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The Notebook May 30, 2013


Two-Minute Lick - Bonnie-Jill Laflin

Bonnie-Jill Laflin is the NBA’S first and only female scout - for the Los Angeles Lakers - as well as a passionate Thoroughbred owner, broadcaster, model and philanthropist. Throughout her career she has accrued five NBA rings and a Super Bowl ring. When not working, Laflin dedicates her time to supporting the U.S. military troops, volunteering with the Wounded Warriors Program as well as supporting numerous animal welfare causes.

Name: Bonnie-Jill Laflin

What I do for a living: First and only female scout in the NBA (Lakers); sportscaster and philanthropist

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: At an early age my dad owned racehorses, and now my father and I own horses together. It’s a huge passion of ours!

My favorite racetrack: Del Mar and then Saratoga

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: What else: the Kentucky Derby!

Other sports/teams I follow: Well for the NFL, I’m a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and San Francisco 49ers GoldRush Cheerleader, and of course the Lakers and I’m a die hard San Francisco Giants fan!

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: A governing racing commission that is in charge of all the states that have racing. All decisions made would be mandatory in all states (a trainer/jockey suspended in one state could not race in another state). The commission would have guidelines regarding horses that can no longer race, including sending horses to retirement or rehabilitation farms so they can live a good life. Tracks and owners could contribute to this!

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Admiration (for horses), Excitement, and Passion

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended: Bay Meadows when I was just a baby and our horse was racing. I basically grew up on the backstretch.

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Zenyatta, since I saw her win many races in Southern California and was able to meet and spend some time with her. And the legendary Secretariat

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Little Miss Hollywood, who won her debut at Del Mar after I purchased her at the Barrett’s 2-year-olds in training sale

Best racetrack food can be found at: Del Mar

My favorite jockey: Bobby Gonzalez, one of the top jockeys for years in the Northern California circuit. He saw me grow up and rode many of our horses.

My favorite trainer: Doug Utley, who’s trained many of our horses in Northern California; also, Brian Koriner as a Southern California triainer.

My heroes: My father and of course all of our military, veterans and first responders! Thank you for your service!

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Calvin Borel

Favorite quote or motto: “Don’t Dream It, Be It”

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dogs ... I have a charity for helping rescue dogs find homes

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals

Favorite food: Mexican

Favorite vacation spot: London

Favorite city: Dallas, Texas - my old stomping grounds where I still own a house.

Favorite musician/band: George Strait!!

Favorite all-time movie(s): Wizard of Oz and Hoosiers

Favorite TV show: “Cops and “Homeland

Favorite hotel: The Ritz in London

Websites I visit daily: ESPN and don’t forget

What I drive: Hybrid Cadillac Escalade

Pet peeve: Animal abuse or people who don’t like animals!

Favorite movie about horse racing: Seabiscuit

Which actor would play me in a movie: Angelina Jolie

Alma Mater: University of Texas ... Hook em!

Favorite Radio shows/channels: Sports Radio (my football and basketball show on Sirius/XM) or Country Music

Best Book I recently read: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

Favorite memento: My Super Bowl ring and 5 NBA Championship rings

Favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite drink: I don’t drink, so Pink Lemonade :-)

Favorite scent: Pink Sugar Perfume

What I like about my job: I work in sports so what is there not to like!

Favorite tech gadget: My iPad

Twitter handle: @BJLaflin

No. 1 bucket list item: For my father and I to have a horse in the Kentucky Derby!


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