John P. Sparkman

John P. Sparkman was Bloodstock Editor for Thoroughbred Times, the national newsweekly for the Thoroughbred industry, from 1994 through its demise in 2012. Before becoming the pedigree and Thoroughbred history guru for the Times, however, he enjoyed a 15-year career as general manager of William du Pont III's Pillar Stud. At Pillar, Sparkman was responsible for breeding 1994 Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin.

Mark Simon

DRF Breeding editor Mark Simon was founding editor of Thoroughbred Times, the award-winning publication for Thoroughbred owners, breeders, and trainers that was published from 1985 to 2012. Simon was awarded the Charles Englehard Award in 2009 from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders for lifetime achievements in media. He lives in Lexington, Ky.

Dave Tuley

Dave Tuley has been DRF's man covering the race & sports book scene in Las Vegas since 2000. Tuley, who also has his own website called, won Best News Story from the Pro Football Writers of America in 2007, the only time a gambling story has won one of their awards.

Andrew Beyer

Andrew Beyer, the longtime racing columnist for The Washington Post, still contributes occasionally to that newspaper and to Daily Racing Form while continuing to play the races from Gulfstream Park, Del Mar, and the den of his Washington, D.C., home.

Jay Hovdey

Jay Hovdey has been executive columnist for Daily Racing Form since 1998. Previously, he covered horse racing for The Blood-Horse and the Thoroughbred Record, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Reader's Digest. He is the winner of four Eclipse Awards and the author of the biographies "Whittingham - A Thoroughbred Racing Legend" and "Cigar - America's Horse."

Steven Crist

Steven Crist has been the publisher and a columnist for Daily Racing Form since 1998. Previously, he covered racing for The New York Times from 1981-1990; was founding editor-in-chief of The Racing Times in 1991-92; and a vice-president of the New York Racing Association from 1994-97.

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