Megan Devine Starts as Ellis Park Analyst July 2
Long Island native Megan Devine, a 24-year-old emerging star who’s worked in horse racing for TVG and NBC Sports, has been named the paddock commentator for Ellis Park’s 30-date meet that runs July 2-Sept. 5.
Devine, a 2014 honors graduate of the Equine Industry Program in the University of Louisville’s College of Business, is a former captain of the University of Louisville’s equestrian team. She will provide pre-race selections and conduct post-race interviews to be aired on racetrack monitors and as part of Ellis’ simulcasting signal, including through online wagering platforms. She also will conduct Saturday morning public handicapping shows with track announcer Jimmy McNerney.
“It’s going to be more than a paddock-analyst show – not just 20 minutes to post, give my picks and go back in my little hole,” said Devine. “I’d like to interact with the track more and the fans, get people excited about racing and the horses that are there. I’m a big proponent of social media, so I’m going to be pushing that. We have so many great horses there, as well as trainers and jockeys, and now with the purse increases, that will just get even better. So I’d like to involve them and do a lot of interviews that way.”
Devine earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with minors in marketing and communications. She’s assisted the field producers for NBC Sports racing broadcasts and works as a production assistant and guest reporter for TVG racing network during the Keeneland meets. In additions, she has been a paddock analyst for Turfway Park’s Spiral Day.
Devine grew up grooming, exercising, training and showing hunter-jumpers in Long Island. She galloped thoroughbreds at Blackwood Stables in Versailles, KY to learn more about horses and racing. She’s been committed to the racing industry.
“I’m not somebody coming from totally the outside. I live and breathe horse racing. I consider myself to be part of it, and I really like working hard for that. I respect everybody in the business and everybody who is a fan. I always try hard and put a smile on my face. I love what I do.”
Devine will begin providing her insight at Ellis Park starting July 2. With many solid 2-year-olds coming out of Ellis Park, and a strong list of Grade I proven riders coming over with the increased purses, the meet looks as strong as ever at the Henderson, KY track.
“All the signs are in place for a gangbuster meet, judging from the outstanding response of horsemen and jockeys to our enhanced purses,” said racing secretary Dan Bork. “Ellis Park prides itself of being fan and bettor-friendly, and we wanted to add an analyst who knows not only handicapping but horses. Megan was an obvious choice with her equine and broadcasting experience, as well as her unparalleled enthusiasm. We are as excited as she is to see everything she winds up doing to not only help the handicappers but to promote Ellis Park and our Kentucky horses and horsemen.”