If the age-old adage “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words” is accurate, then apprentice jockey Corrine Andros wrote 4,000 words into the Hastings Racecourse history book on a memorable Saturday afternoon in May.
The charming 22-year-old from Vanderhoof, B.C. had her picture taken in the winner’s circle four times on May 17 in a stunning performance that left Hastings patrons buzzing. She opened the eight-race card with a victory on Joint Choice in a photo finish, followed by a string of three consecutive victories in races 5, 6 & 7.
Two of those wins – Williamette in the 6th and Modern in the 7th – were for trainer Dino Condilenios, a staunch Andros supporter. “A lot of young riders can’t handle tough horses,” Condilenios says. “I think the reason Corrine can handle them is the way she sits on a horse. She’s very quiet and most horses tend to like that. She obviously has a bright future.”
Heading into the June 7-8 weekend at Hastings, Andros sits fourth in earnings ($142,478) in the jockey standings with eight wins, 12 seconds and nine thirds after 59 starts.
Corrine knew from an early age that she wanted to be a jockey and enrolled in a training program at Olds College in Alberta, graduating in 2011. She had hoped to launch her jockey career at Hastings last year but suffered rib injuries during a morning workout. Her recovery period included stops at horse racing outposts in Grande Prairie and Lethbridge before returning to the west coast.
“Somewhere in the back of my mind I always knew I wanted to be a jockey,” Andros says. “Fear has never been an option in my mind and I’ve always loved the adrenaline of being on a fast horse.”
With her enthusiasm, eagerness to learn and infectious personality, Corrine Andros has added a refreshing element to the 2014 jockey colony at Hastings.