Horse racing loves Twitter! Last week Ciara Austin put together an awesome blog ‘Fifteen Twitter Accounts to Follow for Santa Anita Derby’ which included people to follow for all California racing. This week I’ve compiled some other great people and accents to follow for the upcoming Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course.
Julien Leparoux is an Eclipse Award-winning jockey and the current leading jockey at Keeneland. His wife, Shea (@SheaLeparoux), daughter of trainer Mike Mitchell, also is a great one to follow!
Rosie Napravnik, the only female jockey to have ridden in all three Triple Crown races and leading rider at Fair Grounds the past four years (2011-2014). She also was the leading rider at Keeneland for the fall 2013 meet, the first woman to earn that title.
Kurt Becker is Keeneland’s first and only track announcer. Becker has been the voice of Keeneland for the past 17 years.
Katie Gensler is a handicapper and Keeneland racing analyst. She often posts her selections on Twitter, can be found interviewing trainers and jockeys, picking horses in the paddock and or hosting handicapping seminars at the track. Her favorite wager is the Pick 4.
Mike Battaglia, Keeneland’s longtime morning-line oddsmaker, is recognized as one of the best handicappers in America and a racing analyst for NBC’s Thoroughbred racing coverage. Fun fact: appeared in the 2010 movie “Secretariat”.
Greg Wolf is an anchor for Fox Sports 1 and host of “The Jockey Club Tour on Fox.” His favorite food is DiFara's pizza in Brooklyn and favorite all-time Thoroughbred is Zenyatta.
Alyssa Ali is a correspondent for “The Jockey Club Tour on Fox” and HRTV as well as reporter/analyst at Arlington Park.
Simon Bray is a racing analyst for “The Jockey Club Tour on Fox” and TVG. Bray is a retired Thoroughbred trainer who trained Grade 1 winners Startac and Astra. He got his start working for British trainer Henry Cecil and when he moved to the U.S. he started as a hotwalker for Hall of Famer Bill Mott.
Retired jockey Richard Migliore is a racing analyst for “The Jockey Club Tour on Fox” and HRTV. Nicknamed “the Mig,” Migliore rode his first race on Sept. 29, 1980. During a successful career that included 4, 450 career victories as a jockey, he rode many significant horses, including Funny Cide and Fourstardave
Andy Serling is a racing analyst for “The Jockey Club Tour on Fox” and part of NYRA's on-air team. He makes daily HRTV appearances, during which he provides his insights. He is native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he began following the races as a child.
Mike Joyce is a racing analyst for TVG. He has been working at the track his entire life and has memories of being banned from Arlington Park’s Directors’ Room as a 3-year old after he tried to get his waiter to cash his ticket.
Christine Moore is the official milliner of the Breeders’ Cup and Ms. Racing Queen! They have hats for the ladies & fellas to sport at any day at the races. You can’t lose when you look good!
The Keeneland Gift Shop is amazing. It might be my favorite racetrack gift shop, just don’t expect to go in without expecting to walk out with a new purchase. Hopefully, you can cash some tickets on the races and spend some of your earnings here. Or, if you lose you can always buy yourself a consolation prize.
BONUS: America’s Best Racing Twitter accounts & APP
ABR Twitter Accounts:
@ABRLive – Our main America’s Best Racing page #BetOnIt
@ABRVTour – Our Brand Ambassadors (including myself) share what’s happening at their local tracks and around the U.S. – fashion tips, handicapping picks, special events and more.