Although most jockeys' rooms around the United States are male-dominated, a recent article at Cronkite News observes that Turf Paradise has become a comparative haven for female riders. While 10 percent of licensed American jockeys are women, about 20 percent of Turf Paradise's riders are female.
Jockey Natasha Coddington said the track has a reputation outside its gates as being someplace female jockeys can get a fair start. Although the sport is becoming more equal opportunity for young women, Coddington acknowledges it's still not an easy sport to break into.
“You have to be really strong-willed, and be able to take a lot of criticism,” Coddington said. “It's hard for some women to take it.”
Turf Paradise recently hosted an autograph-signing event for its female riders, which included jockeys ranging in age from a 16-year-old apprentice to 43-year-old Vanessa Romberg, who just became licensed in Mexico City a year and a half ago.
Read more at Cronkite News
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