Mike Penna

President / Host

Mike Penna first sat down behind a microphone in 2003 when he began co-hosting the popular Saturday morning “Equine Forum” talk show. In 2005, Mike and the late Pete Kules established the Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN). In addition to producing the “Equine Forum” every week, the duo started traveling to racetracks around the country, providing fans with live coverage of many of the nation’s biggest races. Mike is currently President of HRRN and also serves as the anchor for many of its broadcasts. 

In early 2011, Mike and HRRN received an Eclipse Award for coverage of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and in 2013 was honored with the prestigious Old Hilltop Award by the Maryland Jockey Club. In 2019, HRRN received the heralded Sovereign Award from the Canadian Jockey Club in recognition of outstanding coverage of the 159th Queen's Plate and the coveted Charles W. Engelhard award given by the KTOB.  

Each year HRRN broadcasts more than 100 major thoroughbred stakes races including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup.

Mike’s passion for racing spans more than 30 years. In 1989, he stood alongside the rail at historic Saratoga Racecourse and watched as Easy Goer won the Travers Stakes. After cashing his winning ticket on the heavy favorite, he was hooked for life. A native of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Mike and his wife, Michelle, relocated to Lexington in 1997. Mike worked at The Jockey Club, Thoroughbred Times, and Keeneland’s racing office before pursuing his interest in broadcasting.



Jude Feld


Jude Feld joined the HRRN team in 2007 as paddock reporter and analyst. He has loved Thoroughbred racing since his youth. He began his horseracing career in 1978, making charts for the Daily Racing Form at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky under the tutelage of legendary trackman Jack Valentine. After a stint as assistant trainer to Doug Udouj in the Bluegrass State and to Julio Canani in California, Jude took out his own trainer’s license in 1980. He has trained the winners of 23 stakes, including graded winners Pewter Grey, Steff Graf (Brz) and Vieille Vigne (Fr) as well as multiple stakes winners Broadway Pointe, Freya Stark (Ire), Order and Capel Meister (Fr). Retiring from training in 2000, Jude became a racing publicist, public handicapper and bloodstock consultant. In 2003, he was honored with an Eclipse Award, alongside G.D. Hieronymus, for their collaboration “If it was easy…everyone would do it,” which he wrote and G.D. produced for Keeneland. Jude has an intimate knowledge of the Sport of Kings and countless friends in the Thoroughbred racing industry. In 2011, Jude was honored with his second Eclipse Award as part of our HRRN’s broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Anthony Stabile


Anthony “the Big A” Stabile was born at the racetrack. His parents met at Aqueduct, he worked as a hotwalker, groom and jockey agent at the NYRA tracks throughout high school and college before becoming a writer and handicapper for the New York Post in May 1999. At the Post, Anthony handicapped six or seven tracks a day, covered both the Thoroughbred and harness scenes and shattered all public handicapping records by showing an $88 profit at the 1999 Saratoga meet, his first as a public handicapper. Anthony has contributed to both the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup editions of The Bloodhorse, was co-host of “Thoroughbred Central” for the New York City OTB Television Network, hosts seminars for some of racings’ biggest days throughout the New York City area and is the Virtual Race Track announcer at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Anthony is best known for selecting the New York bred gelding Funny Cide to win the 2003 Kentucky Derby at 12-1. Anthony had “the gutsy gelding” at 150-1 in a Vegas future book as well as in all three Kentucky Derby Future Pools. Anthony was the ghost writer for Funny Cide in a series of columns that appeared in the Post and authored “Through the Binocs,” a daily recap of the day’s action at NYRA racetracks.

Jeff Bloom


A thoroughbred industry veteran of more than 30 years, Jeffrey Bloom was a professional jockey in addition to serving as a racing manager, marketing and media relations’ consultant and broadcaster. During his 9 year riding career, Jeffrey raced at many of the major tracks throughout North America. After retiring as a jockey, he became the main workout rider for leading trainers that include Eddie Gregson and Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham. Following his riding career, Jeffrey earned a B.S. degree in Financial Services from San Diego State University and his business resume includes a successful venture in software technology sales and corporate business development. Jeffrey founded and runs Bloom Racing Stable, LLC a horse racing partnership company which is now affiliated with Bloom Squared, LLC, an investment company he started with his brother Bryan Bloom and Andrew Yaffe Jeffrey recently joined the advisory board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance a nonprofit organization that provides funding for approved racehorse aftercare facilities. He also serves on the board of Ivey Ranch Park Association, a nonprofit organization that provides service and care for special needs children through therapeutic equine activity. Jeff joined the HRRN team as an analyst in 2014.

