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The Notebook March 07, 2013

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Two-Minute Lick - Hallie Hardy

Hallie Davis Hardy is a Kentucky girl, through and through. She grew up in Frankfort and developed a passion for horses at an early age, learning to ride at age six and showing Saddlebred horses. A favorite destination of her youth was Keeneland Race Course where she learned to handicap with her parents and grandmother each spring and fall. 

As Hardy grew older and college approached, she became more interested in the Thoroughbred industry and decided to pursue the Equine program at the University of Kentucky. Once there, she began to work on Thoroughbred farms near Lexington to better understand the industry and potential careers. Hardy's experiences at Royal Pegasus, Three Chimneys and WinStar farms include farm management, bloodstock research, tours and marketing. 

Name: Hallie Davis Hardy

Hometown: The capital of Kentucky. Do you know it?

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: My grandmother really was my biggest equine influencer. I’ve ridden horses all my life, but she brought me to the track with her. She has many friends that own, race and breed Thoroughbred horses, and it was these introductions that made me fall in love with the industry.

My favorite racetrack: Keeneland

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: It might be cliché, but the Derby. I love how, no matter who you are, you know what the Kentucky Derby is and you at least watch it. Most people dress up and party for it!

If you could bring any three people to your favorite Thoroughbred racing event, who would they be? 1. 2012 DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship winner Michael Beychok—I need some help (betting) 2. JLaw, KENTUCKY PROUD 3. Lebron James, just because I love him! That should be a pretty funny crowd.

Other sports/teams I follow: I love watching any sport: basketball, golf, football, soccer, cricket, etc. But the only team I really intensely follow is the CATS, ooohhhhh ...

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: I would like to see a more welcoming sport. It has become much too exclusive, to the point where everything about it—rules and purposes, even our trainers and jockeys—are not known in the public eye. Horseracing is a fun sport, and it should be shared!

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: Negative media attention. It would be refreshing to see some mainstream stories that highlight the good aspects of our sport.

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Sport of Kings

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Keeneland

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Tiznow. He’s a big ham, and he won it “FOR AMERICA!”

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Being chosen to be a part of this opportunity.

Best racetrack food can be found at: One word, BURGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (at Keeneland).

My favorite jockey: I loved watching and winning money on Pat Day growing up. Today, I am so excited for and about Rosie Napravnik. Not just because she is a woman excelling in the industry, but what she is doing for the sport outside of the industry.

My favorite trainer: D. Wayne Lukas. His name and hat are both so awesome.

My heroes: My mom. I wish I could explain how awesome she is to all of you, but it would take too long. Just know she’s shot at someone before in self-defense, boss.

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: Zenyatta

Favorite animal other than a horse: I have recently become mildly obsessed with pandas. They just look like they would be so fun to hang out with.

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: I wasn’t at the game, but being a UK student and on campus last year when we won the National Championship was an experience I will never forget.

Favorite musician/band: I have music ADD. I love way too many types of music to have one favorite. If I had to choose, I’d go with Alan Menken.

Favorite TV Show: "New Girl", "Happy Endings", "Downton Abbey", and "Suits".

Websites I visit daily: My homepage is Pinterest.

Favorite movie about horse racing: The Black Stallion, an absolute classic.

What I like about my job: Being able to share how awesome horses and horse racing are.

Favorite Tech gadget: My camera!

Twitter Handle: @halliedhardy

People I follow on Twitter: I’m very particular about this because, I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest Twitter fan. I follow friends, Thoroughbred news, world news, and a few funny parodies.

Funniest fellow brand ambassador: On purpose, John. By accident, Mary Frances.

Do the other brand ambassadors have any nicknames for you so far? I am Hard Dawg, hear me roar.

Race event I am most excited to see this year on the ABRV Tour: The Saratoga meet. I’ve heard it’s a ridiculous time, and I am really excited to be a part of the 150th anniversary.

What are three must-haves you’ll be taking with you on the ABRV Tour? My iPad Mini, Harry Potter audio books and, most importantly, Insulin (I’m a Type 1 Diabetic).

What are some qualities you are looking for in a bus driver? Tall, dark and handsome with a killer sense of humor and direction.

Which celebrity would be the seventh brand ambassador? I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Ryan Gosling.

What is your type of humor? It’s definitely not sarcasm.

What's the most money you ever won at a track? Honestly, maybe $20. Don’t get me wrong, I win. But it’s hard to win a lot when you don’t bet more than $2 to show.

Favorite horse racing digital game? I loved playing the video game Zelda and racing to win the horse, “Epona.” 

Where I want to be in five years and what will I be doing? I fully plan on winning the lottery at the end of the year and retiring to Bora Bora while, of course, having homes in Lexington and Saratoga for the races. Seriously, I enjoy not knowing. I hope continuing to try to make this industry better. 

Favorite expression overheard at a race track? I love the call, “…from OUT OF THE CLOUDS.” 

Why should Millennials be attracted to Thoroughbred racing? No matter who you are, the lifestyle and competition of horse racing has something to offer that you will love.


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