HRN thanks fans for record-breaking 2018 readership

January 12, 2019 09:41am
The staff at would like to thank readers for a record-setting 2018.

An increase in original coverage amid a Triple Crown season — capped by a historic Breeders’ Cup — yielded HRN 11.3 million website visits, a 20 percent increase over the prior year, as well as 30 million page views, a 23 percent improvement.

"We're excited to see this growth at Horse Racing Nation, and we're thrilled to now be averaging more than one million visits a month into the new year," said HRN co-founder Mark Midland.  “Our editor, Jonathan Lintner, and his team have done a tremendous job delivering more news content to supplement all of our unique website features.”

Midland added a thank you to HRN’s advertisers, whose support allows the website to remain free to read.

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Horse Racing Nation’s Kentucky Derby contenders page continued to rank as the website’s most-popular section. There, top 3-year-olds are listed heading into the first Saturday in May based upon reader ratings.

Other popular destinations include the HRN Stakes Tracker, which consists of probable runners for upcoming events; the page and discussion thread on top horses such as Triple Crown winner Justify; and race pages featuring entries, results and replays.

On the news desk, the introduction of the Derby Daily and Derby Radar — leveraging a Louisville, Ky., base into year-round coverage of America’s greatest race — also provided a sharp growth in audience.

“I’m proud that in this era of shrinking news staffs, we’ve upped our commitment to journalism with staff additions and a growing network of freelance writers,” Lintner said. “We’re striving to be the go-to source for Triple Crown news and intend to continue the theme the rest of 2019 when it comes to America’s biggest races.”

Horse Racing Nation is followed by more than 280,000 users on Facebook, 25,000 on Twitter. Also, subscribe to the HRN Insider email to receive the latest racing news to your inbox.


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