Origin of Horse Races Now
After watching a television show on MSNBC that foretold the future importance of smartphone applications entitled “Planet of the Apps”, Kenny decided to see what kind of horse racing apps were available. After a search turned up nothing, the idea to create Horse Races Now was born. The app’s mission is to increase the shrinking fan base of horse racing by creating an easy-to-use mobile application that allows the user to follow their favorites through push notification reminders. Kenny and Sue are determined to provide a full compliment of live racing feeds, race replays, current news and handicapping tools. Their belief is that by allowing both existing and potential fans easy access to watch horse racing whenever and wherever they go, the industry as a whole will benefit. Their personal investment in this project is their way to “give back” to a sport they love and support.
Kenny McPeek, Co-Founder/Chairman
Kenny was raised in Lexington, Kentucky and discovered his love of horses early in life. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Finance, he followed his heart and, after his start with fellow Lexingtonian “Shug” McGaughey, he obtained his trainer’s license in 1985. He now manages his own 160-horse stable, and has a proven eye for an athlete, selecting “diamonds in the rough” at yearling and 2-year-old in training sales in the U.S. and around the world. His selections like Curlin, Einstein (BRZ), Repent, Take Charge Lady and Tejano Run, to name just a few, have earned him the respect of fellow horsemen. He has won over 140 stakes races, including the Belmont and Travers Stakes, and has been leading trainer at Keeneland and Churchill Downs on multiple occasions.
Rich McNutt, Chief Technology Officer & VP of Engineering
Mr. McNutt brings to HRN over twenty years of experience in the management, development, and implementation of emerging technologies including software engineering, data processing, IT, R&D, operations management. McNutt is responsible for the technical development of HRN’s ADW transaction processing systems system and has served in a variety of operations and technology roles, from principal systems architect and engineer to strategic planning and management. He oversees the management of research and development, engineering, product support, operations, and IT operations. Prior to joining HRN, Mr. McNutt pioneered TVG wager processing systems growing them from conception to $1.5B in wagering, and previously managed a variety of multi-million dollar projects for the U.S. Department of Defense, National Security Agency, FAA, NASA, and private industry. He has twenty years of experience developing secure financial transaction processing systems and other commercial applications across a wide-range of technologies.