Claire Novak

Winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary and the 2008 Louisville Metro Journalism Award for Sports Writing, Claire Novak has melded her love for human-interest journalism and the equine breed into a successful Turf writing career. Since her first freelance article on racing was published at BloodHorse.com in 2005, her byline has appeared in the New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and on ESPN.com, among others. She lives near Lexington and, when not writing about racing, can often be found jumping her Thoroughbred, Bob.

Articles by Claire Novak

Weanling Daughter of Champion Zenyatta Dies

The filly was euthanized Oct. 28 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital after a paddock accident at Lane's End Farm. Read More

California Chrome Progressing Toward Return

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner could return to Los Alamitos Race Course by the end of July. Read More

Wise Dan Continues Comeback at Keeneland

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is progressing in his comeback from colic surgery. Read More

Wise Dan Returns Home from Rood & Riddle

Wise Dan had a spring in his step after arriving at Charlie and Amy LoPresti's Forest Lane Farm on May 21. Read More

Can 'Chrome' Wear Nasal Strip in Belmont?

Trainer Art Sherman formally requested to race California Chrome with a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes. Read More

Champion Racehorse Wise Dan Undergoes Colic Surgery

Wise Dan was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for emergency surgery, trainer Charlie LoPresti said. Read More

California Chrome Camp Dispels Sickness Rumor

The colt has a small blister in his throat, but further complications are unlikely, his connections say. Read More

Medications Seized from Sheikh's Farm Overseas

Products unauthorized for use in the UK were seized from a farm housing the Maktoum family's endurance horses. Read More

Kentucky Derby Contender Examined by Hoof Specialist

Normandy Invasion has been troubled by an abscess that did not respond to normal treatment. Read More

Racehorse Point of Entry Suffers Condylar Fracture

Point of Entry suffered a condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone and will have surgery. Read More

Bramlage Hospitalized After Golf Cart Fall

Larry Bramlage, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, fell from the back of a golf cart and hit his head on May 2. Read More

Hall of Fame Jockey Stevens Announces Comeback Plans

During retirement, Stevens served as a TV commentator and starred in the movie "Seabiscuit." Read More

Commentary: Saving Potesta, an Unlikely Story

Read how veterinarians saved a record-breaking racehorse after she sustained a life-threatening injury. Read More

Final Breeders' Cup Contenders Arrive in California

The final contingent of Breeders' Cup runners arrived at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31 after Hurricane Sandy. Read More

Racehorse Paynter to Rehab at Fair Hill Equine Therapy

Zayat, commenting Oct. 12, said the intent is to eventually return Paynter to training.
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Salix Accidentally Administered to Horse before Race

A Kentucky state veterinarian accidentally administered furosemide to a racehorse at Keeneland on Oct. 5. Read More

Racehorse Paynter Undergoes Surgery

Veterinarians removed a 15-inch external growth from the colt's intestines this morning. Read More

Racehorse Paynter Recovers from Laminitis, Fighting Colitis

Paynter has "beaten laminitis" and will be able to race again if he beats colitis, his owner said Sept. 21. Read More

Next 24 Hours 'Critical' in Case of Racehorse Paynter

Ailing Haskell Invitational winner fights infected catheter after receiving treatment for fever Read More

Ky. Derby, Preakness Runner-Up to have Diagnostic Procedures

The colt will be evaluated by specialists at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Read More

Venipuncture vs. IVC: Samples Similar No Matter How You Stick It

We've seen them before--hospitalized equine patients made anxious, even fractious, by the drawing of multiple blood samples via direct venipuncture. But here's good news for veterinarians and nursing staff who dislike using t Read More

Cartilage Repair Research Update

Members of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Rokeby Circle were briefed on Aug. 19 by Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, on her work in equine sports medicine as it relates to regenerative therapies. Her presentation was part of the o Read More

Track Bans Owner's Horses Pending Necropsy Review

Horses entered in the name of Michael Gill, North America's leading owner by races won and purses earned in 2009, will not be accepted for entry at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

Chris McErlean, vice president of Read More

Jockey Apologizes for Mounted Fight

Jockey Eriluis Vaz, one of two riders involved in a mounted fight during Philadelphia Park's fifth race Jan. 8, has issued a public apology for what he terms "bad judgment" as he awaits a hearing before the stewards along with fel Read More

Mine That Bird Will Not Run in Travers

The Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes lost some of its luster hours before entries were taken Aug. 26 when it was announced that Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby, would not run in the "Mid-Summer Derby" at Saratoga Racecourse