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Horse Racing Next Gen: Patrick Cummings

By Natalie Voss

Patrick Cummings is the director of racing information for Trakus, where he has worked since 2011. He is also the founder/editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, which he launched in 2007. Cummings holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Dickinson College and a masters in business administration from Baylor University. He has previously called the races at Philadelphia Park and Manor Downs and has interned for The Racing Network and the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He is also the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat.

How and why did you begin your career in the sport of racing?

Racing has been a passion for as long as I can remember, and it is stronger than ever. I was captivated by the numbers and strategy as a child, mostly through television and a few passing visits to Philadelphia Park (now Parx). My first role was as a summer intern in the Parx television department and parlayed that into a role as the substitute announcer. I called races from 1999 to 2009 during weekends and vacation time while I was otherwise full-time in the financial services industry.

Seven years removed from my undergraduate work, I left the investment field and pursued my MBA (Baylor University ‘11), focusing all my efforts on how I could combine business and my passion for racing. Trakus has been a great place to do that as our operation is basically 24-7 around the world.

What was it about Dubai’s program that captivated you enough to start Dubai Race Night?

It was a combination of fascination and opportunity. It made little sense that all this money was funneled into the Carnival, quality horses were being shipped from all over the world for a few months, and there was little Internet coverage beyond the official site of the Dubai Racing Club. If you want to get into something, you just have to pick a time to start and go from there. Dive in. The Carnival and subsequent World Cup meetings are spectacles and feature horses from six continents, making it incredibly fun to follow, handicap, and bet.

How has your experience with international racing changed the way you look at the sport in this country?

One simply cannot always think that the way “we” do something is the best way, the only way, or the right way. I’ve been incredibly blessed to experience some of the biggest race days on the planet and seen things from many different perspectives.

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