Our SheHeroes

Janet Elliot

“Declare Your Wish. He’s the first horse I think of when I think of Janet Elliot.  Sure, there were better ones, more accomplished ones, the champions, the stakes horses I rode for her (Flat Top, Victorian Hill, Campanile, Hodges Bay, Woodlast, Master McGrath, Talamero, Hokan…), the stakes winners I chased, the Grade 1 winners at Saratoga and everywhere else. But I think of Declare Your Wish. I think of riding Declare Your Wish in 1993, my first and only year working for Elliot. I got on him in the winter, through the spring, through the summer and all through that fall. Not just me, Gus Brown, Jeff Teter, Britt Graham, a bunch of us rode him, like drawing the short straw. A talented horse, a rogue in his early days, he hadn’t run since finishing fourth in the 1991 Colonial Cup. Now 7, his legs were warm, mushy, tired. His