Cynthia M. Medina contacted JockeysRoom straight off the Internet by sending us an e-mail.
Born in Pittsburgh on April 2nd, 1964, Cynthia is one of the leading women jockeys in the United States and very respected in the jockey community.
Cynthia is 5ft 3" and weighs in at 108 lbs (7st 10 lbs or 49kgs). Her first ride was a winning one on "My Darling Rosey" on December 1st, 1986.
Since then, she has notched up 1,000 career wins (to early August, 2002) of which the biggest was the $35,000 "All Sold Out Stakes" at Fairmount Park on "Tyke" on September 4th, 2000.
She was leading rider at Mountaineer Park in the Fall Meet of 1987.
Cynthia states that her favourite horse was "Jam`s Whambam" and that the best horse she rode was "That's Our Grey".
Her hobbies include tending to her garden and home crafts.
We reckon that Cynthia (1,000) and Nelson (1,632) may have the most career wins, currently 2,632, as a couple in the jockey community. We would certainly be interested in hearing from anyone who has bettered this.
Although her husband Nelson has just retired from riding after 24 years in the saddle, Cynthia is still very active on the racing circuit.
Her plans for the future involve studying to become a certified "A" judge in order to judge "A" rated horse shows, which she is currently doing.
She also judges unrated schooling shows and does her best to promote life after racing for retired
racehorses. When she does retire from racing she would like to re-school retired racehorses so they may have a "life after racing".
Our friends at "The Female on the Horse" website have also staged an interview with Cynthia and this can be seen at