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NPR – “For Jockey Donna Barton Brothers, Horse Racing Runs In The Family”


HEARD ON NPR’S FRESH AIR WITH DAVE DAVIES, June 5, 2014. (PHOTO CREDITS: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

When the thoroughbreds burst out of the starting gate at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, fans will have their eyes on California Chrome as a potential Triple Crown winner. And there to interview the winner on horseback will be Donna Barton Brothers, an analyst for NBC Sports. Before she was an analyst, Brothers had a distinguished career as a jockey, winning more than 1,100 races before retiring in 1998. When she retired, Brothers tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies, she knew it was time to get out in part because it started to feel dangerous…

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