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Racing columnist and public handicapper Ron Correll was with Copley Press Inc. for more than 35 years covering “The Sport of Kings.” He is now managing editor and senior columnist with ATH Media Group, which publishes tracksideview.com. He also is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.
Ron has been a horse and racing enthusiast for more than 50 years and has been around horses all his life. He saw his first Kentucky Derby in 1953 when Dark Star handed Native Dancer the only loss of his 22-race career and that was just by a nose.
Ron also has been to many of the storied racetracks in the country, including Saratoga, Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, Santa Anita Park and Arlington Park among others.
One of Ron’s favorite horses was Ruffian.
STAFF WRITER BOB HILL
Bob Hill is a retired educator who has been a fan of thoroughbred racing for slightly less than a decade. Bob’s columns often reflect the viewpoint of fans that he meets in his travels to many of the racing venues across the country.
Along with handicapping partners, Rick Francis and Kat Kubik, Bob contributes to the Picking Winners column at TrackSideView. He jokingly recalls wondering aloud about the winner of the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint as the race concluded only to realize that Desert Code was the 37-1 bomb that he had picked. He had even remembered to bet the horse, a phenomenon that is not always the case.
Bob’s favorite champion is Ghostzapper, and his favorite part of being on the TrackSideView team is to get to the backside of any racetrack. Bob thinks of a day at Saratoga as the best possible way to spend a summer afternoon. Bob’s “home track” is Arlington Park – a gem of American thoroughbred racing.
STAFF WRITER KAT KUBIK
Kathryn Kubik lives in Freeport Ill., and has a degree in business administration.
The first time she went to a track was in 2003 for the Arlington Million, and her first winning bet was made that day on Heat Haze in the Beverly D. Since then, she has been a dedicated fan. Besides going to Arlington and Hawthorne, Kat enjoys visiting horse farms and tracks in Kentucky, discussing her picks in TrackSideView and collecting halters and shoes from famous horses. Kat is a member of Dee Tee Stable and owns a share in the appropriately-named mare Kickin N Screamin.
Two of Kat’s most memorable experiences were meeting the great mare Genuine Risk at Newstead Farm and visiting Gato Del Sol at Stone Farm. Two of her favorite races that she saw in person were Saint Liam’s and Invasor’s Breeders’ Cup Classics. Some of her favorite horses over the past few years are Smarty Jones, Halfbridled, Saratoga County, Azeri, Bluegrass Cat and Rags To Riches. Favorites from history include Citation, Ruffian and Phar Lap.
Handicapper Rick Francis
Rick Francis is an avid race fan who’s followed horse racing for thirty-five years. He fondly recalls that he and his wife Debbie’s first “real” date, was to the Fair Grounds.
His favorite racing moments include, viewing the three Triple Crown winner’s of the 1970’s, but all-time favorite horse and race, was John Henry’s victory in the inaugural running of the Arlington Million.
Now opening day at the Fair Grounds, and annual trips with family and friends to Chicago for the International Festival of Racing, are highlights of the year.
Other favorite horses include, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Ruffian, Cigar and Lost in the Fog.
Handicapper Matt Pappis
Matt Pappis currently is a graduate school student pursuing an MBA at Sage College in Albany where he lives.
Growing up around Saratoga, Matt fell in love with horse racing at a young age. He recalls many memories attending the races with his grandparents who sparked his interest. Matt and his family are now owners in multiple horses that are on the NYRA circuit.
Matt is the chief handicapper for the New York tracks; Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga, for Tracksideview.com. Some of his favorite horses include Bernardini, Cigar, Funny Cide, Secretariat, Rachel Alexandra, Uncle Mo and Zenyetta.