Washington native and Oregon alumnus Neil Everett works as a SportsCenter anchor, but he is also a fan of horse racing. Get his take on sports, racing and more in the fun Q&A below.
What I do for a living: ESPN broadcaster
What I like about Thoroughbred racing: The horses are so beautiful … and the gambling.
If I wasn’t in my current job, I would be a: Bartender
Best advice to someone considering becoming a Thoroughbred owner: Horses eat a lot and go to the vet often.
Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home: In fairness to all those involved, rotate.
Most influential person in my career: Mark Verge
My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Free beer with a paid admission
Other sports/teams I follow: Anything Oregon, anything Hawaii, Gonzaga
My favorite athletes of all time: Jerry West, Carlton Fisk, Jack Robertson
What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography
Favorite magazines: Sports Illustrated, Field and Stream
Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.
Favorite movies: “Big Lebowski,” “Outlaw Josey Wales”
Favorite TV shows I watch: “Better Call Saul,” “This Is Us”
Favorite foods: Beef jerky, beer
Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii
Favorite musician/band: Neil Young
Favorite actor: Clint Eastwood
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing: Doug O’Neill, Steve Rothblum, Kenny Mayne
I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Allison Janney
Best racetrack food can be found at: Whichever one I’m at
Accomplishment I am most proud of: Marrying my wife
My philosophy on life: We take care of our own.
Things I collect: Every ticket stub to every show/event I’ve attended
Favorite charities: Heroes’ Movement, Jim Murray Memorial Foundation, Miracles for Kids, Dirty Dog Squad
Favorite authors: Ken Kesey
Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog
Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: College football
Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Majestic beauty showcased
Top three fashion brands you prefer to wear: Nike, Levi’s, Pendleton
Favorite month of the year: June
What apps are on your phone: Pandora, Delta, ESPN
Favorite summer cocktail: Cold beer
Favorite winter cocktail: Eggnog
Favorite all-time racehorse: I’ll Have Another
Favorite race horse currently competing: Splashy Kisses
Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: Give away free stuff
What do you drive for a car? Mustang
What’s your favorite gym exercise? Spinning
Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Rams
Esports: Yay or nay? No
Favorite restaurant: The Mar Vista
Last TV series you binge-watched was: “Ozark”
College or pro football: College