Santa Anita Names Race For Jay Privman 

October 20, 2022

To Be Run This Saturday

ARCADIA, Calif.—Recently retired Daily Racing Form National Correspondent and Racing Hall of Fame inductee Jay Privman will be honored on Saturday at Santa Anita, as the track has named Saturday’s fourth race in his honor and will present him with a plaque acknowledging his 40-plus years of covering the Sport of Kings.

Inducted into the Joe Hirsch Media Roll of Honor at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in August 2021, Privman began his journalistic journey in racing while an undergrad at Cal State Northridge.

“I’ve been to many racetracks all over the world and there’s no more beautiful place to watch a race than Santa Anita,” said Privman, who currently resides in Carlsbad, CA with his wife Anne.

A Los Angeles native, Privman began covering high school football on a part-time basis for the LA Daily News while enrolled as a journalism student at CSUN in the winter of 1979-80. With no one regularly assigned to cover horse racing, Privman requested to cover some big races that winter at Santa Anita

A recently retired HoF journalist who covered racing 
for more than 40 years, Privman’s career began 
with Spectacular Bid’s sensational winter of 1980.

The primary reason Privman sought the racing assignment?  His name was Spectacular Bid. An imposing Maryland-bred colt, grey in color and trained by the irascible Grover G. (Bud) Delp, “The Bid” had won the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and had taken up residence at The Great Race Place in advance of his 4-year-old campaign. 

Spectacular Bid would go on to have a winter for the ages, winning four graded stakes–the Grade II Malibu on Jan. 5, 1980, the Grade II San Fernando on Jan. 19, the Grade I Strub on Feb. 3 and the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap under 130 pounds on March 2, all in combination with a jockey named Bill Shoemaker and on all four occasions with a gutty California-bred named Flying Paster checking in second.

From that point forward, it’s safe to say that through an incredible career that saw him cover racing for the Daily News full-time for 10 years beginning in 1981, serve as West Coast editor for the Racing Times from 1991-92, West Coast correspondent for the New York Times from 1992-98 and finally as National Correspondent for DRF from 1998 until his retirement this past September, Privman’s love for and devotion to racing never waned. 

“We’re honored to be able to name a race for Jay and to acknowledge his contributions to racing,” said Nate Newby, Santa Anita Senior Vice President and General Manager. “Jay’s love of the game and his professionalism through these many years are what made him stand out. He covered our sport with a steady hand and was always fair.

“Although we certainly miss him in print and as a regular voice on radio, we’re happy that with all of his newly found free time as a retiree, he’ll be able to spend significant amounts of quality time with us as a fan and horseplayer. He’s truly a Hall of Famer and we wish him and Anne all the best in the years to come.”

In all, Privman, 62, whose resume also includes television assignments with CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBCSN and as the Saturday morning radio host of “Thoroughbred Los Angeles” on KLAA, AM 830, covered 39 of the past 41 Kentucky Derbies dating back to 1982 and 37 of the 38 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships beginning at Hollywood Park in 1984. 

Santa Anita Press Release
Photo by Benoit

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