Race and Sports Radio Is on the Air

Marc DocheCorrespondent IApril 16, 2010

ARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jockey Mike Smith rides Zenyatta to the finish line to win the Breeders' Cup Classic race on Zenyatta during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park November 7, 2009 in Arcadia, California.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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While the horse racing industry faces struggles through both internal conflicts and a struggling economy leading to shortages in the horse population, the media who passionately cover the sport from the trenches is doing all it can to promote the game they love.

Race and Sports Radio, with host Felix Taverna, makes its return to the air waves tomorrow, Saturday, April 17 at 7AM PDT on ESPN Radio 98.9 in San Diego and streaming on the internet at www.wsradio.com.

“This show will be different than the same old rhetoric that is currently out there,” said Bruno De Julio, who will play an integral role in producing the show and contributing on the air.

De Julio is widely respected as one of the top handicappers in the nation and produces a daily workout report covering the Southern California circuit, as well as key races around the country. His analysis can be found at www.racingwithbruno.com, but he strives to be more than just someone that can pick a winner.

“I have a lot more to offer than just being a tout. When we go on a radio show, our job is to promote the game,” he said. “We want to put out a product that actually gives out good information, something that makes people more educated racing fans and better handicappers.”

Race and Sports Radio joins numerous other radio productions in being the biggest ambassadors for race tracks across the country. By promoting the game on the air and through everyone they come in contact with, they serve as a grass roots marketing team for a sport struggling for mainstream relevance.

With their goal to entertain and inform horse racing and sports fans across the country, a lineup of contributors that are well-respected, and also includes some rising stars in the industry, is what will set Race and Sports Radio apart.

The talented Nick “The Sarge” Hines, a former trainer in Southern California for 15 years and currently an on-air personality at TVG, will provide his expert insight into the thoroughbred racing industry with a passion that is second to none.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to work with Bruno and Felix,” said Hines, who also served as racing manager for Southern Equine Stables until they recently moved their operation from California to Louisiana.

“Bruno’s expertise as a clocker and Felix’s unmatched experience in the industry provides a magical combination of what horse racing is all about.”

Born and raised on the back of a horse, Molly Jo Rosen is in it for love of the horse. She recently served as the racing manager for Puglisi Racing where she was responsible for buying, nominating, selling, and placing horses at stud.

“I have a perspective on racing that other people don’t. You can have fun with it and have it not only be about making money,” said Rosen, whose blog can be found at www.focusedfilly.com.

“You can have fun betting $2 to win or a $1 daily double, but the human side of racing is what brings folks in. It’s not a dying business. It’s alive and well and with my level of passion, I hope that I can vocalize and attract people into the sport.”

Rosen has also worked as a production assistant and in racing information for TVG, along with a myriad of other jobs in Kentucky and New York.

“She's phenomenal. She's absolutely outstanding,” said De Julio. “She's done more in her young career than 90 percent of the talent out there. She's a sharp cookie and she'll bring an edge that isn't out there.”

Rounding out the cast will be Dave Weaver, another popular on-air personality at TVG who will provide expert insight on quarter horse racing from Los Alamitos, Ty Alexander, who has dropped long shot winners on the air with Taverna for years, and Ken Daniels, a well-known handicapper from Las Vegas.

The excitement of the Kentucky Derby is just two weeks away and De Julio and Rosen will be live at Churchill Downs to bring fans behind-the-scenes coverage of all the happenings.

With the rest of the Triple Crown series to follow, an exciting summer schedule of racing leading up to the Breeders’ Cup in the fall and the potential matchup between Zenyatta (pictured) and Rachel Alexandra on the horizon, the time is now for the Sport of Kings to resurrect itself.

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