TDN Podcast

Welcome to the TDN Podcast, presented by Taylor Made, where each week we bring you an interview with a racing industry personality. The podcasts are available through the Podcasts app on your iphone, or simply by clicking the play buttons below.


Emmeline Hill | February 19, 2018

Emmeline Hill is Associate Professor of Equine Science at University College Dublin and, along with trainer Jim Bolger, was the co-founder of Equinome Ltd. She is now Chief Science Officer for the equine science company Plusvital Ltd, a world leader in the development and provision of genetic tests for the international Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industries. All of which means she's brought science into the equation. Will your horse be a sprinter, a miler or stayer? Will it prosper on grass or dirt? Hill has found that in something called equine exercise genomics, those answers can be found.

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Criquette Head-Maarek | January 25, 2018

On February 1, Criquette Head-Maarek will retire, concluding one of the greatest careers any trainer has ever had. A member of what one may call France's first family of racing, she has won the Arc de Triomphe three times, established herself at a time when few thought a female could rise to the top ranks of the French trainer's standings and on two occasions beat life-threatening illnesses. Head-Maarek is this week's guest on the Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made.

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Ron Paolucci | January 16, 2018

Two things are certain about Ron Paolucci-his enthusiasm for the sport is unsurpassed and he thinks outside the box. That's why it comes as no surprise that not only will he partake for the second straight year in the GI Pegasus World Cup, but he has two entrants, War Story (Northern Afleet) and Sharp Azteca (Freud). Sometimes controversial, never dull, Paolucci is this week's guest on the Thoroughbred Daily News podcast brought to you by Taylor Made.

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Louis Cella | January 5, 2018

A lot has changed in racing since 1904, but one thing has remained the same. When it comes to Oaklawn Park, for the last 114 years the person in charge has been named Cella. Following the death of Oaklawn owner Charles J. Cella in December, his son Louis was named the new president of Oaklawn. He will be the one guiding the historic track in Hot Springs, Arkansas into the future, and he is our guest on this week's TDN podcast brought to you by Taylor Made.

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Mandy Pope | December 6, 2017

Mandy Pope is a breeder, an owner, an equestrian. She's also a collector, but not of fine art or vintage wines, but of great broodmares. Since 2011, she has purchased some of the greatest mares ever to race at the fall breeding stock sales at Fasig Tipton and Keeneland. And she was at it again this year, purchasing champion Songbird for $9.5 million at Fasig Tipton. Mandy Pope is this week's guest on the Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made.

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Tim Ritvo | October 24, 2017

Few people have come as far and as fast in this sport as Tim Ritvo has. Starting out as a jockey on the Massachusetts Fair circuit, he went on to become a trainer and then the head man at Gulfstream Park for the Stronach Group. Today, he's much more than even that. He's been promoted to the chief operating officer, which means he is Frank Stronach's right-hand man when it comes to operating his racetracks. Tim Ritvo is our guest on this week's Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made.

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Marshall Gramm | October 19, 2017

He's the son of an economist who also happens to be a former United States Senator and a one-time candidate for the Republican nomination for he presidency. Marshall Gramm did follow his father's path, at least when it comes to economics. The younger Gramm is an economics professor at Rhodes College in Memphis. But he never went into politics. Perhaps that's because he is too busy with his other lines of work, betting on the horses and running the Ten Strike Racing syndicate. A fascinating individual, Marshall Gramm is our guest on this week's TDN podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made.  

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Craig Fravel | October 3, 2017

Formerly the president and general manager of Del Mar, Craig Fravel will be returning home for this year's Breeders' Cup. The CEO and President of the organization talks to the TDN about this year's championship event, and where he sees the Breeders' Cup headed in the future, on this week's TDN Podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made.

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Gary West | September 13, 2017

Gary West has had great success as a hospital administrator, running a private equity firm and in particular in the field of telecommunications. Along with his wife Mary, West founded the West Corporation in 1985, which went on to become one of the largest customer relationship management providers in the world with more than 35,000 employees and $3.5 billion in annual sales. His ability to build something from the ground floor and prosper also extends to the horse racing business, where the West family's pink and black silks are a regular visitor to the winner's circle in major races. Gary West is this week's guest on the Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made.

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Corey Johnsen | September 7, 2017

When Corey Johnsen and Ray Reid took over Kentucky Downs in 2007, they were handed the reins of a track that had had financial problems and was little more than a blip on the radar when it came to the national racing scene. Today, Johnsen, the president and part-owner of Kentucky Downs, oversees a meet where the purses are huge, the takeout is low and the racing is so good that everyone is taking notice. Johnsen is this week's guest on the Thoroughbred Daily News podcast, brought to you by Taylor Made.

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