Meet the ‘America's Day at the Races’ Team: Maggie Wolfendale-Morley

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America's Day at the Races showcases the top Thoroughbred action from Saratoga Race Course and other elite tracks across the nation. Check out our latest interview with the broadcast team in our latest Q&A below.

Name: Maggie Wolfendale-Morley 

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: 0 years old

My favorite thing about Saratoga: Seeing all the champions and future champions year after year.

Best racing event I’ve ever covered: 2019 Travers  

My favorite racetrack: Saratoga, duh

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: Breeder’s Cup     

You know a lot about equine body language. What’s the first thing you look for in a horse in the paddock? A happy, healthy horse.

Other sports/teams I follow: Football, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints. A bit of golf and the Olympics.

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: Horses racing well into their 5- to 6-year-old years, and beyond. Universal rules and regulations.

What I would like to see less of in Thoroughbred racing: A handful of trainers getting all the “nice horses.” Spread the wealth. There are a ton of good horsemen out there.

Three words that define what Thoroughbred racing means to me: It’s my life.

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Hesa Big Star

Maggie and husband, Tom Morley, third and fourth from left, in winner's circle after 2016 Ballerina. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Personal best moment in the sport of Thoroughbred racing: My husband winning the Grade 1 Ballerina with Haveyougoneaway.

My favorite moment from the Saratoga paddock: There’s been too many.

Best food at Saratoga Race Course: Greenhouse salads

My go-to restaurant at Saratoga: Tough call. Hattie’s or The Wishing Well.

My favorite jockey: Ramon Dominguez

My favorite trainer (other than your husband!): Allen Jerkens

My heroes: my mom

Favorite non-Thoroughbred racing sports event I have attended: US Open – Andy Murray v. Novak Djokovic

Best book I recently read: “Giraffe’s Can’t Dance” (I only have time for Children’s books now.)

Favorite quote or motto: Be kind.

Favorite animal other than a horse: Dog. Jack Russell, specifically.

Favorite food: Anything in New Orleans

Favorite vacation spot: so far, Kenya

Favorite city: New Orleans

Favorite musician/band: The Rolling Stones

Favorite TV show: “Peaky Blinders”

Favorite hotel: the old Adelphi

Websites I visit daily: DRF, Equibase, xbtv

Favorite movie about horse racing: “Casey’s Shadow”

Alma Mater: Towson University

Favorite dessert: ice cream  

Favorite drink: vodka and tonic

Favorite tech gadget: iPhone

Twitter Handle: @maggiewolfndale

Best bet for beginners: exacta box

Best advice for a new horseplayer: Listen to Andy Serling or Jonathon Kinchen.

What’s your pick: waking up for Saratoga sunrises or late nights on Caroline Street? I’m old now. Saratoga Sunrises.

No. 1 Bucket-List item: Arc d’Triomphe

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