Daily Racing Form

Joe began writing for the Daily Racing Form, North America's most recognizable horse racing publication, as a staff writer in November 2012, joining a group of fellow ex-Thoroughbred Times employees to form DRF Breeding.

Since then, Joe has become the publication's sales editor, leading DRF's auction coverage and writing on a variety of bloodstock topics in Central Kentucky and around the country.

Joe has also served as DRF's Michigan corespondent throughout his time with the company, bringing along his lifetime of experience around the state's industry to provide context on news coming out of Michigan. He is also DRF's regular handicapper for Hazel Park Raceway.

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See below for selected stories Joe has written for the Daily Racing Form.

Features

Finding Charley - November 2013
A story about finding the cornerstones of your past and present in the unlikeliest of places. Earned a Media Eclipse Award honorable mention in 2013.

Korean breeding, racing programs on the rise - December 2013
A snapshot of the Korean racing industry, and its growing reputation and synergy with U.S. racing and sales, including the government's purchase of champion and young stallion Hansen.

The Edward P. Evans dispersal: Five years later - November 2016
Looking back on the wide-reaching impact of the late Edward P. Evans' record-shattering Spring Hill Farm dispersal in 2011 on the racetrack, in the breeding shed, and beyond. Includes a chart following up on nearly every member of the 221-horse dispersal. Earned second-place honors in "Feature Single Article - Circulation over 20,000" category during 2016 American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards. 

Comeflywithanangel, passed over at auction, becomes Michigan's top runner - January 2015
Five years after going through the auction ring without a bid, Comeflywithanangel locked down Michigan's Horse of the Year honors with a Sire Stakes win. This is her unlikely story to get there.

Smart Strike remembered for versatility - April 2015
A retrospective on the life and successes of Grade 1 winner and leading sire Smart Strike. Named a Media Sovereign Award finalist in 2015. Co-authored with Nicole Russo.

Mike Fox still provides joy to owner a decade after Queen's Plate upset - June 2017
Catching up with Mike Fox, longshot winner of the 2007 Queen's Plate, whose quiet career at stud received a boost in 2017 when one of his foals pointed toward the same Canadian classic race.

Catching up with Funny Cide: Still a fan favorite in retirement - April 2013
A day in the life of dual classic winner Funny Cide at the Kentucky Horse Park 10 years after his headline-grabbing Triple Crown try.

Creator lives up to rookie expectations - June 2016
Each year, Greg Goodman's Mt. Brilliant Farm hosts consignors Gainesway and Lane's End to divide its crop for the Keeneland September yearling sale via "big board" style draft. The first pick in the 2014 draft became Belmont Stakes winner Creator.

Giant Gizmo rocketing up the charts - July 2016
A look at the on-track career and rapid ascension at stud of young Canadian stallion Giant Gizmo, as his son Amis Gizmo prepared for the 2016 Queen's Plate. Named a Media Sovereign Award finalist in 2016.

Industry Topics

Buyers pick their spots with stallions - December 2014
Stallion prospects offered at public auction often end up standing internationally. This story examines the small domestic market for stallion prospects at sales and what buyers seek in their purchases.

The mares who made Kitten's Joy - January 2014
Examining the (often modest) mares and matings that produced the top runners by North America's leading sire of 2013, Kitten's Joy. The story features anecdotes and insights from owner/breeder Ken Ramsey and Ramsey Farm manager Mark Partridge.

Thoroughbred sires make a mark on Quarter Horses - March 2013
Thoroughbreds have played a key role in racing Quarter Horse bloodlines for generations, even siring Grade 1 winners today. Sires as notable as Storm Cat, Alydar, and Favorite Trick have been crossed with the breed.

First-year infertility insurance crucial for stallions - September 2015
A look at the interesting rules, restrictions, and processes involved with congenital first-year infertility insurance for Thoroughbred stallions, featuring the policy's best-known case, Hall of Famer Cigar.

Analysis

At juvenile sales, breeze show times largely determine sale prices - April 2013
This story examines the correlation between breeze show times and auction performance, breaking down average sale prices in 2012 by each fifth of a second.

Synthetic sires: Overall quality can trump a turf pedigree - March 2013
A top-to-bottom statistical analysis and ranking of stallion progeny performance on all-weather surfaces, and a discussion on whether turf success is linked to synthetic success.

Kentucky Derby 2015: Who is bred for the distance? - May 2015
Seeking horses capable of getting the Kentucky Derby distance by comparing the average progeny winning distances of each entry's sires and dams. Earned the 2015 Ron Rippey Award for Handicapping Media.

Kentucky Derby effect: Winning sire gets big-money yearlings - May 2013
Crunching the numbers on how much of an effect siring a Kentucky Derby winner has on the prices of his foals in the ensuing yearling auction season.

Sale Coverage

Yearling sales preview: Sellers worry about feast-or-famine conditions - August 2016
A preview of the 2016 yearling auction market and Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale, focusing on how consignors planned to approach an increasingly uncertain middle and lower market.

Phipps Stable re-enters auction arena as buyers - September 2016
The vaunted Phipps Stable built an empire on its own broodmare band, and famously avoided buying at public auction for decades...Until the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale. This story examines the connections' motivations for changing up the playbook and the horses they bought.

White filly to be offered at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale - February 2015
White Thoroughbreds are few and far between, and even rarer at public auction. This piece looks at registered white horses that have gone through the ring and the unique pedigree of Polar Foxx.

Keeneland November: Major racing, major sale collide - October 2015
Keeneland staff and sale participants discuss hosting the track's first Breeders' Cup adjacent to its marquee November breeding stock sale.

Fasig-Tipton November: Sale offers star-studded lineup - November 2014
A preview of the marquee breeding stock sale, which featured a cavalcade of standout offerings and a new format.

Keeneland September: Hips to watch - September 2014
Spotlighting 41 horses that were expected to make an impact among the 762 cataloged in the sale's select Book One.