Well, the Santa Anita Meet has started and I'm excited with the beautiful weather and some of the great horses I'm actually training in the mornings. I can tell I'm sitting on some good horses and can't wait to ride them on race day.
Hello again, horse racing fans. Today I’d like to talk to you a bit about some of the things I’ve gotten to do as an extension of my horse racing career – some things that actually take place off the track, but serve to put attention back onto horse racing. Obviously, I absolutely love jockeying racehorses. And my career so far has been great.
Hello everyone! I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying the virtual online game. I wanted to talk a bit about preparation. Obviously, there are different types of preparation that are involved in getting ready for a horse race – whether it be in real life or in the game. And each of kind of preparation is key to being successful. But what I want to talk about today is the physical preparation that is required to become a successful horse racing jockey.
As most of you probably already know, I grew up in Canada and have also raced horses quite a bit there. One of the things I’ve learned to appreciate about horse racing in general is what a global sport horse racing truly is. This past year, I raced horses in southern California, at Santa Anita Racetrack.
As you can imagine, one of the questions I get asked most often is what it’s like being a female jockey in a typically male dominated sport. And I have to say, the guys are great. The jockeys I compete against are fair and they’re just great riders. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I’m holding back once the gate drops! Even though we have a respect for one another, when I get in the gate, it’s all about me and my horse – that’s my team and I’m all about winning!
I know what you’re asking yourself right now: is this blog just going to be about what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated sport, and how I rose above the “glass ceiling” of racing to really make a name for myself? Well, yes and no.