ATLANTA - April 3, 2018 — The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition (GHRC) announced today that it has named Kathleen (Kat) Palma/Forestbird Photography as Racing Feature Writer and Photographer, in a move to provide original content and experience-based accounts to its readership from racetracks across the U.S. to horse racing fans in Georgia.
“The team effort that goes into bringing a race horse to the starting gate is something most fans never get to experience.” said Dean Reeves, GHRC President and owner of 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Mucho Macho Man. “Kat’s narratives make readers feel like they’re along for the ride, and we’re excited to share her unique perspective with our supporters and new fans to horse racing.”
As qualifying races for the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks heat up, Kat’s coverage will commence on April 7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. Opening weekend for Keenland’s spring meet, the race card will feature the Ashland and Blue Grass Stakes, for Oaks and Derby hopefuls, respectively.
With 100 qualifying points at stake in each contest, winners of each race will continue to Churchill Downs’ marquee events the first weekend in May, and so will Kat.
The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is a non-profit 501 C (6) organization whose mission is to educate Georgians about the value of the great American sport of horse racing and what it will bring to our state by generating jobs, tax revenues for Hope scholarship and tourism. The Coalition is working with state leaders to pass legislation allowing pari-mutuel wagering in Georgia in order to encourage and support a statewide racing industry. Learn more at www.gahorseracing.org.
ABOUT KAT PALMA/FORESTBIRD PHOTOGRAPHY
Kathleen (Kat) Palma is a photographer and writer who began covering Thoroughbred racing in 2014 as Team Photographer for Sherman Racing Stables, based in Los Alamitos, CA. Her work has been published by America’s Best Racing and the NTRA, and images from her fan-favorite, The Chrome Diaries, chronicling the career of champion Thoroughbred, California Chrome, have been exhibited at the California Museum, in Sacramento, CA. Kat’s work in Thoroughbred racing, including private client work and commissions, is presented by the brand Forestbird Photography and www.forestbirdphotos.com.