About the author
J.J. Hysell has covered the Triple Crown trail and horse racing since 1997. Hysell founded a website dedicated to covering the pursuit of the Triple Crown in Spanish and English that received interest worldwide.
As a handicapper, Hysell has a proven record when it comes to the Triple Crown trail, with the Kentucky Derby winner ranked in the top two for the past five years. Hysell pegged the Derby trifecta in 2011 and gave out the exacta and the winning five-horse superfecta box for The Courier-Journal in 2013.
Hysell has covered various sports, from college to professional, for dozens of national publications, including: The Associated Press, Baseball America, USA Today, The Courier-Journal, The Star-Ledger, The Indianapolis Star, The San Diego Union Tribune, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Oregonian, The Orlando Sentinel, The Tampa Tribune, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Richmond Times Dispatch, The Albany Times Union, The Des Moines Register, The Columbus Dispatch, The Toledo Blade and more.
Hysell served as the Conference USA beat writer for College Sports Exchange, a feeder site for foxports.com and cbssports.com, for four years.
As a news reporter in Florida, Hysell covered three Cuban plane hijackings, six federal trials and logged over 1,000 hours in a police car as a crime beat reporter.