Ronweb22Racing columnist and public handicapper Ron Correll was with Copley Press Inc. for more than 35 years covering “The Sport of Kings.” He is now managing editor and senior columnist with ATH Media Group, which publishes tracksideview.com. He also is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters.
Ron has been a horse and racing enthusiast for more than 50 years and has been around horses all his life. He saw his first Kentucky Derby in 1953 when Dark Star handed Native Dancer the only loss of his 22-race career and that was just by a nose.
Ron also has been to many of the storied racetracks in the country, including Saratoga, Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Gulfstream Park, Monmouth Park, Santa Anita Park and Arlington Park among others.
One of Ron’s favorite horses was Ruffian.
Rick Francis -EDITOR
Rick Francis has been an avid fan and follower of horseracing since the early 70’s, having witnessed and wagered on his first race at Fair Grounds in the winter of 1972.
A staff writer and handicapper for Tracksideview since 2008, Rick’s new duties will include the posting of day-to-day editorial content as well as marketing for the “revamped” TSV.
As racing struggles to maintain its base and entice new visitors to the sport, Rick believes the industry needs to make a concerted effort to clarify its wagering options, and simplify race conditions.
A New Orleans native, Rick remains rooted at Fair Grounds, however along with wife Debbie and friends, annual trips to Chicago for Arlington’s International Festival of Racing have become some of the years highlights.
“Viewing the Triple Crown winners of the 70’s, along with John Henry’s inaugural Arlington Million victory and Personnel Ensign 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff win, are some of my fondest racing memories.”
Matt Pappis currently is a graduate school student pursuing an MBA at Sage College in Albany where he lives.
Growing up around Saratoga, Matt fell in love with horse racing at a young age. He recalls many memories attending the races with his grandparents who sparked his interest. Matt and his family are now owners in multiple horses that are on the NYRA circuit.
Matt is the chief handicapper for the New York tracks; Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga, for Tracksideview.com. Some of his favorite horses include Bernardini, Cigar, Funny Cide, Secretariat, Rachel Alexandra, Uncle Mo and Zenyetta.
Bob Hill - Staff Writer
Bob Hill is a retired educator who has been a fan of thoroughbred racing for slightly less than a decade. Bob’s columns often reflect the viewpoint of fans that he meets in his travels to many of the racing venues across the country.
Along with handicapping partners, Rick Francis and Kat Kubik, Bob contributes to the Picking Winners column at TrackSideView. He jokingly recalls wondering aloud about the winner of the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint as the race concluded only to realize that Desert Code was the 37-1 bomb that he had picked. He had even remembered to bet the horse, a phenomenon that is not always the case.
Bob’s favorite champion is Ghostzapper, and his favorite part of being on the TrackSideView team is to get to the backside of any racetrack. Bob thinks of a day at Saratoga as the best possible way to spend a summer afternoon. Bob’s “home track” is Arlington Park – a gem of American thoroughbred racing.