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Female jockey remembers "pioneer" women who first rode in Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Rosie Napravnik may not have taken home the roses in the Derby today, but female riders have come a long way in the past 50 years.

One year after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was established, a woman worked her way onto a saddle. Diane Crump rode Fathom in the 96th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Some initially thought female jockeys were just a fad. But it stuck. P.J. Cooksey also rode in the Derby, and says the women before her gave her the strength to ride.

"Those women are the pioneers," she said. "They broke down the barriers for me. I kind of like to say I paved the trails and made them smoother for the women behind me.

Crump was the first of only six women to ride in the Kentucky Derby, including Rosie.

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