She Heroes

“Where to start. I was introduced to Carrie through a friend, and it was true friendship from day one. She’s not only been a mentor,  she taught me everything I know and what to look for in pedigree (even so till this day I drive her crazy at times lol). She’s someone that I can trust (which is very hard to find in horse business) and will tell me exactly how it is when it’s time to buy or sell. But beside the business sideRead More →

“It is hard to put into words the amount of gratitude the entire horse racing community owes Pat for her relentless and tireless work for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF). Needless to say the positive and exciting direction TRF is heading is due to her unfailing leadership through good times and bad. Her calm demeanor and experience has been a huge asset to TRF. And although we will dearly miss her guidance,  she of all people has definitely earned her retirement! I am proud toRead More →

“Everyone that has met Ms. Betty has adored her. She is not only an incredible horsewoman but definitely one of the nicest, most honest and hardworking people you will meet. Ms. Betty is a huge reason I became a jockey at 17 years old. She gave me opportunities on amazing ponies and horses on the National Steeplechase Association circuit. She taught me a lot about riding races and riding horses in general. She demonstrated strong courage and determination. Ms. Betty is definitely a SheHero!“ MaddieRead More →

“New York racing fans have had the luxury of watching Maggie Wolfendale Morley ply her trade for over a decade, and now the entire country, thanks to America’s Day at the Races and Saratoga Live on Fox Sports, has the pleasure of seeing the best in the business do her thing on a regular basis.  Maggie started at NYRA as a paddock reporter and now is a lead analyst and anchor as well. But the paddock is where she shines brightest. No one has aRead More →

By Marcus Armytage – The Telegraph Nickel Coin may have earned her place in racing history 70 years ago as the 13th and last mare to win the Grand National, but less well known is the fact that she was the first National winner to be led up by a stable lass rather than lad. In racing circles these days, Jo Wells, the then 19-year-old who looked after the nine-year-old bay mare, is better known as the mother of Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Graham Motion. DespiteRead More →

“I have known Sandy Hatfield since her days at North Ridge, then at Overbrook Farm, then at Gainsborough Farm, and finally when she came to manage the stallion division at Three Chimneys Farm. First and foremost, Sandy is a wonderful person. She is warm and giving and a wonderful friend who has earned the respect and admiration of everyone who has ever known her. She is especially loved by those of us who have worked with her and by those who have worked for herRead More →

“After decades of riding all over the world  for the U. S. Team, winning a medal,  instructing and coaching at all levels, I will admit to being nervous and possibly intimidated the first day Rosie came to my place for a lesson! What I’ve learned in the last five years is how fortunate I am  to work with someone with such God-given talent and yet who is so grounded and humble. Rosie has never hesitated to give back to the horses she loves and areRead More →

“I have known Stephanie Brennan for 30 years. We galloped together at Keeneland and even back then she was ‘saving the world.’ The puppy she adopted, called Bernie, was a throwaway. A difficult horse she galloped, called Big Bet, was rehomed. He ended up becoming a Three Day Event horse. She is the woman behind the man at Niall Brennan Stable, always with a foot on the pedal, but never seeking the limelight. Her dogs and horses are her go to people. She even hadRead More →

“Jill Byrne and I have known each other for many years, through many different roles and in each of them, Jill has excelled.  I first got to know Jill when her primary role was as exercise rider and integral part of the Pat Byrne racing team through several championship campaigners. Not long after, she traded boots and a helmet for a mic and camera, and we worked together at TVG, first in Kentucky on ‘The Works’ shows and later, on major races and events acrossRead More →

“Georganne and I have been professional peers for the past 30+ years, but not until I came to the Maryland Jockey Club was I able to appreciate what she does. The consummate professional with the respect of the Maryland horsemen, she is affectionately known as the Queen of Maryland Racing.  Georganne dedicates her life to Maryland racing and its participants. She has been an integral part of much of the success of Maryland racing. She loves what she does, from helping create the race programsRead More →