Talkin' Horses

Talkin' Horses, the exclusive horse racing podcast from, has always offered Thoroughbred fans and professionals an opportunity to pose questions to the people who make the headlines. Guests have included owners, trainers, jockeys, industry leaders, and newsmakers from around the world of Thoroughbred breeding and racing.

Steve Haskin: Belmont Stakes Preview

[image url=""]Steve Haskin[/image] Blood-Horse senior correspondent Steve Haskin returns to Talkin' Horses for a special Belmont Stakes (gr. I) preview. Now that Big Brown has won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown and moved on to New York, Haskin will be spending plenty of time on the Belmont backstretch, watching Big Brown and his challengers... Read More

Jim Squires:Owner, Two Bucks Farm

[image url=""]Jim Squires[/image] Jim Squires is the breeder of five graded stakes winners, including Monarchos, winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby. He is an owner of Two Bucks Farm, Versailles, Kentucky and manager of Two Bucks Stable, which has 8 horses in training. In a previous life as a journalist, he covered the White House, edited the... Read More

Jon White: HRTV Host/Handicapper

A host for HRTV since its inception and a simulcast television commentator from the paddock at Santa Anita and Oak Tree beginning in 1993, Jon White has been involved in racing since he joined the Daily Racing Form in 1974 at Playfair Race Course in his hometown of Spokane, Wash. He also spent three years as a licensed Thoroughbred owner in the 1970s. A 25-year career with the Daily Racing Form took... Read More

Robby Albarado: Jockey

[image url=""]Robby Albarado[/image] Jockey Robby Albarado was born Sept. 11, 1973 in Lafayette, Louisiana. He now lives in Louisville, Ky. with his wife and three children. Like many other great Louisiana riders, Albarado started riding the bush tracks in his home state. He scored his first official career victory in 1990 at Evangeline Downs... Read More

Steve Haskin: Derby Preview

[image url=""]Steve Haskin[/image] With the Derby preps nearly complete, and the field for the Run for the Roses coming into focus, it's time for Blood-Horse senior correspondent Steve Haskin to do his annual Derby Preview on Talkin' Horses. Haskin is an award-winning Turf writer renowned for his Kentucky Derby commentary, with weekly articles... Read More

Dr. Scot Waterman: Executive Director, Racing Medication and Testing Consortium

[image url=""]Dr. Scot Waterman[/image] Dr. Scot Waterman, who is executive director of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) , received his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. After spending eight years as a private small animal practitioner, he redirected his career, graduating... Read More

John & Brad Hennegan: Directors, "The First Saturday in May"

[image url=""]John & Brad Hennegan[/image] After working for others for too many years, Long Island, New York natives and brothers John and Brad Hennegan quit their jobs and started working for themselves on a project that they believed in. Their goal was to make horse racing cool again by telling the stories of the hard-working... Read More

Remi Bellocq: CEO, National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association

[image url=""]Remi Bellocq[/image] The son of acclaimed equine cartoonist Pierre 'Peb' Bellocq, Remi Bellocq has spent a lifetime around the horse industry. Raised in New York and New Jersey, Bellocq had an opportunity to witness some of racing's greats on the New York racing circuit. He also has traveled extensively throughout the world... Read More

Richard Shapiro: Chairman, California Horse Racing Board

[image url=""]Richard Shapiro[/image] Shapiro has served as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) since January 1, 2006. Since being appointed to the CHRB in 2005 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Shapiro has been extremely active as a racing commissioner, spending a great deal of his personal time on some of the serious issues... Read More

Dan Metzger: President, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA)

[image url=""]Dan Metzger[/image] Dan Metzger was appointed president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) in July 1999. Based in Lexington, Ky., TOBA was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization for Thoroughbred owners and breeders. TOBA's mission is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport... Read More

Tommy Eastham and Mark Toothaker: Owners, Legacy Bloodstock

[image url=""]Tommy Eastham[/image] [image url=""]Mark Toothaker[/image] Partners Tommy Eastham and Mark Toothaker run Legacy Bloodstock, which had its first public consignment in July, 2005, with their primary focus being on Thoroughbred auctions nationwide. Based in Nicholasville, Kentucky... Read More

Byron Rogers: Stallion Manager/Pedigree Analyst

[image url=""]Byron Rogers[/image] Byron Rogers comes from an Australian racing background with his family racing some top flight gallopers in that country. He attended race meetings in his home town of Sydney, Australia with regularity. While attending university, he worked for leading Australian trainer Les Bridge as well as a period for leading... Read More

