After getting a second confirmation from industry sources requesting anonymity, HorseRaceInsider.com was able to confirm that Executive Columnist Jay Hovdey, National Handicapper Mike Watchmaker handicapping analysts Matt Bernier and Byron King, and editor Robert Fortuna are no longer employed by Daily Racing Form.
The sale of DRF has been on the down low for several months and the severing of employment ties could mean that negotiations are getting serious and a sale may be coming closer to fruition with Monday’s apparent salary dumps.
The source of the rumor were not confirmed by a second source until Monday evening and rumors persist that these layoffs might not be the end of the cost cutting.
If and when any more becomes known, we will pass the information along. At minimum, the face of what once was the most comprehensive, indispensable newspaper covering Thoroughbred racing has been altered forever.