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Mike Brunker

Columnist: Horse racing
Twitter: @mike_brunker

Mike Brunker is an assistant city editor working with reporters covering land use and environment, health care and immigration. He also writes a weekly horse racing column. Before joining the Review-Journal in August 2016, Brunker worked in various reporting and editing capacities for NBCNews.com, msnbc.com and the San Francisco Examiner.

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Readers sound off on horse racing’s biggest problems

I asked for your thoughts on horse racing’s worst problems as we turn the calendar to 2019 and boy did you respond. I heard from ardent horseplayers, workers in the industry and even a few people who don’t give a damn about the sport.

Minting new racing fans requires more than catchy songs

The Stronach Group hires a new head of its entertainment division to “engage the next generation of horse racing fans,” but sports betting fans present a much bigger opportunity for the sport to begin rebuilding its fan base.

The Breeders’ Cup runneth over with 221 pre-entries

Oversubscription is a good problem if you’re Netflix or the Review-Journal, but for handicappers trying to get an early start on the races to be run Nov. 2 and 3 at Churchill Downs, it’s a logistical nightmare.

Two-horse race taking shape for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Sensational 3-year-old Monomoy Girl and top 4-year-old filly Abel Tasmen have established themselves as leaders of the division with just six weeks remaining until the two-day World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs.