A Woman to Know: Dorothy Paget

The men whose stables usually win the big money are a little miffed at the shellacking the women seem to be giving them. — The Toledo Blade, 1955

(image via The Daily Mail)


She bred thoroughbreds, raced Bentleys and pushed men out of their own smoking lounges. She famously bet millions of pounds at the racetrack -- always on her own horses or her own cars -- and doled out romantic advice like "Go and kick him in the balls!" (actual quote). For many women in the horse racing world, she epitomized the glamour of the sport and the possibilities available to no-nonsense ladies -- and for many men (especially the jockies and trainers she'd berate after a loss), she was a nightmare. Throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, her winning horses (with incredible names like "Golden Miller," Straight Deal" and "Roman Hackle") won more than 1,500 races. And Dorothy was confident in her horses -- as she told one reporter, she never bet less than £1 million at the track.

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