Monday, April 13, 2015

K is for Julie Krone

Julie Krone
(1963 - )

Ms. Krone is the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown horse race, when she rode Colonial Affair in the 1993 Belmont Stakes. In 2000, she was the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 2013 she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.  She has been inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame, is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (she was born in Benton Harbor), was listed by USA Today as one of the 10 Toughest Athletes and she has been honored with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award by the Women's Sports Foundation.

Over 22 years, Ms. Krone rode in more than 21,000 races, of which she won 3,704.  And of course, that much time around horses, there are bound to be injuries.  She had several bad ones and has been diagnosed with PTSD from them.

She retired from racing in 2004 and now concentrates on her family, working as a racing broadcaster, motivational speaker, and an instructor of natural horsemanship.

Video of the 1993 Belmont Stakes.


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