Rail Runner

The Observations of a Horse Racing Enthusiast

About Me

Thoroughbred Horse Racing is my passion.  It started when at the age of 9 I found a book called Come On Seabiscuit by Ralf Moody on my Mother’s shelf.  Reading that book was one of the most exciting things I ever did as a kid. I read it so many times that I had entire chapters committed to memory and the dust jacket worn and ripped beyond recognition from so much use. From that point on I was hopelessly addicted, reading every book on horse racing I could get my hands on, especially racehorse biographies.

 

Curlin is probably my favorite racehorse of all time. Being able to attend six of his races will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whenever I need to re-find some inspiration in my life all I need to do is watch one of his incredible victories and relive the memories. Rachel Alexandra ranks right up there too. As any horse racing fan will tell you it’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite and I am no exception. Phar Lap and Citation are another two of my all time favorites and the list could go on and on.

 

I was homeschooled my entire life by my parents and graduated High School in 2006 at the age of 17.  Currently I am completing my Marketing degree with the hopes of entering the Thoroughbred Horse Racing field as a writer/journalist , or in the marketing/advertising/promotions side of the industry.

 

It is my dream to someday become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and win major races across the United States. Who wouldn’t want that, right? For about 1 ½ years I was part owner in a racehorse, Lord Greystoke raced, and owned by Hibiscus Stables. I was able to attend one of his races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby day, May 2nd 2009 and it was an incredible experience. While Lord Greystoke finished 7th in the race, being able to stand in an owner’s box not 30 feet away from Penny Chenery’s owner’s box was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

Later in the year Lord Greystoke was finally able to break through with a 4 ½ length win which made me feel like one of the world’s most accomplished thoroughbred owners and further fueled my appetite. I think it would be rally neat to win the Appleton Stakes (Gr.3) at Gulfstream Park, even though I’m generally a bigger fan of dirt racing I can’t help but think it would be neat for me to win a race with the same name as my last name.

 

That’s me in a nutshell, just a very passionate, driven young guy that wants to be a part of this amazing sport and share the adventure with other fans.

 

18 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Shayna said

    It’s nice to meet you in a nutshell, Brian. ;)

  2. Hey nice blog young man.

    I like the fact that you use PollDaddy.
    Hoping to see growth in that area.

  3. suebroux said

    Off to a great start, Brian, You appear to be putting that Communications major to good use!

    I’ll be keeping up with your insights.

  4. Valerie said

    Hi Brian!

    You are certainly off to a good start. I’ve put a link to your blog on my web site and will be keeping up with your posts. Good blogging!

    Valerie

  5. PEM said

    Very well written blog! After reading a few posts I went back and checked out your bio–had no idea you were so young-you write with a deep knowledge of the business-I assumed you had to be well into your 40′s with the insight you provided.

    Keep it up!
    Best,
    PEM

  6. PEM said

    The more I delve into it………….I’m thinking……wow!

    This is well written stuff man! And no undo emotion or that frequent female gender bias I so often encounter (sorry ladies but sometimes it’s so obvious!) –well presented-concise-well formatted……and I was married to a newspaper 1st Amendment lawyer so I know what I’m talking about LOL!!

    Best,
    PEM

  7. Turk said

    Nice Blog Brian. If you haven’t already you should write Railbird at Raceday 360 and get a feed into her aggregator site. I’m very impressed. Hope to see more of your insightful comments at The Turk as well. Best regards, Anthony

    • Anthony,
      Thank you, for the kind words and the Raceday 360 information. I have visited the site a few times, but I never asked to get a feed.
      I look forward to sharing more hopefully “insightful” comments and getting your feed-back, thanks agian!

  8. [...] In addition to being a talented young writer, Brian knows something about marketing too. His “About” page contains a nice, simple seal or logo for his blog. (While you’re visiting his [...]

  9. Excellent blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any suggestions? Cheers!

    • Thank you very much! It kind of depends on what you want on your site. WordPress is great for a free platform, I like it better than Google for some of it’s different applications and the designs look more professional. The only down side it that they don’t allow advertisements and that can be a nice way to make some money on the side. Google is nice because it’s easier to get a listed following through g-mail users.
      Paid platforms are great, you can pretty much get whatever you want depending on how much you want to spend. You can always start on a free platform like WordPress and then progress to one of their paid platforms and have all your information transferred from one site to the other. That’s probably the best option.

      Hope some of that helps, if you have any other questions feel free to ask. Thanks for stopping by!

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