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.
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
Favorite actor: My uncle Bernie White, and Denzel Washington
Five websites I visit daily: Gmail.com, DRF.com, Timeformus.com, Twitter.com, Netflix.com
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 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
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