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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Giving Thanks

As we draw towards the close of 2012, I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks. It has been a year filled with the blessings of talented horses and great races. To these racing gifts, which are so frequently enjoyed that we can at times take them for granted, I am thankful. The majestic thoroughbred horse, in my opinion the most beautiful of all animals that walk the earth, and whom give us their effort, their heart, and their soul on a daily basis simply for the opportunity to test their physical talents, and for our sporting enjoyment, I am thankful. To all the men and women who have had their hearts penetrated by the lure and the love of the horse, and have dedicated their lives to being by their side, I give my thanks. Truly not just for Kings, horse racing is a sport, a game, a life choice, that can both lift your spirits incredibly high and tear your heart to pieces within a single afternoon. A needed diversion to some, lifeblood to others, I am thankful that it has been a big part of who I am for as long as I can remember. Finally, I give thanks to my family, friends, colleagues, and for that matter, fans of the horse, and race fans everywhere. Thank you for joining me in this lifetime journey … Godspeed to us all. 

 

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Couldn't have said it better myself, chief.
Nice choice of words. I say thanks to everyone passionate for Thoroughbreds. I do not really consider this a sport, for me this is a game, a game of winning $ and trying to stay in the black. Happy Thanksgiving everyone- especially to the grinders. Salute and keep hitting those overlay$.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFTTxz9TTTQ Talk about racing never stopping
Great college football tomorrow that I will have to tape as nothng closes down the races and I have to work.
Turkey roasting, check. Ham roasting, check. Pies cooling, check. Tables set for 20, check. Computer set up in backroom with windows opened to HRN and Twinspires, check.
Thank you, Brian Zipse. Thank you, Horse Racing Nation. Thank you to all of my new friends on the staff of HRN!

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Meet Brian Zipse 


Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

  
As Editor of Horse Racing Nation, Brian authors a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and adds his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of Directors of The Exceller Fund. Brian also consults for leading contest site Derby Wars, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

  

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