Laska Durnell; 1904 Elwood: The first woman to start a horse in, and win the Kentucky Derby, she did not tell her trainer/husband, Charles, that she had nominated Elwood to the Derby.
Diane Crump (1970 Fathom, 15th): First woman to ride in the Derby and ride in a pari-mutuel race in North America - Hialeah Park, February 1969 at 19. She has entered training, and rides for her own stable.
We decided to make a website dedicated to female jockeys because we both feel that female jockeys are under appreciated in the sport of horse racing. In our opinion, we both feel, they do not get the credit they deserve. We have both searched the Internet and we have found that most sites that involve horse racing and/or jockeys contain little or no information on female jockeys. Well with the creation of our website, that is about to change.
On our site you will find interview with retired girl jockeys, girls just starting out and girls that have been riding for years. We have interviews with riders from all over the world. From the east coast to the west coast and even some from overseas! You will read about them growing up and how they became jockeys. You will read about their triumphs and tragedies and everything else in between.
So, if you plan to bet on the Kentucky Derby, you can bet that women have had a significant impact on this year's race!