Jockeys Know the ‘Pick Yourself Up’ Mantra Well.
Diane Crump, who in 1970 became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby, has proved resilient in her career.
For more than three decades, Ms. Crump made her living galloping, training and racing horses in the hardscrabble male-dominated sport. Insults, fuming male jockeys and even the intermittent physical threat were part of her work world.
“I was going to ride races and no matter what anyone had to say, no matter the criticism," says Crump.
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