A recent Louisville transplant from L.A., Caton grew up in the suburbs of Chicago hanging around horses, so the move to the Bluegrass was quite natural.
Caton was born in Palatine, Illinois and graduated cum laude from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois with degrees in English and Secondary Education. She spent her high school, college and post college days, riding and working with racehorses.
As the daughter of trainer Ray Metzler and grandaughter of Hall of Fame jockey Ted Atkinson, Caton exercised racehorses for many of the top stables throughout the Midwest and East. She earned her trainer's license at age 16 -- the youngest age possible -- and worked odd jobs in the barn area and on the managment side of tracks from Illinois to Florida.
After college, Caton's first job was in publicity at Arlington International Race Course, just miles from the hospital where she was born. Not only did Arlington help to launch a new career, but it was also the place where she met her future husband, Doug. In fact, the couple got engaged in the paddock during the 1990 Arlington Million.
After working in publicity, marketing and special events, Caton branched off into television, appearing first as the on-track handicapper and eventually reporting and producing features for the nightly results show, "Chicago Racing Report," airing on what is now Fox Sports Chicago, as well as the weekly stakes broadcast "Arlington Live," which aired on WBBM-TV.
During that time, she also worked for ABC Sports as a production assistant and researcher for the American Championship Racing Series and the Visa Triple Crown.
Caton officially moved from in back of the camera to in front full-time in the mid-ninties with her appearance on ESPN's live broadcast of the Ceasar's Internationl from Atlantic City. She soon went to work for ESPN and ESPN2, appearing regularly on "2Day at the Races" as well as all of their racing coverage for the next five years.
Caton was also part of FOX Network's national and regional coverage of the NTRA Champions on FOX series, which lasted two years, and CBS Sport's NTRA Summer Racing Series. Additionally, she covered professional figure skating for both ESPN and FOX, and she's been a regular reporter and analyst for CBS on their broadcast of the Hambletonian -- harness racing's version of the Kentucky Derby.
In 1999, Caton and Doug relocated to Los Angeles so he could work for Hollywood Park Racetrack, and she could help launch the new horse racing network, TVG. For four-and-a half years, she was lead anchor for the Television Games Network, anchoring out of the studio and travelling to remote locations including Paris, France and Barbados.
Even while commuting back and forth to Louisville to be with Doug, who was named Churchill Downs Director of Racing in 2001, Caton appeared regularly on TVG and also contributed to various racing telecasts, including live coverage of Louisiana Champions Day at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, a broadcast that earned an Eclipse Award in 2003. At the end of 2003, tired of living out of a suitcase, Caton moved to Louisville to stay.
In her first year in her new home, Caton continued to work various horse racing events and contributed articles to assorted publications, including the Chicago Sun-Times. She made her first appearance on WAVE 3 for last year's Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby and was part of the team that earned the station an Eclipse for local horse racing coverage.
The move to news and a full-time spot with WAVE seemed a natural progression, and a great way to better learn the city she hopes to stay in permanently.
When she's not working or watching the races, Caton volunteers her time as a Court Apointed Special Advocate for Jefferson County, she's on the board of directors for Kids to the Cup -- an organization that offers scholarships and brings young race fans to major events, and she's a national officer for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.
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