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Find out what culture vultures and horse racing royalty have to say about what’s #TrendingNow!

This week’s featured guests are:

In the Saddle

Cake or pie? There can be only one.

Best sport to watch on TV?

Ugly Sweater-themed holiday parties: yay or nay?

What's your favorite surface: turf, dirt or synthetic?

Katie Gensler

Katie Gensler

Katie Gensler has been a horse racing analyst for the last seven years including Keeneland, Fair Grounds, Hawthorne and Presque Isle Downs.  Katie not only makes daily selections, but provides insights from the paddock and promotes fan education for thoroughbred racing.

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I like my CAKE and eat it too!

I prefer FOOTBALL on TV for play by play analysis. (Horse racing is so much better live.)

YAY!  I look for any reason to dress up!

Nothing better than watching horses flying down the stretch on the TURF ... Classic!

John Ortiz

John Ortiz

John Ortiz most recently played Turo Escalante on HBO's "Luck" and last year's hit film Silver Lining Playbook. He is currently shooting a new series for FOX, "Rake", premiering in January.

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Nay ... but I'll never turn down a pajama party!


Hallie Hardy


A graduate of the University of Kentucky and previous Brand Ambassador for America’s Best Racing, Hallie has been a Thoroughbred racing enthusiast for as long as she can remember. 

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Cake, all day. I love icing.

Toss up between horse racing and basketball. I’m obnoxiously loud when it comes to both sports, so sometimes it’s nice to watch in the privacy of my home every now and then. 

YAY, the tackier the better.

Turf, it is the most classic of them all. 

Brian Zipse

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Brian Zipse has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth, and he now serves Managing Editor of Horse Racing Nation. Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.

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As a proud Chicagoan, this one is easy. My answer is pie ... pizza pie.

Horse racing, just because it is my favorite sport ... but I'd rather be there live. If not for horse racing, I would have to say the NCAA tournament. March Madness can get insane.

If you ever see me at an ugly sweater party, shoot me then ... do not wait until I get home.     

I've always liked grass. Good for my knees, safer for the horses, and my favorite type of race to handicap.

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