nicolle neulist is creating horse racing writing, and horse racing enthusiasm
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patrons

$29
per month
I started Blinkers Off in January of 2014 as a way to stay engaged with horse racing through Hawthorne's off-season.  Blinkers Off became that, and a whole lot more.  Over three years later, it remains the hub for my horse racing writing.  The best of my work -- both on Blinkers Off and elsewhere -- is collected here.

Presence and persistence lie at the heart of my racing writing: being at the racetrack, learning the racetrack, keeping my eyes and ears open, and letting what I learn inform my work.

Over the last several years, I have developed knowledge and insight that can only be gained by being present at the racetrack week in and week out throughout the entire Chicago-area racing season, a season that covers between nine and ten months of the year.

I do not know everything -- nowhere close.  But, that's part of why horse racing is so compelling -- it is deep.  It grows.  It changes.  I have a lot to learn, and always will.

But, whether I write handicapping analysis or a different topical piece, what I learn and see being at the track so often informs my perspective and helps make it unique.

If you follow Chicago racing, if you follow horse racing more broadly, if you have enjoyed my writing over the years...please consider becoming a patron.  Your patronage will give me the time and resources to cover horse racing more thoroughly -- to do more time-consuming interviewing and feature writing more often.  It will help my writing remain sustainable and consistent, even if other things in my life change.

Every race has at least as many stories as there are horses who enter the starting gate -- and with your support, I can find and tell more of those tales.
Tiers
Win, Place, Show
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
The old phrase is "two bucks to win", but Hawthorne allows $1 win bets, and so do I.

Thank you so much!  This gives you access to my exclusive patrons-only feed, including the Watch This Horse series!
Daily Double
$6 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you for your generous support!  This gives you access to my patrons-only feed, including the Watch This Horse series!  This also gives you the chance to ask me one question a month, which I will answer in the patrons-only feed.
Pick 3
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Wow.  You're a high-roller -- and I could not be more grateful!  This gives you access to may patrons-only feed, one question a month for "ask nicolle", as well as an invitation to a monthly Google hangout to talk racing.
Goals
$29 of $90 per month
At this point, I already travel to Arlington for race days for my (part-time) job as a chart caller. But, at this level? This will not only keep my website running, but also cover the difference to upgrade from ten-ride tickets and weekend passes to a monthly Metra pass.

Why does this matter to you? It means I can go out to Arlington on non-race days for morning workouts -- which means more pictures, more information, more conversations, and more stories to tell you!
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I started Blinkers Off in January of 2014 as a way to stay engaged with horse racing through Hawthorne's off-season.  Blinkers Off became that, and a whole lot more.  Over three years later, it remains the hub for my horse racing writing.  The best of my work -- both on Blinkers Off and elsewhere -- is collected here.

Presence and persistence lie at the heart of my racing writing: being at the racetrack, learning the racetrack, keeping my eyes and ears open, and letting what I learn inform my work.

Over the last several years, I have developed knowledge and insight that can only be gained by being present at the racetrack week in and week out throughout the entire Chicago-area racing season, a season that covers between nine and ten months of the year.

I do not know everything -- nowhere close.  But, that's part of why horse racing is so compelling -- it is deep.  It grows.  It changes.  I have a lot to learn, and always will.

But, whether I write handicapping analysis or a different topical piece, what I learn and see being at the track so often informs my perspective and helps make it unique.

If you follow Chicago racing, if you follow horse racing more broadly, if you have enjoyed my writing over the years...please consider becoming a patron.  Your patronage will give me the time and resources to cover horse racing more thoroughly -- to do more time-consuming interviewing and feature writing more often.  It will help my writing remain sustainable and consistent, even if other things in my life change.

Every race has at least as many stories as there are horses who enter the starting gate -- and with your support, I can find and tell more of those tales.

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Tiers
Win, Place, Show
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
The old phrase is "two bucks to win", but Hawthorne allows $1 win bets, and so do I.

Thank you so much!  This gives you access to my exclusive patrons-only feed, including the Watch This Horse series!
Daily Double
$6 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you for your generous support!  This gives you access to my patrons-only feed, including the Watch This Horse series!  This also gives you the chance to ask me one question a month, which I will answer in the patrons-only feed.
Pick 3
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Wow.  You're a high-roller -- and I could not be more grateful!  This gives you access to may patrons-only feed, one question a month for "ask nicolle", as well as an invitation to a monthly Google hangout to talk racing.