Horse Race Insider is proud to welcome Bill Christine to its staff of contributing writers. Christine is HRIs West Coast correspondent covering major California racing issues and events.

Based in Southern California, Bill covered his first Kentucky Derby nearly four decades ago and brings a wealth of experience to his new position, having spent 24 years at the Los Angeles Times.

A dual Eclipse Award winner, Christine has won seven writing awards for his coverage of Triple Crown events and was part of the team coverage that earned the LA Times a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the Northridge earthquake of 1994.

HRI, and now you, are lucky to have him aboard. Get off on the good foot, Bill. Welcome aboard.