women in racing

Del Mar Prepares For Sixth Bing Crosby Autumn Meet Honoring Local Charities

As it has for the past 80 summers – and now, too, for the past five falls – Del Mar takes pride in hosting a series of highly worthy charities and their causes during its race meetings. That will be true once more over the course of the upcoming sixth Bing Crosby Season between Friday, […]

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It’s A Woman’s World At Colonial Downs

Several months into her new job as vice president of racing operations, someone drew Jill Byrne’s attention to something unusual about the management structure at Colonial Downs: an awful lot of top spots at the Virginia racetrack’s recent meet were filled by women. “It’s funny — I look at it as yes, it’s a dominant […]

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Del Mar Jockey Rides With Something Extra: A DVM

The racing industry seen jockeys transition to new careers before — as trainers, owners, bloodstock agents, and officials — but Ferrin Peterson is something of a different case. Peterson, 27, began riding races last year and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from University of California-Davis in May. The San Diego Union-Tribune interviewed Peterson […]

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Women In Racing Exhibit Opens July 20 At National Museum Of Racing And Hall Of Fame

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, Women in Racing, opens to the public on Saturday, July 20. The Museum acknowledges the support of the Edward P. Evans Foundation in underwriting this special exhibit, which details the role women have played in the sport of thoroughbred racing for more than a […]

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Mason Becomes Second Female Trainer To Hit 100 Wins At Oaklawn

Ingrid Mason became the second female trainer in Oaklawn history to reach 100 career victories when Redneck Attack won the ninth race March 22, according to Equibase, horse racing’s official data gathering organization.  Mason started her first horse in Hot Springs in 2010 and Redneck Attack represented her 13th victory at the meet. The only female […]

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Rubin To Be Honored In Aqueduct Winner’s Circle Presentation April 6

Exactly a half-century ago, Barbara Jo Rubin became the first female jockey to win a race in the Empire State, drawing national attention after piloting Bravy Galaxy to victory in front of a packed grandstand at Aqueduct Racetrack. Rubin, who will be honored with a winner’s circle presentation at Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, April 6, […]

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National Museum Of Racing To Host Women In Racing Symposium Aug. 19

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present a symposium on Sunday, Aug. 19 featuring accomplished women involved in various aspects of thoroughbred racing. Comprised of seven of the most recognizable women in the sport — Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone, Hall of Fame trainer Janet Elliot, champion steeplechase jockey Blythe […]

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‘You Have To Keep Your Mouth Shut’: Some Jockeys Say Sexism, Harassment Rampant At The Track

When the horses go to the post for this weekend’s Belmont, NBC New York noted Thursday, there will be no female jockeys aboard any of them. The last woman to ride in the race was Rosie Napravnik in 2014 aboard General a Rod. In fact, just 8 percent of riders in North America are female. […]

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Australia’s First Licensed Female Jockey Lived As A Man

ABC News Australia looked back this week at the life of Wilhemena “Bill” Smith, who is believed to be the country’s first female jockey. Smith, who was born in 1886 and orphaned while she was young, went by “Bill” and lived most of her life as a man. The report says it’s unclear when or […]

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Report: Men Paid 16 Percent More Than Women At British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced its gender pay gap figures which show an average gender pay gap of 16 percent (mean) and 15 percent (median). The report, which can be found here, also lists the bonus pay gap, the proportion of employees receiving a bonus and the number of female and male […]

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