Bettina Cohen

Upon each leaf, I will tell a story...

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Brief Bio

Bettina Cohen grew up on Long Island, where her love of horses drew her to Belmont Park at an early age. She got a job as a hotwalker in a racing stable at age 16, and also worked as a groom, before graduating from SUNY College at Old Westbury with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Bettina began her writing career by covering local news and human interest for Long Island Community Newspapers. She was a reporter for This Week, and an associate editor for Racing Action, before moving to Kentucky, where she became a freelance Turf writer.

In Kentucky, she covered all things Thoroughbred — racing, breeding, sales — and carved a niche for herself as a top trade reporter specializing in coverage of products and services catering to the Thoroughbred industry for The Blood-Horse magazine. In a 16-year span, she wrote hundreds of articles for national and regional trade journals throughout the United States and Canada, served on the notes team for the Breeders’ Cup in 1998, contributed to five volumes of Breeders’ Cup media guides, and wrote chapters for two books in the Authoritative Guide series published by Blood-Horse Publications: Authoritative Guide to Breeding Thoroughbreds, and Authoritative Guide to Auctions.

In 2008, Bettina began writing her first novel, the story of a young woman who sets out to pursue her dream of becoming a racehorse trainer and encounters a grassroots effort by her co-workers to unionize. The manuscript is in the revision phase. Bettina now lives in San Francisco with her husband, Charles Rathbone.

For writing samples that reflect her life in San Francisco, visit Bettina’s Blog.