Diane Crump

A Horse-Racing Pioneer's Life in the Saddle
Lyons Press
  • erschienen am 1. Mai 2020
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  • 256 Seiten
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In 1968, a few women, mockingly labeled "jockettes" by a skeptical press, had begun demanding the right to apply for jockey licenses, citing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination in hiring based on race, religion, sex, or national origin. Most of their applications were rejected by racing's bureaucracy, which alleged that women were unqualified to participate due to "physical limitations" and "emotional instability." Female jockeys who attempted to ride met with boycotts by male jockeys. Onto this uneven terrain stepped 20-year-old Diane Crump, who had long since demonstrated her riding proficiency during a thousand workout rides on a thousand difficult Thoroughbreds ("I basically got on all the horses that no one else wanted to ride"). On February 7, 1969, having been granted a permit to ride at Florida's Hialeah Racetrack, Crump, surrounded by a protective phalanx of police officers, walked calmly toward the saddling enclosure as she endured heckles from the crowd. Diane's mount would not earn victory that day, but the young rider had earned a more fundamental prize: the right to compete in her chosen field. Just over a year later, on May 2, 1970, after 95 years and 1,055 all-male entrants, Diane Crump shattered tradition by becoming the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Over her career she amassed 235 wins. InDiane Crump: A Life in the Saddle, veteran turf writer Mark Shrager relies on Crump's own narrative, magazine and newspaper coverage, and numerous first-hand interviews to tell the story of an extraordinary athlete's life and career.
  • Englisch
  • USA
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978-1-4930-3796-4 (9781493037964)
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By Mark Shrager
  • Intro
  • Introduction: A Woman in the Starting Gate
  • CHAPTER 1 An "Idyllic" Childhood
  • CHAPTER 2 Buckshot, Patches, and Lulu
  • CHAPTER 3 Sneaking into the Stables
  • CHAPTER 4 The Race to Be the First
  • CHAPTER 5 Under the Wire and into the History Books
  • CHAPTER 6 A Wild Ride in Puerto Rico
  • CHAPTER 7 A Victory Disappears
  • CHAPTER 8 Still a Non-Winner-But Not for Long
  • CHAPTER 9 The Kentucky Derby-Female Riders Need Not Apply
  • CHAPTER 10 The Run for the Roses . . .
  • CHAPTER 11 . . . And Nine Thousand Miles Away: Bert Crump's Story
  • CHAPTER 12 A Historic Career-and a Frustrating One
  • CHAPTER 13 Retirement, a Daughter, a Divorce . . . and a Terrible Accident
  • CHAPTER 14 Back in the Saddle Again
  • CHAPTER 15 A Mother Like No Other
  • CHAPTER 16 "There's No Business like Horse Business"
  • CHAPTER 17 Diane Crump-Today and Tomorrow
  • Afterword: A Message from Diane Crump
  • Appendix 1: The Class of '69
  • Appendix 2: Diane Crump's Arlington Cemetery Speech
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Bibliography

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