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Women in Racing

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March 5th, 2020

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is celebrating Women’s History Month throughout March by highlighting the women enshrined in our Hall of Fame and works by women artists in our collection with weekly posts on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!). 

Some key female firsts in the sport of Thoroughbred racing in America are highlighted in our “Women in Racing” exhibition which will debut for its second summer when the Museum reopens this July 2020. These include:

July 7, 1934 – Mary Hirsch becomes the first woman to receive a trainer’s license. In 1938, Mary Hirsch became the first – and to this date, only – female trainer to win the Travers.

September 27, 1968 – Kathy Kusner becomes the first licensed female jockey in America.

February 7, 1969 – Diane Crump becomes the first female jockey to ride in a pari-mutuel race.

February 22, 1969 – Barbara Jo Rubin becomes the first female jockey to win a pari-mutuel race.

June 5, 1993 – Julie Krone becomes the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race. In 2000, she becomes the first woman elected to the Hall of Fame.

August 14, 2009 – Janet Elliot becomes the first female trainer inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Stop by this summer to learn more about the pioneers and trailblazers of the sport in “Women in Racing!”

Thank you to the Museum Curator and the Collections Manager for writing and pulling together this information.  

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Sports Illustrated magazine cover courtesy of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame collection

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1938 Travers Trophy, courtesy of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame collection