Laffit Pincay, III: TV Analyst

[image url=""]Laffit Pincay, III[/image] Laffit Pincay III has served as one of the primary on-air hosts for HorseRacing TV's day-to-day coverage of live racing for the past five years. He has also filled a variety of additional roles for HRTV, including serving as host of its "Pursuit of the Cup" show, which provides weekly updates leading... Read More

Ro Parra: Millennium Farms

[image url=""]Ro Parra and Richard Migliore[/image] Former Dell senior vice president Rosendo G. "Ro" Parra came to the Bluegrass in 1999 and established Millennium Farms on sacred ground surrounded by such giants of the Thoroughbred breeding industry as Gainesway , Spendthrift , and Walmac . Achieving almost overnight success, Millennium has... Read More

Bobby Trussell: Walmac Farm

[image url=""]Bobby Trussell[/image] This week's guest on a special Friday edition of Talkin' Horses is Bobby Trussell, the co-owner of Walmac Farm who recently weighed in on the current state of Thoroughbred racing as a contributor to Final Turn . Trussell, who is chief executive officer of Tempur-Pedic International - a leading manufacturer... Read More

Jack Wolf and Donald Lucarelli: Starlight Racing

[image url=""]Starlight Racing[/image] Starlight Racing Team principals Jack Wolf and Donald Lucarelli visit Talkin' Horses "live" from the site of the 2007 Keeneland Yearling Sale as they discuss their current and past on track successes -- with such noted runners as Harlan's Holiday, Keyed Entry, and Octave -- as well as their activities... Read More

Kathy Hopkins: Kentucky Horse Park

[image url=""]Kathy Hopkins[/image] Among her duties as Director of Equine Operations at Lexington's Kentucky Horse Park , Kathy Hopkins counts such diverse activities as the planning, organization, management and care of all equine areas and horses at the Park, including the Hall of Champions, the Draft and Carriage Divisions, the Breeds and... Read More

Jim Gallagher: New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association

[image url=""]Jim Gallagher[/image] Nowhere in the country is the current state of Thoroughbred racing more turbulent than in the state of New York. To help sort out the issues and discuss possible outcomes, we welcome Jim Gallagher, the executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. Gallagher, a former consultant... Read More

Rose Mary Williams: Mountaineer Gaming

[image url=""]Rose Mary Williams[/image] Rose Mary Williams, director of racing at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in Chester, West Virginia, has over 30 years of experience in the racing industry. With a career that began in the pari-mutuel department, Williams hand calculated races in the computer department and served as Director... Read More

Corey Johnsen: Kentucky Downs President

[image url=""]Corey Johnsen[/image] On the heels of the recent purchase of majority ownership in Kentucky Downs racetrack by a partnership of Texas investors led by former Lone Star Park president Corey Johnsen and investment banker Ray Reid, is proud to welcome Mr. Johnsen as our guest on a special Friday edition of Talkin'... Read More

Harvey Pack: Racing Superfan

[image url=""]Harvey Pack[/image] If there were a picture next to the word “horseplayer” in the dictionary, odds are it would be the familiar visage of Harvey Pack, the legendary and curmudgeonly face and voice of racing to generations of New York racetrack denizens. One of the most recognizable and distinctive personalities in New... Read More

Greg Avioli Breeders' Cup Ltd

[image url=""]Greg Avioli[/image] A native of St. Louis, Greg Avioli, 42, is president and chief executive officer of Breeders’ Cup Limited . Under Avioli’s direction, Breeders’ Cup Ltd. has undergone some of the most significant and innovative changes in its 24 year history. Avioli managed the Breeders’ Cup through its... Read More

T.D. Thornton: Turf Writer

[image url=""]T.D. Thornton[/image] T.D. Thornton is the author of the newly published and highly acclaimed “ Not by a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track ”. A personal, literary portrait of a year at Suffolk Downs, the book focuses on the behind-the-scenes daily doings of minimum-wage stablehands, jockeys who battle... Read More

John Velazquez: Award-winning Jockey

[image url=""]John Velazquez[/image] A little over a week after he guided Rags to Riches to an historic victory in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), jockey John Velazquez will take questions from racing fans when he is the guest on a special edition of’s Talkin’ Horses online chat. The chat will be held at noon, Tuesday... Read More

Lou Raffetto: Maryland Jockey Club

[image url=""]Lou Raffetto[/image] Lou Raffetto is in his seventh year managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations as the MJC’s Chief Operating Officer, taking over on January 1, 2001. In February 2006 he was promoted the President. Raffetto earned rave reviews as the Executive Vice President of Racing of Suffolk Downs in Boston... Read More

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