All About The Owner
Atlanta, Georgia native and life-long horse lover, Tara Cochran, first fell in love with horse racing during childhood summer visits to her favorite racetrack, Keeneland Race Course. Unable to be involved in racing until she graduated high school, she immersed herself in any televised racing coverage and books on the sport until she could find her way to horse racing capital of Kentucky.
When the time came, she moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend the University of Louisville’s Equine Industry Program. Here, she had the opportunity to work on the Churchill Downs backside as a hotwalker for trainer Ron Moquett. This is where she met the love of her life, and one of the three horses now in her backyard, Bondsman.
Kentucky offered more opportunities for Tara to expand her racing resume, working as an intern in the New Media Department at Churchill Downs, as a show person during Keeneland September sales for Airdrie Stud and Denali Stud, and the job that ignited her passion for being on camera, production assistance for TVG and NBC Sports at tracks around the country, including Belmont Park, Churchill Downs, Keeneland & Santa Anita.
After a brief stint in the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, Tara returned to Georgia where she found work with the lone bloodstock agency there, Long Grove Bloodstock. She also enrolled in the Connecticut School of Broadcasting here before being offered the Media Coordinator position at Gulfstream Park.
Fondly remembered as her favorite racing job to date, Gulfstream Park is where Tara cut her teeth in on-camera work, as well as behind the scenes, writing features and assisting with stakes recaps. Falling in love with South Florida, she enrolled in the University of Miami to complete her studies in broadcast journalism.
While horse racing has always been Tara’s greatest passion, she is also a life-long athlete. In 2010 she earned the title of “Professional Athlete”, making the roster for the Miami Caliente in the Legends Football League. This lead her into the sports nutrition industry where she continues to work.
Never too far from the world of horse racing, Tara has remained involved in the sport through horse rescue work, having saved her first racehorse, Sunny Defrere, from slaughter in 2013. This horse, who she renamed Banzai, is also in her backyard today and was the catalyst for her rescue, Three Cheers For Third Careers. Her rescue work led her to spearhead the fundraising efforts for the high-profile Mercer County rescue case in 2016. She was awarded the first-annual Zippy Chippy Award by US Racing for her work.
In 2015, she started All About The Race, to highlight and promote the positives in the racing industry, providing media, marketing, public relations and fundraising solutions to the “horses, races, places and faces that make horse racing great.” She is the exclusive voice of horse racing on Arena Sportsnet with her podcast, “All About The Race With Tara.” She also does voice over work for the network and is a guest on their politic-focused podcasts.
Tara resides on a farm just north of Atlanta with her three horses, two bulldogs, an ungrateful barn cat and her .350 revolver. If she isn’t watching horse racing, football or NASCAR or training in the gym, you can probably find her outdoors or at a live concert.