Racing & Wagering

Joe Kristufek's Selections

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Joe’s Stats through Sunday, June 28 
Races   Wins   2nd   3rd    Win%    WPS% 
  359 102      71     68    28.4%    67.1% 

Joe Kristufek

Joe Kristufek is a self-proclaimed horse racing "ambassador," and fan development has been his passion since the moment he took his first job in the industry.

In addition to serving as the Churchill Downs paddock host, Kristufek is also the face of "Racing 101" for America's Best Racing, a fan development specialist for Horse Racing Nation, the morning-line maker for Arlington Park and Kentucky Downs and the handicapper and racing writer for the Daily Herald newspaper in his native Chicago.

Kristufek has developed and executed several horse racing-related, fan-education projects both online and onsite. He is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association and works on the Dubai World Cup notes team. He has co-owned five horses in partnership and when the rare opportunity presents itself, he loves playing in handicapping contests.

Kristufek was the on-air talent for Hawthorne's between-race presentation and replay shows in the 1990s, and served as a on-air host and content coordinator for The Racing Network in 2000-2001. He was the owner, producer and host of popular horse racing magazine show "Horsin' Around TV", airing 85 episodes from 2003-2005 on Fox Sports Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

A beer and indie/alternative music snob, Joe is a Chicago Bulls season ticket holder and there aren't too many people who can keep up with him on a billiards table.