Distinguished Company: Krone Among National Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees

by | 10.08.2013 | 1:10pm
Julie Krone

Retired jockey Julie Krone, a member of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame, is one of nine women that will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame Oct. 12.

Founded in 1969, the National Women's Hall of Fame is the nation's oldest membership organization recognizing the achievements of great American women.  Inductees are selected every other year based on their lasting contributions to society through the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science.

With more than 3,700 career wins, Julie Krone is the leading female Thoroughbred horse racing jockey of all time.  Krone made history in 1993 when she became the first woman to win a Triple Crown event at the Belmont Stakes.  In 2003, she went on to become the first woman to win a Breeders' Cup event at the Juvenile Fillies and the first woman to win a million dollar event at the Pacific Classic.  Krone initially retired from horse racing in 1999 and became a commentator and analyst for the TVG racing network, but returned to the sport in 2002, retiring for a second time in 2004.  Krone was named ESPN's 1993 Professional Female Athlete of the Year, and in 2000, she became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame.

The other National Women's Hall of Fame 2013 inductees are: First Lady Betty Ford; certified professional midwife Ina May Gaskin; Kate Millett, a feminist activist, writer, visual artist, filmmaker, teacher, and human rights advocate; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, founder of Maryknoll Sisters; Bernice Resnick Sandler, an advocate of educational equity for women and girls; Anna Jacobson Schwartz, an acclaimed female research economist; and Emma Hart Willard, a teacher and women's education advocate.

For more information about the National Women's Hall of Fame visit www.greatwomen.org.

  • Francis Bush

    A terrific jockey. I watched her several years ago riding in Maryland and later in Classic races. She had a nice way of managing horses as they neared the finish. If they had a long lead she slowed them down to a mild pace. Its unfortunate that she will be on the list with Nancy Pelosi who has wrecked the health care system.

    • Knowitall

      No, the unfortunate part is that you interjected divisive politics with reckless opinion stated as fact in a message section of a press release on a racing site that should just be about a historic accomplishment for Julie. Pretty sure Krone will be a-ok with being inducted with a former Speaker of the House, and besides, even if she isn’t, she has too much class to say otherwise.

      • kyle

        Well, I guess we’ll have to wait until they’re inducted to find out.

      • Don Reed

        There’s your opinion and then there’s reckless opinion.

        Exactly what is “reckless” about what F.GB. had to say?
        Well over one hundred thousand people so far have been informed that come January 1, 2014, they no longer will be covered by their existing health care plans.

        They cannot sign up for the government program because almost no one has been able to sign up for it (see Wall Street Journal, “Software and Design Defects Cripple Health-Care Website,” 10/07/13).

        They now must find some kind of coverage, any kind of coverage, before January 1st. Such coverage if it even exists will be more expensive than the programs they were enrolled in prior to being notified that they were persona non-grata because the insurer decided that a profit was impossible, given the new rules, etc..

        Mentioning these factual developments is “reckless”?

        Heck, I see many similarities between racing having lost the majority of their fan base between 1980-2013 and the current meltdown (actually, shutdown) of the HC situation, which started only five years ago.

        Meanwhile the historical revisionism continues (it always does). Julie Krone was well-known for voicing her opinions in a forthright, candid, even searing fashion, which got the pot boiling fast (good!). She stepped on a lot of toes in between each and every one of those 3,000+ visits to the winner’s circle.

        Now she’s being portrayed as having had/having an expedient “diplomacy before candor” temperament & those who disagree with your assessment will automatically be accused of saying that Krone has no “class.”

        Here’s hoping that she enjoys the induction ceremony regardless of the company she is going to be forced to keep while the awards are being handled out.

        • Knowitall

          Didn’t read your entire post Don, but yeah, reckless, ill informed (IMO) and mostly inappropriate placement. I hear tell they have political blogs/aggregators y’all can go post your “opinions” on, though.

          Here, congratulations and a fond memory of Julie K would have sufficed nicely. IMO. Thanks.

          • Don Reed

            It was posted for the benefit of people who have measurable attention spans.

            We need to create a “warning” icon that can be stationed at the start, so that the “span-less” will know not to try to waste their time getting to the end of it. Really, it’s the least we can do for you.

  • DinkyDiva

    Julie Krone was my role model. I watched her race so many times, just loved her grit. I remember a fight that her and another Jockey got into after the race. Don’t recall where or what race. She was an awesome Jockey and I wish she would come back out of retirement like Stevens did. That would be a dream come true for me! Congrats, Julie, you earned all of your accolades!

  • Equine Avenger

    I was sold right up until I read, “House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi”

    • Don Reed

      Thank you. You took the health cares right out of my mouth.


      Is there a Writers Wing in the Press Release Hall of Fame?

      “Anna Jacobson Schwartz, an acclaimed female research economist…”

      Just in case you had forgotten that all the inductees are females…

  • 4Bellwether666

    Pelosi…Ha Ha Ha…

  • Anna Day

    Me too. Are you kidding me……..Nancy Pelosi!!! What did she ever do besides DEMAND a larger airplane to haul her extended family back and forth to California during her reign in the US House of Representatives. Hmm, I am surprised that she did not DEMAND a crown and a cape during that time as well. Oh, I forgot, Nancy’s crown would have to be larger than that worn by Queen Elizabeth.
    However, congratulations to Julie…………..she is the best!!!

  • G. Rarick

    Kudos to Mdme Krone. But why, in the year 2013, must we still have a Women’s hall of fame? So sad that we continue to be separated by biology.

  • Talieho

    Great for Julie. But to put Nancy NO

  • Piquetour

    I don’t want to get into politics but when someone like Nancy Pelosi is given an award,it demeans the award. It’s like giving mass murderer Yasser Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize. (Oh,wait,that really happened). Happy for Julie,though who really deserves it.

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