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A Midwest Thoroughbred double feature

I have a pair of stories in the latest news cycle of The Midwest Thoroughbred magazine.

The print edition features a preview story for the upcoming meet at Indiana Downs. The Shelbyville, Ind. track had a banner year in 2010, and faces the unique challenge of keeping that positive momentum going. To find out how they plan to do it, I spoke to racing secretary Raymond “Butch” Cook and trainer Randy Klopp, who is also president of the Indiana HBPA.

Click here to read my preview of the 2011 Indiana Downs meet.

On the publication’s website, I have a feature on Michigan’s breeding industry. The story discusses the impact the state’s flagging business has had on its breeding operations, and highlights five of its top stallions. To get some insight on Michigan’s breeding industry I spoke to Michigan Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association president Patti Dickinson, trainer/breeder James Jackson, McMaster Farm manager Dan Boik and breeder EJ Hubel.

Click here to read my story on Michigan’s breeding industry.

Also, if you’ll notice on page six, I have been added to the publication’s masthead as a contributing editor. I’m honored to be part of the team.

This is not the first time I have had work published in The Midwest Thoroughbred. Back in September, I interviewed jockey and trainer Richard Rettele for the magazine’s “Jockey Shorts” section.

The Midwest Thoroughbred is a fantastic publication for readers interested in horse racing in the region, and the effect its native sons and daughters have on the national scene. Though the magazine focuses its coverage on the business in Illinois and Indiana, it frequently covers topics pertaining to racing in surrounding states, including Michigan, Ohio, Iowa and Kentucky.

The publication is getting better with every issue, and is definitely worth the time to check out. And I’m not just saying that because I write for them. The feature writing is creative, entertaining and covers topics that the national publications may overlook.

I’d like to thank The Midwest Thoroughbred for having me on board, and I look forward to working together in the future.

If you like what you see, click here to subscribe to The Midwest Thoroughbred.


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Michigan Notebook: September 3, 2010

Artist Sharon Crute (pictured) has entered her 18-foot tall racing-themed piece in the Art Prize Grand Rapids competition from Sept. 22 to Oct. 10. Click on the photo for a larger view. (Photo provided by Crute)

– The Jockey Club has released individual fact books for each state that offers live racing. Michigan is included in the states analyzed in the areas of breeding, racing and sales. Predictably, the report features a bunch of charts and tables trending in a downward direction. With that said, it is interesting to see where Michigan-breds are breeding, competing and foaling outside of state. It’s no surprise that three of the top four out-of-state areas for Michigan-bred earnings are racino states. It is definitely a worthwhile read for anyone involved in the state’s racing industry and interested in its direction.

To read the full report, click here.

– From MTOBA: Thoroughbred Equine Artist Sharon Crute has an entry in the Art Prize Grand Rapids competition.  The competition runs from September 22nd to October 10th.  The public votes on their favorite entries during this time.  Sharon has done a 9 panel piece that is 18′ tall.  It will be at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe, Grand Rapids, MI. If you happen to be in Grand Rapids during the competition, please register and vote for her entry.

For a better look at the entry, click on the photo in this post.

During ArtPrize, there will be three platforms attendees can use to vote:

1. Text message
2. www.artprize.org
3. ArtPrize iPhone application
For each platform, the unique five digit code is 41451.

– On a personal note, readers of the Midwest Thoroughbred and Arabian Finish Line magazines will notice stories and/or photos by yours truly in this month’s issues. If and when links become available, I will put them up. I intend to contribute to future editions of both magazines, so if you’d like to keep up with my work, be sure to subscribe to both of these fine publications.


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