Get to Know Horseplayer Jonathon Kinchen

The Life
Jonathan Kinchen at Equestricon 2017. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Jonathon Kinchen climbed the horseplaying summit in 2015 when he won the NHC Tour Championship, which occurred less than two years after he began playing in tournaments. Get to know the University of Texas alum in this fun Q&A.

What I do for a living: Real estate investor

What I like about Thoroughbred racing: The excitement, the colors, the puzzle, the competition, the history, and the opportunity to leverage your opinion.

If I wasn’t in my current job, I would be a: Professional horseplayer

Best advice to someone considering becoming a Thoroughbred owner: Get involved with people who are established, honest, and understand the game from multiple angles.  I have partnered with groups like 10x (Ten Strike Racing) and agent/owner Jake Ballis.

Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home: I like the idea of it moving. It is a concern with possible weather on the East Coast, but I am okay with that in the grand scheme of things.

My top three favorite racetracks in order: Santa Anita - KeenelandSaratoga

Most influential person in my career: Real estate: I don’t really have one. Racing: Peter Thomas Fornatale (He has been quoted as saying he "plucked me from obscurity.” Fair enough!)

My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Race two to three days a week, similar to Hong Kong, AND significantly reduce takeout to be competitive with other gaming options.

Other sports/teams I follow: Texas Longhorns

My favorite athletes of all time: Kevin Durant, Vince Young, Randy Moss, Ed Reed

What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: "Betting With an Edge," by Mike Maloney

Favorite magazines: Daily Racing Form (if that counts) and any of those Apple magazines

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Wow ... ummmm ... I think I need to find another. Racing is a pretty intense hobby.

Favorite movies: "Remember the Titans," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Rounders," "Man on Fire"

Favorite TV shows I watch: “The Sopranos,” “The Office,” “Ray Donovan,” “Game of Thrones,” “Entourage.” I can keep going ... I might have found my other hobby.

Favorite foods: Redfish on the half shell, ice cream

Favorite vacation spot: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – La Jolla, Calif. – Arcadia, Calif. – New York City – Lexington, Ky. (see what I did there?)

Favorite musician/band: Jay-Z

Courtesy of Jonathan Kinchen

Favorite actor: My uncle Bernie White, and Denzel Washington

Five websites I visit daily:,,,,

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing: Bob Baffert, Dale Romans, and Tom Durkin

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Belichick

Best racetrack food can be found at: Eddie Logan Suite at Santa Anita – steak and eggs. The Green Room at Keeneland – burgoo

Accomplishments I am most proud of: My son and 2015 NHC Tour Championship

My philosophy on life: Be kind. Don't be scared to fail. Never give up.

Things I collect: Losing pari-mutuel tickets

Favorite charities: TAA, PDJF, American Cancer Society

Favorite author: Peter Thomas Fornatale

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Super Bowl 47, 49, and 50 (All 10 Kentucky Derbys I have attended were better)

Three words that define what Thoroughbred Racing means to me: Fun, passion, opportunity

Favorite top three fashion brands you prefer to wear: Top Man, Nike, Adidas

Favorite month of the year: July: My birthday, Saratoga, and Del Mar

What apps are on your phone: Twitter, Instagram, Uber, Waze, Favor, RTN, Pokemon Go, NYRA Now, Tappy Shots, Netflix, Instacart

Favorite summer cocktail: Moscow Mule from The Post, also known as the Paddock Bar in Saratoga Springs

Favorite winter cocktail: Old Fashioned

With Mike Smith. (Courtesy of Jonathan Kinchen)

Favorite all-time racehorse: Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta … or Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra (No particular order)

Favorite race horse currently competing: Divisidero

Favorite international racing event: Royal Ascot

Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: Pricing (takeout reduction), mainstream media coverage, modernization

What do you drive for a car? Infiniti QX50

What’s your favorite gym exercise? Rowing machine

Who will win the Super Bowl this year? New England Patriots

Esports: Yay or nay? Yay

Favorite restaurant: Perla’s in Austin, Texas

Last TV series you binge-watched was: “The Office”

College or pro football: College

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