female jockeys

Op/Ed: The Trajectory Of Female Jockeys

As we settle into 2021, formerly male-dominated jockeys' tables from around the world tell us how well the process of gender equality is advancing. Jamie Kah currently holds a clear lead in the premiership in Melbourne; Rachael Blackmore is vying for first place in the Irish jumps table with Paul Townend, the pair well clear of third-placed Sean Flanagan; reigning Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Hollie Doyle, who finished second in the British jockeys' table in 2020, looks to have a realistic chance this year of becoming Britain's first...

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Changes to Female Jockey Weight Allowance in France

During the final meeting of the year, the Board of Directors of France Galop adopted the 2021 Terms and Conditions, which also includes a change to the weights female jockeys will carry, France Galop announced on Tuesday. Although the administrators are committed to maintaining the 1.5kg weight allowance for Flat female jockeys, after consultation with the Board of the Plate and women jockeys, in response to the renewed request of the Association of Jockeys and the Association of Trainers, some changes were made to the weight system. The changes, beginning...

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Another Record For Hollie Doyle

Hollie Doyle broke her own record for wins by a female jockey in a calendar year in Britain on Wednesday at Kempton when notching her 117th victory for the season aboard the Ralph Beckett-trained State Occasion (GB) (Iffraaj {GB}) in a nursery handicap. Doyle broke Josephine Gordon's record of 106 wins last year, and looks likely to set the benchmark much higher with 2 1/2 months of the year remaining. Doyle has also won her first group and Royal Ascot races this season, became the first female jockey to win...

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Female Jockey Exhibit Opening at Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum will open the new "Right to Ride" exhibit Friday, Oct. 16. The exhibit features the history-making first female jockeys in the sport, with a spotlight on the stories of women facing gender discrimination as they fought to ride. Specifically highlighted are women riders who broke down the barriers, including Diane Crump, who was the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby 50 years ago. Over 20 hours of oral history video interviews with female riders who had an impact on American racing form the centerpiece...

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Hollie Doyle In Windsor Five-Timer

Hollie Doyle recorded a 899-1 five-timer at Windsor on Saturday, in the process becoming the first female rider to win five races on a card in the UK. Doyle has enjoyed a landmark campaign, earning a first win at Royal Ascot in June before taking her first group race with Dame Malliot (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) in the G2 Princess of Wales's S. in July and gaining a riding contract with Imad Al Sagar. It was for that boss that she won the card's featured G3 Winter Hill S. aboard...

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Fifty Years Later, Derby Ride Still a Thrill for Crump

She knew her horse didn't have a chance in the 1970 Kentucky Derby and so did everyone else, but, still, Diane Crump couldn't avoid the spotlight as the race approached. At least she was used to it. Fifteen months earlier, Crump became the first female to ride in a pari-mutuel race. Now, she was set to make history again, as the first female to ride in the Kentucky Derby. "That whole week, the whole atmosphere, it was just amazing," said Crump. "If this is the sport you love, nothing beats...

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