donna barton brothers

“That’s the thing about being a jockey — or anybody who’s in a dangerous sport — is that as long as you have a real passion for that thing that you’re doing, the fact that it’s dangerous sits in the back of your mind and not the front of your mind. If it starts to ride into the front of your mind, then it’s time to quit.”

- Donna Barton Brothers, former jockey and winner of more than 1,100 races

Brothers spoke to Fresh Air contributor Dave Davies about her life on the track, growing up around horses, and the upcoming Belmont Stakes. 

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The thoroughbreds will be running in the Belmont Stakes Saturday, with a potential Triple Crown winner in the field.  Thursday Donna Barton Brothers, a former jockey with 1,100 wins tells us about her life at the track, her work as an analyst for NBC - and about her mom, who got into fights with male jockeys when she got into racing.  

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