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Thursday, May 06, 2021Contact: Shannon Luce (859) 224-2716
Hammonds to Retire from BloodHorse

The BloodHorse today announced the retirement of Evan Hammonds, editorial director, effective Monday, May 17, 2021. He will continue with BloodHorse part-time.

“Evan’s passion for horse racing, his talent as a writer and editor, and his dedication and compassion as a team leader have been instrumental to the success of BloodHorse,” said Carl Hamilton, chairman of BloodHorse. “We are very fortunate that he will still be available to our team as an invaluable resource, if only on a part-time basis.”

Hammonds’ first stint with BloodHorse was in September 1977 when he was a senior in high school. His position continued through college at the University of Kentucky, and prior to graduation he was named production manager for the weekly publication, a position he held for several years.

In the spring of 1987 Hammonds moved to New York to work for Macmillan Publishing before joining FIGS Form, the first four-color daily newspaper published in Manhattan and the precursor to Racing Times, in 1989. He then joined Daily Racing Form, where he served as a copy editor and page editor for nearly nine years. 

In June 1998, Hammonds returned to Central Kentucky and became managing editor of BloodHorse. He served as editor of and as executive editor before taking his role as editorial director in January 2020.

“After chronicling the sport — and business — of Thoroughbred breeding and racing for BloodHorse for nearly a quarter century, I have decided to spend more time walking the shedrow,” Hammonds said. “I look forward to following the sport just as closely while, more importantly, having more time with my family.
“The cast of talented professionals I’ve worked with along the way is incredibly deep, and I’ve met a multitude of people who have dedicated their lives to the game and to the horse.”

BloodHorse is reviewing options for the position of editorial director.

BloodHorse has chronicled the Thoroughbred industry since 1916 and is dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing. BloodHorse produces widely distributed content on Thoroughbred racing and breeding via its namesake monthly magazine, BloodHorse Daily,, and social media platforms. BloodHorse is co-owned by The Jockey Club Information Systems Inc. and TOBA Media Properties. Additional information is available at