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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316504777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316504775
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book while trying to get an interesting biography about a famous woman athlete for a project I had to do. Because I am fond of horses, it was my good luck that this autobiography of the famous jockey, Julie Krone, came up in my path. With the help of Nancy Ann Richardson, Julie Krone has been able to capture her younger years and early racing experiences and give them an interesting twist. Even when it turned out that I didn't need to do the project, I felt that the book had been a worthwhile investment. I greatly enjoyed it and highly recommend it for it's interesting and real-life quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William G. Straub on October 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a fantastic read about a dynamite little lady that has a heart as big as a race track. Julie tells us of her ups and downs and what actually goes on inside a jockey's head before, during and after a race. She has got to be one of the greatest jockeys of all time, not because she is a woman, but because, she can race with the best, she has a heart of gold and a damn good brain to match. What an extremely rare athlete. You will certainly enjoy this book, even if you are not a race fan. My new heroine. Julie Krone. Would love to have the opportunity to meet her and despite her very tiny stature, you can be sure that she will let you know she is around. As a lady, of course. WOW!!!!
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By paul marchant on January 31, 2013
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cool read way t go stuff..awsome magnifique...outstanding superb inspiring a trbute captivating elegant julie is the best rider ever amen
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