Meet The Horse Racing Nation Team...

You can reach any members of the Horse Racing Nation team on the Contact Us page. You may also reach us at [email protected] or at 815-331-0937.

Mark Midland
Co-founder, CEO

Mark has more than 20 years of horse racing marketing experience having held executive positions with Churchill Downs Inc., Harrah’s and 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).

With Horse Racing Labs, Midland has launched Horse Racing Nation (2009), DerbyWars (2011) and was a co-founder and board member of TimeformUS, which launched in 2013. Horse Racing Nation has grown to one of the top news sites in horse racing, with 10 million annual visits, and DerbyWars is the leading horse racing contest site.

Mark resides in Louisville, Ky., 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.

Mark can be reached at [email protected].

Mike Shutty
Co-founder, Investor, Creator of the Super Screener

Mike has been a passionate horse racing fan for more than 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, a new source for predicting shifts in the economy and markets, and serves as Managing Partner.

Mike serves as an investor and developer of handicapping content and is the author of the Super Screener.

Jonathan Lintner

Jonathan Lintner
Horse Racing Nation Editor

Jonathan made the rare transition from public relations back into the news industry in October 2017 in becoming editor of Horse Racing Nation. To cover this industry — and in the home of the Kentucky Derby — was too good an offer to pass up.

He previously reported racing and a slew of other sports for The Courier-Journal newspaper and worked for a season as director of media relations for Louisville City FC, a growing professional soccer club.

Jonathan is a Louisville native who has never strayed too far from home, graduating from Western Kentucky University in 2012. He covered his first Derby in 2013 and is looking forward to the streak continuing with Horse Racing Nation.

Contact Jonathan at [email protected].

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.

Contact Candice at [email protected].

Carolyn Greer
Associate Editor

Carolyn transitioned to horse racing from a career in business journalism. After graduating from Rutgers University, she worked for Dow Jones in New York before returning to her hometown of Louisville. She held many editing positions at Louisville Business First, most recently as digital editor.

Carolyn's experience with racing mainly involves Derby parties and covering the event for Business First, but she has attended races with friends and family members since childhood. She's looking forward to learning and covering a different industry.

Contact Carolyn at [email protected].

Victor Ryan
West Coast Editor

A native of Chula Vista, Calif., Victor was introduced to horse racing as a child when he would tag along for the occasional trip to Del Mar with his father and Navy buddies. But it wasn't until joining the sports staff of the North County Times out of college, and being assigned the role of backup turf writer for Del Mar, that the horse racing bug fully bit him.

Victor soon moved his tack to Lexington, Ky., for a staff writer position with the Thoroughbred Times. He later accepted an editor's position at The Blood-Horse magazine before returning to Southern California with Today's Racing Digest as a race analyst.

In recent years, Victor has provided in-depth horse racing and sports gambling content for an array of leading websites and magazines. He resides in Pasadena, Calif., where he patiently awaits the next visit by his beloved San Diego Padres to Dodger Stadium.

Contact Victor at [email protected].

Brad Stephens

Managing Editor

A Winchester, Ky., native, Brad grew up a short drive from Keeneland. But his first experience at a track came as an 11-year-old at the former River Downs in Cincinnati. That’s where his grandfather – a veteran horse player and cousin of the legendary Woody Stephens – taught him how to bet. 

Brad’s worked sports writing stints in Kentucky at The Oldham Era and Bowling Green Daily News, sporadically covering racing but mostly focusing on high school and college athletics. Now he’s looking forward to reporting on the sport full-time for Horse Racing Nation.

Follow Brad on Twitter at @stephens_brad.

Ryan Dickey


Introduced to horse racing while a teenager living near Toledo, Ohio, Ryan began the life of a horseplayer betting $2 across the board on pacers and trotters at Raceway Park in the early 1990s.

But it was moving to Las Vegas that sparked his interest in Thoroughbreds. Making the short trip to Arcadia, Calif., for the 1997 Santa Anita Derby, Ryan found a lifelong affinity with Silver Charm as well as exotic betting. Gone were the days of betting W-P-S on the favorites.

After moving to Michigan, where he was a paramedic and then firefighter for 17 years, Kentucky started calling him “home.”

Getting started in the industry as a public handicapper, then an aspiring turf writer, Ryan has since worn many other hats: photographer, mutuel clerk, foal patrol/nightwatch, owner and blogger as well as amateur bloodstock agent. He moved to Kentucky at the end of 2018 in search of full-time employment in the horse racing industry, then arrived to Louisville a week after Country House was named the Kentucky Derby winner.

Whether trackside or on the backside, you can usually find Ryan where the action is happening on big race days all over the country.

Contact Ryan at [email protected].

Jarrod Horak

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

Brian Zipse
Senior Writer

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 own horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game.

Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian now works as Senior Writer, as well as co-host of the popular video show HorseCenter. You can also find Brian regularly on Facebook and Twitter.

A graduate of DePaul University, Brian also serves as President of The Exceller Fund. He lives in Suburban Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

Follow Brian on Twitter at @zipseatthetrack.

Matt Shifman

Matt Shifman
Senior Writer

Matt has been working with Horse Racing Nation since 2011 covering racing across the country. You can frequently find him at Aqueduct, Belmont Park, Saratoga, and Monmouth Park. Currently, he is also Assistant Editor and the co-host of the popular weekly video show HorseCenter.

Matt lives in Metuchen, NJ, with his wife Cora and his son Riley. He received a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and an M.Ed. From Rutgers University. His favorite hobby is going to the racetrack.

Follow Matt on Twitter at @AndyScoggin.