ESPN is marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX by unveiling the top 40 female athletes of the past 40 years.
At No. 39, jockey Julie Krone has too many firsts to count. Aboard Colonial Affair at the Belmont Stakes, she became the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown Race. A decade later, aboard Halfbridled, she became the first female jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race. In all, she won 3,704 career races and became the first (of course) woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
"You can be physically good and all of that, but you must also possess a sense of what a horse needs and how to encourage them to do their best," trainer Richard Mandella said. "There are all kinds of ways of getting along, and Julie knew immediately what a horse needed.
"She was as good as anybody I ever saw."
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