Horse racing for the better part of the 19th and 20th centuries was considered a man’s sport. It was an unsaid rule that women should not participate in any horse race; well, that is until Diane Crump opened the way for other women to shine in this sport that was considered “men only.” Diane Crump not only paved the way for other women to be part of horse racing as a whole but also her courage and determination to participate in horse racing. It opened many people’s eyes to the fact that horse racing wasn’t for men only, but anyone could be part of it. This awareness led to the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 that allowed female jockeys into the Grand National horse race held annually at Aintree, England. Since then, over six female jockeys have participated in the Grand National horse, including Charlotte Brew in 1977, Geraldine Rees, Venetia Williams, and many more.
The American horse trainer and jockey was the first woman to ride in a professional horse race, the Kentucky Derby in the United States. Her participation in the Kentucky Derby was considered an abomination. So many people were so against it that she needed a Presidential like police escort through the crowds at Hialeah Park Race track. After all the controversy and insults against her participation in the Kentucky Derby, she managed a 9th position in a 12 horse race, and the atmosphere at the end of the race was quite the opposite with lots of cheers of support.
The Kentucky Derby opened up a lot of opportunities for Diane. Two weeks after coming 9th in the pari-mutuel race, she claimed her first victory as horse racer, and eventually, many more of them. In 1985 when Diane, briefly retired, she had won over 235 horse races, but she is only credited with 228 by Equibase). One of the worst horse racing experience she ever had was at a Puerto Rican horse race, where a male jockey was joined on her saddle. When she realized this, she started hitting him with a stick, but he couldn’t let go. After fighting for almost all of the race, the male jockey pulled away at the end to win the race.
Meriel Tufnell’s win at the Kempton Park horse race England
Born in 1948, Meriel Patricia Tufnell was the first female jockey in the United Kingdom to win a race while protected by the Jockey Club rules at the Kempton Park racecourse. Riding her mother’s horse Scorched Earth to victory was an unbelievable achievement by Meriel, and what made it sweeter was the fact that Scorched earth had never raced in any race before the Kempton Park in 1972.
Some other notable female Jockey wins
The horse racing world till date has seen a fair share of female jockey wins which include:
- Nina Carberry- coming from a racing family, she has many horse racing accolades to her name, including Cheltenham Festival, 4 Cross country Handicap wins, and Josie’s order at the Punchestown.
- Julie Krone-the American jockey shot to the limelight when she won Belmont Stakes. She had also won the Breeders cup in 2003.
- Katie Walsh- with massive success in her horse racing careers like the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National at the Seabass, she is the first female to win the Irish National on Thunder and Roses.
- Kayla Stra-with her most significant win at the City of Marion stakes Kayla Stra has over 1700 wins in horse racing.
The most embarrassing sexist event in the History of Horse racing
One of the most embarrassing sexist events in the world of horse racing that hindered the prosperity of female jockeys was way back in 1969, where two female jockeys were set to participate at the Kentucky Derby in the United States. The male jockeys forced the female jockeys out of the race by throwing rocks at trailers used by the female jockeys as Locker rooms, and they also threatened to boycott the race if the women participated.
Where are we? And what is it that can be done to Increase Female Jockeys in Horse racing?
Unlike in the 20th century, Female jockeys have received more support in legislations like the Sex discrimination act. There has also been an increase in the awareness against sexual discrimination in the horse racing communities. These environment has made it possible for the likes of Sophie Doyle and Donna Barton Brothers to dominate the 21st century has the racing world.. As much as the number of female jockeys has increased significantly over the years, it is not there yet. The jockeys Guild believe that the female jockeys make up 8% of the total registered jockeys in the United States. Becoming a female jockey and succeeding at it anywhere on earth comes with working a lot of grueling hours, less pay, and some very gruesome injuries. If all the stakeholders came together and made the conditions a little better for the female jockeys as a whole, we will see more female jockeys on those horse tracks.
