“I am tremendously excited to announce the launch of this fresh, new web suite. Our products will be informational and entertaining, and will bring comprehensive, accurate, fair and newsworthy content to every segment of the industry. Website visitors, webcast viewers and podcast listeners can access each of our products thru one clean, concise and informative web portal” said Gene McLean, conceptual Co-Founder of the Louisville Thoroughbred Society and its media outlet, “The Pressbox.”

“We will feature video segments, as well as audio podcast content. We will preview major stakes races, forecasting race scenarios as well as commentary and in depth analysis of race results”.

“But, in the end, what will set us apart are depth of industry experience within our team of media and handicapping experts. Experts which include some of the most noted professionals in the industry. As well, our total commitment to accuracy in reporting, our commitment to impartiality and a pledge to treat everyone in the industry with a sense of fairness and professionalism,” said McLean.


President, Publisher, Columnist

Gene McLean, a native of Midway, Kentucky, began his professional career in December 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky. For 11 years, McLean was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning many awards including the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1986.

In 1986, McLean was recognized as the “Outstanding Alumni” in the Mass Communications Department at his alma mater – Eastern Kentucky University. In 1988, McLean left the newspaper business to become the Executive Vice President of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

During his term, McLean was actively involved in getting simulcasting legislation passed to help promote thoroughbred racing throughout Kentucky and beyond. Subsequent to his service with the KTA-KTOB, McLean served as the first President of Kentucky Off-Track Betting, Inc., and established four off-track wagering facilities throughout the Commonwealth.

Gene McLean graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 3 1/2 years with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Journalism and History, and minors in Public Relations and Political Science with a cumulative grade point average of over 3.7 out of a possible 4.0. Two years ago, McLean was voted into the “Media Division” of the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame. It was one of the greatest honors of his career, to date.

Gene’s favorite track is Churchill Downs. His favorite jockey is Gary Stevens and his all-time favorite horse is Personal Ensign.


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It’s always been pretty simple for us. Great people make great work. Meet the team.

Kelly Sears

Site Manager
& Art Director

Dave Baker

Dave Baker

Director of Broadcasting
& Columnist

Rob Murphy


Alex McLean

Alex McLean Sharp

Director of Social Media
& Fashion Editor

Aaron Bacon

Website Maintenance
& Columnist

Dan Liebman

Dan Liebman


Ryan Dickey

& Photographer

Paul Blodgett

Paul Blodgett


Molly Stromquist

Molly Stromquist


Holly Smith


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