Julie Krone was born on July 24, 1963 in Benton Harbor, Mich. She won 17 percent of her races (3,704 of 21,411) and rode horses earning more than $90 million. Along the way she set or tied numerous records — some for female jockeys, others regardless of gender.
In 1987, Krone became the first woman to win a riding title at a major track, topping the standings at Monmouth, Meadowlands, and Atlantic City. Moving primarily to New York, she continued to rank among the best and became a fan favorite.
In 1993, Krone became the first woman to win a Triple Crown race when she piloted Colonial Affair to victory in the Belmont Stakes. Later that year, she matched Angel Cordero, Jr. and Ron Turcotte for the Saratoga one-day record of five wins (since broken by Johnny Velazquez).
Krone’s other achievements include winning 12 of 16 races in a three-day period and two five-win days at Fair Grounds in her final season. She also became the first woman to win a Breeders’ Cup race in 2003 when she won the Juvenile Fillies aboard Halfbridled.
Major stakes wins by Krone include the Belmont Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Arlington Classic, Carter Handicap, Cornhusker, Delaware Handicap, Fountain of Youth, Jersey Derby, Molson Export Million, Diana Handicap, Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap, Man o’ War Stakes, Woodbine Mile, Del Mar Futurity, and Hollywood Derby.
In February of 1999, Krone became the first female jockey to win 3,500 races before retiring that April and moving on to a career in broadcasting. Krone resumed riding in 2002 before retiring for good in 2004.
Krone wrote an autobiography, Riding for My Life, which also serves as the basis for an upcoming film on her life, “The Boys’ Club,” which will be directed by award-winning filmmaker Katherine Brooks.
Julie Krone was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2000. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Krone and sprint champion Rubiano win the Vosburgh.
© 1992 Barbara D. Livingston.