1963 : Julie Krone, The Best Woman Jockey Ever

July 24, 2018 all-day


  • SI: Sports Illustrated May 22, 1989 Julie Krone, Horse Racing, VG


Julieann Louise “Julie” Krone (born July 24, 1963 in Benton Harbor, Michigan ), is a retired American jockey. In 1993, she became the first (and so far only) female jockey to win a Triple Crown race when she captured the Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair. In 2000, she became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and in 2003 became the first female jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race.

She would go on to make appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the issue of May 22, 1989, one of only eight jockeys so recognized (the others are Willie Shoemaker, Bill Hartack, Eddie Arcaro, Johnny Longden, John Sellers, Robyn Smith and Steve Cauthen). In 1993 she received an ESPY Award as Female Athlete of the Year.

Because of her success in the face of severe injuries sustained while racing, Krone was named by USA Today as one of the 10 Toughest Athletes and was honored with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Krone also had been inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, and is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. In October 2013 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., where she joins such iconic individuals as Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Ella Fitzgerald, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Billie Jean King.

Source: Julie Krone wikipedia entry

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