1969 was a very exciting and pivotal year in many areas, not just horse racing. That’s the year I was born, so… 😉
Feb 8, 1969 was the day Diane Crump rode in her first race, the first for any female. It was hard enough to ride along side several angry jockeys out to get her, but before the race, she had to get to the paddock, bobbing and weaving through the crowd with a police escort, as so many fans were angry about her riding in a pari-mutuel race.
A week later, I was born. 😉 (omg, am I almost 50??)
Another week later, Barbara Jo Rubin won her first race and was the first female jockey to win a pari-mutuel race. I wish I could have seen that!
February 1969 was definitely an exciting month.
With many more firsts in her future, Barbara Jo enjoyed a time as not only a successful female jockey, but a successful jockey.
It is jockeys like Barbara Jo Rubin and Diane Crump who inspire my writing. I even mentioned Diane Crump in “Chivalry” in the prologue and then again at the end in a short “women in horse racing” history lesson. Of course, I also mention Barbara Jo, as well as several others.
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