Erinn Higgins has been at home on the racetrack since she was a child.
Her father, Bill, worked for many years as an assistant to trainer Allen Jerkens, and one of Erinn's earliest memories is being lifted onto a stable pony on the backside at Saratoga. In college, Erinn earned a master's degree in animal science, and her father hoped she would eventually become a veterinarian.
Instead, as Joe Drape writes in the New York Times, Higgins decided to follow a “history-making” path of her own – Higgins is now the first woman to serve as a steward for the New York Racing Association.
“There is a lot of pressure, and you know some owner, trainer or bettor is going to be unhappy with whatever decision you make,” Higgins said in a recent interview. “But you're working with two other people to make the right decision. It's not fun to take down a horse, but that's the role we play.”
Read more in the New York Times
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