Daily Almanac for Wednesday, August 24, 2022

On this date in 2003, Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win a million-dollar race in the U.S. when she finished first in the Pacific Classic in Del Mar, CA, mounted atop her horse Candy Ride– 2003. Here is Julie Krone, Santa Anita. After winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Halfbridled in 2000. By Harlan1000 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Julieann Louise Krone (born July 24, 1963), is a retired American jockey. In 1993, she became the first (and so far only) female jockey to win a Triple Crown race when she captured the Belmont Stakes aboard Colonial Affair. In 2000, she became the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and in 2003 became the first female jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race. She has also been honored by induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and Cowgirl Hall of Fame.


Krone was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan. After spending her childhood as an accomplished show horse rider at competitions in western Michigan, Krone was inspired by the career of Steve Cauthen to become a professional Thoroughbred jockey. She made her debut as a jockey on Jan. 30, 1981, at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida, on a horse named Tiny Star. She won her first race on Feb. 12, 1981, also at Tampa Bay Downs, aboard Lord Farkle. Within a few years, her success made her a well-known racing personality. Krone was the only woman to win riding championships at Belmont ParkGulfstream ParkMonmouth ParkThe Meadowlands and Atlantic City Race Course. She would go on to make appearances on The Late Show with David LettermanThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the issue of May 22, 1989, one of only eight jockeys so recognized (the others are Willie ShoemakerBill HartackEddie ArcaroJohnny LongdenJohn Sellers, Robyn Smith and Steve Cauthen). In 1993 she received an ESPY Award as Female Athlete of the Year.

Krone retired for the first time on April 18, 1999, with a three-winner day at Lone Star Park, near Dallas. She embarked upon a broadcasting career in horse racing. From 1999–2000 she worked as an analyst for TVG Network, then worked as a paddock analyst for Hollywood Park from 1999–2002. She came out of retirement at Santa Anita Park in November 2002. After a good start to the 2003 season, she fractured two bones in her lower back and spent the next four months recovering. She returned to lead the 2003 Del Mar jockeys in purse earnings, then went on to become the first woman jockey to win a Breeders’ Cup race when she rode Halfbridled to victory in the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. On December 12, 2003, just weeks after her Breeders’ Cup win, she broke several ribs and suffered severe muscle tears in a fall at Hollywood Park Racetrack. Though not fully recovered from her injuries, Krone attempted to come back on February 14, 2004, at Santa Anita Park but failed to win in three races.[4] She did not ride again; on July 8 of that year, she made a statement in which she did not officially retire, but strongly hinted that she would never race again.

Because of her success in the face of severe injuries sustained while racing, Krone was named by USA Today as one of the 10 Toughest Athletes and was honored with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Krone also had been inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, and is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. In October 2013 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. In 2018 a bronze statue of her was given to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.


St. Bartholomew

One of the original 12 Apostles, St. Bartholomew is commemorated on August 24. In England, many fairs were held on this day, including the famous St. Bartholomew Fair in Smithfield. Eventually, the saint’s feast day appeared in weather lore, such as “At St. Bartholomew, there comes cold dew,” or “As Bartholomew’s Day, so the whole autumn.” After this date, thunderstorms were said to be more violent.

Question of the Day

How fast does a space shuttle travel when it’s orbiting?

To remain in orbit, the space shuttle travels at about 17,500 mph.

Advice of the Day

The faster a cricket chirps, the warmer the temperature.

Home Hint of the Day

Next time you start to wonder what you can do to rid your property of bats, remember this: A single bat can catch and kill 900 insects an hour — as many as 3,000 in a night.

Word of the Day


The study of natural periodic events in the life-cycle of plants (and animals).

Puzzle of the Day

The North Star State.(Name the U.S. state!)



  • Geoffrey Plantagenet (Count of Anjou) – 1113
  • Alexander II of Scotland – 1198
  • René Lévesque (Quebec premier) – 1922
  • Louis Teicher (pianist) – 1924
  • A. S. Byatt (novelist) – 1936
  • Steve Guttenberg (actor) – 1958
  • Cal Ripken Jr. (baseball player) – 1960
  • Marlee Matlin (actress) – 1965
  • Reggie Miller (basketball player) – 1965
  • Chad Michael Murray (actor) – 1981
  • Rupert Grint (actor) – 1988


  • E. G. Marshall (actor) – 1998
  • Jerry Clower (Grand Ole Opry humorist) – 1998
  • Richard Attenborough (actor) – 2014


  • British troops set the White House on fire during the War of 1812– 1814
  • Treaty of Cordoba signed, granting Mexico independence from Spain– 1821
  • Cornelius Swarthout patented the waffle iron– 1869
  • Mt. Vesuvius erupted and Pompeii was destroyed– 1979
  • Mark David Chapman sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon– 1981
  • For the final episode of CBS’s first Survivor program, approximately 51 million people (41% of America’s viewing public) watched Richard Hatch win the $1 million prize– 2000
  • Julie Krone became the first female jockey to win a million-dollar race in the U.S. when she finished first in the Pacific Classic in Del Mar, CA, mounted atop her horse Candy Ride– 2003
  • GPS navigation signals off by up to 3 feet for 3 hours due to rocket-made ionospheric hole– 2017


  • The temperature at Saint Cloud, Minnesota, was 37 degrees F– 1987
  • Thunderstorms dropped five to seven inches of rain on Long Island, New York, closing major highways– 1990
  • Hurricane Andrew came ashore damaging South Florida– 1992
  • Twisters, heavy rain, and hail as big as grapefruit struck the Dakotas– 2006

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