07/17/2017 12:04PM

Gaudet to primarily work for NYRA as racing analyst

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Racing analyst Gabby Gaudet

Gabby Gaudet, who has spent the bulk of her time as a racing analyst working for The Stronach Group, will flip the script starting this summer and now spend the majority of her time working for the New York Racing Association.

For the second straight summer, Gaudet will work for NYRA at the Saratoga meet, which begins Friday. However, she will continue to work at NYRA though Dec. 2 – Cigar Mile Day at Aqueduct. Gaudet will work the entire Belmont Park fall meet.

In 2018, Gaudet will work at NYRA from Wood Memorial Day in early April through November.

Gaudet, 26, has worked at the Maryland Jockey Club tracks, covering Pimlico and Laurel, since 2013. She has worked at Gulfstream Park the last two winter meets, which typically run from early December through early April. The Stronach Group owns all of those tracks.

While it is not yet definite that Gaudet will return to Gulfstream this winter, she said her NYRA schedule affords “the flexibility to explore opportunities in Florida during the winter.”

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At NYRA, Gaudet will do the “Talking Horses” segment with Andy Serling. She will also be part of the “Saratoga Live” and “Belmont Live” shows that typically air 2 to 2 1/2 hours of live coverage. While the “Saratoga Live” shows air every day of the meet, there are about 10 “Belmont Live” shows during the fall meet.

“First and foremost, I’m very excited,” Gaudet said. “I had the opportunity to work with everybody in New York racing last summer at Saratoga. I thought the ‘Saratoga Live’ shows were amazing to be a part of. The expanded role with NYRA is a unique opportunity for me. They’re pretty innovative in terms of the live shows. I think it makes sense as a next step in my career.”

Gaudet’s hiring comes a week after NYRA announced it had hired Paul Lo Duca, formerly of TVG, to work on its live cable broadcasts at Saratoga and Belmont. Those two will work the daily cable broadcasts along with Maggie Wolfendale, Serling, Greg Wolf, and Tom Amoss.