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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Goodbye, My Friend

Tim, as heartbroken as I am right now, I can't help but to think of how much I enjoyed being your friend. You have left behind many people who loved you ... more than probably you could ever have known. To say that you were one of the good ones is not nearly enough. The remainder of this article is what I wrote this past December. I've reread it a few times in the past 12 hours. It makes me both happy and incredibly sad at the same time. You were so much more than Fan of the Year. Goodbye, My Friend, your spirit will always be with me.
 
Tim Reynolds is by no means your average fan of horse racing, and today I honor his great love for the sport by naming him the 2010 Fan of the Year. Whether it be going to the races at Churchill Downs, or visiting retired runners at horse farms, or the room in his home dedicated to racing’s stars, Tim lives and breathes the greatest sport in the world.
 
It all started for Tim 21 years ago when he picked out a fiery, near black stallion in the post parade of the 1989 Kentucky Derby. As a native to Louisville, he had watched several Derbies before, but seeing Sunday Silence that afternoon ignited a fire for the sport that continues to burn today. At the time, twelve-year-old Tim had no idea that he was in store for one of the best Triple Crown series in history, as his new favorite and Easy Goer would battle it out in each race. He still will watch their epic stretch dual in the Preakness as a source of inspiration.
 
There were countless wonderful people that I considered for the award this year, but it was Tim who I felt to be the most deserving. Inspiration is one of the main reasons in his favor. He recognizes the great courage and heart our racing heroes display. Horses like Seattle Slew, Sunday Silence, and Tiznow, who overcame adversity to become champions, mean more to him than most people. While Tim has suffered great personal tragedy over the past few years, like those racing champions that he loves, he battles on with both style and grace.
 
Not that long ago, Tim’s fondness for thoroughbred horse racing was a lonely endeavor. Family and friends did not have the passion for the game like him. Facebook changed all that. Tim dove right in and quickly made horse racing friends by the droves. It is on Facebook that Tim earned my recognition of not only a great guy, but also an amazing source of information, knowledge, and entertainment of both past and present goings on in the sport. Don’t get me wrong, he is more than only horses, but if you are a fan of racing, do yourself a favor and become a Facebook friend of Tim (Tiznow) Reynolds. If you are lucky your friendship will lead to meeting him at the races. He is one of the more pleasurable people to join in watching the races.
 
Relatively new to handicapping, Tim has already become an accomplished handicapper. I have first hand knowledge of Tim’s ability to pick the ponies, as he gave me the straight trifecta in a full-field, major stakes race. It was one of the first races we ever discussed together, and I have since seen numerous occasions where his picks are better than most. Good handicapping aside, Tim is a fan first and foremost. In fact, he rarely bets more in a day than a nice dinner would cost. He is there not to make money, but rather to get a glimpse of history or the next potential star in the making. He had that opportunity in May of 2008 when he noticed a striking filly on the walkover that had a very distinguishable blaze and a beautiful color. Her name was Rachel Alexandra, and he was fortunate enough to see her first race in person. She became one of Tim’s all-time favorites.
 
I first met Tim in person at this year’s Stephen Foster. We shared an old love for Sunday Silence, and also a new love for Rachel Alexandra, who happened to romp that day. Tim was like an old friend the first time I spent time with him. He is a regular guy, but with a ton of class. He is smart, but not pretentious. He is fun to be around. I feel confident in saying that everyone is better off just by knowing Tim Reynolds. I know I am. There will be many more Fans of the Year as time passes, but there will never be another innaugural winner. I can’t think of a more good natured, passionate, all-around great guy to hold that distinction. Tim Reynolds of Sunday Silence Drive (that‘s really the street he lives on), I salute you, and the world of horse racing salutes you. Congratulations, you are the Fan of the Year.

 

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I'm so sorry for the loss of this man, I loved getting to know him through FB,and really learned a good deal about his skills as a racing man. RIP, blessing to your friends and family
Thank you so very much for posting this Brian! I am so very proud of my amzing son, Tim and of how many lives he touched in many wonderful ways. To complete this story, Tim got to meet his beloved Rachel Alexandra and most importantly, "I got to share that awesome day with him and will treasure that always!"
I love you Tim. Thanks Brian for posting this.
My thoughts to all of you that knew him. I did not have the chance, but how blessed you all were to be able to call him your friend. I can see what an impact he has made in all of your comments.
It will be a long while before I remember not to look expectantly for comments from Tim in spaces such as these. Miss you so much, friend. :(
Tim was the most amazing person I have ever met. He was my best friend and my rock. He will always be with me.
I am sorry thoroughbred racing has lost such a great ambassador for the sport...I am sure he would have been a new friend instantly ...Tim, wherever you are, good racing...
Thank you Brian.
My heart goes out to Tim's family and friends. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. What a wonderful tribute to your friend Brian.
Tim, you will never be forgotten. RIP my friend.
Wonderful article, wonderful tribute Tim. Thank you for sharing.
Great tribute to a wonderful, funny guy. He will be sorely missed - I'm still in shock & my heart is breaking for Brandi & their daughter.
There are no words for the incredible sadness I feel for his family and most importantly his friends, who appear to have thought the world of him. I, unfortunately, never met Tim, but really wish I would have. Anybody that can have so many good friends say such great things about him is someone everyone should want to know. Tim is so deserving of Fan of the Year and great Friend for life.
Graet article,never got the chance to meet him but i know we would have become good friends too...Most deserving of "Fans of the Year".Well be hard to beat as "Fans of the Decade".

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. 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 Managing 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. Brian also serves on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
  
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.