from top jockey to
triple crown reporter
Aired December 15, 2017
When Donna Barton Brothers retired from Thoroughbred racing in 1998, she had won almost 1,200 races and earned the second-most winnings -- $11.2 million – among female jockeys in the United States.
After retiring her jockey silks, Donna became a television racing analyst, working for ESPN, NBC Sports, and TVG (Television Games Network). She also covers a variety of other equestrian sports, including the Hambletonian Stakes, the Rolex Three-Day Event, the World Equestrian Games, and the American Quarter Horse Association’s (AQHA) World Championship Show.
Donna’s mother was one of the first six women in the US to become a licensed jockey, and Donna’s brother and sister were jockeys, as well. But even though she grew up around horses … and horse racing was the world she lived in… Donna didn’t initially consider pursuing the profession herself… In fact, she grew up wanting to be anything but.