There is this peculiar rivalry between the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens. For some reason, we can’t explain why. They aren’t really regional rivals, and they don’t have the kind of big names that have individual rivalries, such as the case in soccer between Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid and Lionel Messi of Barcelona.
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Perhaps the history of the Jets and Ravens has been witness to certain situations within games that have irked both sets of fans. Let us rewind the clock to October 2, 2011. The Jets and Ravens made history on that day, if you recall.
On a massive and crucial Sunday Night Football showdown, the game saw witness to a record five return touchdowns. That’s right, five! It started with a move involving Ed Reed and Jameel McClain, a glorious return touchdown. And then it really took off!
That game was a great watch for fans of both teams, and ended up with the Ravens winning 34-17. Perhaps it rubbed the Jets the wrong way, and ever since Jets fans seem to have a sense of annoyance about the Ravens. Ah well, it’s football and it’s normal. Americans have an almost fanatic devotion to their local clubs and players.
Now, it is true that the Ravens and Jets aren’t even near the favorites to clinch the title as far the current season is concerned. However, they promise to serve up some really entertaining games, if history has anything to say. For the fans, this is gonna be one hell of a ride.
And not just the fans. Think of the drama that would ensure for sports betting companies and gamblers! You wouldn’t have a clue how the game will unfold, and you could experience some wild swings as far as your pockets are concerned.
In the Unites States, we love to associate different things together. And two things that will be forever associated with each other are football and music. I mean, the super bowl is a brilliant example of this. For many, the super bowl has become synonymous with opening acts performed by luminaries such as Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
It is really two things that symbolize us as a nation. While football has been America’s most beloved sport all these years, music has been too. Think about it. Over the centuries, how many great musicians have fascinated us and planted themselves into our souls! It started with Blues and Soul masters such as Ray Charles, BB King and Buddy Holly.
We then moved on to rock ‘n roll legends that arrived from British shores and found themselves welcomed wholeheartedly by us Americans. The Beatles, Stones and Led Zeppelin come to mind. For over two decades, their riffs and solos made many a teenager a real man or woman. We also had one of our own in Jimi Hendrix, perhaps the greatest guitarist to have ever lived, and then the late Prince of course.
American then saw the birth of the original pop king and queen, aka Michael Jackson and Britney Spears. How can we forget that one super bowl in 2001 when Britney and Aerosmith rock the stage for centuries to come! It was as if no one could ever top that. It was the purest blend of pop and rock.
And of course, we have the almost spiritual relation between basketball and hip-hop. The Source, one of hip-hop’s premier magazines, talks about this in detail. The Source, of course, well-known by Americans as it was part of the 1995 groundbreaking events that changed the history of Hip-Hop. You know, the day 2Pac left us and this world.
But still, whatever happens within the realm of music, there is always a common need among musicians to associate themselves with and to bring people together through the blend of sports and music. Let us hope that remains so.
Let’s take a looking at the upcoming NFL season. Ever since the Eagles won the last Super Bowl, there has been a keen interest and expectation on who the next unexpected champion would be. As the preseason kicks off, one can only wonder.
Funnily enough, there has been an upsurge in NFL betting since a few states such as Delaware legalized sports betting activities. The Eagles weren’t really expected to win the last one, and their victory shocked many. It would have also made some lucky people really, really wealthy.
So who is the favorite to win the current season? Many state that it will be a four-way battle between the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and the Minnesota Vikings. Each of them is predicted to have either a 12-4 or a 11-5 win record for the upcoming season.
A few are indeed tipping the Eagles to pull another upset and retain the title, although retaining the title is way more complicated since the rest of the league would have learnt by now to counter your style of play. Although it is safe to say that the Madden NFL 2018 video game seems to have the Eagles as among their best teams to play with.
Our feeling is that the Patriots will snatch the title from the Eagles. The Patriots have been, for the past few years, the bookies’ favorites to win the season. The bookies are confident in keeping their pick for this season as well, and betting enthusiasts better take note.