Julie Krone (She Who Laughs Last..., May 22) and her female contemporaries owe a small part of their success to Barbara Jo Rubin. Rubin made racing history when she became the first female jockey in the U.S. to win a pari-mutuel race, guiding Cohesion to the winner's circle in the ninth race at Charles Town on Feb. 22, 1969.
Rubin started a tradition at Charles Town that still holds today. During this year's winter meet (Jan. 1 to March 31) our top three riders were women: Elaina Sheridan (above, center) was first, with 46 wins, followed by Lillian Kuykendall (left) and Lori Youngs, who each had 40 wins.
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