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The Notebook August 07, 2013

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Two-Minute Lick - Barry Weisbord

Barry Weisbord is president and co-publisher of Thoroughbred Daily News (www.thetdn.com), which reaches more than 10,000 readers per issue, and Chairman of the Board of Trakus, the graphics company seen on the simulcast signals of several leading racetracks.

A former trainer and bloodstock agent, Weisbord has owned and bred Thoroughbreds for more than 30 years, highlighted by his co-ownership of 1989 Eclipse Award winner and 1990 Breeders’ Cup Sprint heroine Safely Kept, inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2011. From 1991 to 1993, Weisbord served as architect and president of the American Championship Racing Series, a nationwide tour of televised championship events for older horses on ABC and ESPN. He is the producer of several Broadway shows, including Tony Award winner La Cage aux Folles (Best Revival of a Musical, 2010) and Tony-nominated Glengarry Glen Ross. Weisbord is on the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors and chairs that organization’s Enhanced Experience Committee.

Name: Barry Weisbord

What I do for a living: Co-publisher, Thoroughbred Daily News; Chairman, Trakus; partner, Colts Neck Stallions

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred Racing: through a fraternity brother at Penn in 1969, attending racing at Garden State Park

My favorite racetrack: Saratoga. That’s where I met my wife.

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: the Breeders’ Cup

Other sports/teams I follow: the Phillies and the Eagles

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: world-class hospitality, innovative betting options and increased competition among the top horses

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: a defeatist attitude

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: majestic, thrilling competition

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Garden State Park

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Safely Kept

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: the Safely Kept trifecta: Breeders’ Cup, Eclipse, Hall of Fame

Best racetrack food can be found at: Sha Tin, Hong Kong

My favorite jockey(s): ACRS regulars Gary Stevens, Jerry Bailey, Chris McCarron and Eddie Delahoussaye

My favorite trainer: Al Goldberg

My Heroes: the Kennedy Brothers, the Founding Fathers, Groucho Marx

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Federico Tesio

My philosophy on life: Hakuna Matata

Favorite quote or motto: “Colonel Jessup, did you order the Code Red?”

Favorite animal other than a horse: cat

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: the Phillies’ World Series victory in 2008

Favorite food: crabs, specifically hard shell, soft shell, Maryland crabcakes and Florida stone crabs

Favorite vacation spot: Italy

Favorite city: New York City

Favorite musician/band: Carole King

Favorite all-time movie(s): A Few Good Men (Maybe you could tell from the favorite quote?)

Favorite TV show: “CBS Sunday Morning” or “The Wire”

Favorite hotel: Palmetto Bluff

Websites I visit daily: www.thetdn.com, equineline.com, nytimes.com, philly.com

What I drive: a Lexus SUV Hybrid

Pet peeve: slow golfers and bad airplane etiquette

Favorite movie about horse racing: Seabiscuit

Which actor would play me in a movie: Matt Damon

Alma Mater: Lower Merion High School, same as Kobe Bryant

Favorite Radio shows/channels: Sirius Broadway Channel 72

Best Book I recently read: True Compass, by Ted Kennedy

Favorite memento: Tony and Eclipse Awards

Favorite dessert: strawberry shortcake, my mother’s

Favorite drink: anything with an umbrella

Favorite scent: the ocean breeze

What I like about my job: working with Sue Finley

Favorite tech gadget: my iPad mini

Twitter handle: @barryweisbord

People I follow on Twitter: Darren Rovell and Jason Stark

No. 1 Bucket-List item: dance with my daughter at her wedding

 

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