Riding for My Life

Riding for My Life

by Julie Krone
     
 

Julie Krone has become the most celebrated female jockey in the history of horse racing. Among her many record-breaking accomplishments are being the first woman to win the Belmont Stakes, to win five races in one day at a New York track, and to compete in a Breeders Cup race. The winner of over $56 million in purses, Julie Krone has made more than 2,800 trips to the… See more details below

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Julie Krone has become the most celebrated female jockey in the history of horse racing. Among her many record-breaking accomplishments are being the first woman to win the Belmont Stakes, to win five races in one day at a New York track, and to compete in a Breeders Cup race. The winner of over $56 million in purses, Julie Krone has made more than 2,800 trips to the winner's circle. Despite her natural talent, Julie's road to success was anything but smooth. In a sport hostile to women, she had to curse louder, fight harder, and, above all, race faster in order to stand her ground against the men of the trade. A high school dropout with divorced parents, Julie faced personal hardship as well. As she struggled to reach the top, her mother was suddenly diagnosed with cancer, and Julie fell victim to periods of loneliness and depression, overcame a drug problem, and suffered a broken back that would pull her out of racing for four months. Julie's most devastating setback, however, was a near-fatal accident in August 1993, when a 1,200-pound horse hit her directly above the heart. But the unstoppable Julie would not be beaten. With a driving will to win (and with the help of fourteen screws and two plates in her ankle) Julie Krone is back - and riding for her life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The title of top jockey Krone's autobiography is not hyperbolic, because she came dangerously close to death in a spill at Saratoga in 1993 and has had other close calls while competing in one of the most dangerous sports. Raised on a farm in Michigan, where her mother trained horses, she early developed the ability to analyze horses' personalities, a talent that, she claims, has helped make her the most successful female rider of all time-the first to rack up more than 2800 races, the first to win a Triple Crown race (the Belmont in 1993) and the first to surpass $50 million in purse earnings. Krone encountered prejudice in carving out a career in an almost exclusively male field, but her toughness won respect; on a couple of occasions, she even got into brawls with male jockeys who had fouled her. Writing with freelancer Richardson (Feel No Fear), Krone tells a story that should appeal to those who enjoy a hard-run race. Photos not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Racing fans, thrilled as their favorite horse thunders past on the outside coming down the stretch, may little realize the hard work done by hundreds of people to prepare for that moment. To produce winners, the owners, trainers, exercisers, and jockeys learn their horses' strengths, foibles, and peculiarities. Krone, not the first woman jockey but the most successful and the first woman to win a Triple Crown race, gives us a jockey's-eye view of racing. She details her tomboy childhood, problems with her parents' divorce, early-career drug use, battles with fellow jockeys and the media, climb up the jockey success ladder, and horrible 1993 racetrack accident and painful, triumphant comeback. Throughout, she credits many people who gave her opportunities to race and offers advice about racing and life. Recommended for public libraries where horse racing is popular.-Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, B.C.
Dennis Dodge
Although just 31 and in the midst of her career, Julie Krone has already become the most successful female jockey in the history of Thoroughbred racing. But does she have anything interesting to say about her experiences? Unlike many sports stars, she does. Krone is unusually candid about her personal life, especially her troubled childhood, and perceptive about her demanding sport. Having broken down prejudices against women riders and having survived half a dozen horrific accidents, including a near-fatal spill in 1993, the tough, talented rider is very proud of her accomplishments, but she is also aware of the price she has paid, both psychically and physically. She is not always likable, but she is honest with herself and with her readers. That is what makes Krone, and her autobiography, so instructive and, ultimately, so admirable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316504775
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
04/06/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.90(d)

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