“Our decades of dangerously loose regulations are inexplicable to the rest of the world, and totally unforgiveable for the safety of our horses.” – Charlsie Cantey
Charlsie Cantey has been actively involved in several aspects of Thoroughbred racing for more than 35 years and is best known as a racing personality for her on-air television commentary, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup .
A graduate of George Washington University, Charlsie Cantey began working with race horses in New York in the late 1960 s, galloping for trainers Sidney Watters, Elliott Burch, and schooling steeplechasers for Ronnie Houghton .
Following her marriage to trainer Joe Cantey in 1969, she began working for Frank Whiteley, Jr. and his son, David, where she would remain for nearly a decade. She galloped many top horses, including Icecapade, Honorable Miss, champion Revidere, and briefly, the immortal Ruffian for the Whiteleys and stars such as Cox's Ridge, Temperence Hill and Majesty's Prince for her husband .
In 1975, Cantey was chosen to join WOR-TV's weekly racing television present with Frank Wright and Dave Johnson, becoming one of the first women to serve in such a role .
She went on to work with CBS Sports in 1977 and became a member of the on-air crew for the next nine years, during which time she originated the” horseback interview” role that is now a staple of virtually all network telecasts of the sport. Cantey subsequently commentary for ABC Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN on their respective racing telecasts and was a member of approximately two dozen Eclipse Award-winning telecasts .
From 1996 -‘ 99, Cantey developed a small public stable in Maryland, saddling 60 winners, including three stakes horses .
Cantey has one son, J.B. Cantey, and is married to W. Douglas Davidson, Senior Vice President and Financial Adviser at Morgan Stanley. They now live on Spring Island S.C .