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Emma with Belle Gully

Woodbine jock: I’d take them all if I could

Author’s note: This story was originally published on Dec. 28, 2010. Emma-Jayne Wilson hardly looks like a softie. The 29-year-old jockey, wiry strong and pound-for-pound powerful, appears deeply focused and unfazed by the rush of horses and riders around her. But during her six years as professional jockey at Woodbine in Canada, Wilson admits she has been so deeply moved by two Thoroughbreds in particular that when their careers ended, she personally took them in. “I have a connection with them,” she says. “They just pull on your heartstrings.” Belle Gully, now known as Gus, is a stocky chestnut who was a “champ […]