04/03/2013 12:16PM

Pimlico, Laurel getting new race analyst

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Gabby Gaudet, 22, will take over as the racing analyst for the Maryland Jockey Club following the conclusion of the Pimlico meet.

Gabby Gaudet received an early college graduation present Wednesday when the Maryland Jockey Club announced she has been chosen as the new racing analyst at Pimlico and Laurel Park.

Gaudet, 22, a daughter of longtime Maryland trainers Linda and Eddie Gaudet, was hired after she did an on-air audition at Laurel on March 23. She will replace Frank Carulli, who is leaving after 10 years to move to Las Vegas.

Racing fans will get to know Gaudet during Pimlico’s meet, when she will co-host the in-house broadcast with Carulli on Saturdays and Sundays.

Gaudet’s role will include handicapping between races – with the selections available on Twitter – writing a blog on the Pimlico, Laurel, and Preakness websites and producing news of the day/week package for the simulcast signal. She is finishing her final semester at Towson University and will graduate next month with a double major in mass communication and graphic design.

Gaudet won out over three other candidates, including former jockey Ryan Fogelsonger, to obtain the full-time job.

“Gabby was the most well-rounded candidate with a tremendous upside,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “With the role changing from a pure handicapper to someone who can also assist in the social media world and with the website, her ability to write a blog was significant. She will not have to handle Frank’s morning line duties.”

Equibase chart caller Keith Feustle will take over Carulli’s morning-line duties beginning with the Laurel fall meet in September. Feustle has been the oddsmaker at Colonial Downs since 2003.

Gaudet wrote for The Saratoga Special newspaper last summer and has been a frequent contributor on Maryland Horse Radio, which airs on CBS Sports Radio (AM 1300) in Baltimore each Tuesday at 6 p.m.

“I am really excited about the opportunity,” Gaudet said. “Frank is a really good handicapper. One of the things I need to focus on is studying the charts and [Daily Racing Form] Formulator. I am going to enjoy the blogging aspect of the job."