GABBY GAUDET TABBED TO REPLACE CARULLI AS RACING ANALYST
BALTIMORE,04-03-13---TheMaryland Jockey Club today announced that Gabby Gaudet will replace FrankCarulli as the Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park racing analyst after heleaves the company at the end of the Pimlico spring meeting, which beginstomorrow. Gaudet, who will start full-time after Labor Day, will be co-hostingwith Carulli on Saturday and Sunday afternoon’s during the meet. The22-year-old was chosen after a successful on-air audition at Laurel Park onMarch 23.
“Iwas very happy the contest was the week it was because I was on spring breakand I had time to prepare,” Gaudet said. “Talking to people my age in theindustry, I feel like it is pulling to the younger demographic. A couple of myhigh school and college friends are starting to follow racing on Twitter andare planning on coming to the Preakness and not just for the concerts in theInfield.”
Gaudet’srole will include handicapping between races, with the selections available onTwitter, writing a blog on the Pimlico, Laurel and Preakness websites andproducing news of the day/week package for the simulcast signal.
“Gabbywas the most well-rounded candidate with a tremendous upside,” said MarylandJockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “With the role changing from a purehandicapper to someone who can also assist in the social media world and withthe website, her ability to write a blog was significant. She will not have tohandle Frank’s morning line duties.”
Equibasechart caller Keith Feustle, who has co-hosted the “Today At The Races” pre-raceshow on the Maryland simulcast signal with track announcer Dave Rodman sincethe fall 2011, will take over Carulli’s morning line duties beginning with theLaurel fall meet in September. Feustle has been the oddsmaker at Colonial Downssince 2003.
Gaudet,the daughter of longtime conditioners Eddie and Linda Gaudet, is finishing herfinal semester at Towson University. She will graduate next month with a doublemajor in mass communication and graphic design.
“Mymom was very excited and my dad actually got teary-eyed,” added Gaudet. “My momhome schooled me in trailer at Bowie Training Center for a couple of yearsbefore I decided to go back to school in 8th grade, so literally Igrew up on the racetrack.”
TheSt. Mary’s High School graduate wrote for The Saratoga Special newspaper lastsummer and has been a frequent contributor on Maryland Horse Radio, which airson CBS Sports Radio (AM 1300) in Baltimore each Tuesday at 6 p.m.
“Iam really excited about the opportunity,” Gaudet said. “Frank is a really goodhandicapper. One of the things I need to focus on is studying the charts and(Daily Racing Form) Formulator. I am going to enjoy the blogging aspect of thejob. Not only from a handicapping aspect but also if we have a rider who has abig week. It will be interesting to get to know them better and not from astat-stand point because that is something that will likely be handled in apress release.”
The51-year-old Carulli, who has been with the Maryland Jockey Club since January2002, will be relocating to Las Vegas in July.
“FrankCarulli is one of the top handicappers and morning line makers in the businessand he will be missed,” added Chuckas. “He was also extremely helpful duringthis process with all the candidates and will tutor Gabby during the Pimlicomeet. We want to give her as much preparation as possible before she takes overin the fall.”