ARE THE DAILY RACING FORM RUMORS TRUE?

JULY 23, 2019–According to an unnamed industry source, there appears to be a salary dump going on at Daily Racing Form with some very prominent names reportedly on the chopping block.

None of this has been officially confirmed but rumored to be on their way out is Executive Columnist Jay Hovdey, National Handicapper Mike Watchmaker, handicapper, podcast host on network TV contributing analyst Matt Bernier, handicapping analyst Byron King, and an editor to be named later.

There are additional names being bandied about as Daily Racing Form is making way for a potential buyer. The paper, which has had several owners in the recent past, has currently been available for sale for some time.

HorseRaceInsider will keep you posted on developments as they are learned.

HRI STAFF

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7 Responses

  1. The rumors are true. Nick Fortuna, former copy chief and Tampa corespondent, demoted to copy editor for salary and retaliatory reasons two years ago, is the editor you mentioned

    1. Ray, thank you very much for this. It was painful to write; I have known Jay and Mike a very long time. If I might ask, are you affiliated with the company, or with the racing industry?

  2. Even less for more $$$$$……said to see these guys lose careers…..and yet all I hear is how good this economy is…not so much for these guys

  3. Not a good economy for most people on Main Street; good economy is mere propaganda.
    “Landing softly” is a nice turn of phrase. The staff of HRI know these gentlemen and also wish them the best whatever the future might hold.

  4. Wow, Watchmaker has been a fixture at DRF. The Derby Watch will not be the same without him. What a damn shame. Bunch of weasel bean counters.

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