Ticker
  • Illuminant stalks and pounces to win the Grade 1 Gamely at Santa Anita.Posted 9 hours ago
  • Cyrus Alexander puts away Shotgun Kowboy to win the Lone Star Handicap.Posted 10 hours ago
  • Tapitation rolls late to score in the Kingston Stakes.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Bust Another runs away with Belmont's Mike Lee at odds of 19-1.Posted 13 hours ago
  • Weekend Hideaway rolls home an easy winner of the Commentator Stakes.Posted 14 hours ago
  • There's no catching Si Sage in the Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita.Posted 1 day ago
  • Lexie Lou returns to her winning ways in today's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Enola Gray takes the Melair gate to wire.Posted 2 days ago
  • Surgical Strike charges on the outside to win the Arlington Classic (G3).Posted 2 days ago
  • Diva Express and I'm a Looker make a dead heat run in the Winning Colors (G3).Posted 2 days ago

HRN Original Blog:
Past the Grandstand

Racing's Future: Shyain Christopher

Shyain Christopher
Photo: Faith Bough

 

“Racing’s Future” is a Q&A series in which I aspire to help everyone in the industry. In addition to shining a spotlight on youth who plan to have a career in horse racing, I hope that the opinions expressed in their responses will offer industry leaders insight into what a younger audience believes the sport should improve upon.


Meet Shyain Christopher


While growing up in Fresno, California, 16-year-old Shyain Christpher has always loved horse racing. Her love for horse racing began when she was 10, when she watched Big Brown win the Kentucky Derby. Her love for the sport intensified when she moved to a home near Golden Gate Fields. She has previously held an internship with Aggie Ordonez, daughter of jockey Pete Anderson, and is pursuing more internships in the industry with hopes of someday becoming a racehorse trainer.


How did you become interested in horse racing?


When I watched my first Kentucky Derby in 2008, I was mesmerized by the pageantry. And all the pretty horses, of course.


What do you love about horse racing?


I love that horse racing is a thinking game, a man’s or woman’s game, and that there is no set way. I love that every trainer has their own way of preparing a horse for a race. I love that it challenges my mind and that in horse racing, anything can happen.


Who are some of the people you admire in the industry and why?


I admire Chad Brown, Graham Motion, and Bobby Frankel. They all have or had the career I want. They are also known for developing international turf horses and American turf horses, and I really want that to be my specialty also.


What aspects of horse racing do you wish you knew more about?


I wish I knew more about conformation, because I have a love for auctions and I think conformation is an important tool in helping select good horses. I also wish I had more “horse sense” and knew how to apply my knowledge to real horses.


What racetracks have you been to?


Golden Gate Fields


What is your favorite racetrack? Why?


Del Mar. I love that it is synthetic and I feel synthetic is a really good surface for horses.


Of the racetracks you have not been to, which one do you want to visit most?


Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, Belmont Park, Saratoga, Santa Anita, and Del Mar


What are your favorite moments in your “horse racing life” thus far?


Zenyatta'a win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Blind Luck’s win in the Delaware Handicap


Who are your favorite racehorses of your lifetime? Before your lifetime?


Zenyatta, Blind Luck, Beholder, Trinniberg, Gio Ponti, and Game on Dude


If you could change something about the industry, what would you change?


The media's view on the sport


What do you think is the most common misconception about horse racing?


That we don't love our horses and that we are only in it for the money.


How would you convince someone who is not an avid follower of horse racing to begin following the sport?


To meet the horses that run, because when you form a connection with a horse, the race becomes way more exciting.


What career do you plan to pursue in the horse racing industry?


Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.


What is one thing you aspire to personally accomplish someday in the horse racing industry?


To train for owners like Godolphin and/or Juddmonte, to win a Breeders’ Cup race, and, like any other trainer, to win the Kentucky Derby.

 

comments powered by Disqus
Connect With Mary
Google+
Find 

Me On Facebook
Follow Me On Twitter

 

About Mary Cage

 


Mary Cage, a 20-year-old avid fan of horse racing, has been around horses all her life, having owned, shown, and judged them for as long as she can remember. She began writing her own horse racing blog, Past the Grandstand, in August 2011 and has since been published in America's Horse, American Racehorse and the Appaloosa Journal, as well as with the websites of The Blood-Horse and The Equine Chronicle. She has also had photos published with Paulick Report and Thoroughbred Daily News. In addition, she works as one of the social media coordinators for the Texas Thoroughbred Association.


In her personal horse experience, Mary has been around horses all her life and has won several Appaloosa National Champion and Reserve World Champion titles in the show ring. 


Mary has always aspired to have a career with horses and since her love for horse racing began, she has dreamed of pursuing a career in the Thoroughbred racing industry, possibly as a writer/photographer and marketing/communications specialist. She is currently attending the University of North Texas, where she is studying photojournalism with a minor in marketing. With this blog, she hopes to show readers horse racing through the eyes of a young fan as she writes about assorted horse racing topics.

Top Stories