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Krone is first woman jockey in Belmont Stakes

Published Oct. 13, 2005

Julie Krone, who rode Subordinated Debt to a sixth-place finish, on Saturday became the first woman jockey to ride in the Belmont Stakes. But she wasn't the first to compete in a Triple Crown race. That honor fell to Diane Crump, who in 1970 finished 15th aboard Fathom in the Kentucky Derby.

Two other women rode in the Derby _ Patti Cooksey in 1984 (11th aboard So Vague) and Andrea Seefeldt this year (16th and last aboard Fortysomething).

Cooksey is the only woman rider to compete in the Preakness, finishing sixth aboard Tajawa.

"It's okay being the first woman to ride in the Belmont," Krone said, "but my goal is to win one."

Showing up for history

By finishing third for the third time in the Triple Crown races, Mane Minister made a little bit of racing history. No horse had ever strung together consecutive third-place finishes in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

Closing hard through the stretch, but never really a factor in Hansel's thrilling victory over Strike the Gold, Mane Minister finished just over three lengths back in the 1{-mile race.

The Belmont was the closest Mane Minister came to winning a race in the series. He was 3{ lengths behind Strike the Gold and second-place finisher Best Pal in the Derby and 9} lengths behind Hansel and runner-up Corporate Report in the Preakness.

Zito settles for second

For the second straight Belmont, trainer Nick Zito saddled the second-place horse. In 1990, Zito's Thirty Six Red was second to Go and Go. The trainer's horse was second again on Saturday when Hansel nipped Strike the Gold.

After both losses, Zito managed to look at the positive side.

"Second again," he said with a smile. "That gives me two seconds and a third (with Morning Bob in 1984).

It's Hammer time

Even though he didn't have a horse in the Belmont, rap star M.C. Hammer was a smash with the Belmont crowd of 51,766.

Hammer, whose family owns the filly Lite Light (who runs today in the Mother Goose, which also features Meadow Star), was cheered as he walked through the paddock area to the owner's boxes before Saturday's Riva Ridge at Belmont.

His entry in the Riva Ridge, Media Plan, finished 10th.