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Friday, September 29, 2000
102nd Day


Apprentice Jockey Zoe Cadman was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but during the summer of 2000 she made her mark in Chicago at Arlington International - a far cry from the beloved country.

Cadman, who grew to adulthood during a 14-year residence in England, arrived in the United States in the winter of 1994, and began her equine career working at horse farms in the Mid-Atlantic area. She accepted the first mount of her career at Arlington June 10.

Cadman won the first race of her riding career that afternoon and then continued to win with an unusually high percentage of her total number of mounts for almost a month. Then, a freak accident at the starting gate on July 7 left her with a broken pelvis. She was out of action for the next five weeks.

However, after returning to the saddle August 16, the 26-year-old resumed her winning ways, but the highlight of her summer came September 16 when she became the first female jockey in the history of Arlington to score a riding triple.

Based on her accomplishments throughout the summer, when Arlington held their annual Jockey, Trainer & Owner of the Year Dinner Dance Wednesday night - the third annual "Rising Star" award was hardly a surprise.

"I don't want to keep you in suspense," Master of Ceremonies John G. Dooley deadpanned before announcing the name "Zoe Cadman" as this year's winner and presenting her with a bowl-shaped trophy.

"Does this get filled with champagne?" the jockey asked, before thanking everyone in more serious tones.

"Arlington is a great place to be racing," Cadman added during her brief acceptance remarks. "Now I'm going to try to live up to your expectations. Thank you, everyone."

Whether she knew it or not, Cadman does have a pair of tough acts to follow with this particular award. In 1996, the inaugural year of the "Rising Star" award, the winner was jockey Robby Albarado, who has since gone on to be one of the nation's most respected reinsmen.

In 1997, the only other year it was presented, young conditioner Chris Block was the winner. Block has been in the hunt for leading trainer honors this season at Arlington throughout the summer.

On the day that Cadman scored her riding triple, Arlington Television Hostess Christine Gabriel interviewed her in the winner's circle after her third win.

"Do you realize that a lot of little girls here today are going to go home tonight and say: 'I want to grow up to be a jockey just like Zoe?' How does that make you feel?" Gabriel asked.

"It's a little scary," said Cadman. "But it feels wonderful."

Cadman, who plans to ride at Hawthorne immediately following the Arlington season, is hoping to take her tack to New Orleans later in the year and ride at the Fair Grounds. Despite her zesty personality, she is serious about her craft.

"I'm my own biggest critic," Cadman said. "The top riders here, like Mark Guidry and Ray Sibille, take me aside sometimes and show me what I might have done wrong in a race while we're watching the replays, but usually, thankfully, I already know it when I've done something wrong."


Thoroughbred racing fans who keep track of the sport on an international level are reminded that on Sunday, Arlington International will serve as the hub for the North American telecast of Sunday's Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe from France. Wagering on "The Arc" as well as two other Group 1 races from Longchamp, on the outskirts of Paris, will be accepted at Trackside.

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