Going in Circles Podcast host Charles Simon
Going in Circles podcast is produced and hosted by Charles Simon
Charles has worn many hats during his time in the horse racing business. He was a successful trainer for over 20 years with 359 winners and over $11 million in earnings, winning over 30 stakes races at venues such as Saratoga, Churchill Downs and Keeneland. He has also purchased grade 1 winners at auction, imported stakes winners from Europe and South America, and bred and owned numerous winners. Prior to his thoroughbred career he was an assistant racing secretary at Yonkers following his graduation from the University of Arizona’s racetrack management program.
Charles has the unique perspective of having viewed racing through many different prisms. Those views along with a willingness to speak out about issues that others may shy away from makes the Going in Circles podcast a ‘must listen to’ show.
Charles has long been an active participant on social media platforms, often offering a counter point of view on topics that are not well explained to the racing public. The Going in Circles Podcast gives him the opportunity to be able to explain his positions and opinions and help educate people on racing matters without being subjected to the limitations of space. You can follow him on Twitter @cannonshell or on Facebook under his name or on the Goingincirclespodcast Page or group.
Monday’s co-host Barry Spears
Barry Spears is the co-host on the Monday night Going in Circles Podcast. Known as the Sniper when picking off tournament wins in the old Derby Wars contests, he gives us a handicappers point of view.
Barry is a former professional basketball player turned horseplayer from Daytona Beach, Florida with years of handicapping experience. His first racetrack experience was on Travers Day in 1984 when he and his father attended a morning seminar during the breakfast program where they watched the morning works. It was that day learning to read the Daily Racing Form, watching Carr de Naskra win that years Travers over Pine Circle that Barry got hooked on the sport!
Barry has previously worked in the industry as Handicapping tournament Blogger for BetAmerica and was the former co-host of weekly webcasts with tournament site DerbyWars. He was also part of an extensive ad campaign with the Daily Racing Form.
You can follow him on Twitter @UrbnHandicapper