man of success, but rather to become a man of value” - Einstein

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: NCAA Final Four

Favorite food: Mom’s spinach pies

Favorite vacation spot: I haven’t found it yet

Favorite city: New York

Favorite musician/band: Elton John

Favorite all-time movie(s): Pulp FictionWedding CrashersOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestWizard of Oz

Favorite TV show: “Underbelly”

Favorite hotel: Hong Kong Jockey Club Clubhouse in Beijing

Websites I visit daily: Facebook, ESPN

What I drive: Lexus

Pet peeve: Fake people

Favorite movie about horse racing: Let It Ride

Which actor would play me in a movie: Gary Stevens

Alma Mater: University of New Hampshire

Favorite radio shows/channels: Sports talk

Best book I recently read: HKJC Annual Report

Favorite memento: Autographed Michael Jordan jersey

Favorite dessert: Carrot Cake

Favorite drink: Milkshake

Favorite scent: Horse

What I like about my job: The people, the horses

Favorite tech gadget: iPad

Twitter handle: @william_nader

People I follow on Twitter: My kids

No. 1 Bucket-List item: General Manager of the Red Sox

 

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