Julie Krone

Julie Krone

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National Women's Hall of Fame Selects Krone

All-time greatest female jockey one of nine to be inducted Oct. 12 in Seneca Falls.

Jockey Julie Krone is among nine who will be inducted later this year into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is to be held Oct. 12 in Seneca Falls, NY, described as "the birthplace of the American Women's Rights Movement." The Hall of Fame was founded in 1969.

With more than 3,700 career wins, the 49-year-old Krone is the leading female Thoroughbred horse racing jockey of all time. She made history in 1993 when she became the first woman to win a Triple Crown event with Colonial Affair in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). In 2003, she became the first woman to win a Breeders' Cup event, aboard Halfbridled in the Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and also was the first woman to win a $1 million dollar event with Candy Ride  in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) that year.

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.

She will be inducted along with former First Lady Betty Ford, professional midwife Ina May Gaskin, feminist activist Kate Millett, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the visionary Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, women's advocate Bernice Resnick Sandler, acclaimed research economist Anna Jacobson Schwartz, and education trailblazer Emma Hart Willard.

The National Women's Hall of Fame has inducted 247 women since its inception.