Paulick Report: Much Has Changed for Women Jockeys

Each time, male jockeys boycotted, refusing to participate in a race that included a woman, the races had to be cancelled.

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By: Ray Paulick |

Canadian Thoroughbred columnist Ray Paulick compares how the racing industry is different for female jockeys today versus in the 1960. In many ways, racing hasn’t fully come to the realization horse racing is no longer a man’s world, he says.

Paulick starts off with the example of Rosie Napravnik, who, in 2005, made her racing debut under the name A.R. Napravnik because her mentor, the late Maryland training legend, Richard Small, thought using her initials might improve her chances of getting mounts from trainers who were hesitant to ride a girl.

He goes on to describe the hardships female jockeys Diane Crump, Julie Krone and Barbara Jo Rubin endured in the late 1960s – angry crowds, boycotts by male jockeys and even assaults on their safety. Despite this, the pioneering women went on to make a mark in the industry with historic wins, shattering the glass at the starting gate for female jockeys who came after them.

Read the full story on Canadian Thoroughbred.