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Donna Barton Brothers

Donna Barton Brothers (born April 20, 1966) is a former jockey who won over 1100 horse races and serves as an interviewer for NBC Sports Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup coverage. She also exercises horses for husband Frank Brothers, a trainer.


Donna Barton's mother Patti Barton was a jockey. So were her brother and sister. Although her mother never insisted she follow the same career path, at age 21, Barton listened to an agent who said she should try being a jockey.[1]

Of her 1130 wins, the biggest was the 1996 Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes, aboard Boston Harbor, trained by D. Wayne Lukas. She also came in second on another Lukas-trained horse—Hennessy in the 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. [2]

In terms of winnings, Barton ended up second to Julie Krone among female jockeys, earning about a fourth of Krone's $80 million.[3]

Barton retired in 1998 and married trainer Frank Brothers. She intended to go to college but ended up as NBC's reporter on horseback for Triple Crown Races. Brothers started as a part-time reporter at Churchill Downs.[1] In 1999, when NBC was preparing to take over the Triple Crown races from ABC, Brothers was making predictions for the track's own network, which was broadcast where people made bets. NBC executives "liked what they saw". Charlsie Cantey had reported on horseback but didn't really like it. In 2006, Brothers believed she was the only TV reporter riding a horse.

At Triple Crown races, Brothers positions herself near the starting gate and rides around the track backward, passing the horses who are racing, and getting in position to be the first to interview the winning jockey.[4]

Brothers also covers Professional Bull Riders events and the World Equestrian Games.[1]


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