Meet the Fans: San Diego Reporter Tabitha Lipkin

The Life
Tabitha Lipkin in the Del Mar paddock. (Courtesy Tabitha Lipkin)

Tabitha Lipkin works as a sports anchor and reporter in San Diego, where her responsibilities include covering racing at Del Mar. Get to know her and her thoughts on racing, sports, and more in this fun Q&A.

What I do for a living: TV anchor/reporter 

What I like about Thoroughbred racing: Meeting people who enjoy watching

If I wasn’t in my current job, I would be an: Astronaut

Best advice to someone considering becoming a Thoroughbred owner: You better have a sugar daddy.

Should the Breeders’ Cup rotate from coast to coast or have a permanent home? I think it's great that it rotates, gives a wider audience a chance to enjoy it.

Lipkin working at the 2017 Breeders' Cup (Courtesy Tabitha Lipkin)

My top three favorite racetracks in order: Del Mar, Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs

Most influential person in my career: John Oliver

My out-of-the-box idea for Thoroughbred racing: Put an average person on a horse and have them race to see a comparison between professionals and an average Joe.

Other sports/teams I follow: Texas Longhorns, L.A. Rams, San Diego Padres, L.A. Lakers

My favorite athletes of all time: Too many greats to compare

What book(s) I am reading or have recently read: “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”

Favorite magazines: Cruising Outpost

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Scuba diving, sailing, running, eating tacos

Favorite movies: “Talladega Nights,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Casablanca”

Favorite TV shows I watch: “Last Week Tonight,” “Bob's Burgers”

Favorite foods: Sour Patch Kids, spaghetti

Favorite vacation spot: Bora Bora

Favorite musician/band: Ramones

Favorite actor: Ryan Reynolds

Five websites I visit daily:,,,,

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people inside racing: I'll skip dinner and just pet the horses

I’d like to have dinner with the following three people outside of racing: Wait, where are we going for dinner?

Best racetrack food can be found at: Del Mar

Accomplishment I am most proud of: I haven't been fired yet, so that's always a positive.

My philosophy on life: Bring something positive to every situation and make people laugh

Things I collect: Dust

Favorite charities: Chive Charities

Favorite authors: Malala Yousafzai

Lipkin with a great white shark.
Lipkin with a great white shark. (Courtesy Tabitha Lipkin)

Favorite animal other than a horse: Great white shark

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: College football games

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Lose. Money. Fast.

Top three fashion brands you prefer to wear: Topshop, Lucky Brand (jeans), Calvin Klein

Favorite month of the year: October

What apps are on your phone: Who thought this was a question?

Favorite summer cocktail: Bourbon

Favorite winter cocktail: Bourbon

Favorite all-time racehorse: California Chrome

Favorite racehorse currently competing: Tapitha Bonita

Favorite international racing event: Back country skiing

Three ways to attract more fans to the sport: Loosen the dress code  

What do you drive for a car? Audi

What’s your favorite gym exercise? Running away to avoid the gym

Who will win the Super Bowl this year? Cleveland Browns

Esports: Yay or nay? Yay

Favorite restaurant: Taco Bell

Last TV series you binge-watched was: “West World”

College or pro football: College

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