Horse racing's female jockeys

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Last year's Kentucky Derby introduced many of us to Rosie Napravnik. She is not the first female jockey, she is one of many women who have been competing for years.

Sam Spratt unsaddles Prince Kaapstad following victory ahead of 2nd placed Jason Waddell and Il Divo in the First Sovereign Trust Great Northern Guineas during the boxing day races at Ellerslie racecourse on December 26, 2007 in Auckland, New Zealand.
DAUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 26: Sam Spratt unsaddles Prince Kaapstad following victory ahead of 2nd placed Jason Waddell and Il Divo in the First Sovereign Trust Great Northern Guineas during the boxing day races at Ellerslie racecourse on December 26, 2007 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)
Sam Spratt unsaddles Prince Kaapstad following victory ahead of 2nd placed Jason Waddell and Il Divo in the First Sovereign Trust Great Northern Guineas during the boxing day races at Ellerslie racecourse on December 26, 2007 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Jockey Sam Spratt during the New Zealand Cup 2012 Ladies Day event at Riccarton Park Racecourse on November 14, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 14: Jockey Sam Spratt during the New Zealand Cup 2012 Ladies Day event at Riccarton Park Racecourse on November 14, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)
Jockey Sam Spratt during the New Zealand Cup 2012 Ladies Day event at Riccarton Park Racecourse on November 14, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Rosemary Homeister, jockey for Kentucky Derby contender Supah Blitz, talks to the media during morning workouts for the 129th Kentucky Derby on April 29, 2003 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29: Rosemary Homeister, jockey for Kentucky Derby contender Supah Blitz, talks to the media during morning workouts for the 129th Kentucky Derby on April 29, 2003 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Rosemary Homeister, jockey for Kentucky Derby contender Supah Blitz, talks to the media during morning workouts for the 129th Kentucky Derby on April 29, 2003 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Rosie Napravnik takes part in the post parade prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rosie Napravnik takes part in the post parade prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rosie Napravnik takes part in the post parade prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rosie Napravnik the jockey for Mylute talks to the media during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Rosie Napravnik the jockey for Mylute talks to the media during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rosie Napravnik the jockey for Mylute talks to the media during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. rides Cloudy's Knight (C) in front of winner John Murtagh and Man Of Iron (second from left) in the Breeders' Cup Marathon race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park November 6, 2009 in Arcadia, California.
FARCADIA, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. rides Cloudy's Knight (C) in front of winner John Murtagh and Man Of Iron (second from left) in the Breeders' Cup Marathon race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park November 6, 2009 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. rides Cloudy's Knight (C) in front of winner John Murtagh and Man Of Iron (second from left) in the Breeders' Cup Marathon race during the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park November 6, 2009 in Arcadia, California.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland rides What Else in the first race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, site of the 2005 Belmont Stakes on June 11, 2005.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland rides What Else in the first race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, site of the 2005 Belmont Stakes on June 11, 2005. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Jockey Chantal Sutherland rides What Else in the first race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, site of the 2005 Belmont Stakes on June 11, 2005.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland arrives to the premiere of HBO's new series "Luck" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 25: Jockey Chantal Sutherland arrives to the premiere of HBO's new series "Luck" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Jockey Chantal Sutherland arrives to the premiere of HBO's new series "Luck" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California.
Hayley Turner after riding Dream Ahead to win The Darley July Cup at Newmarket racecourse on July 09, 2011 in Newmarket, England.
NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - JULY 09: Jockey Hayley Turner after riding Dream Ahead to win The Darley July Cup at Newmarket racecourse on July 09, 2011 in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
Hayley Turner after riding Dream Ahead to win The Darley July Cup at Newmarket racecourse on July 09, 2011 in Newmarket, England.
Hayley Turner attends The President's Sporting Club fundraising event for underprivileged and disabled children at North Weald Airfield on December 6, 2011 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Hayley Turner attends The President's Sporting Club fundraising event for underprivileged and disabled children at North Weald Airfield on December 6, 2011 in London, England.. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Hayley Turner attends The President's Sporting Club fundraising event for underprivileged and disabled children at North Weald Airfield on December 6, 2011 in London, England.
Hayley Turner attends the Jaguar Academy of Sports awards at The Savoy Hotel on December 2, 2012 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Hayley Turner attends the Jaguar Academy of Sports awards at The Savoy Hotel on December 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)
Hayley Turner attends the Jaguar Academy of Sports awards at The Savoy Hotel on December 2, 2012 in London, England.
Canadian jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson during the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Photocall at The Dorchester Hotel on August 09, 2012 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Canadian jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson during the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Photocall at The Dorchester Hotel on August 09, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Canadian jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson during the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Photocall at The Dorchester Hotel on August 09, 2012 in London, England.
(L-R), jockeys Emma-Jayne Wilson (Canada), Hayley Turner (Great Britain) and Chantal Sutherland (Canada) during the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Photocall at The Dorchester Hotel on August 09, 2012 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: (L-R), jockeys Emma-Jayne Wilson (Canada), Hayley Turner (Great Britain) and Chantal Sutherland (Canada) during the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Photocall at The Dorchester Hotel on August 09, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
(L-R), jockeys Emma-Jayne Wilson (Canada), Hayley Turner (Great Britain) and Chantal Sutherland (Canada) during the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Photocall at The Dorchester Hotel on August 09, 2012 in London, England.
Julie Burke riding Bold Ring win The Try Betdaq For An Exchange Handicap Stakes at Lingfield racecourse on October 31, 2010 in Lingfield, England.
LINGFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Julie Burke riding Bold Ring win The Try Betdaq For An Exchange Handicap Stakes at Lingfield racecourse on October 31, 2010 in Lingfield, England (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)
Julie Burke riding Bold Ring win The Try Betdaq For An Exchange Handicap Stakes at Lingfield racecourse on October 31, 2010 in Lingfield, England.
Jockey Julie Burke, lady apprentice champion at Doncaster racecourse on November 05, 2011 in Doncaster, England.
DONCASTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Jockey Julie Burke, lady apprentice champion at Doncaster racecourse on November 05, 2011 in Doncaster, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Jockey Julie Burke, lady apprentice champion at Doncaster racecourse on November 05, 2011 in Doncaster, England.
Portrait of Jockey Julie Krone of the USA, standing in front of her name in neon lights.
Undated: Portrait of Jockey Julie Krone of the USA, standing in front of her name in neon lights. \ Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport
Portrait of Jockey Julie Krone of the USA, standing in front of her name in neon lights.
Julie Krone attends the Women's Sports Foundation 25th annual salute to women in sports awards dinner on October 18, 2004 in New York City.
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18: Female Jockey Julie Krone attends the Women's Sports Foundation 25th annual salute to women in sports awards dinner on October 18, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Julie Krone attends the Women's Sports Foundation 25th annual salute to women in sports awards dinner on October 18, 2004 in New York City.

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