FOUR YEARS after she retired from horse racing, Julie Krone is getting back in the saddle. This Saturday at Santa Anita Park the 45-year-old jockey, who won 3,704 races and more than $90 million in purses during her 25-year career and is the only woman to win a Triple Crown race, will compete against seven other retired Hall of Famers: Angel Cordero Jr., 65; Jacinto Vasquez, 64; Sandy Hawley, 59; Pat Day, 55; Chris McCarron, 53; Jerry Bailey, 51; and Gary Stevens, 45. The seven-furlong Living Legends Race is part of the betting card, and the results will count toward the riders' career records.
Several of the ex-jocks are still near the sport—including Cordero, who retired in 1992 and is a jockey agent as well as an exercise rider for trainer Todd Pletcher. Krone, married with a three-year-old daughter, works out horses near her home in Southern California and is a devotee of the Parelli Natural Horsemanship method, a training technique emphasizing symbiotic relationships between human and equine. Jokes Krone of Saturday's race, "I don't think we'll do the horses any harm."
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OUT IN FRONT Krone is the last jockey to pose for SI's cover.