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MILLIE BALL

Millie Ball Host Reporter


Posted: 02/01/2012
 
 

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biography

A native of the United Kingdom, Millie Ball joined HRTV in 2003 and has developed into an integral member of the network's on-air team.  Recently, she has become a fixture on HRTV's daily racing coverage, including analyst on the network's "Race Day America" show.

She is responsible for researching and producing the "international report" on a weekly basis for the network's "Pursuit of the Cup" show, while also filling in as a host/reporter on the show, as needed.  She also offers her international expertise and fills a similar role on HRTV's "Pursuit of the Crown" show, too.  


She has travelled across the country for HRTV to cover a number of Triple Crown races, including yearly visits to the Preakness and several trips to New York for the Belmont Stakes. Additionally, Ball also went to Lone Star Park for HRTV to contribute to the network's coverage of the 2004 Breeders' Cup.


In 2012, Ball also worked for the NBC Sports Network in covering the Spiral Stakes from Turfway Park, and the West Virginia Derby from Mountaineer Park for Fox Sports Net.  In 2007-08, she was on-site for the Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs for CBS's coverage of the event. Ball has always been heavily involved in equestrian sports, riding competitively through Pony Club, and was on the junior National 3-Day Event team, then switched gears and began steeplechasing. Ball owns the distinction of being the only woman to win the Marlborough Cup Timber race. She worked for trainers, Ian Balding (England) and John Hammond (France), who both were instrumental in transitioning her into flat racing.


Her love of Thoroughbred racing began at that point, and she proceeded to race on the "flat" in England and France. In 1995, Ball arrived in California and began galloping horses for trainer Ian Jory, and over the next decade worked for three Hall Of Fame trainers: Bobby Frankel, Bob Baffert and Richard Mandella. Galloping horses for some of the sport's premier conditioners took Ball across the country to many of racing's greatest venues, including Saratoga, Fair Grounds, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Arlington Park, Gulfstream Park, and even to Hong Kong.


She reprised that role this past summer, galloping and working horses for her husband, noted trainer Tim Yakteen.
Her first trip to Dubai in 2001 remains her fondest memory in racing. She was there that she met Yakteen, who was Baffert's assistant at the time, to cheer on Captain Steve in the Dubai World Cup. She and Yakteen got engaged the night before the lucrative races, and Captain Steve went on to win it, and cap a sensational experience.
Aside for her extensive racing experience, Ball has also worked as a stunt woman (occasionally involving horses) for 10 years in national commercials, and prominent shows like CSI NY, CSI Miami, Mad Men, and Crank.  In 2013, she worked with famed actress Bo Derek as a stunt double on an episode of CSI Miami entitled "The Last Straw."  She also had a small role in a movie about a losing Thoroughbred trainer called "And They're Off," which was released in October, 2012.


They have two boys, Sam and Ben, and reside in Monrovia, CA.

 
 
 
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