Kentucky Beckons

Kentucky Beckons

If you are looking for my typical article about the sport of horse racing, (although I would like to think my articles are a little atypical to begin with), please stop reading now. Instead today, I would like to write about something a bit more personal about me, and my family.

I’m happy to announce that our time in Suburban Chicago is coming to an end so that we can move into our new home in Kentucky. As a Horse Racing Nation team member, a lover of horses and racing my entire life, and as someone with still unfulfilled goals within the thoroughbred industry -- it’s been a long time coming.

First off, I believe a public thank you to my girls is in order. Candice and I have been together nearly 12 years, and were married in 2005. She is my love, my rock, and my biggest supporter. In the summer of 2008, we were blessed with the birth of our daughter, Kendra. Cute as a button, and smart as a whip, we could not have asked for a better third for our lifelong journey. Being an only child is not always easy, but she does so with style and grace -- just ask her. We came close a couple of times to adding to our little family, but for whatever reason, it was not meant to be. That these two dynamic, incredible girls would not only entertain and be willing to act upon my dream to live in horse country, but actually be thoroughly excited to move there, makes me the luckiest man in the world.

For numerous reasons, Chicago is a great town. We’ve absolutely enjoyed our years here, and will miss plenty of great people, but Kentucky beckons.

This week we will move into our new Kentucky home. Right off I-64 and the magical drive from Louisville to Lexington, we found a home we believe to be an ideal one to raise Kendra. We also found a house that features the perfect location. I ask you, how does this sound?

30 minutes to Churchill Downs

50 minutes to Keeneland

1 hour 25 minutes to Turfway Park

1 hour 38 minutes to Belterra Park

2 hours 15 minutes to Indiana Grand

2 hours 18 minutes to Kentucky Downs

2 hours 29 minutes to Ellis Park

And like most of the horses I bet on, I drive a little fast, so the driving times from our front door to each of those places are on the conservative side.

But of course, more than driving distances, the move to Kentucky is more about a way of life, and living immersed in the culture of horse country. My dream is for Candice and Kendra to love it all as much as I do. Who knows, maybe Kendra will choose a life and career around horses. Nothing would make me happier. Only time will tell, but for now -- we are excited and thrilled to be on our way to Kentucky.

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. 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, American Pharoah and Justify. 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. His new racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing show, HorseCenter and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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