Team

Mike Penna

President / Host

Mike Penna first sat down behind a microphone in 2003 when he began co-hosting the popular Saturday morning “Equine Forum” talk show. In 2005, Mike and the late Pete Kules established the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN). In addition to producing the “Equine Forum” every week, the duo started traveling to racetracks around the country, providing fans with live coverage of many of the nation’s biggest races. Mike is currently President of HRRN and also serves as the anchor for many of its broadcasts. 

In early 2011, Mike and HRRN received an Eclipse Award for coverage of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and in 2013 was honored with the prestigious Old Hilltop Award by the Maryland Jockey Club. In 2019, HRRN received the heralded Sovereign Award from the Canadian Jockey Club in recognition of outstanding coverage of the 159th Queen's Plate and the coveted Charles W. Engelhard award given by the KTOB.  

Each year HRRN broadcasts more than 100 major thoroughbred stakes races including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup.

Mike’s passion for racing spans more than 30 years. In 1989, he stood alongside the rail at historic Saratoga Racecourse and watched as Easy Goer won the Travers Stakes. After cashing his winning ticket on the heavy favorite, he was hooked for life. A native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mike and his wife, Michelle, relocated to Lexington in 1997. Mike worked at The Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Times, and Keeneland’s racing office before pursuing his interest in broadcasting.

 

 

Anthony Stabile

Analyst

Anthony “the Big A” Stabile was born at the racetrack. His parents met at Aqueduct, he worked as a hotwalker, groom and jockey agent at the NYRA tracks throughout high school and college before becoming a writer and handicapper for the New York Post in May 1999. At the Post, Anthony handicapped six or seven tracks a day, covered both the Thoroughbred and harness scenes and shattered all public handicapping records by showing an $88 profit at the 1999 Saratoga meet, his first as a public handicapper. Anthony has contributed to both the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup editions of The Bloodhorse, was co-host of “Thoroughbred Central” for the New York City OTB Television Network, hosts seminars for some of racings’ biggest days throughout the New York City area and is the Virtual Race Track announcer at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Anthony is best known for selecting the New York bred gelding Funny Cide to win the 2003 Kentucky Derby at 12-1. Anthony had “the gutsy gelding” at 150-1 in a Vegas future book as well as in all three Kentucky Derby Future Pools. Anthony was the ghost writer for Funny Cide in a series of columns that appeared in the Post and authored “Through the Binocs,” a daily recap of the day’s action at NYRA racetracks.

Steve Grabowski

Analyst

I'm a New York bred. Born and raised in Queens/Long Island who got his first introduction to the game at the age of 7 - Seattle Slew won the Derby during my first Holy Communion house party and I rooted him home instead of Run Dusty Run who my Dad and I had pulled in the pool. I graduated from St. John's University with a Bachelor's of Science in Finance and Corporate Taxation and also hold a Master's degree in Sport Management. After working for management teams at racetracks on both coasts I returned home to work in Entertainment Finance at VH1/MTV Networks before settling in as a Handicapper and Writer for Daily Racing Form in New York City while doubling as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at my alma mater, teaching the finer points of Sport and Racetrack Management to undergraduates at St. John's. Steve joined the HRRN team in 2017 and currently serves as an analyst/handicapper on many of our programs

Bobby Neuman

Host/Analyst

Born and raised Los Angeles, CA, Bobby currently resides with his wife and daughter in Weston, FL. Bobby attended UCSB before going to the University of Arizona to be part of their Race Track Industry Program. His extensive knowledge of racing stems from jobs in all facets of the business. Bobby worked as a groom for Hall of Fame trainers Charlie Whittingham and Bobby Frankel, spent time as a mutuel clerk in California and Arizona and worked on the gate crew at Rillito Park before pursuing his passion for race calling. His extensive announcing career includes stints on the Arizona Fair Circuit, Sandy Downs in Idaho, Downs at Albuquerque, Downs at Santa Fe, Thistledown, Calder, Ocala Breeders' Sales, and Los Alamitos. In addition, he spent time calling at The Red Mile in Lexington, KY, Pompano Park, and Churchill Downs. When not at the racetrack, Bobby enjoys playing golf and poker. Bobby joined the HRRN team in the spring of 2019, working as an analyst, host and paddock reporter.

Jeff Bloom

Analyst

A thoroughbred industry veteran of more than 30 years, Jeffrey Bloom was a professional jockey in addition to serving as a racing manager, marketing and media relations’ consultant and broadcaster. During his 9 year riding career, Jeffrey raced at many of the major tracks throughout North America. After retiring as a jockey, he became the main workout rider for leading trainers that include Eddie Gregson and Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham. Following his riding career, Jeffrey earned a B.S. degree in Financial Services from San Diego State University and his business resume includes a successful venture in software technology sales and corporate business development. Jeffrey founded and runs Bloom Racing Stable, LLC a horse racing partnership company which is now affiliated with Bloom Squared, LLC, an investment company he started with his brother Bryan Bloom and Andrew Yaffe Jeffrey recently joined the advisory board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance a nonprofit organization that provides funding for approved racehorse aftercare facilities. He also serves on the board of Ivey Ranch Park Association, a nonprofit organization that provides service and care for special needs children through therapeutic equine activity. Jeff joined the HRRN team as an analyst in 2014.

