Denis Blake, presently field editor of The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, has been named the new editor of the award-winning The Texas Thoroughbred magazine, ...Denis Blake, presently field editor of The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, has been named the new editor of the award-winning The Texas Thoroughbred magazine, ...
Denis Blake, presently field editor of The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, has been named the new editor of the award-winning The Texas Thoroughbred magazine, the official publication of the Texas Thoroughbred Association.
Blake has been with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) for the past 4¸ years, first as racing information and simulcast coordinator before moving to his present position in June 2001. He spent the early 1990s with Canterbury Park where he moved up from teller to simulcasting assistant to simulcast coordinator and eventually mutuels manager.
Prior to joining the AQHA staff, Blake held the position of business manager of EdView Inc., a startup internet business in Minneapolis, for two years. He is a former writer for Daily Racing Form where he covered Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Oaklawn Park and other tracks.
"Blake’s experience in all aspects of journalism including writing, editing, photography and website design and content, plus his recent work with a major trade association, make him ideally suited for his new responsibilities," observed TTA Executive Director Dave Hooper. "We plan to utilize his internet experience to help make TTA’s website (www.texasthoroughbred.com) more user friendly and time sensitive to news and coming events."
Blake, a New Jersey native who attended the University of Minnesota, will succeed editor Lisa Marie Wood, who is moving to California to marry Rudi Groothedde, the managing editor of California Thoroughbred. Wood, a member of the National Turf Writers Association, will remain active in the horse racing industry as a freelance journalist.
"Lisa’s legacy as editor is reflected in the numerous awards accorded The Texas Thoroughbred by American Horse Publications in recent years," Hooper commented.
"I am extremely excited to take this new position," said Blake. "I will strive to build upon the foundation left by Lisa and continue to make the magazine a valuable resource for TTA members and the Texas racing industry."
Blake will join the TTA staff on October 1 and move permanently to Austin with his wife and two children later this fall. Wood’s resignation is effective October 17.