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Great women in the sport of kings : America's top women jockeys tell their stories
Davidson, Scooter Toby.
First edition.
Publication Information:
[Syracuse, NY] : Syracuse University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxv, 132 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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SF336.A2 G74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This text considers the phenomenon of female jockeys. It takes a look at their lives and offers portraits of how they overcame personal and professional obstacles. The introduction explores the implications of women in sport, the struggles female jockeys face and the significance of their success.

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Library Journal Review

Women were not allowed to be jockeys in horse races until 1969. In the 30 years since, obstacles have fallen until, today, female jockeys are usually "taken for granted at tracks." This oral history lets ten jockeys talk about their career paths, their daily lives in horse racing, and their advice for budding female jockeys. Several common traits emerge: an interest in their own physical fitness, a love for animals, and an ability to communicate (with people as well as with horses, since jockeys have to hustle to get riding jobs). Most also say their social lives revolve around the track. But ten individual personalities shine through, from backgrounds both privileged and poor. Great photos enhance a lively, down-to-earth book that provides a more well-rounded look at horse racing than Julie Krone's Riding for My Life (LJ 4/15/95). A glossary and appendix of America's pioneer female jockeys are included. Recommended for public libraries.√ĄKathryn Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.