Kurt Becker

Analyst

Kurt Becker joined HRRN as an analyst in 2009. Kurt began announcing Standardbred and Thoroughbred races as a teenager on the Illinois fair circuit in the mid-1980s, before accepting a post as the Voice of Chicago Racing in January of 1993. In the latter role, he succeeded legendary race caller Phil Georgeff at Arlington Park, Hawthorne Race Course, and Sportsman’s Park. After adding duties as a play-by-play announcer for Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of NASCAR events in 1994, Becker found his way to Kentucky in the spring of 1997 as the track announcer at both Keeneland Race Course and Churchill Downs. Today, Becker remains as the track commentator at Keeneland while also serving as announcer for auctions conducted by both Keeneland Association and the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society. He also continues in his role with MRN Radio as an anchorman and play-by-play announcer, while adding duties as announcer for Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auctions in 2006.

Dan Mason

Analyst

Dan joined HRRN as an analyst in 2016. He returned to sportscasting after a long and tenured career as a broadcasting executive, spending most of his time as CEO of CBS Radio.  In 2015, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.  In addition to horse racing, Dan covers women's basketball on radio and television, spending two seasons at the CBS Sports Network.  He currently serves as Chairman of VSIN (Vegas Stats & Information Network), a Las Vegas based company dedicated to providing proprietary information to sports gamblers.  In addition, Dan is also Chairman of the New York based Broadcasters Foundation of American, a charity that serves those in the radio and television industries who find themselves in acute need.

A native of Louisville, Dan graduated from Eastern Kentucky University.  In 2006, he received a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities for that institution.   

 

Jude Feld

Contributor

Jude Feld joined the HRRN team in 2007 as paddock reporter and analyst. He has loved Thoroughbred racing since his youth. He began his horseracing career in 1978, making charts for the Daily Racing Form at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky under the tutelage of legendary trackman Jack Valentine. After a stint as assistant trainer to Doug Udouj in the Bluegrass State and to Julio Canani in California, Jude took out his own trainer’s license in 1980. He has trained the winners of 23 stakes, including graded winners Pewter Grey, Steff Graf (Brz) and Vieille Vigne (Fr) as well as multiple stakes winners Broadway Pointe, Freya Stark (Ire), Order and Capel Meister (Fr). Retiring from training in 2000, Jude became a racing publicist, public handicapper and bloodstock consultant. In 2003, he was honored with an Eclipse Award, alongside G.D. Hieronymus, for their collaboration “If it was easy…everyone would do it,” which he wrote and G.D. produced for Keeneland. Jude has an intimate knowledge of the Sport of Kings and countless friends in the Thoroughbred racing industry. In 2011, Jude was honored with his second Eclipse Award as part of our HRRN’s broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Billy White

Analyst

Billy White began working with HRRN in 2006 when he served as an analyst alongside Mike & Pete. He is a chicago native and entrepreneur who considers Lexington KY his second hometown and Keeneland racecourse as hallowed grounds. When not working with HRRN, he operates a sales company and is an owner of several Jimmy John’s restaurants. Billy is a racing enthusiast who has owned horses in partnership with Ashby Thoroughbreds since 1999. He refers to himself as a “frustrated handicapper and horse pontificator”.

Shawn Seay

Producer

Shawn was born in Lexington and raised up and down the East Coast. His first experience in radio was hosting an overnight show on the University of Georgia’s student run station. He was producer of the Dave Elswick Show, was an integral part of bringing ESPN Radio into Lexington and helped to start up the Lexington Legends radio network. In 2005, after a stint in the US Coast Guard, Shawn returned to the radio business and has been involved in all aspects of stations in both Lexington, KY and Savannah, Ga. He currently lives in Lexington with his wife, author Mehitobel Wilson, and his beautiful daughter, Lillie.

Michelle Penna

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle has been an integral member of the HRRN team since its inception. Working behind the scenes to organize various aspects of the broadcasts, she has helped assure the success of the network. In 2011, Michelle stepped into the role of on-site producer and quickly established herself as one of the best in the business while travelling with the HRRN team to racetracks throughout the country. A native of North Adams, Massachusetts, Michelle moved to Lexington, KY in 1997 with her husband and HRRN President Mike Penna. She has worked in racing for more than a decade as a member of The Jockey Club.