The Steve Cauthen of Argentina is a girl. Her name is Marina Lezcano, and she stands 4'11" and weighs 97 pounds. This season she rode Telescopio, a good but not a great horse, to victory in all four of Argentina's classics, an unprecedented feat. She capped the Quadruple Crown by winning the Carlos Pellegrini Gran Prix in Buenos Aires by 18 lengths.
Now 21, Marina grew up with a love of animals; at one time she had 62 dogs and 30 cats. She was at first barred from the jockey School of Apprentices because of a "no females" rule. Citing the case of a Brazilian girl who rode, she finally was accepted in 1974 and won her first race that year, an event for jockettas, or girl jockeys, only. The next year she began competing with male jockeys. Juan Bianchi, the trainer of Telescopio, says he chose Marina because "She has a hand of silk, and some horses need the soft handling of a woman."
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