Q&A With NBC Sports Group Host Carolyn Manno

Carolyn Manno

Courtesy of America's Best Racing

Carolyn Manno is a reporter, host and anchor for the NBC Sports Group.

Manno works as a reporter for NBC’s Football Night In America, host of NBCSN’s NASCAR America, an anchor for NBC’s Sports Update Desk and is a part of the NBC Sports Network’s horse racing team.

Manno joined NBC Sports Group in August 2009 and quickly emerged as one of the group’s most versatile reporters, anchors and hosts. In 2013, Manno joined NBC and NBCSN full time as a reporter and anchor.

The 2017 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: "Win and You’re In" presented by Lane’s End Farm and America’s Best Racing kicks off this Saturday, June 17, live on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., with the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap and the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap. The Stephen Foster is an automatic qualifier for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will be run at Del Mar on Nov. 4, and the Fleur de Lis is a "Win and You're In" automatic qualifier for the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff on Nov. 3.

Name: Carolyn Manno

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: Through NBC when I started working on our coverage four years ago.

My favorite part of being a sports broadcaster: That it rarely feels like work! A fact that is mostly due to the wonderful people I get to spend time with on the job.

Best sporting event I’ve ever covered: The 2015 Belmont [Stakes] is right at the top of the list.

My favorite racetrack: It’s tough to choose. I love Santa Anita and Saratoga. But I have a feeling Del Mar is going to make an impression ...

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: I love the Kentucky Derby. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s a beautiful event filled with time-honored traditions and at the end of it, you are always hopeful that a new Triple Crown winner’s journey has begun.

Other sports/teams I follow: I work on many NBC Sports properties with a real sense of pride. I love learning new things and meeting new athletes and coaches. Our NFL, Olympic and NASCAR coverage is likely where you’ll find me when I’m not at the track.

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: Beauty, athleticism and complexity.

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: American Pharoah

My personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: Listening to the crowd after American Pharoah won the Triple Crown.

Best racetrack food can be found at: The Santa Anita track kitchen is legit in the morning!

Person in Thoroughbred racing I’d like to have dinner with: George Woolf

Philosophy on life: Be kind.

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: Tour de France

Best book I recently read: “A Complaint Free World”

Favorite quote or motto: “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”— Muhammad Ali

Favorite animal other than a horse: Elephants

Favorite food: Sweet potatoes

Favorite vacation spot: Greece

Favorite city: New York

Favorite musician/band: This is too tough.

Websites I visit daily: I usually check out SI.com, Yahoo! and NBC Sports, Twitter, CNN

Favorite movie about horse racing: “Seabiscuit”

Alma Mater: University of Florida

Favorite memento: A pin from my grandmother

Favorite dessert: Coffee ice cream

Favorite drink: Not a big drinker, but I like a bold Cabernet Sauvignon from time to time.

Favorite scent: Fresh flowers

Favorite tech gadget: Does my iPhone count? I can’t be without it. It’s bad, real bad.

Twitter handle: @carolynmanno

People I follow on Twitter: Everything sports and politics ... and my parents.

No. 1 Bucket-List item: African Safari