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Harris' Long Climb to the Top

Harris' Long Climb to the Top

Finding the winner's circle at Hawthorne Park on Dec. 1 was like reaching the summit of Mt. Everest for Sylvia Harris. On that day, when the 40-year-old apprentice jockey captured her first win, Harris fulfilled a lifelong dream and shook off the weight of 20 years of struggle and hardship. She also became a part of horse racing's history as one of only a handful of winning female African-American jockeys and the first one at Hawthorne.

Harris' Long Climb to the Top

Harris' Long Climb to the Top

Finding the winner's circle at Hawthorne Park on Dec. 1 was like reaching the summit of Mt. Everest for Sylvia Harris. On that day, when the 40-year-old apprentice jockey captured her first win, Harris fulfilled a lifelong dream and shook off the weight of 20 years of struggle and hardship. She also became a part of horse racing's history as one of only a handful of winning female African-American jockeys and the first one at Hawthorne.

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