Very seldom do you see a filly win in one of those big races. It's like males and females -- I don't think women can compete with men in all sports, but once in a while you see a female compete with males, like [jockey] Julie Krone. She's retired, but she was a leading rider.
Let me see, I think Robyn Smith beat me one time by a nose at Santa Anita.
Jockey Calvin Borel has a chance to win his own Triple Crown next week at Belmont -- but on different horses. Ever hear of that?
I've never seen that. He might do it too. He was smart to switch from one horse [Mine That Bird, winner of the Kentucky Derby] to the other [Rachel Alexandra, the Preakness winner].
Was it hard at first, watching other people race when you couldn't anymore?
At the beginning, it was very hard. I didn't watch racing for a long time, a long time -- months. I couldn't watch races. And then the first time I watched a race, a horse went down.
Have you ridden horses that had to be destroyed?
Oh yeah, it's terrible. Many times a horse broke down on me, and I made it stop somehow. It takes so much strength to make him stop. And I got off and I could see the broken leg and I know he's got to be put down. I get so sick. I feel like throwing up.
What do you say to critics who say this is cruel to horses?
The horses are well taken care of. Let's say in baseball, a pitcher hits the guy in the head and hurts him really bad. They're gonna suspend the sport because of that?
Do you dream about riding?
A few times I have. When I was riding, I never, never, never ever dreamed about winning a race or losing a race or anything like that -- never. Now, once in a while, I dream about riding, riding in a race and trying to win.
This interview was edited and excerpted from taped and written transcripts. An archive of Morrison's interviews is online at latimes.com/pattasks.