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The Incredible Women of Racing

Women make up a varied, and integral, part of the racing community in Canada. In recent years, the Queen’s Plate, the longest continuously run race in North America, has proven to be a beacon for Canada’s ladies of racing. In 2007, Emma-Jayne Wilson became the first female rider to win the Plate guiding Mike Fox to a remarkable score. In 2011, trainer Josie Carroll became the first female to condition a Plate champion when Oaks winner Inglorious took the boys to task. Perhaps more important than winning $1-million races is that Canadian women have earned roles at every level of the game — owners, breeders, exercise riders, caretakers, journalists and medical professionals. So many Canadian women are prominent now in the sport, it would be foolhardy to try to draft a comprehensive list, but, after Wilson and Carroll, some examples include: trainer and OHRIA and HBPA president Sue Leslie; jockeys…

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