Edited TVG release
Simon Bray, who recently retired as a Thoroughbred trainer, has joined TVG as a full time racing analyst, the network announced Thursday. Bray, a 35-year-old Englishman who trained grade I winners Startac and Astra, has been working for TVG on a part time basis the past eight months."I'm thrilled to welcome Simon to our family of on-air personalities," said TVG vice president and executive producer Tony Allevato. "Simon has already made a very smooth transition from training to broadcasting, and we look forward to his sharing his unique perspective with our viewers on a regular basis."In his new position with TVG, Bray will report both from the network's Los Angeles studio and on location from the nation's premier racetracks. "I never expected that when my career as a trainer came to an end I'd wind up as a TV analyst, but now that it has I'm excited to be joining TVG," said Bray, a Southern California racing fixture who came to the U.S. in 1992. "I look forward to using the inside information I've acquired over the years to benefit racing fans. I believe I can particularly shed light on what goes on behind the scenes to those viewers who aren't necessarily racing experts."Bray got his start in the sport working for English trainer Henry Cecil, before moving to the U.S. where he went to work for Bill Mott. Beginning as a hot walker, he eventually became an assistant trainer, and worked with two-time Horse of the Year Cigar. Bray took out his own training license and continued to work for the late Alan Paulson and the Paulson Trust. He saddled Startac to a 10th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and a win in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. I). He was the trainer for Astra who won a pair of grade I races while in his barn.Bray first became interested in horse racing as a young boy growing up in London."My father owned Thoroughbreds and I was hooked at an early age," he said.