Maryland Jockey Club today announced that Gabby Gaudet will replace
Frank Carulli as the Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park racing analyst
after he leaves the company at the end of the Pimlico spring meeting,
which begins tomorrow. Gaudet, who will start full-time after Labor Day,
will be co-hosting with Carulli on Saturday and Sunday afternoon’s
during the meet. The 22-year-old was chosen after a successful on-air
audition at Laurel Park on March 23.
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club
was very happy the contest was the week it was because I was on spring
break and I had time to prepare,” Gaudet said. “Talking to people my age
in the industry, I feel like it is pulling to the younger demographic. A
couple of my high school and college friends are starting to follow
racing on Twitter and are planning on coming to the Preakness and not
just for the concerts in the Infield.”
role will include handicapping between races, with the selections
available on Twitter, writing a blog on the Pimlico, Laurel and
Preakness websites and producing news of the day/week package for the
was the most well-rounded candidate with a tremendous upside,” said
Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “With the role changing from
a pure handicapper to someone who can also assist in the social media
world and with the website, her ability to write a blog was significant.
She will not have to handle Frank’s morning line duties.”
chart caller Keith Feustle, who has co-hosted the “Today At The Races”
pre-race show on the Maryland simulcast signal with track announcer Dave
Rodman since the fall 2011, will take over Carulli’s morning line
duties beginning with the Laurel fall meet in September. Feustle has
been the oddsmaker at Colonial Downs since 2003.
the daughter of longtime conditioners Eddie and Linda Gaudet, is
finishing her final semester at Towson University. She will graduate
next month with a double major in mass communication and graphic design.
mom was very excited and my dad actually got teary-eyed,” added Gaudet.
“My mom home schooled me in trailer at Bowie Training Center for a
couple of years before I decided to go back to school in 8th grade, so literally I grew up on the racetrack.”
St. Mary’s High School graduate wrote for The Saratoga Special
newspaper last summer and has been a frequent contributor on Maryland
Horse Radio, which airs on CBS Sports Radio (AM 1300) in Baltimore each
Tuesday at 6 p.m.
am really excited about the opportunity,” Gaudet said. “Frank is a
really good handicapper. One of the things I need to focus on is
studying the charts and (Daily Racing Form) Formulator. I am going to
enjoy the blogging aspect of the job. Not only from a handicapping
aspect but also if we have a rider who has a big week. It will be
interesting to get to know them better and not from a stat-stand point
because that is something that will likely be handled in a press
51-year-old Carulli, who has been with the Maryland Jockey Club since
January 2002, will be relocating to Las Vegas in July.
Carulli is one of the top handicappers and morning line makers in the
business and he will be missed,” added Chuckas. “He was also extremely
helpful during this process with all the candidates and will tutor Gabby
during the Pimlico meet. We want to give her as much preparation as
possible before she takes over in the fall.”
THURSDAY’S OPENING DAY FEATURES NINE RACES
opening day card includes nine-races, headlined by a $45,000 allowance
test for fillies and mares at 1-1/16 miles. The seven horse field
includes Zucchini Flower, a multiple stakes placed filly from the Graham
Motion barn. Other contenders include Carrietta (7-2), Merryland Moon
(4-1), Regal Nurse (9-2) and Queen Concerto (6-1).
riders Yomar Ortiz and Trevor McCarthy, who finished 1-2 in the
recently completed Laurel Park meet, each have eight mounts on the card.
LAUREL PARK WAGERING UP 18% DURING WINTER MEETING
Maryland Jockey Club concluded the Laurel Park winter meeting Saturday,
posting average wagering figures which were 17.9% higher than the 2012
winter meet. The average daily handle went from $1.65 million to $1.94
handle figures increased 7% from $485,500 to $518,900, while the export
numbers increased 22.5% from $1.16 million to $1.42 million per day.
numbers have been strong since last year’s spring meet at Pimlico and
we look to continue that trend during the next two months,” Chuckas
said. “Turf racing will begin this weekend and the increased purses have
brought both quality and quantity to racing product.”