Janice L. Blake
Janice L. Blake is currently loving living near NYC and riding Thoroughbred race horses on the NY circuit of Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. She is married to Hall of Fame jockey Braulio Baeza, and has a seven-year-old calico cat named Pumpkin. Janice began her professional riding career at the age of 13 while working as a guide on a livery trail in Michiana Shores, IN. Following her passion for riding horses, she discovered barrel racing, eventing, show jumping, dressage and, eventually, horse racing. Janice started exercising race horses for P. Noel Hickey in Chicago, IL in 1997. She moved on to riding young Thoroughbred sale horses for Eddie Woods at Classic Mile in Ocala, FL. In 1998. Janice won her first race at Tampa Bay Downs riding “Friendly Goose,” trained by Jason Stodgill. Riding Thoroughbred race horses has taken Janice to DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV, Brazil and sundry places in between.