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The Notebook July 16, 2014


Out of the Gate with ... Britney Eurton

Born and raised in Southern California, Britney Eurton has always had a love for horse racing. Her father, Peter Eurton, is a top trainer on the West Coast Thoroughbred racing circuit. Britney has also always had the performer's bug: from dancing to songleading to musical theater to modeling, she takes any chance she had to be in front of an audience. Now a host on TVG, Britney helps to spread the knowledge of horse racing that she’s gained throughout her life spent around Thoroughbred racing.

Name: Britney Eurton

What I do for a living: Actress and reporter for TVG

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: I was introduced as a baby by my father, Peter Eurton, who is a trainer on the Southern California circuit.

My favorite racetrack: I’m torn … It’s a pretty equal race between Santa Anita and Del Mar, but Keeneland also sneaks in there.

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Breeders’ Cup!

Other sports/teams I follow: I'm a die-hard Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers fan

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing:  Events geared towards the youth in the sport. We could always use more ways to get them involved!

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: The monopolization of the sport by certain owners on each coast. What brings people to the track are the great stories behind some of the lesser-known owners and trainers (ex: California Chrome.)

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Historic, thrilling, unforgettable

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was:  Can’t say I truly remember since I was just a baby, but it has to be Santa Anita Park.

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred:  Cigar! I think I was eight when he lost at Del Mar and I was so mad at Alex Solis for beating him that I cried.

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: More of a most memorable moment than a personal best, but it would have to be seeing Weemissfrankie win on opening day at Del Mar in honor of my late Uncle Frank. There wasn’t a dry eye to be seen. 

Best racetrack food can be found at: Santa Anita Park on the Clubhouse Level next to Nola’s Bar. Best hand carved sandwiches ever!

My favorite jockey: Mike Smith

My favorite trainer:  Peter Eurton (no competition!)

My heroes: My parents 

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: If I could go back in time, Bill Shoemaker.

My philosophy on life: Laugh … there’s no better cure for the upset and sadness the world may bring than a little bit of laughter.

Favorite quote or motto:  “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

Favorite animal other than a horse: My two Jack Russell Terriers, Zoe and Charli

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended:  LA Lakers game when they’re on their A-game! Kobe, Shaq, Fisher, Fox… those were the days!

Favorite food: My grandma’s Italian food

Favorite vacation spot:  Italy (can’t beat the food and wine!)

Favorite city: London and New York (can you tell I’m a city girl?) 

Favorite musician/band: The Killers

Favorite all-time movie(s): Being a movie buff this is tough … “Casino,” “Meet Joe Black,” “Titanic,” “Casablanca” … I could go on.

Favorite TV show: At the moment … “Game of Thrones,” but of all time probably “Friends” or “Seinfeld.”

Favorite hotel: St. Regis Hotel in NYC … it’s a classic.

Websites I visit daily:  Twitter, Gilt, EliteDaily, Daily Racing form

What I drive: BMW

Pet peeve: Flaking on plans

Favorite movie about horse racing: Can’t say I’ve absolutely loved any quite yet, but if I had to choose it would be “Seabiscuit.”

What actor would play me in a movie: A young Jennifer Connelly

Alma Mater: University of South California. Fight on!

Favorite radio shows/channels: Can’t say I listen to any radio shows, just music!

Best book I recently read: "The Fault in Our Stars" by John green (keep a box of tissues readily available while reading).

Favorite memento:  Mikimoto pearl necklace that belonged to my great-grandmother Mima

Favorite dessert:  Warm brownies with peanut butter chips

Favorite drink: A bold Cabernet Sauvignon

Favorite scent: “Nude” by Stella McCartney

What I like about my job: That it never feels like a job. I truly enjoy it.

Favorite Tech gadget:  iPhone or iPad … nothing like Apple products!

Twitter Handle: @BritneyEurton

People I follow on Twitter: @EurtonRacing, @FashionattheRaces, @ABRLive, @TIME, @THR (Hollywood Reporter),  @KellyOxford (she’s hilarious)

No. 1 Bucket-List item: Go skydiving over the Swiss Alps

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