• Long shot Stormy Lucy (65-1) upsets the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar in the last stride. Posted 1 day ago
  • Dortmund romps home a winner in the Native Diver.Posted 2 days ago
  • Commissioner much the best in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.Posted 2 days ago
  • Chiropractor edges March for a Hollywood Derby win at 14-1.Posted 2 days ago
  • Airoforce takes to the dirt in a big way, pulling away to win the Kentucky Jockey Club.Posted 2 days ago
  • Carina Mia turns back Stageplay in the Golden Rod.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tonalist with a late rush to just get up in the Cigar Mile!Posted 2 days ago
  • Forever Unbridled outduels Carrumba to the wire in the Comely.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mohaymen an impressive winner of Aqueduct's nine furlong Remsen.Posted 3 days ago
  • Lewis Bay runs to her odds in the Demoiselle.Posted 3 days ago

Meet The HRN Team...


Mark Midland

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Mark has over 15 years of horse racing marketing experience having held executive positions with Churchill Downs Inc., Harrah’s and Youbet.com.  Mark has a track record of innovating new products including the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (1999), establishing 20-horse wagering in the Kentucky Derby (2001) and the daily guaranteed Pick 4 at Hollywood Park (2003).

While at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs he grew Super Derby handle by 70% in the first year helping it average over $7-million for three straight years.  He also established a marketing partnership with Youbet.com that resulted in a 102% handle increase in two years.

Mark resides in Bossier City, La with his wife Kelley and two daughters.  He received his BA in Economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA degree from the University of Louisville. 

Mike Shutty

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Mike has been a passionate horseracing fan for over 30 years. He received his “handicapping education” through countless hours of deciphering the mystery that is embedded in every race. It was the tough beats at the window, however, that propelled him to never make the same mistake twice (well, maybe three times)

Prior to Horse Racing Nation, Mike owned and managed a successful direct marketing agency for 17 years that he subsequently sold in 2007. In 2007, Mike co-founded www.TrendPointers.com, a new source for predicting shifts in the economy and markets, and serves as Managing Partner.

As Managing Partner of Horse Racing Nation, Mike serves as investor, business advisor, staff handicapper and developer of handicapping content.

Travis Stone

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Travis became a horse racing fan after his first trip to Saratoga, a passion that grew throughout his childhood leading to a decision one day to pursue a career as a track announcer.

After graduating from college in New York, Travis became the track announcer at Louisiana Downs a few months later in April 2006. 

In 2014, Travis became the race announcer at the historic Jersey shore track, Monmouth Park.

Always interested in computers, Travis became fascinated with the web in 1997, and continues to maintain his personal website/blog at www.racecalling.com.

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 and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra 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. You can also find Brian regularly on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @zipseatthetrack
A graduate of DePaul University, Brian also serves on the Vox Populi Committee. He lives in Suburban Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra. 

Jarrod Horak


Horse Racing Nation handicapper Jarrod Horak has been handicapping thoroughbred races since 1980. He served two seasons as Track Handicapper/TV Host for Harrah's Louisiana Downs and has contributed to numerous online publications including Today’s Racing Digest. You can read his daily blog at www.pick6blog.com.

Candice Curtis

Email Marketing Manager

Candice is a lifelong horse racing fan and player. Her goal in life is to bring this fantastic game into the 21st century and beyond by embracing online and emerging technologies like Horse Racing Nation and DerbyWars.

She is a graduate of the University of Memphis and the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program. Candice counts as a mentor and friend the late Jim Gaffney, one of Secretariat’s exercise riders, who encouraged her to get involved in horse racing full-time.

As a tribute to Gaffney, Candice is an active volunteer at the Backside Learning Center at Churchill Downs, giving back to the people who ride, groom and train her beloved equine athletes.

Follow Candice on Twitter @skipaway2000.

Ember Marr

Marketing Manager

Ember grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and has had a lifelong love of horses and thoroughbred racing. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisville's Equine Business Program and was the President of UofL's Intercollegiate Equestrian Team, as well as President of the Riding and Racing Association. 

Ember and has been involved in many aspects of the racing industry, both on the business side and the horse side. She's done everything from working in the marketing department of Churchill Downs to learning how to hand-sew racing reins, and everything in-between. 

Ember is passionate about thoroughbred aftercare and has held volunteer positions with a number of equine rescues. When she's not watching racing, you can find her on the back of her favorite thoroughbred, an retired 9-year-old grey named Gris.