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 or at 815-331-0937.

Mark Midland


Mark has over 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

Mike Shutty


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, 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

Jonathan made the rare transition from public relations back into the news industry in October 2017 while 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.

Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @JonathanLintner, or reach him at

Candice Curtis


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.

Brian Zipse


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 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: @zipseatthetrack.

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

Matt Shifman


Matt Shifman 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: @AndyScoggin.

Anthony Jaskulski


Matt Shifman Anthony’s love affair with horse racing started as a youngster watching harness racing at The Meadows, then graduating to the thoroughbreds at Mountaineer. Getting the opportunity to be a part of the industry in this fashion is a dream come true.

Prior to Horse Racing Nation, Anthony covered the Pittsburgh sports scene for 12 years at Pittsburgh Sports Report, serving as a beat writer, columnist and editor. He chronicled two Super Bowls, three Stanley Cups, the NCAA Tournament and, well, just a couple Pittsburgh Pirates Wild Card games.

Follow Anthony on Twitter: @anthonyjazz.