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Rachel McLaughlin #internationalwomensmonth Television Commentator and Horse Racing Analyst for the home of Indiana’s only Thoroughbred Racing – Indiana Grand Racecourse

Racing Broadcast Production Manager/On-Air Racing Analyst

  • Been the on-air analyst for Indiana Racing since 2010 and served as on-air racing commentator at Hoosier Park before moving to Indiana Grand in 2013
  • A graduate of Ball State with a degree in sports marketing
  • Grew up around horses and is an avid rider
  • Is the co-host of Indiana Grand’s “Wire 2 Wire” preview show with track announcer Bill Downes & Nancy Holthus prior to each racing program
  • Provides handicapping analysis daily through a tip sheet, on-air analysis and serves as the host of all activities from the winner’s circle at Indiana Grand
  • Runs Indiana Grand’s social media accounts
  • Serves as the spokesperson for Family Leisure
  • Serves as the spokesperson for Rustic Cactus Western Wear & Tack
  • Served as an on-air racing analyst at Churchill Downs last year

Quote from Indiana Grands Management “Eric Halstrom”, for passing on the following quote regarding Rachel. “We’re very fortunate to have Rachel. We challenged her to take Indiana Grand to the next level of racetrack social media, and she certainly is doing that.”

“Rachel is such a natural on camera,” said Tammy Knox, director of race marketing affairs. “She didn’t have any television experience prior to her internship at

HRTV did a live broadcast from Hoosier Park for our Indiana Derby Day last fall, and they utilized her talents a couple of times during the day.

McLaughlin has a familiarity when she steps in front of the camera. She has a passion for broadcasting and her quirky nature makes her easy to remember.

Born and raised in Anderson, Ind., McLaughlin went to Anderson High School and will graduate in May from Ball State University with a degree in sports marketing. McLaughlin grew up with a horse background, but not a racing one. It was all new to Rachel when she began her internship at Hoosier Park, but she came on board with her feet running and stole the show with her memorable television performances.

“I was ecstatic when I got the call about the job,” said McLaughlin. “This is exactly what I would love to do as a career, and to have the chance to work at Hoosier Park again is an incredible opportunity.”

McLaughlin began working the daily show with Cross on opening night, and already you can tell they have a great connection on camera. She admits she gets nervous a couple of hours before her broadcasts, but those nervous feelings soon fade as she steps into the newsroom.

McLaughlin says the most intimidating part of the job is the paddock shows where she relays handicapping tips for “Trottin Tom” Kelley, the new handicapper added to the program this season. She admits that handicapping is much more nerve-racking than the conversation-style set-up of the daily show. McLaughlin says co-hosting with Cross is a little intimidating but very helpful. Cross has been hosting the show since 1998, so his experience and knowledge of the process aid in her transition to the show.

McLaughlin will also transition into other facets of television as the season progresses. She will provide driver interviews from the winner’s circle and will expand upon her duties as a race handicapper. This experience will bring her closer to her dreams and aspirations to continue on in the business, with an ideal career path leading to ESPN as a courtside interviewer.

McLaughlin’s television performances at Hoosier Park are building a foundation for her career. Hoosier Park is proud to have her as part of the team to represent them both locally and nationally.

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