Woodbine groom discovers calling, family racing history
The blog, Triple Dead Heat, tells the remarkable story of Lisa Knight, who left a career working with computers and visual effects to become a groom at Woodbine because she felt a calling to work with horses.
At the same time, Lisa, who was adopted as a baby in Florida, finally tracked down information about her birth parents. It turns out there might be a reason she was drawn to Thoroughbreds:
“Incredibly, little baby Lisa enjoyed a backstretch beginning.”
“Her father Dale Thirtyacre and birth mother Kenni Ellington Witt, were mainstays in the Florida thoroughbred circuit. Her father, would eventually move on to Detroit where he would saddle a number of winners through the late 1970s and early 1980s.”
“Both my biological parents were racetrackers,” smiles Lisa. “My dad galloped for his father, Chester…and my mother galloped horses for her family. Her uncle is a guy named Bill Martin and my grandmother is a woman named Donna Babij and she was a trainer as well.”