PUBLISHED IN USA TODAY, BY DAN WOLKEN, ON JUNE 8, 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: EUKI BINNS)
ELMONT, N.Y. — When she’s interviewing the winning jockey from horseback after a big race, Donna Barton Brothers believes her job is to help convey the emotion of the moment for NBC’s audience and, essentially, get out of the way. And if Justify wins the Triple Crown, her interview with Mike Smith will probably not seem much different than it was three years ago when she was the first to speak with American Pharoah’s rider Victor Espinoza. But Brothers has a unique perspective on the Justify story and the joy it could bring to his owners Saturday because, in her other job away from the television cameras, she’s technically part of the team.