This year ABR announced the inaugural Fan Choice Awards, to be hosted by Tabitha Lipkin and Bram Weinstein on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 8 p.m. ET at www.AmericasBestRacing.net. The Fan Choice Awards give horse racing’s supporters the chance to make their voices heard and reward their favorites of 2019.
Co-host Bram Weinstein's on-air career has spanned over a quarter-century. He currently hosts "The Bram Weinstein Show" on ESPN 630 The Sports Capitol in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Bram also hosts "The Winner's Circle" podcast/radio show on the SB Nation Radio Network for America's Best Racing. He owns Ampire Media, a podcast production company based in the Washington, D.C. metro area which produces a variety of shows in the sports and lifestyle genre.
Have you ever hosted an awards show before?
This was the first awards show I hosted. The best part of hosting the ABR Fan Choice Awards was the simple fact that I am a fan too, so I'm invested in the outcomes. Plus this was such a strange year in the sport, there was no telling who anyone would vote for.
You didn’t have a ballot as a co-host; but if you did, who would you have voted for?
Best cocktail: Mint julep
Best race: Personal Ensign
Best call: Larry Collmus, Personal Ensign
Best food: You got me at the Del Mar fish tacos
Best jockey: Flavien Prat
Best trainer: Chad Brown
Best track for bettors: Saratoga
Best analyst: Randy Moss
What was it like to co-host with Tabitha Lipkin?
Tabitha was a pleasure to work with. She really loves the sport, which is the most important aspect of being part of a show like this. And she was just fun to be around all day … with the exception of the 8,675 selfies we took!
What racing event would you like to attend that you’ve never before been to?
The race event I want to attend that I've never been to is Royal Ascot.
What are you doing for the holidays?
Holiday plans include our family from California coming east to spend some time in the cold weather and ring in the New Year. My family is spread from coast to coast, so when we get everyone together, it's special.
What’s your 2020 New Year’s resolution?
Feeling settled. I've always been a person seeking the next thing whether it is professional opportunities or betting systems! This year, I am determined to take stock of what I have and let whatever comes next happen on its own.
Who wins the College Football Playoff?
Who wins the Super Bowl?
What was the best movie you saw in 2019?