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Krone is first woman to ride Breeders' Cup winner
Associated Press

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Hall of Famer Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race when she guided 2-1 favorite Halfbridled to a 2 1/2 -length victory in the Juvenile Fillies on Saturday.

Julie Krone
Jockey Julie Krone, aboard Halfbridled, rides into the winner's circle after winning the Juvenile Fillies at the Breeders' Cup.
Krone snapped an 0-for-14 streak in the event that began in 1984. The 40-year-old rider returned to racing last November after retiring for three years.

Riding in the Breeders' Cup for the first time since 1996, Krone moved Halfbridled from far back in the 14-horse field to second heading into the stretch turn. They quickly overtook Forest Music and finished the 1 1-16-mile race in 1:42.75.

In the winner's circle, Krone sat atop Halfbridled and pointed to the horse's head as if giving all the credit to the 2-year-old filly. Trainer Richard Mandella earned his first Breeders' Cup victory since 1992.

Halfbridled paid $6.60, $4.80 and $3.40. Ashado returned $11.60 and $7.20, while Victory U.S.A., trained by Bob Baffert, was another neck back in third and paid $4.80 to show.

Halfbridled overcame a bad draw that had her in the No. 14 post and improved to 4-0 in her brief career. The victory most likely earned her a division championship.

Halfbridled is a daughter of Unbridled, the 1990 Kentucky Derby winner who also won the BC Classic that year.

She is owned by French brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, part of the family that owns Chanel perfume. They are best known to American racing fans for owning Kotashaan, the 1993 BC Turf champion and Horse of the Year.



 


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