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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


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.


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  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.

    1. Mike, an excellent linemaker in a field that has become a lost art, and guess I wasn’t thinking far enough ahead to Derby Watch…

  5. It’s a shame to see such a talented group of devoted individuals get the axe. A few of these men devoted much of their life to DRF and were passionate about helping DRF the success it is today. Many times the stock holders will start counting beans, and not even consider the talent and devotion from employees. Mike Watchmaker is a great odds maker, and chief writer at DRF. All of these employees will be missed, and I will do what I can in helping them out in the future.

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  7. Mike, I’ve heard the rumors going around, and I didn’t do it! It was Jay Privman that threw you under the bus, and then backed over you and done a burn out. He was upset because he said you had the big head about being the ” national handicapper” at DRF, and Jay said you tried to play the boss man on DRF Derby Watch. If your going to tag him, I’d like to see it though. Get him Tiger!

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