Courtesy of America's Best Racing

427: Julie Krone

Retired Thoroughbred Horse Jockey

Born: 24 July 1963, Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States of America

Original Name: Julieann Louise Krone

Julie was the first female jockey to win the American Triple Crown (in 1993).

She won 17% of her races overall (which is still over 3,700 wins—she competed in over 21,000 races in her career!).

The horses she rode earned more than $90 million.

Julie was the first woman to win a riding title at a major track. She was also the first woman to win a Breeders’ Cup Race.

In 1989, Julie became one of eight (as of 2019) jockeys to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

In 2000, she became the first woman to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing And Hall of Fame. Julie is also a member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame out of Fort Worth, Texas and the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

She is married with one daughter. Julie is the perfect size for a horse jockey, standing four feet ten inches tall. Her autobiography is titled Riding For My Life.

In 2020, Julie announced she was returning to the horse racing world, but not on horseback. Instead, she announced she would be returning as the agent for a current racer, Ferrin Peterson.

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The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes, and Female Firsts by Becca Anderson