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The Notebook January 23, 2013

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Two-Minute Lick - Chris McCarron

Chris McCarron is a Hall of Fame jockey who is fifth on the all-time list with 7,141 victories. These wins include two Kentucky Derbys (Alysheba, 1987; Go for Gin, 1994) and five Breeders’ Cup Classics, including back-to-back scores aboard Tiznow in 2000-2001. Now retired, McCarron runs the North American Racing Academy in Lexington. It is the only accredited jockey school in the United States. 

Name: Chris McCarron

Birthplace: Dorchester, Mass.

Most influential person in my career: My brother Gregg

Other sports/teams I follow: Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins

My heroes: My Dad, my Mom, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Orr

My most treasured possession/memento: My health

A pet peeve: Irresponsible people, especially students

Music I listen to: Classic rock and pop

Favorite websites I visit daily: Daily Racing Form, the Blood-Horse, Equidaily and Equibase

Gadget I can’t live without: Duh! My BlackBerry!

Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Golf

Favorite movies: The Sting, Gone with the Wind, and Seabiscuit

TV shows I watch: “Jeopardy,” “60 Minutes,” “Around the Horn,” “Dancing With The Stars” and “American Idol”

Favorite foods: Steak and potatoes, baby back ribs

Favorite exercise regimen: Treadmill

What I drive: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

If I could be a guest on any TV talk show it would be: Oprah, except she’s done; so Jay Leno

If I could appear on any TV show, it would be: None of the aforementioned, I’d make a fool of myself!

If I could play any instrument in a band, it would be: The harmonica, because you can just make a lot of noise!

Favorite musician/band: Paul McCartney, The Beatles

Favorite actor: Triple dead heat: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Robert DeNiro and Gary Stevens

I’d like to have dinner with: Bill Shoemaker because he ALWAYS made me laugh!

My philosophy on life: Live well, laugh often, love much!

Favorite animal other than a horse: Cat, I have three of them.

Twitter handle: Don’t have one

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