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.
Tabitha Lipkin, an Emmy-award winner for the travel show “Private Islands,” is currently a weekend sports anchor and reporter at Fox 5 San Diego. Lipkin got her start working with the best comedians in the industry, as she had internships with both “Conan” on TBS and “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central before transitioning to work in front of the camera. She is a dive master who has traveled all over the world speaking on ocean conservation and encouraging women to dive. In 2019, she moderated a panel at the United Nations for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. She has covered racing at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and also been featured in an America’s Best Racing “Wired” video at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
How many awards shows have you hosted? Which ones?
Two award shows: the La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival (LJIFFF) and Award Ceremony for 2018 and 2019 and now the Fan Choice Awards!
How did it compare to hosting the America’s Best Racing Fan Choice Awards?
This is like comparing apples to oranges, really! Hosting the FCA was exciting because it was the inaugural award show with fun categories and it will be televised! The LJIFFF usually takes place over a weekend, and the awards show is live in front of a theatre audience. (Oh, and since it's a fashion film festival, I usually have five or more outfits to change in and out of during the live show, whereas for the FCA, I was happy to have just one!)
You didn’t have a ballot as a co-host; but if you did, who would you have voted for?
Best racetrack cocktail: Del Margarita at Del Mar
Best race of 2019: Kentucky Derby
Best racetrack fashion event: Breeders’ Cup
Best racetrack food: Fish Tacos at Del Mar
Best jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Best racetrack to watch a race: Del Mar (you think I'm biased a little?)
What was it like to co-host with Bram Weinstein?
He was incredible! He kept me laughing and we had such a great time it felt like the show flew by!
What racing event would you like to attend that you’ve never before been to?
Kentucky Derby (but I watch every year!)
Word on the street is you may be visiting horse country (Lexington, Ky.) in 2020 to get an up close and personal, hands-on experience at the farms. What are you most looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to being in a new place with new people and new traditions! I haven't been to Kentucky before, and I feel like there's so much history to explore!
What are you doing for the holidays?
I typically work the holidays so co-workers with families can take the time off. However, this year I will be going to Maui for the New Year!
What’s your 2020 New Year’s resolution?
I'd like to write a book next year!
Who wins the College Football Playoff?
LSU ... Jeaux Burreaux for Heisman
Who wins the Super Bowl?
Ravens ... Lamar Jackson for MVP (but I love my Rams)
Best movie you saw in 2019:
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Most underrated experience in San Diego for a tourist to check out is:
This one is tough! I really recommend snorkeling with leopard sharks in La Jolla (end of July through September is the best timing!)
Visiting the San Diego Safari Park