Julie Krone is the only woman to win a Triple Crown race, Belmont Stakes (1993). Additional career victory highlights include: the Gallant Fox Handicap (1987), the Gravesend Handicap (1987), the Oceanport Handicap (1987, 1997), the Cornhusker Handicap (1988), the Breeders' Cup Handicap (1988), the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (1988), the Maryland Million Classic (1989), the Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (1989), the Withers Stakes (1991), the Arlington Classic (1992), the Saratoga Special Stakes (1992), the Vosburgh Stakes (1992), the Jaipur Stakes (1992), the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (1992, 1994), the Diana Handicap (1993), the Sword Dancer Handicap (1993), the Man O' War Stakes (1994), the Honorable Miss Handicap (1994), the Woodbine Mile (1995), the Demoiselle Stakes (1995), the Carter Handicap (1996), the Vagrancy Handicap (1996), the Pacific Classic Stakes (2003), the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (2003), the San Clemente Handicap (2003), the Del Mar Futurity (2003), the Oak Leaf Stakes (2003), the Citation Handicap (2003), the Hollywood Derby (2003) and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (2003). International race wins include the Dominion Day Stakes (1988), the Manitoba Derby (1988), and the Molson Million (1995).

Patty Barton was best described by the movie “Jock” because she rode every horse she could, even the cheapest of horses at bush tracks far from racing’s biggest names and brightest lights. She was stubborn and tough, and somehow managed to rear three kids from different marriages and still earn a college degree while following the horses and her dreams. Not surprisingly, all three of her children have ridden professionally.

Robyn Smith was born Melody Dawn Smith on August 14, 1942 in San Francisco. Robyn is 5’7” and carried an average racing weight-- 105-108 pounds. Her critics said that she looked more like a model than a jockey. She started racing on the West Coast at Golden Gate Park (1969) and quickly became the darling of the “canapé and crinoline set” of the racing community. Some critics attributed her rapid success to her friendship with Alfred Vanderbilt, the then President of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and others believed it was her ability to handle younger horses since most of her early success had been primarily with two year olds. She became a jockey in 1969 and became the first woman to win a major race in the U.S., winning the Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct in 1973, aboard North Sea. She retired from racing in 1980 and in that same year, she married actor Fred Astaire. She was 45 years his junior and remained married to Astaire until his death in 1987.
Rosemary Homeister, jockey, presented a problem to the track stewards since she had the same name as her mother, a trainer. In order to distinguish them, they decided to list her Rosemary Homeister, Jr. This made her the only female in racing history to be called junior. Since the start of her career in 1992, she was honored with an Eclipse Award as the nation's top apprentice jockey. She remains the only female jockey ever to win the Award. Among her other career achievements were riding titles at both Calder Race Course and Hialeah Park, a victory in Puerto Rico's most prestigious race, the Classico del Caribe, and a mount aboard Supah Blitz in the 2003 Kentucky Derby. After a career in which she gathered over 1,700 winners and legions of fans, jockey Rosemary Homeister, Jr. announced her retirement from racing in 2004. She returned to riding in 2006 and is closing in on 2,000 victories.
Diane Crump was an anomaly and made sports history. In February 1969 at Hialeah Racetrack, she was the first woman to ever ride in a pari-mutuel race. She again made sports history as the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby in 1970. She scored more than 230 victories before retiring in 1985. For her, competing came with a price—she not only suffered several injuries, but she had to deal with the resentment of many in sports against female jockeys.
Patricia Cooksey is a four-time Turfway Park leading rider. Patricia has won 2,137 wins since beginning her career in 1979. She was the all-time leading female jockey by a number of victories before jockey Julie Krone surpassed her. In 2004, Patricia became the first ever female jockey to be voted the NYRA's Mike Venezia Memorial Award, an honor given annually to a jockey who exemplifies extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. Jockey Patricia "P.J." Cooksey, the second leading female rider in Thoroughbred racing, ended a trailblazing 26-year career. Patricia, who scored her first victory in 1979 at West Virginia's Waterford Park, completed her riding career with 2,137 victories from 18,266 mounts.
Andrea Seefeldt rode from 1981 to 1994. She started at Pimlico, won her 1st race at Delaware and moved to Penn National for five years before returning to Maryland as a home base. She won races both nationally and internationally, including NY (Bel, Sar, AQ excluding Finger Lakes), Pennsylvania (PN, PH, Erie), New Jersey (Mth, Atl, Mdw, Garden State), Maryland (Pim, Lrl, Bow, Tim, Marlboro), Delaware, Oaklawn, Fair Grounds, Remington Park, Fort Erie, Charles Town and Mizasawa and Osaka in Japan. She rode at Churchill (in the Derby), Rockingham, Arlington Park, Hawthorne, Birmingham, Thistledowns and Caymanas Park in Jamaica. She won 43 stake races at renowned tracks, among them: Delaware, Oaklawn, Fair Grounds, Remington Park, Fort Erie, Charles Town Rockingham, Arlington Park, Hawthorne, Birmingham, Thistledowns and Mizasawa and Osaka in Japan. Her major stakes included The Kentucky Derby at Churchill and the Cotillion at Philadelphia Park. The highlight of her career was the 1991 Pennsylvania Derby on Valley Crossing for trainer Dickie Small.


Barbara Jo Rubin
in 1969 had a series of career firsts. Her first win was at Hobby Horse Hall, Nassau, Bahamas on January 28 1969. She was also the first woman who was granted a jockey's license in West Virginia; and she was the first woman to win on a U.S. track and the first woman to win at Aqueduct Park.
Mary Bacon could hardly be called a shrinking violet. The blond mother, with a short fuse, ranks among the best female jockeys in the U.S. and she has always been unpredictable. The many stories about her life to interviewers run the gamut. Her appearance in the buff in Playboy and her embittered view of the male-female relationship, saying, “If they ever legalize marriage between horses and human beings, then I'll get married again," jolted the Thoroughbred-racing establishment. But her admission that she has been a long-time member of the Ku Klux Klan went through racing circles like a tornado. Some believe that it could merely have been a sad attempt on Bacon's part to focus renewed public attention on her. "Once I was called the Bunny Jockey because of Playboy," she slyly admits, "Now I'll be known as the one in the white sheets." She claims to have been kidnapped, shot at, rode pregnant, posed nude in Playboy and Genesis, and on the cover of Newsweek; she has also appeared on several television shows.
Cheryl White was one of racing's pioneers. It was reported that Cheryl was one of only three African-American jockeys in America at that time. On October 19, 1983, White became the first female jockey to win five thoroughbred races in one day at a major track. "The last winner I rode that day was Montfort, a 10-year-old, and making his 100th start," she laughed. Her accomplishments came at Fresno Fair in Northern California. She was also one of the original women to ride at Atlantic City Racetrack in a series called “Boots and Bows" and was a three-time winner.