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April 29, 2010

She Ran For The Roses

When the strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” drift over the track at Churchill Downs on Saturday, it will be 40 years since the first woman rode a horse in the Derby. That woman was Diane Crump. It used to be illegal for a woman to be a jockey. Even after the law changed, male jockeys would boycott any female who tried. Diane joins Dick Gordon to talk about the glory days of breaking through as a female jockey, and why so few women are racing today.


When Dick interviewed Jeremy Lee last summer, Jeremy was in a precarious situation. He’d recently gotten out of a juvenile penal facility, and against all odds he’d gotten his high school diploma. He got into Morehouse College, but after a scholarship fell through, he was wondering if his hard work was for naught. Today, Dick checks in with Jeremy to find out what happened after the interview. Turns out, Jeremy is completing his freshman year at college, and he has some great news.

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