Claire Novak

Claire Novak

Editor, BloodHorse Daily

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Claire Novak, online features editor for the Blood-Horse, has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at BloodHorse.com in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on ESPN.com, among others. She is the winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary, the 2013 Joe Hirsch Memorial Award (feature/advance division), and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing. She lives near Lexington and, when not writing about racing, can often be found jumping with her Thoroughbred, Bob.

  • Elate draws away to win the Alabama Stakes by 5 1/2 lengths at Saratoga Race Course

    Elate Dominates Alabama Stakes

    Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Elate ran down pacesetter It Tiz Well and drew off to a dominant victory in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (G1) Aug. 19 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Manuel Franco celebrates his first Saratoga Race Course grade 1 on World Approval

    World Approval Kicks Clear in Fourstardave

    Dialing back in distance and skimming easily over good turf after a heavy rainstorm Aug. 12 at Saratoga Race Course, veteran World Approval kicked clear to win the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (G1T).

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 2 Recap

    Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 2 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps day 2 of the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale including comments from Boyd Browning, Kerri Radcliffe, Davant Latham, and Brian Graves. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Guy Mulcaster enjoying his time at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale

    Mulcaster Picks Up Medaglia d'Oro Colt

    A Medaglia d'Oro youngster from a female family that boasts great success in Europe will head to Ireland after selling to Mulcaster Bloodstock Aug. 8 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1 Recap

    Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1 Recap

    Claire Novak recaps day 1 of the Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale including comments from Ian Brennan, Craig Bandoroff and Boyd Browning. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Gun Runner takes the Whitney with style

    Gun Runner Cruises in Whitney

    Cruising for home on his lonesome under a confident ride from Florent Geroux, the 3-5 Steve Asmussen-trained favorite continued to draw away en route to a 5 1/4-length win over Keen Ice.

  • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Preview

    Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, including comments from Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales and footage of some of the horses to watch at the sale. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.

  • Garrett Gomez left an undeniable mark upon the sport

    2017 Hall of Fame Profiles: Garrett Gomez

    Garrett Gomez, the troubled jockey whose brilliance on the track led him to wins in 13 Breeders' Cup races, the national earnings title four times and who handed Zenyatta her only loss aboard Blame, will be posthumously be inducted into the Hall.

  • Rick Porter leads Songbird and Mike Smith into the Delaware Park winner's circle

    Songbird Holds Fast in Delaware Handicap

    The champion daughter of Medaglia d'Oro came and conquered July 15 at Delaware Park, where she claimed the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G1) for Delaware native Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • Actress wins the Jebel Ali Silver Jubilee Anglesey Stakes to become the first black-type winner for Declaration of War

    Declaration of War, Justin Phillip Get Stakes Winners

    Actress won the Jebel Ali Silver Jubilee Anglesey Stakes at the Curragh to become the first black-type winner for Declaration of War, while What a Catch was Justin Phillip's first black-type winner in the Rockville Centre Stakes at Belmont Park.

  • Fasig-Tipton July Sale Preview

    Claire Novak previews the Fasig-Tipton July sale, which kicks off the yearling sales season, including comments from Mark Taylor of Taylor Made Sales Agency.

  • Pee Wee Reese captures his first graded stakes win in his first try at the graded level

    Supplement Pee Wee Reese Upsets Om in American

    With even-money favorite Om close behind all the way in the $100,000 American Stakes (G3T) July 4 at Santa Anita Park, Nick Alexander's Tribal Rule homebred turned back the multiple graded stakes winner and picked up a graded victory of his own.

  • Nancy Polk of Normandy Farm was at Churchill Downs to watch Sunny Skies romp in the Debutante Stakes

    Despite Late Night, Polk Enjoys Sunny Skies

    The 2-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom became the first stakes winner for her sire June 30 in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes around 10:30 p.m. EDT, and Normandy Farm owner Polk, also Sunny Skies' breeder, was on hand.

  • Joe Bravo celebrates his fourth United Nations win in the past six years

    Bigger Picture Dives to Record United Nations Score

    A crafty ride from Joe Bravo set 10-1 shot Bigger Picture up with dead aim on his first grade 1 victory July 1 in the United Nations Stakes, and the 6-year-old Badge of Silver gelding responded with a dazzling win in course-record time. 

  • Forever Unbridled rolls home to win the Fleur de Lis Stakes

    Forever Unbridled Makes Triumphant Return

    Running for the first time since a third behind Beholder and Songbird in the Nov. 4 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), the 5-year-old took down her rivals with a strong late rally in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2). 

  • Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith poses aboard Unique Bella in the Santa Anita Park winner's circle

    Unique Bella Nears Return to Training

    Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella is progressing well in her recovery process from a shin issue. The 3-year-old Tapit filly should start galloping for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer soon.

  • Post-Belmont Stakes News Update

    Post-Belmont Stakes News Update

    Claire Novak pays a visit to Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit and checks in on the status of several other Belmont contenders including Irish War Cry, Patch, Gormley, Senior Investment, and Hollywood Handsome.

  • Belmont Stakes Wrap

    Belmont Stakes Wrap

    Claire Novak recaps the Belmont Stakes, where Tapwrit ran down Irish War Cry to become the third Belmont Stakes winner sired by Gainesway's Tapit, and trainer Todd Pletcher's third Belmont Stakes winner as well. Also an update on Hollywood Handsome.

  • West Coast is clear by 3 3/4 lengths under Mike Smith

    West Coast Best in Easy Goer

    Hall of Famer Bob Baffert brought West Coast to the East Coast ready to rumble, and the son of Flatter impressed like a 9-5 choice should June 10 in the $150,000 Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park.

  • Epicharis in his last day of training at Belmont Park June 6, before his soundness issues began

    Epicharis Out of Belmont Stakes

    Epicharis, who traveled from Japan to contest the Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1), was a vet scratch the morning of the race June 10, after he failed to train several days in a row at Belmont Park.

  • Belmont Stakes News Update for June 9

    Belmont Stakes News Update for June 9

    Claire Novak reports on the status of Belmont Stakes contender Epicharis, who was seen Friday morning by the New York Racing Association's chief examining veterinarian. Also includes footage of Tapwrit, Meantime, Senior Investment, and more!

  • Belmont Stakes News Update June 8

    Belmont Stakes News Update for June 8

    Claire Novak shares information on Belmont Stakes contender Epicharis, who did not go to the track to train Thursday morning after being treated for lameness. Plus footage of Irish War Cry and Gormley in their first trips over the track!

  • Belmont Stakes News Update for June 7

    Belmont Stakes News Update for June 7

    Claire Novak interviews trainer Mark Casse about Classic Empire's defection from the Belmont Stakes (G1), and checks in on the juvenile champion on a busy Wednesday morning as the remaining Belmont contenders gear up for the race.

  • Bal a Bali and jockey Mike Smith win the Shoemaker Mile

    Comeback King Bal a Bali Takes Shoemaker Mile

    Rounding the turn for home in the $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (G1T) June 3 at Santa Anita Park, Bal a Bali again validated owner Calumet Farm's decision to keep the striking bay off their stallion roster for another year.

  • Jockey Joe Bravo sitting chilly on Grand Jete as she soars under the wire

    Grand Jete Steps Up in Eatontown

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Grand Jete (GB) took the next step in her stateside progression June 3, closing with powerful strides to win the $100,000 Eatontown Stakes (G3T) at Monmouth Park.