1,000 career wins, more than $45 million in earnings, the 1st woman EVER to ride the $10 million Dubai World Cup, (the richest pot in Horse Racing!! ). She came in 2nd last in the 2011 Breeders Cup Classic. Impressive!
no, seriously, I read this & I love it:
"Jockeys are considered, pound for pound, among the strongest athletes in the world. But if a woman is generally 30 percent weaker than a man, just how strong must Chantal be to compete equally in arguably the most dangerous sport? She’ll tell you the strongest part of her sculpted body is her big toe. Yes, that’s the first point of contact that creates the leverage that controls a horse running at 40 miles per hour. The reins are a mere suggestion."
In the 1980s our young female (blond & pretty, natch) trainer (I might add at the time she was one of the few females) thought the crowd at one of the NE Morgan shows was a bit stuffy, so she did her own Godiva impression thru the aisles. I did not witness and vaguely remember the story. Not sure if she sported a long wig or not.