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Horse Racing Nation: Tim Reynold's Memorial Horse Racing Fan of the Year

Horse Racing Fan Averie Levanti
Out with the old, and in with the new. As we cast 2013 gently away from the shoreline that is our lives, it is time for us all, in our own way, to welcome in that which is new. Much like the way we heartily christen the coming 365 days as 2014; I believe now is the time that we should welcome in a whole new generation of race fans. In with the new, being the vital component in the opening thought, I am thrilled to introduce to you Horse Racing Nation’s 2013 Tim Reynolds Memorial Fan of the Year, Averie Levanti.
 
15-years-young, and already recognized as Princess of Sylmar’s #1 fan, make no mistake, this race fan from Pennsylvania is serious about her love for horse racing. Like many of our own experiences, when racing hit, it hit hard for Averie.
 
“I got into racing at the very beginning of 2011 after buying the book Secretariat. I hadn't a single clue on the sport of horse racing prior to that, my only past memory was a fuzzy remembrance of watching Barbaro breakdown during the 2006 Preakness Stakes, while at a friends house," said Averie. "I was only 12 years old at the time I read Secretariat, but the story intrigued me and I found myself researching and absorbing as much information as I could on horse racing. I became a goner for the sport when I chose a chestnut colt with a big white blaze named Shackleford to win that year's Preakness.”
 
We all know what she means when she says she was a goner. When horse racing gets in the blood, it is near impossible to expel from the mind, body, and soul. All of which, I know to be true of Averie.