10 minutes | Oct 8, 2020

Patrick Bovenzi, Race Track Worker and Horse Identifier. Tampa Bay, Florida

Originally from upstate New York, Patrick Bovenzi has spent his entire career as a race track worker, rising through the ranks to hold numerous official positions at race tracks across this country. Today, he is one of America’s very few “horse identifiers” – i.e., an expert who can assess and certify the identity of individual race horses. Mr. Bovenzi was interviewed by folklorist and Archie Green Fellow Ellen McHale at the Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack in Tampa Bay, Florida, on behalf of the American Folklife Center as part of her documentation project “Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Race Track.”
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