Amber Joyce grew up with a practically innate love for racehorses, her mom being a former exercise rider and trainer of off-the-track thoroughbreds.
For the longest time, Amber wanted to be a jockey, spending much of her childhood galloping her stick horses around the yard, pretending she was aboard the great Zenyatta. She eagerly awaited the Triple Crown races each year and wore out her copy of the 2010 film, Secretariat.
However, her interests changed as she got older, and for years, racing was nearly forgotten.
In 2019, her love for the sport was reignited and brought to a whole new level when she decided on a whim to see who was participating in that year’s Kentucky Derby. Drawn in post position #1 was a handsome bay: War of Will. For lack of better words, it was love at first sight.
After War of Will’s eventful seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and his subsequent Preakness victory, Amber continued to follow the colt’s career and began learning as much as she could about all aspects of racing along the way.
In the years that have followed, the Sport of Kings has become an enormous part of Amber’s life and she can’t imagine herself doing anything else.
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