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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Top 12 Reasons Why I became a Turf Writer



12) To be there the day the Arlington Park press box finally breaks out in song with a scene from Chicago.


11) I always wanted a really cool nickname like “Red”, “Skip”,  or “Mutton Chops”.


10) Young fans need to know that Triple Crown winners of the past were only fabrications of some writer’s imagination.


9) I got tired of standing for the Star Spangled Banner all alone at home in my boxer shorts.


8) Working weekends is the bomb.


7) The National Enquirer turned down all my submissions on aliens impregnating Britney Spears.



6) If my writing could attract just one new young fan to racing, that would raise the national total by 20%.


5) The profession needed more diversity.


4) Little known fact … racetrack press boxes employ some of the finest chefs in the world to feed the media.


3) I felt like it was time for me to finally enter that lower tax bracket I had been eyeing.


2) Can’t seem to get enough of that barn smell.


And the number one reason why I became a Turf Writer ...


1) Did you see all the hot chicks that used to follow Harvey Pack around the track??? 


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Older Comments about Top 12 Reasons Why I became a Turf Writer...

I believe his name is John McCririck.
McKittrick is his name yes?
that English fellow tired to sue British Channel four for age descrimination but never heard the outcome of the trial.
I like "Mutton Chops", Mutton Chops.
#15 - the dark horse.
#7 might just take the cake ;-)
#13 (or 14) Get to hang with celebrities like Rachel...
Funny Brian. No. 13 - you get to put up with all us bloggers.

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Meet Brian Zipse 

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, 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 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 consults for Derby Wars, is on the the Board of Directors of ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and is a Vox Populi committee member. 
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.  

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