Mark Berner

Mark Berner first worked with horses on a small farm in upstate New York in 1973, where he mucked stalls and cared for racehorses with infirmities that were turned out there until ready to resume training.

He joined American Teletimer as a clocker in 1976 and operated their electronic timing equipment at many east coast racetracks until 1978, when he was permanently stationed at NYRA's three tracks, Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park & Saratoga Race Course.

Berner did freelance handicapping for the New York Daily News in 1982 & 1983 before joining Newsday in 1984 as a handicapper and later a sports reporter. Berner teamed up with Pricci to win the United Press International's 1985 UPI New York Newspaper Awards for Best Sports Story. In addition, Berner wrote and handicapped for several trade publications including, Daily Racing Form, Sports Eye, Racing Action, The Thoroughbred Times, Horse Player Magazine and New York Sportsnet.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

HRI Exclusive: Paul Lo Duca to NYRA

Paul Lo Duca, who recently announced that he was leaving the Television Games Network after nine years as a racing analyst and studio host, will sign with the New York Racing Association to serve in a similar capacity on "Saratoga Live," NYRA's cable broadcast in support of its Advance Deposit Wagering platform, NYRABets.

Lo Duca will debut when the storied Saratoga race meet opens on Friday, July 21.

Lo Duca will fill a role recently vacated by popular retired New York jockey and racing analyst, Richard Migliore, who announced he was leaving the NYRA several weeks ago.

The four-time Major League Baseball All-Star will replace another accomplished athlete.

Migliore, rode over 4,450 winners during his career and won an Eclipse Award at 17 as the nation's leading apprentice in 1981.

We'll have more on Lo Duca, this weekend's Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, and NYRA's new Pick 5 wager, in this space in our usual slot on Tuesday..

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