Kristina McManigell


Kristina grew up in southern Illinois, and was introduced to racehorses at an early age. Her first time on the back of a Thoroughbred was at 12 years of age, and she immediately knew what she wanted to do with her life. She was a student of Chris McCarron's North American Racing Academy, part of the second inaugural class. Following that, she galloped horses for top trainer Todd Pletcher. She took out her Jockey's license in late 2009, riding her first race at Churchill Downs. She then went to Tampa Bay Downs, where she was the Leading Apprentice Jockey for the winter 2010 meet before making her way to the Northeast to ride primarily at Suffolk Downs, Parx, Laurel, Pimlico, and Colonial Downs, where she was consistently a top ten rider, along with occasionally shipping in to Delaware Park, Penn National, Aqueduct and Saratoga. She suffered multiple injuries during her career, which resulted in her retirement on March 13, 2014 as one of the top female riders in the nation at the time with $4,648,421 lifetime earnings. Kristina now pursues her love of broadcasting with HRRN and teaches at the same school she attended, the North American Racing Academy.

Dan Mason


Dan begins his second year with HRRN as an analyst and co-host.  He returned to the field of sports casting after a long and tenured career as a broadcasting executive, spending most of his career as CEO of CBS Radio. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.  He is also a racing analyst for NBC Sports Radio.  In addition to horse racing, Dan covers women’s basketball on radio and television, spending two seasons at the CBS Sports Network.  He is currently the play by play voice for women’s basketball at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland

A native Kentuckian, Dan graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and now resides in the Washington, DC area.

Roberto Rodriguez

HRRN En Espanol Host

AKA “El Potro”, Roberto has been a horse racing fan since his youth.  A Former writer for a local newspaper in Palm Beach (Sports Section), Blood-Horse en Español, GF Horse Racing News, and broadcaster of Hipismo de Campeones on ESPN Radio Miami 1210 AM.  In July 2015, Roberto created which is the most popular horse racing Spanish website in the United States. Passionate with horse racing, his commitment is to spread the news about this incredible sport.  Roberto joined the HRRN team in July of 2016 as host of our HRRN En Espanol race coverage.

Eloy Vielma

HRRN En Espanol Analyst

Eloy has more than thirty years experience working in the horse racing industry as a broadcaster, handicapper, analyst and writer, applying computational concepts to all his positions and tasks. From 1988 to 2012, he worked as a TV Handicapper in Venezuela (“VTV” and Meridiano “TV”).

With an I.B.M. Advanced Education and a Computer Engineer, Eloy has dedicated his career to horse racing.  Recently, he served as a broadcaster of Hipismo de Campeones on ESPN Radio Miami 1210 AM and is currently a writer and analyst on

Eloy joined the HRRN team in July of 2016 as an analyst on our HRRN En Espanol race coverage.

Billy White


Billy White began working with HRRN in 2006 when he served as an analyst alongside Mike & Pete. He is a chicago native and entrepreneur who considers Lexington KY his second hometown and Keeneland racecourse as hallowed grounds. When not working with HRRN, he operates a sales company and is an owner of several Jimmy John’s restaurants. Billy is a racing enthusiast who has owned horses in partnership with Ashby Thoroughbreds since 1999. He refers to himself as a “frustrated handicapper and horse pontificator”.

Shawn Seay


Shawn was born in Lexington and raised up and down the East Coast. His first experience in radio was hosting an overnight show on the University of Georgia’s student run station. He was producer of the Dave Elswick Show, was an integral part of bringing ESPN Radio into Lexington and helped to start up the Lexington Legends radio network. In 2005, after a stint in the US Coast Guard, Shawn returned to the radio business and has been involved in all aspects of stations in both Lexington, KY and Savannah, Ga. He currently lives in Lexington with his fiancee, author Mehitobel Wilson, and his beautiful daughter, Lillie.

Michelle Penna

Chief Operating Officer

Michelle has been an integral member of the HRRN team since its inception. Working behind the scenes to organize various aspects of the broadcasts, she has helped assure the success of the network. In 2011, Michelle stepped into the role of on-site producer and quickly established herself as one of the best in the business while travelling with the HRRN team to racetracks throughout the country. A native of North Adams, Massachusetts, Michelle moved to Lexington, KY in 1997 with her husband and HRRN President Mike Penna. She has worked in racing for more than a decade as a member of The Jockey Club.