Race of the Week 2017

Meet The HRN Team...

Mark Midland

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Mark has over 20 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.

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 7-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. 

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.

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 HorseCenter. You can also find Brian regularly on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @zipseatthetrack
 
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. 

Jarrod Horak

HANDICAPPER

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.