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MILLIE BALL

Across the Board: Millie Ball (11/27/13)

Millie Ball gets into the hot seat on the latest edition of Across the Board.
Posted: 11/28/2013
 
 

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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. She has become a fixture on HRTV's daily racing coverage, providing commentary and insights, and also serving as reporter. She lends her racing expertise, and background on the international scene, to the “Pursuit of the Cup” and “Pursuit of the Crown” shows, and has contributed frequently to “Race Day America show.

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 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 November, 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 Ballacross 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.

Her first trip to Dubai in 2001 remains her fondest memory in racing. She was there with trainer Tim 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.  This year, 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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