Walking the course at Aintree.  Photo courtesy Women in Racing.

“The racing world is too small to ruffle too many feathers.” Why women talk–and don’t–about their experiences about racing

Whenever I write about women and racing, I can count on getting at least two reactions. One is the private messages, texts, and phone calls from women, the ones in which women share their experiences (“but please don’t write this … I want to keep working in the industry”) about unequal pay, about harassment, about…

Photo courtesy of Keri Wolfsont

“I knew it was going to be racehorses for me.”

At 5:35 a.m., Keri Wolfsont responds to a direct message within seconds. Every morning’s busy, but this one is particularly so, the eve of the Colonial Cup card in Camden, where she and a half dozen equine charges await tomorrow’s races. The assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, Wolfsont is based at his…

Fioretti and Sophie Doyle win the G3 Thoroughbred Club of America. Keeneland photo.

Sophie Doyle: Flying High in America

On the Friday of Breeders’ Cup weekend, Sophie Doyle was enjoying a rare recreational day at the racetrack. She’d been out in the morning as usual to work horses at Keeneland, then traded her riding clothes for a dress and heels to watch her brother James ride Birchwood in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf for…

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(Where are the) Women in Racing?

At a meeting of the NYRA board of directors on Wednesday, August 12, board chair Michael Del Giudice announced that the last vacancy on the board had been filled by Chris Mara, the senior vice president of the New York Giants and a Thoroughbred owner. Over the last year, three board members have resigned, including…