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.

Avalyn Hunter: Pedigree Analyst

One of the first pedigree books Avalyn Hunter can recall reading as a fifteen-year-old is Sir Charles Leicester’s classic work Bloodstock Breeding , which twenty-five years later served as a model and inspiration for Hunter’s first book, American Classic Pedigrees 1914–2002 . Covering the race records, antecedents, and descendants of the winners of the American Triple Crown races plus the... Read More

Frank Lyons: TVG Analyst

[image url=""]Frank Lyons[/image] Born and raised in Ireland, Frank Lyons was introduced to race horses by an uncle who was a horse owner. His interest was enhanced by his mother, Betty, who took him to local tracks such as Phoenix Park and Fairyhouse. While in boarding school, Lyons began getting first-hand experience by working on a horse farm... Read More

Handicapper Steve Moody

Steve Moody, 50, grew up in Louisville, Ky. His first connection to horse racing was listening to Cawood Ledford call the feature races during the Keeneland and Churchill Downs meets. When WHAS-TV would broadcast from Churchill Downs on Saturdays in the spring and summer, Moody would watch the races and make his selections. He picked his first Derby winner at age nine "when the name Kauai King sounded... Read More

John Asher: Churchill Downs

[image url=""]John Asher[/image] John Asher, vice president of Communications at Churchill Downs, has worked in the Thoroughbred racing industry as a journalist and a publicist for more than 20 years. A native of Leitchfield, Ky., Asher has a journalism degree from Western Kentucky University. Asher joined Churchill Downs in January 1997 and... Read More

Emma-Jayne Wilson: Jockey

[image url=""]Emma-Jayne Wilson[/image] If you were imagining the ideal rookie season for a Thoroughbred jockey, you probably couldn't envision the year Emma-Jayne Wilson had in 2005, when the 24-year-old Ontario native capped a sensational debut season on the circuit by winning both the Sovereign Award and the Eclipse Award as the year's outstanding... Read More

Darrell Haire: Jockey's Guild

[image url=""]Darrell Haire[/image] Recently appointed Interim National Manager Darrell Haire replaced ousted former president L. Wayne Gertmenian as Congress continues its investigation into the health and welfare issues facing jockeys, as well as other track workers. A member representative with the Jockeys’ Guild since 2000, Darrell... Read More

Scott Savin: Gulfstream Park

The January 4th opening of the 2006 meet marks the beginning of a new era at Gulfstream Park. Join the self-described devotee of the P.T. Barnum-Bill Veeck-Vince McMahon school of presentation as he and his staff approach the unveiling of the newly-renovated Gulfstream Park and prepare to usher in a new era of racing and entertainment in South Florida, featuring four spectacular restaurants, 20 luxury... Read More

Matt McCarron: Jockey

[image url=""]Matt McCarron[/image] Join champion jockey Matt McCarron as he prepares to ride reigning Eclipse Award Steeplechase champion Hirapour in Saturday's Colonial Cup showdown with 2003 champion McDynamo. McCarron, who won second straight NSA jockey championship with 24 wins and $592,743 in earnings in 2004, has won major races with... Read More

Dede Biles: Bloodstock Sales Editor

[image url=""]Dede Biles[/image] With Thoroughbred auction grosses up around the world and record-setting prices almost routinely being paid in every sales ring, join our Bloodstock Sales Editor Dede Biles as she answers your questions about the rise in prices at recent select yearling sales and the trend that's now continued through the Fasig... Read More

David Hood: Breeders' Cup 2005

[image url=""]David Hood[/image] David Hood has been Director of Public Relations for Britain's William Hill Organization since 1993. Universally recognized as one of the leading bookmakers in the world, William Hill specializes in legal off-track wagering and operates the fastest growing Internet gambling site in the UK. During his time at William... Read More

Ken Kirchner: NTRA

[image url=""]Ken Kirchner[/image] Ken Kirchner is National Thoroughbred Racing Association/Breeders' Cup senior vice-president for product development. Ken's many contributions to the Breeders' Cup experience include creation of the Head-2-Head wagers and the idea for setting the order of races once the fields have been determined. Ken has... Read More

Richard Mandella: Trainer

[image url=""]Richard Mandella[/image] Rock Hard Ten's impressive win in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita against a field with aspirations for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge has once again thrust Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella into the Breeders' Cup spotlight just as the Big Day approaches. The... Read More

Chuck Zacney: Cash Is King Stable

[image url=""]D. G. Van Clief, Jr.[/image] Chuck Zacney is managing partner of Cash Is King Stable, which owns and races 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex. Zacney founded The Sirrus Group, a regional medical billing company based in Norristown, Penn. Afleet Alex, a $75,000 purchase as a 2-year-old for Zacney and fellow Cash... Read More

Dr. Catherine Kohn: Veterinarian

[image url=""]Dr. Catherine Kohn[/image] Dr. Catherine Kohn, a specialist in internal medicine and a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine, will answer your questions about equine herpesvirus (EHV) today from noon-1 p.m. She joins senior correspondent Steve Haskin, who will... Read More

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