#FanFriday: Get to Know Craig Bernick

The Life
Craig Bernick at Del Mar in 2015. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Craig Bernick is the president and chief operating officer of Glen Hill Farm, the farm started by his grandfather Leonard Lavin in 1966. The farm campaigned stars Relaunch, Convenience, and One Dreamer and contemporary graded stakes winners including Marketing Mix, Banned, Pontchatrain, Diversy Harbor, and Old Time Hockey.

The Tulane University alumnus is also a Breeders’ Cup board member, a managing partner in Elevage Bloodstock, and an officer of the Lavin Family Foundation.

Courtesy Craig Bernick

My introduction to horse racing occurred when …: my Grandpa took me to the track when I was 6 or 7.

What I do for a living: Run Glen Hill Farm

What I like about Thoroughbred racing: I like the horses, the camaraderie of our team, the competition, the history, and the characters that make the sport so interesting.

Best advice to someone considering ownership: Make sure that you hire a good advisor that can help you accomplish your goals, whatever they may be. Treat it like a business, and measure what you accomplish.

Favorite place at the racetrack in which to watch a race: Somewhere outside, hopefully high enough to see the whole race.

Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate coast-to-coast or have a permanent home: In a perfect world it would rotate.

My top three favorite racetracks in order: Del Mar, Santa Anita, Keeneland

Most influential person in my career: My grandfather, Leonard Lavin. Closely followed by Tom and Hap Proctor. 

My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Instead of many organizations trying to accomplish the same goals on behalf of the industry stakeholders, divide the responsibility and hold each organization accountable for helping the sport in their defined area.

Other sports/teams I follow: Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks

My favorite athletes of all-time: Chris Chelios

What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: Currently reading "Bones," about Quarter Horse racing and drug cartels.

Favorite magazines: Powder, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Skiing, traveling

Favorite movies: “Goodfellas,” “Swingers,” “Good Will Hunting”

Favorite TV shows I watch: “Billions,” “Ray Donovan”

Favorite foods: Sushi, fish tacos, steak

Favorite vacation spot: Aspen, Colo.

Favorite musician/band: Jimmy Buffett

Favorite actor: Clive Owen

Top 10 websites I visit daily: Thoroughbred Daily News, Twitter, BloodHorse, Paulick Report, CNN, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Chicagosports.com, DRF.com, and Thoroughmanager.

Chiropractor wins the Hollywood Derby. (Eclipse Sportswire)

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing: John Magnier, Andy Beyer, Frank Stronach

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Jimmy Buffett, Barack Obama, Elon Musk

Best racetrack food can be found at: Arlington Park

Accomplishment I am most proud of: Hopefully it hasn't happened yet.

My philosophy on life: Don't suggest an idea or investment to someone that I wouldn't do myself.

Things I collect: Books

Favorite charities: Ben Blanchard Memorial Foundation, The Enchanted Backpack, Imerman Angels, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Favorite authors: James Clavell, Nelson DeMille, Daniel Silva

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dogs

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Super Bowl

Three words that define what Thoroughbred Racing means to me: Competition, camaraderie, enjoyment

Favorite top three fashion brands you prefer to wear: I'm in the horse business, so will say Under Armour, Theory, and Talbots!

Favorite month of the year: October

What apps are on your phone: Mostly Disney Kids apps.

My biggest gambling score ever at the racetrack was: The day Family Meeting won the Grade 3 Jimmy Durante at 37-1 and Chiropractor won the Hollywood Derby an hour later at 11-1 was a pretty good day. 

What is your go-to or signature bet to make at the racetrack: Pick 6

If you could pick walk-up music that would play whenever your horse(s) entered a winner’s circle after a win, what song would you pick: Don't know why, but "She's the One" by Bruce Springsteen popped into my head.

Favorite fall holiday cocktail: Old fashioned

Favorite summertime cocktail: Tequila with soda

Favorite all-time racehorse: Holy Bull and Ghostzapper

Favorite race horse currently competing: Collected

Favorite international racing event: Prix de l'arc de triomphe

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