Donna Brothers: A Force On Horseback For The Triple Crown

When I talked to Donna Brothers before this year’s Kentucky Derby, she was well into her preparation for the big race. She has a lifetime’s experience on horseback, she knows the racing industry as well as anyone, and she’s been conducting interviews on horseback during national telecasts for nearly two decades. While certainly not blasé…

Gaudet, Wolfendale Break New York’s Glass Ceiling

On Thursday, August 10, as the New York Racing Association’s Talking Horses television show began, two women sat behind the desk, ready to handicap that day’s Saratoga card for the thousands on-track and watching on television and the internet. That in itself was noteworthy, given the paucity of women on the NYRA broadcast until recently.…

Jill Byrne: At home under the twin spires

She’s as closely associated with Churchill Downs as the twin spires, but though she’s been a proud resident of the bluegrass for decades, Jill Byrne is a product of Virginia, her childhood spent at one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier racing facilities, the pedigree of which might even challenge that of the historic track in Louisville…