ESPN Network:  ESPN.com |  NHL.com |  ABCSports |  EXPN |  INSIDER  |  FANTASY

 
ESPN  Web   

Keyword: ABC Sports 







































Women of Wide World: Julie Krone
ABC Sports Online


By the time she was 13, Julie Krone knew what she wanted to do: become the best jockey in the world. Indeed, the 4-foot-10 Krone did just that. She worked up through the lower ranks of racing while living in Florida with her grandmother before riding her first winner, Lord Farkle, at Tampa Bay Downs in 1981.

Julie Krone
Julie Krone retired with 3,545 victories.
When Krone retired in 1999, she did so as one of the best jockeys ever and earned induction into the National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in 2000.

A native of Benton Harbor, Mich., Krone was the first woman to ever ride winning horse in a Triple Crown race when she captured Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair in 1993.

The Belmont was just one of her many achievements. While overcoming naysayers throughout her career because she was female, she retired with 3,545 victories and more than $81 million in lifetime earnings.

"Winning the Belmont Stakes was an amazing thing, other than the obvious fact that I lived my dream, which was just incredible," Krone said. "Think of it for a moment ... How many kids do you see watching major league baseball and they say the same thing? Especially a young girl watching who says, 'I know that I can pitch and play ball,' but the sport is male dominated. So I think about where this dream of mine could have come from when there were so many obstacles in my way."

ESPN.com:  HELP |  ADVERTISER INFO |  CONTACT US |  TOOLS |  SITE MAP
Copyright ©2001 ESPN Internet Group. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and Safety Information are applicable to this site. Employment opportunities at ESPN.com.


ABC's Wide World of Sports

Women of Wide World: Peggy Fleming

Women of Wide World: Wilma Rudolph

Women of Wide World: Brandi Chastain

Women of Wide World: Michelle Kwan

Women of Wide World: Kim Zmeskal

Women of Wide World: Olga Korbut

Women of Wide World: Bonnie Blair

Women of Wide World: Mary Lou Retton

Women of Wide World: Nadia Comaneci

Women of Wide World: Florence Griffith-Joyner