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Across the Board with Zoe Cadman

This week on Across the Board, Zoe Cadman talks about her life from being born in South Africa to living in England, riding as a 3-Day Eventer, her racing career and her time at HRTV.
Posted: 12/04/2013



A successful former jockey on the Chicago racing circuit, Zoe Cadman joined HRTV in 2007, and has progressed steadily with on-air assignments.

In addition to serving as analyst for day-parts of HRTV's coverage of racing action, Cadman also serves as a contributor to the weekend's "Westrock Coffee First Call" show, which looks at that day's major races. Additionally, she has also lent her camera skills to the "HRTV Diary" segment of "Pursuit of the Cup" & "Pursuit of the Crown" shows, offering unique insights on possible Cup entrants.

Her work with HRTV has landed her with several travel assignments during the 2013 season, including visits to both the Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby at Gulfstream.  Previously, Zoe was on-site for the 2011 Preakness and Belmont Stakes, as well as the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn, and the Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds.

The English-born Cadman enjoyed a short, but successful, riding career mainly on the Chicago circuit.  She won the Hawthorne riding title earlier this decade, and is currently among the leading femaile riders in Arlington Park history.

As a kid growing up in rural England there really wasn't any flat racing, and she began her career on the equestrian side.  At age 15, she left home to pursue a career in three-day Eventing. After working with jumpers, Cadman had an opportunity to "break" yearlings for flat racing, and that caught her attention. Not long after she headed to Newmarket, the epicenter of "flat" racing in the U.K.

Cadman worked for Sir Mark Prescott in Newmarket for two years and developed a deep appreciation. It prompted her to head to the U.S. and she worked for the esteemed trainer Michael Dickinson, where her knowledge grew exponentially. After that, she also worked for Chris Speckert, and later for Michael Stidman. Cadman took out her jockey license in 2000, and rode for four years --becoming the first woman to take leading jockey honors in Chicago.

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