My favorite movie is Almost Famous. It leads the pack of horse movies like Seabiscuit and National Velvet by a Secretariat margin, even though there is nary a horse to be found in its 2-hour running time. But it more than any other film captures my experience in horse racing (plus it's got a killer soundtrack). For the uninitiated, Almost Famous is the story of a teenage boy, William Miller, who follows his passion for rock-n-roll right into a writing job for Rolling Stone magazine. Set in 1973, he's just a regular guy who goes from writing record reviews for his local music paper (blogging) and chatting with rock journalist Lester Bangs, to rubbing shoulders with Black Sabbath and making friends with the girls who follow the bands, the infamous "Band Aides", with the ultimate backstage pass. With his encyclopedic knowledge and sincere love of the music, plus a dash of luck & charm, he gains access to the stars he idolizes and gets his work read by millions of readers of rock's weekly Bible. That film inspired me to pursue my dream of working in racing (plus my own version of Lester Bangs, the late Jim Gaffney). Instead of Black Sabbath & Band Aides, I met Zenyatta & hung out with racecaller Travis Stone. Now I'm committed to giving other horse racing fans the same opportunity!
-- Have you ever had an experience at the track that changed your life and you wanted to tell everyone you met about it?
-- Have you ever wanted to start a blog, but feared you wouldn't have time to keep it up after the first few well-written posts?
-- Do you have a fantastic idea to revolutionize racing but lack the platform to proclaim your manifesto?
-- Have you ever snapped a photo of a horse in full flight in deep stretch that rivaled the ones taken by Eclipse Sportswire?
"The best racing writers are the ones who truly have a burning passion for our sport. I can't wait to see that great passion, that I know Horse Racing Nation readers possess, come shining through, thanks to this opportunity." -- Brian Zipse, Managing Editor and virtuoso of Zipse At The Track.
Get your article published on HRN and read by the thousands of fans who make this site their daily racing headquarters. You'll be right alongside your favorite writers like Brian and Handicapper Jarrod Horak.
"Find something you love and you'll never work a day in your life is a mantra I've taken to heart. Combining my passion for writing and horse racing is all play and no work, which is why I love being a turf writer." -- Ashley Tamulonis of the Florida Filly.
It's a chance to expand on a topic that deserves more than a quick comment. It's a channel for your horse racing graphics that other sites just don't have the space to post. The best part is, HRN contributors also have the opportunity to snag a backstage pass to events like the Kentucky Derby, Breeders' Cup and so many more!
"To write about the sport that you have loved for your entire life is true joy!" -- Matt Shifman of Racing At The Jersey Shore and New York State of Racing.
What are you waiting for? Get to the track, get out your laptops and get writing, because as the Band-Aides would say,
-- Candice Curtis (skipaway2000), Team HorseRacingNation