Christina Olivares Blacker was born and bred for the world of horse racing. The daughter of jockey Frank Olivares, the racetrack has been a part of Christina’s life since day one.
Christina knew early on that she wanted a career in television and is a graduate of the USC Annenberg School for Communications with a degree in broadcast journalism and entertainment communications.
As a senior in college, Christina began working for HRTV as a weekend reporter and features producer. Upon graduation she was hired full time at HRTV where she continued as a reporter. She also produced the weekly countdown shows “Target Louisville” and “Pursuit of the Cup.”
In 2006, Christina was recruited by TVG as a full time on camera reporter. In her six years at the network Christina parlayed that position in to a variety of roles. She hosted the original program Lady Luck for three seasons; a show focusing entirely on a women’s prospective of the racing game.
In 2007 she anchored TVG’s coverage of the Fall Stars meet at Belmont Park in New York furthering her national knowledge of the sport. For coverage of the Monmouth Park Elite Meet in 2010, Christina was again tapped as the on-site anchor throughout the spring and summer months. In 2011 Christina was the sole host of The Eclipse Awards for TVG’s broadcast in Miami, Florida.
In March of 2012 Christina stepped on to the Network stage with NBC Sports serving as a reporter for the Florida Derby broadcast alongside Tom Hammond, Randy Moss and HRTV’s Gary Stevens.
To begin the New Year in 2013, Christina returns to HRTV with a broader knowledge of the sport and an exceptional familiarity with racing connections all over the country.
Christina married trainer Dan Blacker in July of 2012, and the pair welcomed a daughter, Margo, into the world in July, 2013. Ironically, Margo was born only minutes after Dan won a race at Hollywood Park.
The pair resides near Santa Anita Park and will be welcoming another baby girl this coming June