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Women In Racing Exhibit Opens July 20 At National Museum Of Racing And Hall Of Fame

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, Women in Racing, opens to the public on Saturday, July 20. The Museum acknowledges the support of the Edward P. Evans Foundation in underwriting this special exhibit, which details the role women have played in the sport of thoroughbred racing for more than a […]

National Museum Of Racing To Host Women In Racing Symposium Aug. 19

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present a symposium on Sunday, Aug. 19 featuring accomplished women involved in various aspects of thoroughbred racing. Comprised of seven of the most recognizable women in the sport — Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot, champion steeplechase jockey Blythe […]

‘You’ve Got To Dream Big’: Payne Joins Australian Women In Racing Venture

Michelle Payne, who made history as the first woman to ride a Melbourne Cup winner when she guided longshot Prince of Penzance to victory in Australia’s most famous horse race in 2015, announced plans for a new venture on Wednesday to elevate the role of women in racing. Payne is joining forces with Australian Thoroughbred […]

Girl Power: Two Young Riders Paving The Way For Asian Women In Racing

Kei Chiong Ka-kei is the first female jockey to be licensed in Hong Kong since 2000, and Nanako Fujita is only the seventh female jockey in the history of the Japanese Racing Association. Both apprentices are making big strides in an Asian horse racing culture that is notoriously anti-female, says Australian journalist Michael Cox. This […]

Women In Racing: Racing’s Adventuress

It can never be said that Virginia Kraft Payson is a passive observer of sports she loves. Race fans know her as the owner of Payson Park in Indiantown, Fla., as well as breeder of G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Vindication and G1 Kentucky Oaks winner Farda Amiga; while her racing and breeding career is […]

Women in Racing: The Anti-Feminist Pioneer

One can hardly flip through the pages of racing (or, for that matter, U.S.) history books without finding the fingerprints of the du Pont family. The American branch of the family made its money in the Du Pont Corporation, the now-chemical company established as a gunpowder manufacturer by Éleuthère Irénée du Pont in the early […]

Women in Racing: ‘I Love Being Number One’

When Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson succumbed to melanoma in April 2011, widow Barbara Banke had two choices: disperse the stock and sell his vineyards or soldier forward. Banke said for her, the choice was obvious— she had essentially spent years of her life interning with an expert in both the Thoroughbred and wine worlds. Her […]

Women in Racing: From the Classroom to Career

I knew it would be hard going, but I didn’t realize how hard. In the early fifties there was considerable prejudice against women going into what was considered “men’s fields.” I became especially conscious of this feeling when… I went to the dean of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School… He scowled at me and […]

Women in Racing: ‘I Was a Woman in a Man’s World’

Growing up in Colorado and Oklahoma, Sandy Hatfield was far removed from the Thoroughbred industry. Horses were a big part of the family’s lives and livelihood, though. Her father, Don Hatfield, made a living by taking people on mounted hunting trips through the high country in Aspen, and from a very young age, Hatfield was […]

Women in Racing: Pens Mightier Than Swords

There may be places on the racetrack where women are still outnumbered, but the press box is no longer one of them. In fact, the glass-fronted rooms usually occupying a spot near the announcers’ booth are increasingly (in some places predominately) occupied by female writers, photographers, broadcasters, and public relations agents. It wasn’t always this […]