During Triple Crown season, I write data journalism about horse racing. I figure other people spend 3 hours every weekend watching football or baseball games. I spend two minutes watching a horse race, and use the time I save to analyze data and write about it.
- “The rise, fall, and rise of Hispanic jockeys in America.” Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, 2017. (Why are over half of top US jockeys Hispanic?)
- “Riding more female jockeys could save thoroughbred racing.” CNN.com. 2017. (Jockeys can’t weigh more than 120 pounds. Why are 90 percent of jockeys men?) With Caroline Rutherford and Kerry Keyes.
- “Gender and weight among thoroughbred jockeys: Underrepresented women and underweight men.” Socius. 2017. (Male jockeys dominate thoroughbred racing, but keeping their weight at levels more typical for women takes a toll on their health.)
- “Is the Belmont Stakes too long for modern horses?” (No.) Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. 2016.
- “What would be fair odds on American Pharoah?” Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. 2015. (I didn’t predict that American Pharoah would complete the Triple Crown, but I thought his chances were better than California Chrome’s.)