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10 When covering women's athletic events, even sympathetic sportswriters constantly reminded readers that these athletes were different, in part by repeatedly referring to their looks. S. 11 10 Festle, Playing Nice, 158. , 154. Page xx In this context, horse racing witnessed its own revolution. A handful of pioneering women, such as Kathy Kusner, Penny Ann Early, Diane Crump, Barbara Jo Rubin, and Tuesdee Testa, were all simultaneously trying to gain a foothold as jockeys. But many racing authorities simply held sexist views.

11, 1969, p. 52. 15 Sometimes male jockeys harassed the women verbally, or committed fouls intended to scare their mounts. Others tried to injure or intimidate the riders: once someone threw a rock into the trailer Rubin was using as a dressing area; in the middle of a race, other women felt the sting of a whip on the face or neck. "You'd hear whispering in the corner. 16 Like other pioneering female athletes, jockeys also had difficulty winning respect. They were not always taken seriously. Skeptics said they would not have the determination to stick with it.

I guess I just needed to hear someone say the words, "You really should be a jockey. " So as husband and wife we went from Monmouth Park in New Jersey to New York with some really nice horses. We both wound up working for a good trainer, Dominick Imperio, who gave me my first chance as a jockey. I used to gallop horses for him in the morning over at Belmont, and just as horses need to be "okayed" to start from the gate at a racetrack, so do apprentice jockeys. Dominick sent me to the gate with all the baby horses, the two year olds, so we could both get experience breaking from the starting gate.

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